This project hits close to home for me. I witnessed the horrors of addiction firsthand; I believe everyone has something they can let go of in order to make a positive change in their life. I’ve done a lot of research on the perfect place to set the story in - Philadelphia. It has a severe heroin epidemic, and I thought where better than the neighborhoods the heroin directly affects. The themes we face are addiction and recovery, and more importantly, letting go.
I was watching The Dark Knight Rises and there is a very climactic moment for Bruce Wayne. He's stuck in prison, and a medic tells him the way the little girl escaped the pit was she let go of the rope. It was a visual representation for the things Bruce was holding on to, and I think that heroin is a good visualization for the things that Titan is holding on to. Titan needs to let go to move forward.
I’m also a huge fan of superheroes. They were important in forming my own moral compass. Some people have religion, but I have heroes. I read a book about the history of comics from the golden age to the current age, and it really dove into superheroes as the American myth, similar to how the Greek had Zeus. We can use these extraordinary people to inspire people in the real world to make positive changes.