Casting on Warner’s live-action Titans series is beginning to heat up. And fast.
This month alone, we’ve had the back-to-back announcements of Teagan Croft (Raven) and Anna Diop (Starfire), while today brings word of the headline act. First reported by Deadline, it’s been revealed that Brenton Thwaites of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales fame has been cast as Dick Grayson (AKA Robin) in the live-action series.
Pegged for a 2018 release by Warner Bros. TV, Titans follows “a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson (Thwaites) emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire (Diop), Raven (Croft) and others.” No word yet on who those “others” will be, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on this project as it begins to coalesce under Greg Berlanti, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, DC stalwart Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter.
From up-and-comer to Batman’s sidekick, this is a major coup for the young Brenton Thwaites, and marks his first major role on U.S. television. It’s a big one, too, as Geoff Johns revealed in an official statement:
Dick Grayson is one of the most important and iconic heroes in the DC universe, and it wasn’t easy to find him but we have. Brenton has the emotional depth, heart, danger and physical presence of Batman’s former protege and the Titans’ future leader. We’re extremely lucky he’s chosen to bring his talents to this project and this character.
It’s part of a new DC-branded digital service, with the Powers That Be currently targeting a 2018 premiere. But tell us, what do you make of Thwaites’ casting? And on a more general note, are you excited for the live-action Titans series? You can, as always, drop your thoughts and knee-jerk reactions in the usual place.