Teen Titans Debut in August on Cartoon Network
By Beth Hannan Rimmels
Cartoon Network adds to its superhero roster in August with the debut of Teen Titans. Based on the DC comic book characters the series focusses on the line-up created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez: Robin, the Boy Wonder, Cyborg, Beast Boy (who renamed Changeling in the Wolfman/Perez version), Starfire and Raven. The half-hour series is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation in association with Emmy Award-winner Glen Murakami. The series will later air in the 2003-2004 season on Kids' WB!
The series is not a direct take on the Wolfman/Perez period, however. This version unites to protect the Earth from a new generation of villains while, of course, trying to cope with the usual problems of adolescence.
The voice cast includes Scott Menville as Robin The Boy Wonder, who began crimefighting as Batman's sidekick; Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, the green-skinned teen who can change shape into any animal; Hynden Walch as Starfire, who can fly and channel energy into a powerful weapon; Tara Strong as the psychic and mystical Raven; and Khary Payton as Cyborg, the half-man/half-machine. Wil Wheaton and Ron Perlman round out the cast by playing a variety of guest and recurring roles.
"Cartoon Network has experienced great success with Justice League, so we know we have a loyal audience ready to embrace this exciting new show," said Jim Samples, general manager and executive vice president for the Cartoon Network. "These DC Comics characters have incredible powers, but struggle with how to use them. Teen Titans will mesh perfectly with our other action-adventure programming and thrill our viewers."
"The New Teen Titans was a groundbreaking comic book as Marv Wolfman and George Perez delved into the extraordinary challenges of living as a superhero teenager," said Paul Levitz, DC Comics president and publisher. "With the animated series being brought to life by Glen Murakami's great team, we look forward to new worlds of creative magic."