When Titans arrives on the DC Universe streaming service, don’t expect Hawk and Dove to have superpowers. Minka Kelly — who plays Dove — just revealed the crime-fighting duo will be vigilantes, not superheroes.
“The fact that we’re actually not superheroes; we’re vigilantes,” Kelly explained to Mario Lopez on OnWithMario. “So you get to see the backstory of how we became vigilantes, what happened in our lives that broke us, that made us want to fight, to protect the good of the people.”
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When Lopez asked if they had “heroic powers,” Kelly continued, “I have a background in ballet, gymnastics and jiu jitsu, so I’m pretty talented. So I can fight and I have a super suit and I have wings. I have 30 pound wings that I wear… I can’t fly. It’s as realistic as possible. I can’t fly because that would be not realistic. I’m a real person.”
“I have wings, but they’re my shield and they’re my weapon,” she continued. “So I take people under my wing and protect them and I slice people with them when I fight. We all have our own individual specific style of fighting and mine in particular is like a dancer… My background, she’s a ballerina.”
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In the comics, of course, Hawk and Dove have a handful of powers that are mystic in origin. An avatar of peace, Dove has “danger sense,” which allows her to sense nearby danger and transform into her superhero persona. This transformation heightens her natural abilities, giving her the power to “read” people and their intentions. She can also fly and supernaturally suppress Hawk’s violent nature. Per Kelly’s comments, though, it looks as though this won’t be the case on the live-action show.
Debuting on DC Universe, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove and Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach.