Rumor of the Day: Titans series' big bad coming out of Young Justice comics

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Lucas Siegel
Sep 12, 2017

As DC Entertainment's Titans continues to prepare to go into production, the main cast of the series, which will debut on the new DC Digital subscriber service, already has five team members. First cast was Raven, when the surprisingly young 13-year-old Teagan Croft landed the role. It turned out her age would be an anomaly, though, as the rest of the cast so far has been much older, in the expected 20s range we first anticipated.

Anna Diop won the role of Starfire, the alien princess and powerhouse of the team. Dick Grayson, the team leader and first Robin (most likely Nightwing here, though), went to Australian actor Brenton Thwaites. And finally, rounding out the squad as Hawk and Dove, Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly joined the Titans. That's a great team, but what about the villains?

The inclusion of Raven (aka Rachel Roth) made many fans immediately think of her father — the demon Trigon, whom she formed the New Teen Titans to battle in the comics — and it doesn't sound like that's wrong, but it may be a while. In this rumor of the day, we hear from reliable rumor and news-breakers ThatHashtagShow that a surprising character will be the initial big bad of the show.

A slightly obscure DC Comics character called The Acolyte is being cast for the series, according to their latest casting report. We're continuing to treat this as a rumor until WB or DCE confirms it, but it makes sense, and coincides what our own sources have said about the series conflict so far.

"The Acolyte - Male. African-American 40-50. Confident. The villain of our story. He is after Rachel and her powers, trying to kidnap her after he murders her mother," reads the supposed character description.

In the comics, The Acolyte was a blue demon-looking character who faced down teen team Young Justice; he was actually just a human in disguise, though. The additional rumor SYFY WIRE has come across here is that Acolyte will in fact be loyal to Trigon, with the demon father of Raven emerging as the true big bad late in the first season.

Again, for now, these are just rumors and taken with a grain of salt, but it's nice to at least hear that Titans won't abandon or sideline Raven; she in fact sounds like the "main" character of the ensemble at this point. How long the Titans will have been working together, or even working on their own as heroes, and whether they have a "Teen" past is yet to be revealed (or even rumored).

Titans will be one of the first shows on the new DC Digital service, alongside Young Justice: Outsiders, the return of that fan-favorite animated series for a third season. Both series, and the service, are expected to debut sometime in 2018.