Will ‘Titans’ Connect to the DCEU?
San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone and fans of both Marvel and DC Comics were treated to a plethora of exciting things to look forward to in the coming months and years. As a huge DC Comics fan myself, I am still reeling over the Justice League trailer, all the upcoming titles on the comics side, and an official slate of films in active development. If you didn’t catch it, Geoff Johns announced an official slate that consisted of JusticeLeague, Aquaman, Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash: Flashpoint, and Wonder Woman 2.
As excited I was to finally get a confirmed list of films in active development, I was surprised to hear that both Nightwing and Cyborg were not on that list. Cyborg was announced way back in 2014 when Warner Bros. and DC were getting ready to launch this cinematic universe. Nightwing was announced earlier this year. It even had Lego Batman director Chris McKay attached to direct and Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) was writing a script. So why weren’t either of these films on that list? Especially Nightwing, which seems like it could be ready to start filming in a few months?
My theory is that it has something to do with DC’s new series, Titans. The series was announced back in April and was going to help launch DC Comics’ new streaming service along with Young Justice: Outsiders. With production set to officially kick off in September casting is sure to be well underway by now. Last month, a casting call for Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy went out. Surprisingly though, there was no mention of a fifth member.
That’s when I started thinking that this show could potentially tie into the DC ExtendedUniverse. With it looking like they are going to use the lineup from the cartoon series, I was surprised that there was no mention of Cyborg. Is it because they already casted Cyborg though with Ray Fisher? If you remember from the DC Animated movies, Cyborg served as the link between the Justice League and Teen Titans groups. Perhaps a similar role will be utilized here as well.
As I stated earlier, both Nightwing and Cyborg were not on the list of films currently in active development. Geoff Johns, who is also at the helm of the DC Extended Universe, has had a big part in the Titans production so far. He will serve as a producer, along with Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schecter. Additionally, he has also penned the pilot for the series as well, and possibly more episodes. Given his major role in the films and this show now, I don’t think it’s a stretch to think he could help make the connections to the DCEU.
One DC TV show is already going to connect to the DCEU and that’s Krypton. We learned this weekend at SDCC, on a panel that Johns moderated, that there will be a time travel aspect on the show and characters like Doomsday, Brainiac, Adam Strange, and Hawkwoman will all appear in some capacity. With that time travel aspect in place, it may help make those connections to the film universe clearer.
Connecting the series could also serve as a way to dive into the past of Batman and Robin, without it taking away from what is currently going on in the films. We all know that Dick Grayson leaves being Robin to become Nightwing. There is usually some bad blood between the two as well. With Greg Berlanti on board and the use of flashbacks in his other show Arrow, maybe we could see a similar format here as well. It’d be great to see flashback origins for all the characters.
Also, with the exception of Superman on Supergirl, there has been no overlap of major characters between the TV shows and films. Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, and Deadshot were killed off on Arrow. They all now have major roles in the DCEU. Making Titans part of the DCEU eliminates that sort of overlap, and if people fall in love with Ray Fisher’s Cyborg this November in Justice League, they are much more likely to subscribe and watch Titans when it launches next year. They also have an awesome Deathstroke in Joe Manganiello who could make a great villain for our young heroes to go up against in their first season. This could be a great way to further explore and flesh out the DCEU as well.
It’s not to say we will never get a Nightwing or Cyborg movie eventually because I’m sure we will. I just think it will be a few years down the line, maybe once the roster of the Titans as evolved and new heroes take the spotlight.
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