TNT updates long-gestating Teen Titans, says TV series will be 'very true' to comic

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May 13, 2015, 7:01 PM EDT (Updated)

It's been a while since we heard anything solid on TNT's upcoming Teen Titans series, but network president Kevin Reilly has finally offered an update. Spoiler alert: It's (mostly) good news.

According to Reilly, the series is still working its way through development, and could potentially ramp up this summer and actually start production. One big delay is that the pilot's co-writer, Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), has been a bit busy these days.

Little has been announced about the series at this point, though it's been reported the show would potentially focus on DC characters Barbara Gordon, Hawk/Hank Hall and Dove/Dawn Granger, Raven/Rachel Roth and the alien princess Starfire. The team would be led by former Robin and future Nightwing Dick Grayson.

As for what direction TNT wants to take the property? Goldsman offered up some hints, and judging by his comments, it seems they want to stay true to the vibe of the original comics. Tonally, it sounds like he's barking up the tree of something in the vein of Arrow, perhaps? Check out his comments to TV Line below:

"I sat down with Akiva and said — and he ultimately agreed — that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front. So what space is this going to inhabit? And really what he wants to do is be very true [to the source material]. [It] was a groundbreaking property when it first started.

There were consequences to things that happened; it wasn't somebody died and they moved on. There was the first superhero to be an addict [in Roy Harper's Speedy]. It's a coming-of-age story for Robin, who feels like Batman has betrayed him. I think it's going to end up being a very, very interesting offering. I think it's going to be excellent."

Considering we already have a ton of superhero shows on TV, not to mention the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow team-up series on The CW, it's a good thing TNT is taking its time to nail down the pitch in an effort to create something unique in what has quickly become an insanely crowded space.

What would you like to see from the Teen Titans series (which is tentatively titled Titans, or Blackbirds) when it eventually arrives?

(Via TV Line)