The new live-action Titans series has landed its first castmember. Raven, the empath and sorceress, will be played by 13-year-old Teagan Croft, a newcomer actress from Australia. Deadline reported the casting, and DC Entertainment confirmed it Thursday evening.
The indications to this point were that this Titans series would be slightly older versions of the characters (hence omitting Teen from the name), so the age of the actress playing Raven may surprise some fans. It could be they decided to go young afterall, or just this character will be younger. When we made our "Dream casting" for the Titans series, we certainly assumed they'd be a little older.
The first live-action series on DC Entertainment's new digital service (Young Justice: Outsiders will be an original animated series on the service), Titans is set to premiere in 2018. Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti, and DCE president and CCO Geoff Johns wrote the pilot, with all three also producing along with Sarah Schechter.
"Titans will follow a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others," reads DCE's official description.
Raven has appeared in animation in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! as well as animated films like Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. She has never appeared in live-action, however.
In the pages of DC Comics, Raven brought together the second generation of Teen Titans in New Teen Titans to combat her father, the malevolent demon Trigon. Is her casting an indication that we'll see the three-eyed demon monster in the show? We sure hope so.