It’s hard to deny the dominance of Greg Berlanti’s television empire. Over the past six years, he has overseen the creation of a legion of live-action hit superhero shows, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as the forthcoming Black Lightning television show. It seems that all of his success has inspired him to go larger and smaller at the same time.
Previously Titans, was in development over on TNT based on the “Teen Titans” DC Comics. That show was spearheaded by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), however was dropped from the TNT network’s schedule before it went to cameras. Berlanti has quietly partnered with Goldsman, along with DC Films’ head Geoff Johns to write the new Titans series to air on an upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform from DC, that will also feature the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders.
The upcoming Titans series will feature Dick Grayson aka Robin/Nightwing, Raven, and Starfire. The announcement was also accompanied with the classic first issue of “The New Teen Titans,” which also features Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Kid Flash. It’s unclear if those characters are confirmed for the show, but all signs seem to point to their inclusion in the series, particularly since there are already big screen versions of Cyborg and Nightwing in development.
It wasn’t made clear if the series will live in the same universe as The Flash or Supergirl’s, however the opportunity certainly is there. Keiynan Lonsdale currently plays Kid Flash on the former show and it would be an easy transition for the character to city of Bludhaven, considering the city – Grayson’s stomping grounds after he leaves Gotham City – has been mentioned numerous times in the various series. It would be shocking if there wasn’t at least a crossover event between the shows, in an effort to attract the CW Network’s audience.
Meanwhile the return of Young Justice in Young Justice: Outsiders, should put a smile on the faces on many fans of the animated show, which came to an abrupt end in 2013. The show’s previous two seasons can be found on Netflix, so the third season going to DC’s new service does make the decision a little curious. This is how Deadline explains the new season:
In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage superheroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of superpowers, super villains and super secrets. In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.
The only remaining question is whether or not fans will follow these new shows on Warner Bros’ new platform. CBS is taking a similar approach with their upcoming Star Trek show on CBS All Access, however it’s hard to imagine that the all of the shows will be able to sustain themselves on multiple exclusive services.
Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders will debut next year on Warner Bros’ exclusive DC streaming service.