The bubbly Starfire seen in the animated Teen Titans probably won’t be the Starfire of DC’s live-action ‘Titans’ series.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that Anna Diop (24: Legacy) had been cast as the Tamaranean princess, and they described the character as “A no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners stranger on our world.” While this is really cool, and Diop is a great choice, this is a bit of a departure from what fans have come to expect from Starfire.
In the animated Teen Titans and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner’s recent comic series, Starfire is a character who can and does get serious, sometimes. But, she is mostly pretty happy-go-lucky. Her marveling at things on Earth and human customs is a big part of what made her so endearing, and arguably, why she’s so popular. So it’s interesting that DC is choosing to characterize her differently in the new Titans show.
With this move, the Starfire of Titans aligns much more closely to the Starfire of the DC Universe Original Animated Movies, which makes sense since the films are used as a testing ground for DC’s characters. In this universe, she’s older and more restrained than the character seen on Teen Titans, but you still see glimpses of her fun-loving side.
Hopefully Titans preserves this aspect of her character in some way, even with her “take-no-prisoners” approach to things.
Titans is expected to premiere on DC’s streaming service in 2018.