Titans (TV Series 2018– )
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Visually, Titans is probably the best darkly-lit cinematography ever on television. That is one anal-retentive vis team. But it conveys the brooding, gruesome darkness of the worlds (and mindsets) these characters live in.

I wish that Venom was this dark as a movie. Not just visually, but spiritually. Violence that makes the audience flinch sometimes, cringe at other times. A darkness that leaves you unsettled, wishing for just a bit more light, to feel a little safer.

I wasn’t happy with Dick Greyson in the pilot episode. But by the second, I’m catching on, Rachel feels too much like a Rogue knock-off, but not enough to gripe about. Logan’s goofy, but probably a comfortable fit for the comic book character.

I’m trying to hold off on harsh criticism of Kori’s on-screen adaptation, as there is still a swirl of mystery about her. I’m hoping that it’s actually her sister, who is far more like this first episode portrayal than the Kori we’re used to seeing in the comics and animated series.

The plots we’re given are egregiously unbelievable.

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In fairness, Marvel has heavily taken liberties with the comic universe in developing and exploring the MCU. And while the prior generation is used to a bright and shiny animated portrayal of the Teen Titans. But the original comic arcs were troublesome and dark. So I’m intrigued by the direction the live-action series is taking. Enough to wait-and-see. If I had to judge it now, Netflix’ MCU is far better, even with Danny Rand. I like the character that they have for Kori, but not as Kori. Not because she’s Black, but because the tone of the portrayal is so off-base compared to the rest of the developing arcs. Again, maybe it’s Kommandr. Though it does get confusing when we realize who she’s looking for.

Source: Titans (TV Series 2018– ) – IMDb

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