During his spotlight panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Geoff Johns confirmed that fan-favorite characters Donna Troy and Jason Todd would be playing a role in the upcoming live-action series, Titans.
“There’s a lot of other characters in it, Donna Troy and Jason Todd, it’s the whole Titans universe,” Johns explained.
For some fans, this Titans reveal is a bit of an open secret, as there were a pretty wide array of hints supporting both characters being involved. Donna Troy/Wonder Girl was first believed to be joining the series in December of last year, with actress Conor Leslie confirmed to be playing the part through a series of set photos and videos.
In the case of Jason Todd/Red Hood, he was rumored to appear in the series sometime in March, and Curran Walters was spotted playing the role on set in June. Plus, a recent rumor surrounding the series’ episode titles hints at episode seven simply being titled “Jason Todd”.
But they aren’t the only characters mentioned during the panel.
“I pitched [Dan DiDio] the Superboy/Lex Luthor thing — which we’ll get to [on Titans] eventually,” Johns said during the panel.
Johns’ storyline for the Boy of Steel and Superman’s greatest foe was one of his most popular contributions for the Teen Titans comic, and made his run one of the most popular since the heralded issues by Marv Wolfman and George Perez from the ’80s. In fact, that storyline has since been adapted in other media.
It’s probably more commonly referred to in its version from Young Justice, the animated series that is also returning early next year on the DC Universe streaming platform.
Superboy was previously teased to appear on Titans, and now it sounds like his storyline could be a huge part of a potential second season. We previously heard of a character appearing at the end of Season One who sounds a lot Superboy, courtesy of That Hashtag Show.
Being referred to as “David”, he is a 20s-something Caucasian male with dark hair who would guest star in the 13th episode, which is the season 1 finale. “David” is described as a powerful individual who is merciless, so much so that he has recently unleashed chaos to the people who have been keeping “David” as a prisoner in a mysterious lab. When we find “David”, he will have recently have escaped this lab. Whoever we see in the role would have a series regular option for consecutive seasons of Titans.
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites (Dick Grayson/Robin), Teagan Croft (Raven), Anna Diop (Starfire/Koriand’r), Lindsey Gort (Amy Rohrbach), Minka Kelly (Dawn Granger/Dove), Ryan Potter (Beast Boy), Alan Ritchson (Hank Hall/Hawk), April Bowlby (Elasti-Girl), Jake Michaels (Cliff Steele), Dwain Murphy (Negative Man), Seamus Dever (Robot Man), and Bruno Bichir (The Chief). The series is being produced by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Akiva Goldsman.
You can check out the official synopsis for Titans below.
“Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.”
Titans will debut on DC Universe digital streaming service later this year.