Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on January 7, 2016.
For months there has been nothing but radio silence on Titans, TNT and Warner Bros upcoming live-action series based on DC’s Teen Titans. It looks like we now know the reason why because it looks like the project is no longer in development at the network.
During a presentation at the 2016 winter Television Critics Association presentation, TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly revealed that production on the long in-development drama series has been stopped.
“We just decided it wasn’t quite where we wanted to go,” Reilly explained.
Akiva Goldsman (Batman Forever, Batman and Robin) who wrote the pilot script with Marc Haimes, would have served as Titans showrunner if it had been picked up.
Afterwords, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Reilly and found out why exactly he passed on Titans.
THR: How much of the decision not to move forward with the DC Comics project Titans, also from Warner Bros., was based on the fact that you don’t own it?
Reilly: It wasn’t. Akiva is a talented guy, [but] the script just wasn’t there. There is an unbelievable glut of superhero things in the market right now and if you have a really good one, clearly people are up for it. But I just don’t think that there’s a need for one that, for me, at least on paper didn’t seem to be screaming to get made.
News of Titans broke out in September of 2014, shortly before Reilly took on his role as president. At the time it was reported that the live-action Teen Titans adaptation would feature Nightwing as the lead, with Starfire, Raven, Barbara Gordon, Hawk, and Dove as part of the show’s lineup with other famous Teen Titans members appearing and joining the team further down the line.
Even without TNT’s Titans, DC still has a number of other superhero shows on the air. Gotham and Supergirl air on Monday nights on Fox and CBS while The Flash and Arrow air on the CW on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with Legends of Tomorrow premiering on the network on Thursdays starting January 21.