The DC Universe streaming service recently opened its virtual doors, with the introductory original series TItans set to introduce the comic supergroup in live-action for the first time. Meanwhile, Hulu is gearing up for the second season to its youth-skewing comic book drama, Runaways. Both of the superhero team series released new trailers today, with Runaways‘ being our first look at Season 2 and Titans‘ released with the announcement that Netflix will be its exclusive streaming home everywhere outside the U.S.. And we’re putting the promos heads-to-heads in a Battle of the Trailers to see which show deserves more hype.
Let’s start off with the second official trailer for DC Universe’s Titans, a dark and gritty take on the fan-favorite comic squad, with Brendan Thwaites’ Dick Grayson as a Detroit detective whose vigilante past can’t stay buried for very long. The trailer above does a pretty solid job of showing off all the major heroes we’ll be spending Season 1 with, along with each character’s visually interesting elements, even if it doesn’t show off a ton of new footage. It also plays up the balance between Dick’s calm demeanor in his “real” life and the festering rage that gets release when he’s out as Robin. Each time his fractured relationship with Bruce Wayne comes up in Titans conversations, I find myself getting more and more excited to find out what happened, which doesn’t bode well for my judgment patterns.
Beyond Robin, Teagan Croft’s Rachel Roth, who will later take on the alter ego Raven, is in need of help when Titans kicks off, and as it’s hinted at in the trailer above, she has some freaky-ass demonic powers that are brought out by emotional stress. Then there’s Anna Diop’s alien princess Koriand’r, who comes to be known as Starfire for all of the blisteringly obvious reasons; it looks like Starfire is where Titans will really get to show off its CGI budget, as those moments in the trailer look absolutely gorgeous.
And then perhaps most promisingly, we have Ryan Potter’s Garfield Logan, whose animalistic shapeshifting abilities earn him the moniker Beast Boy. It’s quite possible the spritely hero will give Starfire a run for the CGI money with all of his transition scenes.
All in all, it’s not entirely clear what Titans‘ narrative will actually be driving towards, beyond the fully realized superhero states of each of these characters. Like Robin, Alan Ritchson’s Hank Hall and Minka Kelly’s Dawn Granger appear to already be established as the crimefighting duo Hawk and Dove, but it’s clear that Rachel will need to find a way to control her frightful powers, and Koriand’r will need to figure out a few things of her own. Still, I like everything we’ve seen so far. (And stay tuned for my full Titans review.)
Head to the next page to see the new Season 2 promo for Marvel’s Runaways.