Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) has been tapped for the lead role of Dick Grayson in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, which is slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.
Written by Goldsman, DC Entertainment’s Johns and Berlanti, Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson (Thwaites) emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft) and others.
After breakout roles on TV series Home and Away and Slide in his native Australia, Thwaites had been focused on features, appearing in The Giver, Gods of Egypt, Maleficent and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was pursued for Titans, which would mark his first U.S. TV series gig.
“Dick Grayson is one of the most important and iconic heroes in the DC universe, and it wasn’t easy to find him but we have,” Johns said. “Brenton has the emotional depth, heart, danger and physical presence of Batman’s former protege and the Titans’ future leader. We’re extremely lucky he’s chosen to bring his talents to this project and this character.”
Comic book fans know Dick Grayson as Batman’s famous sidekick, Robin. After Dick’s parents were murdered during their high-flying circus act, Bruce Wayne became Dick’s legal guardian and trained him to fight crime beside him. But after years as part of the Dynamic Duo, Dick struggled to find his place outside the Dark Knight’s shadow. Finally striking out as his own man, he emerges as a leader, mentor, and father figure to his new family, the Titans.
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Joel once joked that he wasn’t pretty enough to be cast in the popular Australian soap operas ‘Home and Away’ and 'Neighbours’ as it seems 95% of his acting peers were, but some commentators took his remarks a bit too literally. He recently tried to set the record straight…
“I want to
qualify this. It wasn’t like I went into a room and someone said, ‘Hey, you
ain’t pretty.’ It was more about being
an awkward teenager. I wasn’t a swaggering, young, tanned thing. I hadn’t got
it together like some kids are able to do, just like that. [snapping his
fingers]. I took my time to stumble my way through a nice, slow-build career.
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my favourite thing about having watched Australian soaps as a pre teen is I’m now seeing all these characters making it big, like i remember when chris hemsworth was called kim and was basically eye candy then started dating a doctor who was like 10 years older than him. and margot robbie taught me how to parallel park using little knick-knacks placed strategically in her car and a bandana tied around her wrist.