Comic-Con 2018: Watch the first trailer for DC’s Titans

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DC promised that Titans, its live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans comics, would be dark and gritty. If the trailer that dropped Thursday is any indication, it will be following through on its promise.

Depicting the formation of the Titans team, the trailer for the TV series starts off with Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), also known as Batman’s sidekick Robin. He’s in a back and forth with Raven (Teagan Croft) amid a dream-like flashback to the tragic deaths of Grayson’s parents.

From there, we see Grayson visibly struggling with his mantle as Robin, while still managing to violently dispatch some criminals in a manner more commonly associated with Batman than the Boy Wonder. Yes, there’s blood, and yes there’s slow-mo. The trailer does say it’s “time for inner demons to come out and play.” DC wasn’t kidding about the grittiness.

We also get brief glimpses of Starfire (Anna Diop) using her powers and come this close to Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) showcasing his animal transformation abilities. We also see Dove (Minka Kelly), a crime fighter who’s occasionally been a Teen Titan in the comics but wasn’t a member in the popular animated series, in a particularly brutal example of how much Titans is distancing itself from that animated series and its slapstick successor Teen Titans Go!

Titans, which doesn’t yet have a release date, will be available exclusively on the DC Universe streaming platform. DC Universe is planned to launch this fall for $7.99 monthly 

Read next: Get more details on the ins and outs of Universe or explore our hands-on with a Harley Quinn experience that almost topped Titans’ violence.

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