Thursday, January 08, 2009

Dan Didio Titans Answer

Dan Didio talks Titans in his 20 Questions segment. But he mostly talks about the Avengers. I'm not sure he truly answered the question, but here it is...

From Newsarama's bi-weekly
“20 Answers, One Question” with DC Universe Executive Editor Dan Didio...

2. Let’s get into the larger plan for the Teen Titans and the larger Titans franchise. March sees the debut of the new Teen Titans lineup, which looks interesting in a “Let’s bring in the new guys” way. Since the Teen Titans have been in that mode a lot recently, let’s talk about that first – fan expectation and desire versus what you see as good story and shaking things up. Judging by feedback, at least by what we see at Newsarama, if Teen Titans fans had their way, any version of the team would have Robin, Wonder Girl, a Flash, and probably Superboy in it. This lineup doesn’t have that at all. What’s the thinking when you take a chance like that?

DD: The hope is that we’re telling stories that are exciting, and people are buying in to the Teen Titans franchise. The good thing is that when you have characters like Blue Beetle, Wonder Girl, Red Devil, Miss Martian and others that inhabit the world of the DC Universe, there’s no place else to see them other than the pages of Teen Titans. So we can take a lot of dramatic, storytelling chances with them and we can show a lot of things happening to them, without having to coordinate it through several books.

When characters like Robin or Kid Flash are not available at the moment, this gives us the chance to let these other characters open up, tell more story with them, and hopefully develop the same level of fanbase that Robin, Kid Flash and all the others did on their own terms. What happens is if those characters from the team’s other eras do return to the story, we can bring new readers back in, but also have the potential to spin off some of these other characters, if we’ve been successful in building a fanbase for them.

I hate to say it, and it gets me in trouble, but I have to use my Marvel reference with this one again – from what I understand and what I’ve read, Avengers, with Iron Man, Hulk and Thor wasn’t nearly as possible as it was when they introduced the team of Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. They were supporting characters at best at the time, and they were all considered villains, but they came into the Avengers team, and because they weren’t appearing anywhere else, they were able to tell these incredible stories with them that caught everyone’s interest, and the book really took off at that point.

What I always hope, and what’s always the hope, is that we can take some of our supporting cast members and be able to tell strong, compelling stories with them, and hopefully people will get as excited about them as they did with the characters as they did with those in Avengers, years ago. What we’re seeing more and more, and this isn’t a surprise to anyone, is that it’s getting harder and harder to introduce a character in their own solo book or series if they don’t get the sampling that we hope for from readers. But if we start them, or put them in a series which we know has a pre-sold quality like Teen Titans of Justice League, the hope is that the people who buy Teen Titans and Justice League will read these books, enjoy these characters, and want to see more with them, even if it’s outside of those series. That’s what we’re always striving for.


  • At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey bill how come you dont leave a comment about everything you i think everything you say is insightful like your response to the return of barry allen

  • At 1:41 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    The problem about Didio relating the Teen Titans to The Avengers is that while The Avengers did have C- and D-list characters, at that time, they were surrounded by A-list characters in Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. By having these A-list characters it made stories involving Hawkeye, Wasp, Quicksilver, etc. much more interesting to fans since there were does A-list characters involved in the story.

    But with the Teen Titans there is no A-list character on the title anymore with Robin of the title. The biggest name Teen Titans has now is Wonder Girl who is a C-list maybe B-list character. And I would say that if Ravager comes back to this title it would greatly help it. Ravager and Wonder Girl's animosity between towards one another is something that can help both characters since they balance each other nicely, it would especially Wonder Girl's character.

  • At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i totally agree with kevin. didio's comment about the supporting characters doesn't work with teen titans since the entire team now consists of supporting characters with no (aside from cassie) lead players.

    i also agree they need to get ravager back. crap, even speedy would have been a recognizable name attached to the titans. i'd also like the new terra to join the team. i could care less about bombshell. bluebeetle is cool and red devil is ok for humor. are there no male characters that could be brought in that are solid teen titans? there's no cyborg kid or new changeling. we need good male teens that makes sense with the titans. kid eternity? huh? i don't get it.

  • At 2:06 AM, Anonymous USS_TITANS said…

    I am curious that what Didio thinking about defying the will of all the Teen Titans and Titans fan. In this economy where recession is dragging down buyers spending habitts. If I were a seller. I would do everything in my power to bring and give what my customer wanted and needed. If they wanted big names characters. I would give them exactly what they wanted. Not some water down excuses that C or D list of characters needed to be developed.
    Sound like he still in a delusional states of I am king of the world and I can do whatever I wanted. Who gives a freaking care to what my customer wants. He is going to ruined (If not already) the TT and Titans franchised for DC. Marked my words.

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  • At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Cenzo said…

    I'm having flashbacks to the Detroit League...

  • At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would bet you more people would love to see Young Justice in action.
    I, for one, would love to see Impulse/Kid Flash, Robin III, and Superboy make an apperance. Especially with all the humor that the cartoonanimefied way they had the original Titans. It would be cool for them to build on their secret identities. ( i.e. the whole flash legacy, Tim's bat and family problems, Superboy's daddy complex) It just wasn't expressed with the original Teen Titans in the animated series. I would have a feeling it would get a big fan base. Especially with all the fangiriling if they promoted it right. I would have a whole closet of Impulse plushies. Plus with YJ, you would could have the Original Titans too. I miss Gar D:
    There is just so much plot and they can kill them all in the end like they did to those who read the comics.

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