The first look at Australian actor Joshua Orpin as Superboy from ‘Titans’ has surfaced online, thanks to a The GWW’s Thomas Polito on Twitter. Check it out below:
First image of Joshua Orpin as Superboy on the set of Titans! pic.twitter.com/lHB6HKfLmc
— Thomas Polito (@thomas_polito) June 18, 2019
As you can see, ‘Titans’ is going with the popular black tee-shirt look from the comics. However, in the comics, Kon-El/Conner Kent is usually shown wearing jeans, while Orpin looks to be wearing some other type of brighter-colored trouser.
Orpin’s prior work has been almost entirely in Australian projects, so I am not familiar with him. This may sound a little odd, but he kind of looks a little too cute. He’s definitely of putting the “Boy” in “Superboy,” whereas in the comics and on the ‘Young Justice’ animated series, Superboy tends to look a little older, with more chiseled features. But on ‘Titans’, Brenton Thwaites plays Robin, and he has sharper, more angular features, so maybe the producers actively sought an actor with a softer, more youthful visage.
Superboy has had two major “looks” in the comics, the tee-shirt and jeans combo, and a more traditional spandex bodysuit topped with a black leather motorcycle jacket, which he recently resumed wearing. But the plain tee-shirt is more recognizable at this point, thanks to ‘Young Justice’.
Superboy is a clone created from the DNA of Superman and Lex Luthor. Though there has been no announcement that either of those characters will appear, Natalie Gumede was recently cast as Luthor’s henchwoman Mercy Graves. Kon-El will also be accompanied by Krypto the Super Dog. In the comics, Krypto was actually from Krypton, but on ‘Titans’, it looks as though he will, like Kon-El, be the result of a genetic experiment.
Oprin joins fellow newcomers Drew Van Acker as Aqualad, Iain Glenn as Bruce Wayne, Natalie Gumede as Mercy Graves, Esai Morales as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, Chella Man as Joseph Wilson/Jericho, Joshua Orpin as Superboy, and Chelsea T. Zhang as Rose Wilson/Ravager.
‘Titans’ Season 1 is available to stream now on DC Universe, with Season 2 arriving this fall.