Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood movies based on comics and other media. This isn't about the movies that are being made; this is about the movies that should be made, and who we think should star in them.
This week we're looking at a show that's actually being made: Titans, based on the more grown-up version of DC's Teen Titans. Produced by Greg Berlanti, who's already brought so many DC heroes to the screen, Titans is sure to be more dramatic and take its characters more seriously than Teen Titans Go on Cartoon Network. Even if some of them are literally the same characters.
We don't yet know exactly which characters are going to be on the show, so I've turned to the comics to pick some obvious ones. I've cast them as 20-somethings, because I think the idea of Teen Sidekicks who aren't teens anymore is one of the more interesting ways to come at their story. And of course I've included three major villains as well, because they're often the most important part of a superhero TV show.
Cole Sprouse as Nightwing
Dick Grayson is so popular that it's going to be hard for anyone who plays him to live up to fan expectations. But Sprouse made quite an impression in the first season of Riverdale, and he has the sort of moody good looks you want in a former Robin.
Allison Williams as Wonder Girl
A lot of Williams' characters come off as a little square, but I think you want some of that quality with Donna Troy, who at times is a bit like the team mom.
Shay Mitchell as Starfire
Mitchell needs a good role after spending so many years on Pretty Little Liars, and I think she could manage that balance of a sweet and upbeat alien who's also a hardened warrior.
RJ Cyler as Cyborg
I don't know if the Titans series will actually use Cyborg, since he's in the Justice League these days, but if they do Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Power Rangers) is perfect for the part.
Sofia Black-D'elia as Raven
Black-D'elia found comedy in aloofness on The Mick, but as Raven she could bring a whole new dramatic realness to that cold demeanor and explore what's underneath.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Changeling
The Maze Runner's Brodie-Sangster is actually older than he looks (he's 27 as of this writing), but he still has that 'weird kid' quality that Beast Boy ought to have ... and he'll look truly memorable painted green.
Stefanée Martin as Bumblebee
Martin was a delight in The Get Down, and it's easy to imagine her flitting around like an actual bee.
Caleb Landry Jones as Arsenal
In addition to having red hair, Jones (who's currently causing trouble on Twin Peaks: The Return) has a special skill for looking troubled and distraught. These are the keys to playing Roy Harper, who's been both a sidekick and a junkie.
Justice Smith as Aqualad
Obviously this isn't the same Aqualad who was on this version of the team in the comics, but frankly Kaldur'ahm is just a lot more interesting than Garth ... and has a much bigger fan following, thanks to Young Justice. Smith (The Get Down, Paper Town) would be perfect for the part.
Ron Perlman as Deathstroke
Somehow Ron Perlman has only ever played Slade 'Deathstroke' Wilson in animation, even though he looks exactly like the character. This series will be a perfect opportunity to remedy that oversight.
Ellen Wong as Cheshire
Wong currently gets to show off her dangerous and amoral side with her role on SYFY's Dark Matter ... and she's just one of the many great things about GLOW.
Eddie Izzard as Trigon
Obviously Trigon wouldn't be on the show a lot, but he's Raven's dad, who's also a demon, so he's bound to show up sooner or later. Izzard would have tons of fun chewing the scenery in this role, especially if the costume is extra glam.