Comic Book Resources recently scored a great exclusive with Geoff Johns co-creator of Titans, in which he breaks the silence on the controversial line “F**** Batman”. The line ushered by Robin in the Titans trailer back in July seemed to have made a lot of heads turn, but Johns seems to think we shouldn’t be so surprised.
On the reaction to that Titans trailer, Johns said:
“It is! It is controversial! I think that was expected though, you know? I don’t think anyone was like, ‘What? Wait! What?!’ As I’ve been telling people, I’m like, you know, not to take the trailer as, ‘This is the whole show.’ But I’m glad there’s discussion and there should be discussion about that and why we would go that direction and why Robin would ever get to that point. You know, a big part of the series is exploring — and I’m doing that with Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti and Greg Walker — and a big part of the series that we’re exploring is the moment that Robin left Batman.”
Titans has always been about a group of young heroes looking for a place to fit in and coming together for the first time to become this de facto surrogate type family. Johns emphasizes the desire to explore these relationships on screen whether it be the fallout between Robin and his mentor Batman, or the coming together for these young heroes.
“In the Titans, [Robin] was kind of a lost character. He was looking for what his next thing was, and the Titans individually are all lost and they form a family — a surrogate family that’s… you know, we’re staying true to Marv [Wolfman] and Geroge [Perez]’s take on the Titans in that sense. But you’re going to see what Robin’s gone through and why he’s gotten to that point and I’m excited for people to see it. I don’t think they really quite know what the show is, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”
Titans is set to debut on October 12 and is being developed for the DC Universe’s streaming app by Johns, alongside Greg Berlanti, and Akiva Goldsman. Johns is obviously not new to the world of DC and fandom, and as previously reported, since his departure as Chief Creative Officer, Johns has taken a bigger producing role and developing projects such as Titans, Doom Patrol and Green Lantern Corps film. Berlanti has become the Kevin Feige of the DC TV universe or as most call it, the Arrowverse, with developing Arrow, Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning and soon to be Batwoman for the CW.
Goldsman’s involvement is interesting to note. Sure, he has had screen credits with films like Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, and The Da Vinci Code, but in May 2007, the Hollywood Reporter reported Goldsman was developing a Teen Titans movie with Warner Bros. Goldsman likened the tone of the Teen Titans film as “consistent with such recent Warners’ comic book fare as Batman Begins, Superman Returns, and the upcoming Watchmen.” While many compared the first trailer for Titans similar in tone to the DCEU shepherded by Zack Snyder, Goldsman seemed to have been keeping Titans in tone with what he began developing for film eleven years ago.
Johns also drops a few hints of additional heroes joining the team including Wonder Girl, and as reported previously here, Superboy and Luthor. Titans is shaping up to be quite the team up and if we get a second season we may likely have a strong roster of heroes to rotate between. October 12th cannot arrive any sooner, the fall out between Batman and Robin is a milestone in DC Comics, and to watch it unfold on screen while exploring the character relationships is sure to be quite the pleasurable experience.