Yesterday, news broke that TNT is developing a Titans television series that would center around Dick Grayson leaving his role as Batman’s sidekick Robin, becoming Nightwing, and forming his own superhero team. Other heroes mentioned in articles about the show’s development include Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg, but the obvious question for Wonder Woman enthusiasts is will Donna Troy, aka. Wonder Girl, be a part of the show?
Wonder Girl was a part of the Teen Titans from the very beginning, fighting alongside Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad in their own series in the 1960s. When the team was relaunched as the New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980, Wonder Girl remained part of the team, alongside new additions like Beast Boy and the aforementioned Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg. New Teen Titans chronicled Dick Grayson’s evolution from Robin to Nightwing, the same era the show is built upon, and Donna Troy was a key character in the series throughout its entire run. Her history got rather convoluted over the years but, as the Teen Titans grew into adulthood, Donna Troy always stuck with her gang, from a rebranding as the Titans in the late 1990s to following Dick Grayson to the Justice League as the last incarnation of the team before the New 52 began in 2011.
Since the launch of the New 52, Donna Troy has been benched. DC has teased her return via a quick look a whiteboard planning future storylines; “Donna” is linked to “SM/WW”, or Superman/Wonder Woman. Nothing has come of it yet, but the same whiteboard mentioned the return of Stephanie Brown and Wally West, both of which have since been brought back. It also sounds like she’s going to be a part of one of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity issues, albeit it in a different universe.
Having Donna Troy in a Titans TV series just makes sense given her long history with the team. Plus, it might spur DC to bring her back into their primary universe after a now three-year long absence. Donna is a favourite of both Wonder Woman and Teen Titans fans, and her appearance in any medium would be a definite cause for celebration.
Also, if the show got picked up soon and Donna was a part of it, that would mean that we’ll get a new live action Wonder Girl (Debra Winger played a non-Donna Troy Wonder Girl in the 1970s Wonder Woman TV show) before we get a new live action Wonder Woman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t out until March 2016, so Donna might beat Diana to the punch. Given Wonder Woman’s long and frustrating journey to a modern live action adaptation, her sister getting there first seems almost appropriate
The Titans pilot is being written by Akiva Goldsman, whose star power might help the project’s chances of getting picked up. Goldsman wrote A Beautiful Mind and several other Ron Howard projects, but he also wrote Batman Forever and Batman and Robin so don’t get your hopes too high. On the other hand, he worked on Fringe, too, and that was a fantastic AND fantastical show, which could bode well for Titans. Everything is currently up in the air, including Donna Troy’s hypothetical involvement in the project. She wasn’t mentioned as part of the show in any of the articles announcing the series, and Wonder Woman-related characters haven’t appeared in any DC properties like Smallville or Arrow, so this all may be wishful thinking. But come on! Donna Troy just makes sense. Make it happen, TNT. We’re all jonesing for some live action Amazon fun.