TV Review: Titans Season 1 – The Sidekicks Are All Grown Up

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Titans is DC’s latest live-action show, exclusive to their new streaming service, DC Universe and is available on Netflix for subscribers outside the US.

When I first heard about Titans being made in live-action, I was pretty excited. The team has an interesting blend of characters and powers. Although I wasn’t expecting the Teen Titans GO! version of storytelling, I definitely thought it was a good idea. But then leaked images from the set were on the internet.

While most people ripped apart the images of Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Starfire, (Anna Diop) I reserved judgment until we got anything official from DC or Warner Bros. And then it came. The trailer previewed at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, and the internet went insane.

Reactions varied from amazed to just hating on it. The gritty look upset many fans as trying to emulate the DC Extended Universe films, while others were very upset about the (now) infamous “F Batman” line of dialogue that Robin (Brenton Thwaites) speaks in the trailer.

I didn’t mind the trailer though. For me it made sense. DCEU movies are always heavily criticized for being too dark and gritty, but those movies are all PG-13. How dark can you really go with a rating that’s still meant to keep young adults interested in the film? So if ‘dark & gritty’ is a thing, why not go fully rated-R, as Titans do.

Find out why I loved the show in my Review of DC’s Titans on this episode of my Split Screen Podcast. You can listen to the show on your browser using the player below, or using any of the apps listed below the player.

When I first hear about Titans being made in live-action, I was pretty excited. The team has an interesting blend of characters and powers. Although I wasn’t expecting the Teen Titans GO! version of storytelling, I definitely thought it was a good idea. But then leaked images from the set were on the internet.

Now having seen Titans, I’m incredibly glad that the makers decided to go full mature and R-Rated with the show. The explicit violence, gore, and swearing are fully in keeping with the tone of the series and never used gratuitously.

While most people ripped apart the images of Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Starfire, (Anna Diop) I reserved judgement until we got anything official from DC or Warner Bros. And then it came. The trailer previewed at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, and the internet went insane.

Reactions varied from amazed to just hating on it. The gritty look upset many fans as trying to emulate the DC Extended Universe films, while others were very upset about the (now) infamous “F Batman” line of dialogue that Robin (Brenton Thwaites) speaks in the trailer.

I didn’t mind the trailer though. For me it made sense. DCEU movies are always heavily criticized for being too dark and gritty; but those movies are all PG-13. How dark can you really go with a rating that’s still meant to keep young adults interested in the film? So if ‘dark & gritty’ is a thing, why not go fully rated-R, as Titans does.

Now having seen Titans, I’m incredibly glad that the makers decided to go full mature and R-Rated with the show. The explicit violence, gore and swearing are fully in keeping with the tone of the series, and never used gratuitously.

Find out why I loved the show in my Review of DC’s Titans on this episode of my Split Screen Podcast. You can listen to the show on your browser using the player below, or using any of the apps listed below the player.

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Shah Shahid

Entertainment Writer | Film & TV Critic | Bollywood Blogger | Host of Split Screen Podcast | Proud Geek Girl Dad

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