TNT's TITANS Show Delayed, Casting & Pilot Planned 'Maybe This Summer'

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Although the previously announced Titans series at TNT wasn't among those announced at the network's upfronts this week, it's not over yet for DC's teen team on TV - in fact, it hasn't even begun yet.

At TNT's upfront luncheon, TNT President Kevin Reilly told TVLine that announced Titans co-writer Akiva Goldsman has been busy with other projects of late, but that "maybe this summer" the network would begin casting and ramp up production on the pilot.

“I sat down with Akiva and said — and he ultimately agreed — that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front," said Reilly, explaining the slow progress of the series. "So what space is this going to inhabit? And really what he wants to do is be very true” (to the source material).

Reilly also said that the pilot will take strong cues from what he calls its "groundbreaking" New Titans comic book series, to set it apart from the TV superhero pack, saying, "There were consequences to things that happened; it wasn't somebody died and they moved on. There was the first superhero to be an addict [in Roy Harper’s Speedy]. It’s a coming-of-age story for Robin, who feels like Batman has betrayed him.”

No casting or specific dates for the pilot, tentatively titled Titans (or Blackbirds, "based on which rumor you subscribe to" according to Reilly) have been set, though Nerdist reported several months ago that the line-up would consist of Robin, Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire.

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