Last month, a rumor surfaced that the 13th episode of the upcoming ‘Titans’ live-action series, would introduce Superboy and now it appears that executive producer and one-time writer of DC’s ‘Teen Titans’ comic book, Geoff Johns has all-but confirmed that not only does the Boy of Steel have a future on the show, but so does one of DC’s most famous villains– Lex Luthor.
“I pitched [Dan DiDio] the Superboy/Lex Luthor thing — which we’ll get to [on Titans] eventually.”
That doesn’t confirm that this will happen in the first season, but considering the previous rumor, there could at least be a tease at the end that they could be on the way.
This would be a pretty big remix, as ‘Titans’ seems to be based mostly on the ‘New Teen Titans’ from the ’80s, while Superboy was part of the team that was introduced in 2003, in a book written by Johns. But of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that members of all eras were mixed together. The beloved ‘Young Justice’ animated series did the same thing to amazing results.
And it was Johns who came up with the idea to reveal that Superboy was a clone which combined the DNA of Superman and Lex Luthor, which meant that like Raven, who is the daughter of Trigon, Superboy had a hidden dark side that could prove dangerous to his teammates. This idea was also used on ‘Young Justice’.
Unfortunately, the live action rights to the various DC heroes is murkier than those of animation, which is why certain characters can appear on The CW shows and others can’t. This is mainly complicated by the current film series, but the existence of other shows like ‘Krypton’ and ‘Gotham’ also factor in. It’s believed that while Batman will be referenced and even teased on ‘Titans’, he won’t actually appear. It also raises questions as to how the show will handle Donna Troy, a character that is, in the comics, Wonder Woman’s sister.
Superman and the Luthor family have already appeared on ‘Supergirl’, so one would assume that this means they won’t or can’t be used on ‘Titans’, but we’ll have to wait and see.
‘Titans’ will premiere this fall when Warner Bros launches the DC Universe streaming service.
Source: Heroic Hollywood