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DC’s Titans to stream on Netflix outside the US; watch the new trailer

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DC Universe, Warner Bros’ ambitious all-in-one video streaming/comic book reading online service launched last month. However, if you – like me – tried to access it from a location that was not the United States of Trumpville, you would have been greeted with the annoying “This service is not available in your country” message. Curses! With some very interesting live-action shows planned for the service, I was pretty bummed as I realised that we would probably have to jump through DNS and VPN hoops to check them out.

Luckily, there won’t be any need to Circus Charlie my way across the internet to watch DC Universe’s flagship show as it was revealed last night Netflix has snapped up the streaming rights to Titans outside of the US. This is similar to the arrangement Netflix has with CBS where they stream Star Trek: Discovery outside of the US, but Americans need to fork out extra for the CBS All-Access platform. Just like with Star Trek, I’m sure this is going to elicit new rounds of grumbling from Americans who feel slighted that they need to put in extra work/costs to watch something, but all I can say to that is “Welcome to our world for the last few decades, suckers!”.

As for Titans, this live-action take follows the classic comic book team of grown-up Batman sidekick Robin (Brenton Thwaites), powerful alien Starfire (Anna Diop), trouble demonic teen Raven (Teagan Croft), and shapeshifting prankster Beast Boy (Ryan Potter). The show immediately drew some…. well, mocking snickering for its attempts to be all dark and broody with the inclusion of the now infamous “F**k Batman!” line from the first trailer, but a new trailer cuts out all the Dark Knight fornication and instead sells us a straight comic book drama.

And it looks… alright? I think Thwaites is perfectly cast as Robin (boasting a fantastic costume design), and there are some intriguing story beats, but the VFX looks seriously iffy and I’m really not feeling the overly dramatic tone. Check it out below and see what you think of it.

Titans also stars Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as duo Hawk & Dove, and Bruno Bichir as Niles Caulder and will debut on Netflix in less than two weeks on 12 October. It’s unclear at this point if this will be the entire 11-episode first season or we’ll get weekly episodes like with Star Trek: Discovery.

We also don’t know if Netflix will have the same international broadcasting deal for the other announced DC Universe live-action shows like Doom Patrol (in which Bichir’s Niles Caulder is supposed to be a character), Stargirl, and Swamp Thing, as well as planned animated shows Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn. We can hope though.

Last Updated: October 2, 2018

26 Comments

  1. LOL is THAT Robin??? I’ll have to rethink my whole take in this…used to think Robin was for DC what Spiderman was for Marvel…..

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      October 2, 2018 at 09:30

      Outside of his Golden Age origins, Dick Grayson’s Robin has always been very self-serious. Especially when he got older and eventually became Nightwing.

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      • Original Heretic

        October 2, 2018 at 09:34

        If my dick was gray, son, I’d also be super serious.

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      • Guz

        October 2, 2018 at 09:38

        I like him way better as nightwing

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  2. Kromas

    October 2, 2018 at 09:13

    This is everything that is wrong with DC. Teen Titans used to be a fun show. Now everything WB touches has to make it dark. Literally the only character ever in the DC universe that was truly Dark was Batman okay and maybe Constantine.

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    • Guz

      October 2, 2018 at 09:37

      At least Constantine was also pretty funny in a sarcastic snarky kinda way, one of the things i liked the most about his character, this does look a tad to emo for my liking

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  3. G8crasha

    October 2, 2018 at 09:14

    I excited to hear that I won’t miss the series, but it definitely looks dark. Why does DC like everything to be so serious, though? Marvel has its dark moments, but it also has its lighter moments, so their shows are generally more balanced.

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  4. Original Heretic

    October 2, 2018 at 09:42

    Will wait on the reviews for this one.

    But, onto something more important.
    HAVE Y’ALL SEEN THE HELLBOY POSTER?!?

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  5. Guz

    October 2, 2018 at 09:43

    Still not sold on this, will give it a watch just to give it a chance as there is nothing on series wise at the moment for me to watch, any recommendations would be welcome. Im all caught up on the current stuff/waiting for new season. Ive resorted to rewatching battlestar galactica

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  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 2, 2018 at 10:13

    Yeah, I’ll give this a watch. Can’t be worse than the CW DC shows.

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  7. The D

    October 2, 2018 at 10:35

    Wait a minute, this isn’t a live action version of Teen Titans Go, the ONLY Titans series.

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  8. Nikola

    October 2, 2018 at 10:37

    I love DC but this just looks like crap…

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  9. Original Heretic

    October 2, 2018 at 10:44

    Ooof, and I just saw some social media reactions to the Venom movie.
    Comparisons to Catwoman (with Halle Berry), Ang Lee’s Hulk, Fantastic Four…

    In other words, a freakin’ terrible effort.

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  10. BradeLunner

    October 2, 2018 at 12:54

    Raven, beastboy and star fire don’t look like superheroes at all in that picture. They actually look like people you could bump into on a Saturday night that’s going badly. Robin looks strange next to them all cosplayed out

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  11. Matthew Holliday

    October 2, 2018 at 13:13

    Hopefully its nothing like Marvels version of Runaways.
    Man that was boring.

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