Anna Diop Starfire

Warner Brothers has announced the second cast member of the upcoming live action ‘Titans’ series, coming to their planned DC Comics-based streaming service.  Anna Diop joins the cast as Starfire, the alien princess Koriand’r from the lush planet Tamaran.  She joins Teagan Croft who was announced as portraying Raven a couple of weeks ago.

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Diop may best be recognized for her role as Nicole Carter on ’24: Legacy’.  Prior to that, she had a role on The CW’s sci fi series ‘The Messengers’ and on the drama ‘Greenleaf’ on Oprah Winfrey’s channel OWN.

‘Titans’ is executive produced by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.  The pilot was written by Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti.  Johns previously wrote one of the best-loved runs of the ‘Teen Titans’ comic book, which featured Starfire and Raven as well as Cyborg.

Starfire, Raven and Cyborg, made their first appearance in 1980’s ‘The New Teen Titans’ #1 and were jointly created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez.  Interestingly, Starfire and Raven were created as complete opposites.  Whereas Raven suppressed her emotions, dressed in a long gown with a flowing hooded cloak over it and has a slight, almost flat-chested body, Starfire was curvaceous and buxom, wore a skimpy metallic bikini and her emotions, both positive and negative burst forth from her, unbridled.

She absorbs solar energy and channels it into energy bolts and flight abilities.  She is striking with her green eyes and golden skin.

After a long-simmering mutual attraction, she and Robin (Dick Grayson, who later became Nightwing) admitted their feelings for one another and began a lengthy romance which ended when their wedding was disrupted by Raven, who had been corrupted by her evil father Trigon.  Dick later became romantically involved with Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle).  For Grayson fans, it’s a running debate as to whether Kory or Babs is the true love of his life.

Starfire has appeared on both ‘Teen Titans’ animated series on the Cartoon Network and the ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ animated shorts and toy line.  She has also appeared in two older-skewing ‘Teen Titans’ animated movies, ‘Justice League Vs. Teen Titans’ and ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’.

Yet to be announced are the castings for Nightwing and Beast Boy, the only two other characters that have been announced as appearing on the show.

‘Titans’ will be available in 2018 on the still unnamed DC streaming service along with ‘Young Justice’ Season 3.

Source: TV Line