Mark Verheiden, one of the head writers for Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica recently said that work has not completely stalled on his adaptation of DC Comic's Teen Titans for the screen. Verheiden spoke to ComicMix about the status of the project.
"I'm back full into writing the Teen Titans movie," Verheiden said. "I turned in a pass to Warner Bros. right before the strike and we've talked about that and I'm going to get back into it. I'll address some of their thoughts and work on the next draft... One thing I can tell you is that there will be a Nightwing story and Robin is in it, too. Take from that what you will. We'll also be dealing 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. What makes them interesting and exciting? That's how I approach any story."
Verheiden said tha he intends to focus on the era of the comic written by the legendary Marv Wolfman. He also stated that DC and Warner Bros. are very committed to doing the film right, in ways that the fans of the popular characters will still respect. "I'm aware there are things you can play around with and things you can't. It worked," Verheiden said. "Why fix what isn't broken?"
Asked to describe his take on the film, Verheiden explained:
In the case of Teen Titans, its more like how do you see those characters in a live-action movie and how do they react and live in our world?
There's a lot of ways to go with this, but my "take," if you want to call it that, is to try and make them as real as possible given the circumstances. Possibly a little bit more of a heightened realism in this, much like they've done in the comic recently.
The trick is to find a balance between the realism of how they can work in this world so you can connect with them and they feel real to you, and then the fact they have powers, or most of them do, they have fun and do what they do.
We're not going to make it grim and gritty or anything, but it will have great jeopardy, action and conflict. The bottom line is, we're going to try and have some fun with it, which is the best way to describe it.
We're going to have some strong adversaries, or antagonists, but really, I'm trying to concentrate on the core group of these characters, who we meet at a point when they're at the cusp of adulthood.
Actually, when I first started thinking about it, I wondered what it would be like, for example, to be Tom Cruise's son if you wanted to get into acting. You have a lot of baggage to overcome.
It's the same with this story. 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? That's got to be a huge thing to overcome. That makes it interesting for me.
While it's great news to know that Verheiden seems to have a good handle on the characters and what makes them interesting, it's just as exciting to see that this will be a live-action film. Obviously a lot can happen based on casting and who the director ends up being, but it seems like Teen Titans is at least headed in the right direction.
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