Teen Titans was an animated TV series premiered by cartoon network. The original intention was to have four seasons, but things changed. Due to the positive feedback and reaction from fans, its producers had to create extra episodes and seasons. They did it to satisfy the desire of fans. The series was so loved by many people that a movie was released to crown as the season finale.
The question is: why was Teen Titans canceled?
Teen Titan was an animated series that almost every child, teenager, including adults loved. People did not expect it to disappear without a good reason. It left many people wondering why Teen Titans was canceled. The series got canceled due to many complicated reasons. One such reason was that it was only supposed to have just four seasons. Continue reading for other vague reasons for the cancellation of Teen Titans.
The Origin Of Teen Titans
Teen Titans is the derivative of two diverse stories. Its concept came from stories written by George Perez and Marv Wolfman. The belief is that the characters, plot lines, and the full idea, etc. emerged from merging their stories written long ago in the eighties.
Teen Titans is an American animated superhero series. It premiered on Kid’s WB and Cartoon Network on 19th July 2003. The series centered on the everyday adventure of a superhero crew willing to defeat evil.
The Teen Titan Series
Its main characters include a robot that is half-human named Cyborg, an Alien, and also a Tamaran princess named Starfire. It also includes a dark energy witch called Raven, a joker with the ability to turn into different animals named Beast Boy, and the talented team leader named Robin, who is also Batman’s sidekick).
The superheroes lived in a T-shaped building named Titans Tower. The shape of the house helps them to quickly identify their home, which was in a secluded area, hidden from the world. The T-shaped building was to accommodate the Teen Titans, with each team member having a specific room.
The building also contained advanced technologies, both for training and missions, command room for controls and strategies, devices for food production, etc. The essence of all these is to help make the job of the Teen Titans easy and successful.
One of the unique features in the series was that the Teen Titans also focuses on teen issues such as relationship problems, association and synergy challenge, growth issues, responsibility, etc. It was unlike others where they only fight villains trying to take over the world and their city.
The original intention was to release four seasons of it, with season four serving as the finale. However, due to its popularity and positive feedback from supporters and viewers, Cartoon Network requested for it to continue. The request led to the production of extra episodes and seasons. The producers released Season five with the hope of releasing a season six, for which that they were planning.
Teen Titans, as from 2013 to 2014, was a leading series both on Cartoon Network and Kids’ WB. Its demand was very high. The series got nominated for three different Annie Awards. Its sharp themes, well-structured characters, and sounds earned it a Motion Picture Award nomination.
The Cancellation Of Teen Titans
Teen Titans were not just a TV series alone. It included collectible toys, comics, music albums, video games, DVD releases, etc. Due to the complications experienced before the release of season six, it led to the cancellation of the TV series.
One of such is “Teen Titans Go” that premiered on 27th July, 2018. The original series is a thing of the past with little hope that it will ever return to the TV screen. Its fans and supporters wait in suspense and curiosity.
The Chronicles Of Teen Titans
Teen Titans follows a logical arrangement created before its launch date. One can discern this from the focus arrangement of each season. Season one centered primarily on the adventures and woes of Robin, and secondarily on how the Titans aided him to victory.
A popular villain called Slade got interested in Robbin. Trying to take full control of the Teen Titans leader is a challenging task, but Slade was determined to take the risk. It resulted in many woes and adventures for Robin. He struggled to fight for his life and the survival of his team.
Season two had a different focus but was related to season one. The team decided to recruit new members but ended up adding a secret villain sent by Slade to infiltrate their squad. The mysterious villain’s name was Terra. Along the line, Beast Boy took an interest in her and was willing to date her, not knowing what he was going to be experiencing.
Meanwhile, season three was tougher as it focuses on the battle between Cyborg and HIVE Brother Blood created a group that aimed at developing super armies energized with robotic powers and psychic powers. The name of the group was HIVE.
Cyborg needed the aid of more than the Teen Titans to defeat the evil group. He had to merge with Aqualad to form another Titans group at the east consisting of Bumblebee, Masy Menos, and Speedy to stand a chance against HIVE.
Season four, which ought to be the finale, was about Raven and her evil father named Trigon. Her father wanted to gain control of the world and rule through tyranny. Raven got forced into a battle with her dad because she was not in support of such an idea. The Titans had to come together with other superheroes to stop Trigon and his legion of evil brotherhood.
The Errors In Teen Titans That Might Have Contributed To Its Cancellation
The original target of Teen Titans in the course of its creation was the children and teens market. Its unique design was for children, especially males. Developing such a series is somewhat complicated because children are very open-minded. Children tend to do whatever they learn, either from movies or their environment.
The fifth season of Teen Titans that was supposed to be the finale witnessed some errors. It contained scenes that were not good for children. One such scene was when Robin got to kiss Starfire. The scene attracted much controversy and ridicule from its viewers.
Starfire was one of the primary characters in Teen Titans. She was a superhero from a different planet, not earth. Due to her kind of superpower and place of origin, she has never kissed before. She experienced lots of complex issues and difficulties in her home planet that she had to leave to survive. She later found a home on earth and got selected to become one of the Teen Titans.
However, Robin was the leader of the Teen Titans, a superhero team determined to eradicate evil from the world. He was the sidekick of Batman (a superhero). His bravery and courage earned him the right to become the team leader. However, he had his shortcomings, like having no real superhero ability.
His excellent fighting skills, smartness, and ability to lead are his greatest strengths. Throughout the series, Starfire and Robin had this thing going, which is unexplainable. They were into each other but were experiencing some incompatibility due to their kind of work. However, in the episode that serves as the season 5 finale, Robin got to kiss Starfire.
The scene raised much ridicule from viewers because the TV series targeted children. Such a scene was not ideal for children to view. The reason was that due to the super curiosity in children, it would drive them into practicing whatever they learn.
The Cancellation Of Season Six
The launching of season five of Teen Titans was on 24th September 2005. The last episode was vague which resulted to the release of a movie so the viewers could gain clarity. The movie came out on 15th September 2006, which is seven months after the launch of the last episode in season five.
Meanwhile, an announcement had already come forth the previous year concerning season six. The statement was to the effect that the prospects for season six were unstable and inconsistent. This statement created room for rumors that might not be any production of season six. Fans and supporters were already in doubt of expecting a season six due to the stories and speculations.
Carton Network had to step in to confirm the viewers’ speculations by officially terminating the series. They said it was as a result of a rejected Will Wheaton act. Will Wheaton was a featured actor in Teen Titans season six; he was playing the role of voiceover for Aqualad. Warner Bros’ new animation executives rejected his acts for many times.
A subsequent discovery found out that the Warner Bros’ new executives were unwilling to proceed with the series after listening to the pitch of the Teen Titans season six. Meanwhile, Rob Hoegee, who is an editor, affirmed that it was Cartoon Network that rejected the season six and not Warner Bros.
The Unexpected End Of Teen Titans
The cancellation of Teen Titans was new to viewers, but speculation proves that the producers already knew. Although many persons loved the series, its ratings were getting lower by the day. The poor rating was a terrible business for Cartoon Network, which is in the market to make profits and not entertain their fans alone.
Rob Hoegee, during an interview, said that Cartoon Network had to inform Warner Bros that there would be no season six. It is as a result of the low ratings generated from season four. Cartoon Network communicated the information during the airing of season five. The intention was to kill any plans for season six.
It was also as a result of the closed toy deal. The collectible toys of Teen Titans were doing well in the market, but the deal was final. David Slack a per producer of the series said Teen Titans ended expectedly due to low ratings after production of season four and due to the sealed toy deal.
It saddens the heart of viewers that such a loved show had to end. It explains why many people are asking “why was Teen Titans canceled?” In recent times, Teen Titans are having a comeback through different forms coined out of its original series. Teen Titans Go is one of the derivatives of the series. However, I am confident fans of this series across the globe will be interested in the derivatives of the original Teen Titans that are finding their way back to our big screen.