Last night Titans had it’s premiere at New York Comic Con. An audience of cast, crew and fans were treated to the first two episodes of season one before the cast took to the stage for a panel.
You can check out a special gallery of official stills from the gala premiere over on our Facebook page.
In celebration of the event DC Universe has released a new “Team Up” trailer for the series. Though similar to the Netflix trailer released earlier this week there is still plenty of new shots to see!
Following the event the review embargo for the series finally lifted. Many of the press have seen not just the first episode but the first three. Here’s a quick round up of their (mostly positive) thoughts on the seriesL
There are certainly things in Titans that won’t work for everyone. The show can be a bit a cheesy at times, and you might wonder if it’s taking itself to seriously. There are also just a few kinks in the scripts — slight pacing issues and a couple of lines that fall completely flat — but they are few and far between. For every moment that I thought about groaning, there are at least seven at which I laughed, cheered, or silently pumped my fist.
The Titans trailer featured the expletive heard ‘round the world and led to many writing it off from that reveal. The beloved teen superteam just didn’t seem to mesh with a DC media approach that’s looked increasingly dark and dour outside of the CW’s Supergirl and The Flash. But the series premiere paints an at least slightly more nuanced portrayal that could find its footing if fans can work through its warts.
Titans is the absolute zenith of the post-Nolan, post-Dark Knight era of “mature” comic book storytelling, a show with both the grittiness and enjoyability factor of sandpaper. It’s Riverdale with zero self-awareness. Gotham without a whiff of fun. It’s Arrow if The CW allowed for gratuitous, minutes-long shots of dudes getting beaten with a stick. All put together, Titans lands just about as gracefully as The Flying Graysons.
Titans quickly establishes itself as a unique, sometimes harrowing, and surprisingly engaging prospect. It’s one that doesn’t fall into the slow pacing and overwrought narratives of some “serious” comics adaptations.
It’s an image of these heroes many are going to find jarring and possibly even failing. But, the ones that take the tone in stride are going to find themselves in the middle of a series dialed directly into their interests.
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove. The series will debut regular weekly episodes DC Universe from Friday, October 12.