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New Titans Promos Give Us a Closer Look at Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy

With the premiere of DC Universe’s Titans fast approaching, we are getting a closer look at the core characters that make up the Titans universe. We’ve already seen the psuedo-sibling rivalry between Jason Todd and Dick Grayson, as well as the now infamous “fuck Batman” trailer. The three latest clips focus on Raven (Teagan Croft), Starfire (Anna Diop), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).

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Our first look at Raven begins with her voice-over, where she says “my mom says there’s no such thing as monsters … I think she’s wrong”. We see Raven in bed, kneeling before a crucifix, before screaming and displaying her telekinetic abilities. We see Raven’s dark self coming forward as a smile forms (what? demon energy is a good time).

The clip gives us some serious Exorcist vibes, which not surprising considering that Raven is the daughter of a demon father (Trigon) and human mother (Arella).We don’t get a chance to see any of Raven’s soul-self, or if that will be a part of her character in the series, so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how her powers manifest.

We also get our first full look at Starfire, who is still wearing that abomination of a costume (sorry, it’s just so bad and my girl deserves better than this tacky Halloween knock-off). We see the Tamaranean warrior princess being experimented on in an underground lab, and delivering her signature solar blasts. Starfire is easily the most powerful of the Titans, causing Raven to exclaim that she’s a “total badass”. Starfire says, “there’s a power inside of me, something I don’t understand,” and I’m curious to see how much of her origin story will be explored in the series.

Despite the release of several clips, we still haven’t gotten a good look at Alan Ritchson’s Hawk or Minka Kelly’s Dove. We have however, gotten a look at Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), who appears to be the comic relief of the series. We see Beast Boy transform into his favorite animal, a tiger, and transform back into his human form…which leaves him naked in front of the crew.

Each character clip feels like it comes from a totally different show, and we’ll have to wait and see how the characters gel together to form a team. It’s still hard to pin down the tone of the series, which could be a problem moving forward. What do you think of the character clips? Do they make you more or less interested in watching Titans?

(via Comic Book Resources, Entertainment Weekly image: DC Universe)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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