DC Entertainment has released the first trailer for Titans, the first live-action TV series offering from the forthcoming DC Universe streaming service.

The trailer focuses heavily on Raven, played by Teagan Croft, as she tracks down Dick Grayson/Robin, played by Brenton Thwaites, to ask him for help. Glimpses of the other Titans – Starfire (Anna Diop), Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), and the duo of Hawk & Dove (Alan Ritchson & Minka Kelly) – are also peppered throughout.

The first surprise here is that the trailer is age-restricted and rated TV-MA, which I’m not sure anyone was expecting. It’s pretty clear why, though, when during Robin’s first appearance the boy wonder drops an f-bomb and straight-up murders – with a gun – a gang of criminals in a darkened alley. This show is going to make Riverdale look like Josie & The Pussycats – and not even the movie, I mean the old animated series.

Beyond the grim-dark tone, there’s something about this trailer that just looks kind of cheap. The effects look like pretty standard DC TV effects, but the sets look really sparse and empty. The three-ring circus in particular, the first location seen in the trailer, feels much too small in scale. Maybe that’s on purpose and it’ll make sense on the show, but it’s not a great first impression.

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Check out the trailer below (if you’re over 18, that is) and see for yourself. Titans premieres when the DC Universe app goes live this fall.

12 COMMENTS

  1. I was really looking forward to Titans and then I watched this trailer. This looks terrible. I’m sure they’re all supposed to come out the other side becoming heroes but there is nothing here that makes me want to watch that journey.

  2. This seems overly grim and gritty for the sake of it. Maybe they want to differentiate themselves from the very kid friendly Teen Titans Go, but feels like they are going to too far of an extreme to prove themselves.

  3. “Remember when Batman v Superman was completely joyless and miserable and everyone hated it? Let’s do that except x10”

  4. The circus scenes aren’t meant to be fleshed out. They are Raven’s psychic visions and are meant to be atmospheric and sparse. It looks good to me. I was pleasantly shocked. If you’re going to charge people to stream something it should have an edge.

  5. In the words of the great Charles Barkley, that looks “turr-ble.”

  6. This will impress teenage boys of all ages, who think “dark and gritty” equals “serious and adult.” The rest of us will skip it.

    Give Starfire her own series, give it a tone like Wonder Woman (i.e., let her smile and laugh occasionally), and ditch these other characters.

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