Yesterday I watched the first Teen Titans episode. I was extremely prejudicial and ready to give myself enough facepalms to knock myself out. I had this pre-installed dissapointment because of a picture of the cast dressed as the characters I had seen some time ago. Look, I am DC though and through. I grew up reading Justice League, Wonder Woman and The Teen Titans, the latter being perhaps a favourite.
Starfire is definitely one of my favourite DC female characters, she is fascinating. I was quite dissapointed and downright angry to see her portrayed as a Raggedy Ann looking street walker. Sure, she is quite slutty in the comics, scantily clad, huge knockers, over the knee boots. But somehow that didn’t work on screen. I would have more easily accepted a catsuit instead of that stripper outfit. Some people had an issue with the actress being black (because yellow skinned, green pupilless eyed aliens have no representation in Hollywood) but i don’t see the problem. But that hair and general appearance bugs me more. This is how I remember her:
(And even the fact that they straightened her hair in the modern versions doesn’t sit well with me but then again, I am a bit of a Sheldon Cooper).
Now for the other characters: Beast Boy looks like a green haired punk, Raven is practically Hit Girl and Night Wing is…..the only one looking actually decent.
Teen Titans is more like Titans
And now for the reveal… The poster already looked ten times better that what I had imagined. The first episode had more action than five episodes of Outcast and Iron Fist put together. It was well written, good story and awesome effects. Definitely not for kids. It’s got blood, guts and swearing. My kind of series.
The thing with bringing comic books to the screen that the directors and producers need to understand is that nerds are specific about their reads. They need to keep as close as possible to the comic in order to succeed.