While some viewers think DC Universe’s ‘Titans’ is moving at too slow a pace, one thing that isn’t slow is the use of brutal fight sequences. To be fair, some fans are divided about those as well, but it seems as though the show’s creators, including many of the forces behind the successful CW shows, look to be taking advantage of the lack of restraints imposed on shows on pay services versus network TV. As executive producer Sarah Schechter says, “It’s a darker, harder version of DC but it’s incredibly cool.”
For those that were turned off by the extreme violence in the first episode, specifically Robin‘s beat-down of a group of drug dealers which included him dragging one thug’s face across broken glass and another against a brick wall, the gore drops off significantly after that. There are still multiple deaths, some at the hands of the show’s “heroes,” but honestly, it seems as though the pilot episode was designed to completely push the envelope as far as possible, before backing off and focusing more on character development. But as Alan Ritchson, who plays Hawk says, “It’s a whole different raw style of fight that I don’t think we’ve seen before.”
The cast and crew of ‘Titans’ provided ‘DC Daily’ with a clip that takes watchers behind the scenes to see how the stunts and action scenes are created for the series. Among the commentators are Anna Diop (Starfire), Ryan Potter (Beast Boy), and Ritchson plus producers Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Schechter, Akiva Goldsman, and Greg Walker, and stunt coordinator Larnell Stovall, and visual effects supervisor Armen Kevorkian.
As Goldsman commented in the video:
“We wanted punches to hurt. We wanted nobody to be immune to violence. If you’re gonna kick a bunch of bad guy ass, your ass is gonna be really kicked by the time you’re done.”
Here is the clip from ‘DC Daily’ for you to check it out for yourself. The ‘Titans’ video begins at 4:15.
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