By David Bentley – CoventryTelegraph.net
Among the many proposed comic book adaptations in the holding pen at Warner Bros is the junior superhero team Teen Titans.
The line-up has until recently included Starfire, a princess from the planet Tamaran who can harness ultraviolet radiation and use it to fly and to create destructive bolts of energy. She also has superhuman strength and can assimilate other languages through physical contact.
On some forums, fans have put forward the name of Twilight actress Ashley Greene – who plays Alice Cullen in the vampire film franchise – as one possibility to play the character.
Greene isn’t a bad choice for the role. The 22-year-old’s Twilight credentials would also boost the profile of any Teen Titans movie.
Megan Fox has also been suggested for Starfire – although she seems to be a fan candidate for every available female comic book role – along with Jenna Dewan.
But it doesn’t look like the Teen Titans film will get made anytime soon. A live-action movie adaptation was announced back in May 2007, with Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster producing and Mark Verheiden writing the script. However, nothing has been heard about the project for a long time.
The Teen Titans comic first appeared in 1964 as a junior Justice League, comprising Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl and Speedy, the respective sidekicks of Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow.
In the 80s, the team was relaunched with the characters as college-age adults and new members including Cyborg, Starfire and Raven, while Robin matured into Nightwing.
Most recently, the comic was adapted into an animated TV series that ran from 2003-2006.
Verheiden had said of the proposed film: “One thing I can tell you is that there will be a Nightwing story and Robin is in it, too”, implying that Robin’s character arc would see him take on the Nightwing persona.
Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia has said he would love to play Nightwing, as I reported last year.
A new comic book line-up for the Teen Titans is soon to be unveiled following the departure of Starfire, Cyborg and Wonder Girl.
The new team will be led by antihero Deathstroke, while former members Beast Boy and Raven are set to return.
Robin/Nightwing is no longer with the group, having now become the new Batman after the apparent death of Bruce Wayne.
We can only hope that Warner Bros’ new DC Entertainment division, tasked with bringing more DC Comics’ heroes to the screen, gives us some official news on the Teen Titans movie soon.