SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about the pilot episode of ‘Titans’ that can definitely be considered SPOILERS, so you may wish to turn back now.
It appears that some have been fortunate enough to see the pilot episode of ‘Titans’ which will debut on the new DC Universe streaming service later this year. One such viewer posted some lengthy details on Splash Report, but there was one reveal that really stood out.
When set photos first surfaced online of the filming of the pilot, fans were… well, pretty pissed. The initial images are extremely underwhelming. The fact that Ryan Potter‘s Beast Boy didn’t have green skin was a huge red flag for most. But perhaps even more alarming were the images of Anna Diop as Starfire, in a ridiculous shiny purple dress and crazy magenta hair in huge ringlets, making her look like some kind of space hooker. She also didn’t have the shiny gold skin she bears in the comics.
But there is a method to this madness. This Starfire isn’t a new arrival on Earth. She has been here for years and has been living incognito– something that would be impossible with metallic skin. She is described as “a woman of mystery” who has multiple passports with different identities and she speaks many languages. In the comics, Starfire can learn any language just by kissing someone who speaks it, so this is a nifty nod to that.
As for that outfit? Kory attended a DISCO PARTY the night before. This is a COSTUME. She eventually discards the shiny dress and wacky wig and looks completely different in the rest of the episode. (Unfortunately, the source didn’t reveal any further details.)
After leaving the ’70s-style discotheque, the car Kory is traveling in, is attacked by armed assailants who kill the driver. Starfire manages to free herself and evades capture long enough to meet up with her future teammates.
Another big reveal is that even though what we’ve seen of Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson hints at a gritty, grounded show, apparent the actual pilot balances those elements with the fantastical style of the comics and Starfire is shown flying and hurling flame bolts, as usual.
So fans can breathe a sigh of relief. This outlandish outfit is just a costume for a party and not how Diop will look through the bulk of the series.
Does that make you feel better about the direction of ‘Titans’?