Teen Titans is about to explode into pop culture phenomenon.
First off, there’s the Teen Titans live-action show (we can’t call it a television show because it won’t be on broadcast television; it will be part of a streaming service gearing toward DC fans which is all DC is saying about it) that has already cast two of its key characters, namely Nightwing and Starfire.
Then there’s that long-awaited “Young Justice” third season. For those who don’t know, “Young Justice” was an animated take on Teen Titans that aired on Cartoon Network. Although it only lasted two seasons, it earned a hardcore following and there was much heartbreak when it came to a sudden end. DC has recently announced that the show will be revived for a third season.
The latest news out of the Warner Brothers camp is that a feature-length “Teen Titans Go!” animated movie will be coming to theaters. The Cartoon Network sitcom-with-superheroes has been a hit, and after the success of the “Lego Batman Movie,” odds are that the family-friendly TTG movie will bring in plenty of money. It doesn’t hurt that Will Arnett has been added to the cast, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll reprise his role as the voice of Batman.
What’s also going to add to the Titans’ mass appeal is Cyborg having a key role in the “Justice League” movie. So far, he’s been featured heavily in the JL trailers, and as the youngest member of the League (not to mention the fact that he looks like Iron Man crossed with Robocop, which is great) he will almost certainly appeal to the younger members of the audience. That appeal will translate into more interest in Teen Titans, especially the comics, shows and movies featuring Cyborg.
Let’s not forget that one of the Titans’ archenemies, Deathstroke, has already made his television debut in “Arrow” and, so far anyway, is rumored to be the main villain in the next solo Batman movie.
With two animated shows, a live-action show, and a movie on the way, you can be sure that Teen Titans will become a household name outside comic book circles. That will lead to key issues of Teen Titans skyrocketing in popularity and value. Here are a few of the issues that you’ll want to keep an eye on as the Titans get set to invade pop culture.
When it comes to Titans lore, this is the equivalent to the X-Men’s “Giant-Size” #1 in that 1980’s “DC Comics Presents” #26 gives us the first appearance of the modern Titans. Not only will you want this one because it’s the first appearances of The New Teen Titans, Starfire, and Raven, but it also was the debut comic for Cyborg. As I said just a couple paragraphs ago, Cyborg is going to skyrocket in popularity once “Justice League” is released in theaters. Even if the movie doesn’t live up to the hype, I still predict that he will be a fan favorite. That’s going to mean that more casual fans will be interested in collecting Cyborg’s key issues.
This will be a very popular comic, not that it isn’t popular already. It showcases the first appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing and features the origin of Deathstroke. Once Nightwing makes his live-action debut, the price for “Tales of the Teen Titans” #44 will pick up, so you should find a copy of this one now while it’s still reasonable.
NTT #2 will always be a hot comic. Why wouldn’t it? It’s the first appearance of Deathstroke, one of the most interesting villains in all of DC comics. The character was so popular that Rob Liefeld even admits to essentially copying Deathstroke when he drew the first images of the insanely popular Deadpool. If Warner Brothers handles Wade Wilson appropriately and portrays him as an equal to Batman, then you can bet that his first appearance will go through the proverbial roof.
The Teen Titans were originally a group of sidekicks who banned together to form their own team. The squad debuted way back in 1964 with Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash founding the original lineup. However, they weren’t actually called the Teen Titans nor were they considered a regular team until a year later in “Brave and the Bold” #60 which added Wonder Girl to the stable. By 1966, they debuted in their own self-titled comic, “Teen Titans” #1.