Amid all the hand-wringing over the troubled Justice League – make that Justice League Mortal – everyone seems to have forgotten about the announcement last May of a live-action Teen Titans movie.
But in an interview at ComicMix, comics and screenwriter Mark Verheiden helpfully jogs our collective memory: He turned in a first draft of the screenplay to Warner Bros. before the WGA strike, and he’s now ready for another go-around.
He says the movie, which will use the Marv Wolfman-George Perez ’80s revival as “the touchstone of inspiration,” will deal with “a transitional period in the lives of the Teen Titans.”
“It will be a huge, fun, action movie but it’s the characters first,” Verheiden says. “What makes them interesting and exciting? That’s how I approach any story.”
He also reveals the movie will deal with Robin’s relationship with Batman, a thread that ran through The New Teen Titans, and ended with Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing.
“It’s no secret Robin is in this movie, so what if you were him, after living in the shadow of Bruce Wayne and Batman, and now you wanted to go off on your own and become your own man, your own superhero?” Verheiden says. “That’s got to be a huge thing to overcome. That makes it interesting for me.”