A Free Twist for the Teen Titans in the New 52

Teen Titans just isn’t a very good comic book. Not even a relaunch with a new #1 issue and a new creative team could pull this book out of the doldrums. But I remain hopeful that the troubles can be turned around. There’s a great comic hidden down deep in Teen Titans. It still has potential. I even have a few ideas how to fix it.

But even with my upcoming attempts to break into the comic book industry, I doubt DC is going to hand me the reigns of Teen Titans anytime soon.

Although they totally should

Since it’ll be awhile before DC likes me enough to write their comics, I’ve decided to drop the best idea I have right here on the Internet for all of you. I have plenty of ideas how to fix Teen Titans — and you can read a few here — but my biggest idea is a twist that would not only solve a few problems, but could give the book the kick in the butt it needs! I’m talking the sort of twist that would totally break the series and supercharge it in an exciting new direction!

Want to hear what it is? Then join me after the jump!

First, a little background, just to get everybody up to speed.

In the New 52, the Teen Titans were founded by Red Robin, one of Batman’s sidekicks, when he noticed that other teenage superheroes were going missing. Red Robin figured out that a mysterious organization called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. was kidnapping the young heroes, so Red Robin left the Batcave to try and save them and put N.O.W.H.E.R.E. out of business. Along the way, he met Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Bunker, Beast Boy and a few others, and together they formed the Teen Titans and stopped the nefarious N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

Ever since then, the Titans have just kept hanging out being superheroes, under Red Robin’s leadership. I could write an essay about all the ways DC and their writers have turned this neat idea into a bad comic, but we don’t have all day.

Instead, let’s get to that twist:

What if Batman was secretly responsible for the creation and continuation of the Teen Titans?

Did I just blow your minds? Maybe, maybe not. But what if, all this time, Tim Drake has been answering to Batman about the Teen Titans?

Batman and Robin have been known to work together before

What if Batman and Red Robin worked together to track down N.O.W.H.E.R.E., and afterwards, Batman assigned Tim to keep tabs on this team of Teen Titans that formed? Batman is the kind of guy who has developed contingency plans against every member of the Justice League, of course he’d be interested in the existence of the next generation of superheroes.

And what better way to keep track of them than to put one of his most trusted operatives in charge?

And arguably his best operative

Tim will have been making reports to Batman about his progress with the Teen Titans. It would explain why they’re still a team, one of the biggest plot holes in the book right now. Red Robin is keeping them together under orders from Batman, in order to keep track of the team and keep then unified. It would give further credence to Red Robin’s ability to fund everything the Titans have been doing. And it would tie them into the greater DC Universe.

Plus, DC loves attaching Batman to everything they do. It’s simple marketing.

This twist would add some much needed drama within the team, should the other Titans ever find out. It would test Tim Drake’s loyalties. And it would lead to all manner of neat adventures, including team-ups or battles with the Justice League!

So there you go, DC Comics, a free twist. By the time I’m a professional and DC lets me write Teen Titans, the current era of the comic will probably be long over, so I doubt I’ll ever be able to actually implement this twist. So I’m giving it away for free!

I know a lot of Teen Titans readers have found my blog. What do you think of my idea? Does it have legs? Does it suck terribly? Would it help the book? Would anything help the book at this point? Let me know in the comments!


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on January 12, 2015, in Comics, DC, Robin and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Neat idea! I think DC will recognize the goldmine their sitting on eventually – a team of teenage superheroes not bogged down by continuity. This book should be the type that contends with Marvel.
    Or maybe we’ll just keep getting Lobdellian nonsense. Who knows.

  2. I rather love the idea- I think it’s a rather good one and I am surprised Lobdell didn’t come up with it.

    Then again, I am glad Lobdell didn’t come up with it- he didn’t have a chance to screw it up.

    I’m getting tired of the Titans having no personality outside of being the team that reacts to external forces. It’d be nice to see them have some agency for once, and lives. Heck, Bunker has an apartment- where does that money come from? Or does Red Robin use Daddy’s funds to maintain the Titans’ living conditions just like he bought them a yatch? Bunker’s apartment is rather nice, he must be paying some good dough for that square footage… so where is that money coming from?

  3. See, I think you’ve stumbled onto something great. This isn’t some neat original idea you have here. This is a Fan Theory! You’ve taken an already established mystery: Why are the Teen Titans still together? And you’ve crafted a genius theory to make sense out of DC’s nonsense.

    So luckily there are plenty of precedents for this kind of thing. Now that you’ve posted on your blog, step one is complete. Next you need to tweet it (which maybe you did. I don’t know. I don’t use Twitter.) Third, you need to post this on reddit. Always everything on reddit.

    4th maybe spread the word yourself on batman or Teen Titan message boards. 5th should be you do a small podcast of you explaining the theory, then throw some Teen Titan images on it and make it a Youtube video.

    Then you’re done. After a few weeks, if you succeeded, Dorkly will make a “Most Plausible Batman Fan Theories” list and you’ll be on it. Then you win the internet.

    Let me know if you need any help.

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