In the immediate wake of his casting last week as Batman’s former protege Dick Grayson in “Titans,” young Australian actor Brenton Thwaites has found his backside has become the subject of a lot more Google searches.
Thwaites leads a cast of the live-action series based on the “Teen Titans” superhero team from DC Comics. The show is expected to debut on DC’s own digital service next year and serve as the launch show for the boutique streamer.
Of course in the comics Grayson becomes Nightwing, and that character in recent years has become famous for one very specific feature – his butt. The muscular posterior has become a key part of the character’s design and so any actor cast in the role is obviously going to have their backside scrutinised.
Even so Thwaites, who got his ass out in the opening scenes of the Ewan McGregor-led Australian thriller “Son of a Gun,” has found his rear end the subject of a major uptick in searches according to ComicBook.com.
There’s still no certainty that will actually don the costume of Nightwing on “Titans,” and the choice of actor has already come under fire for seemingly ignoring Grayson’s Romani heritage. The project is separate from the solo Nightwing film that Warner Bros. Pictures has in development.
“Titans” also stars Teagan Croft as Raven and Anna Diop as Starfire with filming aiming to begin this Fall ahead of a 2018 airing.