Titans is the latest DC Comics TV show, this one based on the Teen Titans group, which includes Robin and a group of other young superheroes and sidekicks (in this instance Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy) teaming up to fight crime. 

Titans is a grim 'n' gritty take on the material (arguably better known for its light-hearted cartoons), and the first show created for DC Universe - the company's dedicated streaming platform. DC Universe isn't out beyond the US yet, but don't worry - there is a way to watch Titans in the UK and the rest of the world, and it's even possible to watch Titans without a DC Universe subscription in the US. Here's how, along with all the news, casting info, and trailers for the show so far.

When does Titans premiere?

Titans launched in the US on Friday 12 October, where it premiered exclusively on the new DC Universe streaming platform, which costs $7.99 per month, and also includes a selection of classic DC TV shows and films along with digital comics and bonuses like store discounts and special giveaways.

You can't get DC Universe outside of the US, but don't worry: Netflix has picked up the global rights to Titans outside the US (and China) so as long as you have a Netflix subscription you can still watch it if you're not American. The only thing we don't know is when the show will air: Netflix lists it only as 'Coming Soon', so we're not sure when it will actually release outside of the US.

If you're worried about waiting and want to be sure to watch the show immediately, but you're not in the US, check out our guide to accessing DC Universe from outside the US.

How many episodes are there?

The first season of Titans will include 12 episodes, each of which will release weekly on DC Universe, rather than the whole season arriving at once.

If that doesn't sound like enough, there's good news: executive producer Geoff Johns revealed at New York Comic-Con that Titans has been confirmed for a second season even before the first has aired a single episode. Hopefully that's a sign that DC execs think the show is shaping up pretty well.

What is Titans about?

As we've said, Titans focuses on a group of younger DC heroes. Leader of the pack is Robin - a.k.a. Dick Grayson - now based in Detroit after retiring from his life as Batman's sidekick.

He'll be joined by Raven, a girl grappling with new and demonic powers; Starfire, an alien princess living on Earth; and Beast Boy, a teenager with the ability to shapeshift into animals.

That's the core group of four, but it's likely that the Titans will expand to include more superheroes as the show goes on, as well as featuring other superheroes along the way - including setting up Doom Patrol and other upcoming DC Universe shows, which will exist in a shared universe.

Watch the trailers

There have been three trailers for the show. First up, here's the teaser trailer that was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, and focuses mostly on Robin and Raven:

Then there's the longer trailer put out by Netflix, which includes a better look at the rest of the core cast:

Finally, here's the New York Comic-Con trailer, which once again focuses on Raven, teasing a little more of her backstory and setting up the show's villains:

Who's in the cast?

The main cast members you need to know are the four key members of the team: Brenton Thwaites is Robin, Teagan Croft is Raven, Anna Diop is Starfire, and Ryan Potter is Beast Boy.

Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly will also appear as Hawk and Dove, two superheroes who will here be boyfriend and girlfriend, but don't seem to be part of the core Titans team. Similarly, Bruno Bichir has been cast as Chief, a member of the Doom Patrol - yet another superhero squad being introduced here as set up for their own show in 2019.

There's more though. Curran Walters has also been tapped to play Jason Todd. If you don't know the name, he's the second Robin from the comics (after this show's Dick Grayson), who infamously died at the hands of the Joker. His inclusion suggests the Robin in Titans may not be entirely done with Batman yet, and the show will presumably explore how he deals with being replaced.

Finally, Seamus Dever is in the case in an unknown role - but rumoured to be Trigon, a demon who could be the show's main villain.

How to watch Titans without DC Universe

If you're in the US you might want to watch Titans but balk at the $7.99 monthly fee - which you'll have to pay for three full months if you want to watch the full show as it airs. The good news is that you can watch Titans without a DC Universe subscription - you'll just need a VPN and a Netflix account.

Since Netflix is distributing the show outside the US, anyone with a Netflix account can watch it - though you'll have to wait a bit, as it hasn't reached Netflix just yet. You just need to use a VPN and set the server to a country that has the show on Netflix - you might as well use the UK - and then you can access UK Netflix and watch Titans without paying extra for DC Universe.

Check out our guide to the best VPNs for streaming video if you want a VPN recommendation - or just go straight to NordVPN, currently our top choice.

Note that while this isn't illegal, it is against Netflix's terms and conditions, and so the company technically could revoke your account - but it's very unlikely to. Proceed at your own risk.