Anna Diop Responds to Criticism over Starfire’s Live action look for Titans

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We reported yesterday that set photos got leaked showing Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven’s look for the series Titans and many fans have shown a lot of negative criticism for the looks.

Anna Diop, who plays Starfire spoke on the criticism stating that she’s disappointed that the first look had to be set photos taken out of context and that it was an especially cold day. She goes on to mention that its easy for people to criticize online with anonymity that the internet gives to people.

To the ‘Titans’ fans:
Yesterday a photo of me on set leaked online. And it was unfortunate because fans have been waiting MONTHS for a photo of ‘Starfire’ and a sloppy (😐) photo of me on a curb in 15 degree weather is what they got instead 😂 For the sake of our incredible fans – I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing. It’s out of context and it’s a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all.
With that said – the hate speech that followed was deplorable. And though I am highly unbothered 💅🏿 I do want to use this as an opportunity to say that tearing people down is not something that I tolerate. For myself or anyone else. Too often social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misused as a tool to harass, abuse, and spew hatred at others. This is weak, sad, and a direct reflection of the abuser.

When comic book characters are created they are given an exaggerated look, we’ve seen this when men have large muscles or women with large breast and this is partly because comic books are a fantasy world where the only limitation is the artist imagination.

Many fans are pointing out that cosplayers have more accurate looks but those are from people who only have to wear it for a few hours and not as outfits for a weekly show. They are also not adapting a show for all ages to watch.

Many of these characters looks would never work in the live action format. Harley Quinn for example only appears for a few seconds in Suicide Squad in her original look from Batman: The Animated Series because it looked too cartoony and even the look she did receive was met with criticism because it didn’t look practical.

Starfire has many costumes that are more like bathing suits than an actual outfit someone would wear daily. We got to remember that for one, this scene would be of them undercover, each are wearing jackets. It could very well be them taking a break in between shots. Another possibility is that characters like Beast Boy and Starfire would need CGI to complete their looks.

Like with Zachary Levi’s Shazam or Grant Gustin’s The Flash, people really need to stop judging things based on a photo someone snuck and took and wait for an official photo.

Eric Curto

Eric Curto

My name is Eric and I am loving this current comic book boom, I was around for the first one with Superman: The Movie, Supergirl(being the first female and crossover film) and Batman and have been enjoying the resurgence since Blade. Can't express how much I cannot wait for WB & DC to take back the film universe but until than I love the TV shows we have gotten. I only started reading comics about 10 years ago but am connected more to DC over Marvel or any other major company. If you wanna chat feel free to contact me
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