Do you know the Teen Titans? If you're a Millennial then you probably remember the 2003 Teen Titans animated series. Modern kids will know the current Teen Titans Go! animated series. And now there's a new live action Titans series coming soon. But before they were TV stars the Teen Titans were comic book heroes.
A Brief History of the Teen Titans
The Teen Titans first appeared in comic books back in 1965. The team featured the sidekicks of famous superheroes who decided to team up and fight crime. Originally featuring only Robin, Kid Flash, and Wonder-Girl, the team would eventually be joined by a variety of other teen sidekicks through the years. Including: Aqualad, Speedy, Bumblebee, Bat-Girl and many many more. So many more that there's an entire Wikipedia entry listing all the Teen Titans team members.
The team was rebooted in the 1980's as The New Teen Titans. Fans of the animated series will recognize this team's lineup; featuring Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Robin. The New Teen Titans featured critically acclaimed writing including the The Judas Contract storyline, where the team fights the mercenary, Deathstroke, and deals with the betrayal of a team member. It's widely considered one of the best Teen Titans storyline. This version of the team also saw Robin mature and change his superhero identity to Nightwing in an attempt to get out of his mentor Batman's shadow. If that doesn't convince you to read The New Teen Titans then at least check it out to see the amazingly terrible and very 80's disco style superhero suit Nightwing used to wear.
The Teen Titans comic has been rebooted multiple times with the addition of new team members, like Superboy, and Miss Martian. Teen Titans members who grew up (i.e. are no longer teens) have even formed their own team, The Titans. This team focuses on older versions of Teen Titans characters, often taking over the mantle of their mentors.
The average non-comics reading person is probably most familiar with the animated versions of the Teen Titans. There have been two animated Teen Titans series. Teen Titans premiered in 2003. It featured Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy focusing on the team fighting crime while dealing with their own adolescent issues.
Teen Titans was so popular that it led to Teen Titans Go! . Departing from the more mature tone of the source material this series is light and silly, focusing on the team as they get into all manner of zany adventures. Teen Titans Go! is one of the most popular shows on Cartoon Network, and there's even a feature film coming out July 27, 2018.
There have also been two PG-13 animated Teen Titans films covering two famous storylines, The Judas Contract, and The Terror of Trigon.
And now the Titans are getting their first live action series slated for late 2018. The Titans looks to be a darker, edgier version of the team. According to the official synopsis, "When Dick Grayson (Robin) and Rachel Roth (Raven) require assistance to deal with a plot that threatens the entire planet, they join with Koriand'r (Starfire) and Gar Logan (Beast Boy) to form the Titans." But it's definitely not for kids. The trailer is rated TV-MA.
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The New Teen Titans
Move over Batman. The original Teen Titans always stood in the shadows of their larger-than-life mentors: young heroes like Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash saw plenty of action, but it was Batman, Wonder Woman and the Flash who ultimately called the shots. All that changed, however, with the arrival of THE NEW TEEN TITANS in 1980-and the lives of DC's adolescent adventurers would never be the same!
His father is the world’s greatest detective. His grandfather is the world’s deadliest terrorist. He is Damian Wayne, a.k.a. Robin, Son of Batman—and he now commands the Teen Titans. Whether they like it or not. When Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Kid Flash answer this brash new Boy Wonder’s call for help, they find themselves on the front lines of a war between Damian and his immortal grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul. The entire League of Assassins and the elite Demon’s Fist are prepared to move against these young heroes, all to claim Robin for their own. And if these new Titans are toppled, so be it.The stakes are crystal clear: if they win, they live. If they lose, Robin will join the forces of evil—and the rest of them are history. But with Damian in charge, sometimes death doesn’t look so bad…
Teen Titans Go!
AS SEEN ON THE HIT CARTOON NETWORK SERIES! TEEN TITANS GO-WILD! Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy are more than just the coolest group of teenage superheroes in Jump City-they're the Teen Titans! And everyone's favorite pizza-loving super-team is always ready for the next awesome adventure.
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Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, and the other Teen Titans investigate the mysterious organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., who are capturing young metahumans and either corrupting or destroying them.
The Teen Titans never felt like normal kids... but they had no idea how right they were. Their seemingly idyllic Oregon upbringing hides a secret -- one that will bring killers, shamans, and extraterrestrials down on their heads, and force them into an alliance that could shake the planet to its foundations!
Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy step out of the shadows of the adult heroes of the DC Universe to offer bold, exciting and sometime dangerous ideas on how to protect a world full of superpowered teenagers--any one of whom could be the next heroic figure or major villain!
After Static returns to Dakota to face Holocaust and Raven is kidnapped by a mystical force which drags her into the sea, the remaining members of the Teen Titans, a group of teenaged superheroes, join forces to rescue them.
The New Teen Titans
Collects the adventures of the Teen Titans, a group composed of Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Starfire, and others.
Teen Titans Go!
Spinning off of the hit Cartoon Network animated series Teen Titans Go!, Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven take over the big screen in their first-ever movie, coming out July 27th, 2018! But before you catch them in theaters, catch up with the Titans in this new anthology graphic novel featuring their greatest comics stories ever! Whether it's taking down their arch-foes or a few dozen pizzas, the world's best teenage heroes put together some of the funniest adventures on the stands today!
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With awesome super skills and powers galore, these crimefighting partners kick butt and squash evil like nobody else. As roommates in Titans Tower, it's every hero for himself when it comes to living in peace. Not even super heroes can settle fights over who's in control of the TV remote.
Teen Titans Go! Mission to Misbehave
The return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in an all-new comedic adventure. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision.
Justice League Vs. Teen Titans
Soon after Damian joins the Teen Titans as Robin, a rift develops between the Justice League and the Titans over Raven, whom the JL sees as being in league with her father, the demon Trigon, while the Titans see her as his victim. Soon the rift turns into an all-out war, as the Titans take it upon themselves to protect Raven from the League, while thwarting Trigon's plans to create a hell on Earth.
DCU Teen Titans
The Titans are on the hunt for the villainous Brother Blood, not realizing that they might have a traitor among them.
What do you think? Which Teen Titan is your favorite? And will you watch the new Titans series? Let us know below.