Freed from the shackles of network and cable TV, executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti, Geoff John let the profanity and bloodshed fly with the first trailer for the upcoming live-action Titans series. A Dark And Gritty™ take on the DC Comics team of the same name, Titans centers around Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Batman’s former protégé and the first Robin, as he assembles the eponymous team of gifted teens—shapeshifter Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), moody empath Raven (Teagan Croft), and super-powered alien princess Starfire (Anna Diop)—to take on a global threat.
If all that sounds familiar, rest assured: this isn’t your father’s Titans. There’s plenty of violence, like Robin stepping on a bad guy’s neck and declaring “Fuck Batman,” in case you were wondering how he felt about his former mentor. Hawk and Dove (Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly) also show up just to murder some people. But there are plenty of solid action shots too, like Beast Boy heroically leaping off a building, Starfire showing off her energy blasts, and a fully powered Raven.
Titans will be the first original series to air on DC’s new streaming platform when it launches later this year.