These are the fans that can’t stand to be reminded that the primary audience for DC superheroes is children, and they are desperate for R-rated depictions full of swears and ultra-violence (but no nudity)—depictions that prove the genre they love is mature and worth their time. But their obsession with the veneer of maturity blinds them to the fact that there’s no there there. The Snyder films have nothing coherent to say about power or responsibility. They are the equivalent of a fifty-year-old wearing an “Anti-Social” black t-shirt they got at Hot Topic.

Titans Exposes Everything Wrong with DC’s Gritty, Boring Approach to Live Action

38 thoughts on “These are the fans that can’t stand to be reminded that the primary audience for DC superheroes is children, and…

  1. Let’s be clear: I’m not saying that DC should only make superhero products aimed at 8-year-olds. The characters are robust and diverse and there’s room for an array of interpretations, from Supergirl to The Lego Batman Movie, Justice League Action to Wonder Woman, Arkham Knight to Injustice: Gods Among Us. I’m not even saying there can’t be an R-rated version of the Teen Titans, hypothetically.

    Also he’s very much saying that. He’s saying “They’re doing something in a way I don’t like and that should stop.” It’s as douchey as saying TTG! is destroying the characters or whatever some troglodyte might say about it.

  2. Let’s be clear: I’m not saying that DC should only make superhero products aimed at 8-year-olds. The characters are robust and diverse and there’s room for an array of interpretations, from Supergirl to The Lego Batman Movie, Justice League Action to Wonder Woman, Arkham Knight to Injustice: Gods Among Us. I’m not even saying there can’t be an R-rated version of the Teen Titans, hypothetically. Also he’s very much saying that. He’s saying “They’re doing something in a way I don’t like and that should stop.” It’s as douchey as saying TTG! is destroying the characters or whatever some troglodyte might say about it.]]>

  3. The Teen Titans comic dealt with plenty of adult topics without having to delve into the Murderverse that is Zach Snyder.

    Feeling like an outcast? Check
    Dealing with abusive parents? Check
    Finding out Cults of Personality are truly evil? Check
    Realizing that religion can be used for nefarious purposes? Check

    Heck… and that was just two issues.

  4. Robert Bohl Rob, with all due respect, you make this argument a lot, and all I can ever take away from it is “Well, that’s just your opinion, man.”

    Yes, it’s just his opinion. It’s an opinion piece.

  5. Curt Thompson Sure. Lots of great art has been created by people reinterpreting well-worn characters; it’s what keeps a lot of these characters from fading into obscurity.

    But I agree with the author that “Let’s make it grim and murder-y!” is pretty tired at this point, not to mention has not proven particularly successful for DC’s film franchise. Take the dark filter off the camera and explore the full range of human emotion for a change.

  6. Mark Delsing Anything is overdone when done badly. But we don’t know how this storytelling is handled yet. We have a clip that is less than a minute long.

    Respectfully, I’m going to wait to see if there is anything to complain about before I start complaining.

  7. badly. But we don’t know how this storytelling is handled yet. We have a clip that is less than a minute long. Respectfully, I’m going to wait to see if there is anything to complain about before I start complaining.]]>

  8. Fundamentally, I think this is about DC having something shocking to go viral in promoting their new streaming service. The Teen Titans just happened to be the particular IP they hit on the dart board.

  9. Kind of on the fence about this one. Will reserve judgment until it happens and at least three other people whose taste I trust chime in about it. But since I do that with every movie these days…

    In general I prefer DC’s animation to their live action films. This particular trend is one of the reasons.