Warner Bros. TV has made their first official casting for the long in development, live-action Teen Titans television series Titans. Thirteen-year-old Australian actress Teagan Croft (Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child) has been cast as Raven, described as “the daughter of a demon” and “a powerful empath who must keep her emotions in check or risk unleashing her demonic side.” In the Teen Titans comics, Raven was the daughter of Trigon, a sadistic, cruel, and powerful inter-dimensional demon and a human woman named Arella. She was raised in an alternate dimension called Azarath by the realm’s spiritual leader, the mystic Azar. Agar taught her to in order to suppress her inherited demonic powers out of fear that if she were to ever feel any strong emotion, she could become possessed by her father’s evil demonic energy inside of her. This plot point was explored in Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans animated series and it would appear that Titans will be following suit.
The series is being developed by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (The Dark Tower, Transformers: The Last Knight), producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash) and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns, who are all executive producers of the series for Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television. Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti are writing the pilot episode. Titans will follow former Batman sidekick Dick Grayson, now known as Nightwing, as he leads a team consisting of Starfire, Raven, and other young heroes. Filming is expected to start next month.
Goldman was part of an undeveloped live-action Titans film which he was writing with Mark Verheiden (Daredevil, Constsntine) as well as an earlier attempt at a live-action television project for TNT called Titans and then Blackbirds back in 2014. He and Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings) had been ordered to write the pilot which would feature Dick Grayson emerging from Batman’s shadow to become Nightwing, the leader of a band of heroes including Starfire, Raven, Oracle, and Hawk & Dove. Filming was set to begin in Toronto in summer 2015, but was repeatedly delayed. In January 2016, it was announced that TNT would no longer be moving forward with the project.
Filming for Titans is expected to begin next month.