Titans actress Anna Diop has confirmed that Starfire will receive a much more comic book accurate outfit during the streaming series’ first season. Starfire’s outfit in Titans has been a source of controversy for a very long time. When a set photo leaked of Anna Diop during the filming of season 1 fan response ranged from negative to incredibly negative.
Some of the reaction was a reasonable disappointment and a feeling that Starfire and Diop looked far too low budget for an alien princess. However a very vocal section turned the criticism racist with ridiculous incredulity and outrage that an African-American actress could play an alien with orange skin. According to Diop though the look that the internet has hated so much is merely temporary.
In an interview with ComicBook at the red carpet event for Titans, Diop was asked if a new look for Starfire, modeled on the comics, was on the way:
As soon as I put it on, everyone was flipping out. It’s awesome because it’s something that so many people have seen for so long and it means so much to people and this is the first time we’re bringing it to life, but you know — our story takes its time. It takes its time, it’s an origin story, so it takes its time in the characters coming to this place where you see them and the way that everyone’s always known. I hope that the audience can be patient with us and have fun with us.
One of the main criticisms thrown at Titans’ original Starfire look was that it seemed amateurish and not at all the outfit of a superhero. Evidently, that was the intention. Taking Diop’s comments at face value, it seems the original look of Starfire in Titans is meant to just sketch the barest origins of the character. Starfire, like nearly every other Titans character, is on a much bigger journey. Although, since filming of season 1 has already wrapped (and season 2 hasn’t yet started) it seems like Diop will be in a more accurate – and hopefully less despised – costume by season 1’s end.
It’s also reasonable to assume that Starfire won’t be the only character to get an updated look in Titans season 1. The response hasn’t been quite as negative for the looks of Ryan Potter’s Beast Boy and Teagan Croft’s Raven, but after both leaked, they inspired a certain level of scorn. Whether it’s in season 1 or not, Beast Boy and Raven will likely also be receiving superhero makeovers.
Whether Titans becomes a success for DC Universe or not remains to be seen. There is a lot of buzz around the series but early reviews have been mixed to negative. The consensus being that Titans is a little too heavy handed and gritty with its characters, who have been typically portrayed as light-hearted or at least optimistic. Even if the young heroes continue to bash skulls into a fine paste throughout season 1, they’ll at least be looking more like their comic counterparts while they do it.
Titans season 1 will premiere October 12 on DC Universe.