This is NOT meant to get under anyone’s skin. I really can’t stress that enough.
I really can’t be the only one that sees problems with this live-action adaptation. So far every person liking it comes across as being pretty naive, and inexperienced to think the show is a solid watch.
To those that like it, let me explain why it’s flawed. In a non-boring manner.
-We Live in a World Post-The Last of Us
What this means is that stories of the Parent/Guardian protecting/mentoring the “special” child has been done to death. Not that the story in itself is bad but after so many mediums (I. e. The Road, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, Logan, New 52 Batman and Robin, God of War 2018, etc) we’re on the verge of genre fatigue, and future adaptations including Titans is prone to cliché and predictability. It kills the immersion and leaves the viewer disappointed when their predictions become accurate in a scene.
-The Origin Story Fatigue
No one who is a fan asks for an origin story. It’s slow and in this show you’re simply waiting for things to happen. We want amazing tales that compliments meta humans, their powers and attributes. This show so far is coming off bland, and sluggish and predictable.
-Live Action is Difficult
Acting in real life is tough I get it. Especially when in today’s digital age where a lot is transparent and it’s so blatantly obvious that it’s just people in costumes playing make believe, the acting in this show is inconsistent in execution. That inconsistency kills the viewer’s immersion. The swearing comes off as disingenuous, the attempts of a tender moment/chemistry are so flat and obvious they’re an eye roll if not wince inducing. (Seriously, use other synonyms for “dark”, “light” and “pain”. It’s that bad) And the action scenes are sometimes rough and claustrophobic I end up lost as to what even happened.
I don’t like how they made Raven into a whiny damsel either. The show is meant for a Mature Audience when really it isn’t. CG is too obvious. It’s supposed to be a more “grounded and real” take on the Titans but that’s not what anyone really was asking for either. I invest myself in comic book mythologies for how otherworldly they are, not for them to be relatable to our bland and mundane lives.
I suppose because of that the animation department has gotten my support all the way. Animation is a lot less limiting than what can be done in real life. In fact I said before that Constantine City of Demons gets it right for being a hard R rated film. I re-watched it and it was excellent.
I’m not going to stop watching the live action show because my sorry fan self still holds on to what little hope there is. But I seriously can’t be the only one who finds this adaptation bad.
Really what I want is high budget DC Animated films. Perhaps they are no Akira, Ghost in the Shell, or Spirited Away, but most certainly not bad.