A crew member of DC Universe show “Titans” died following an accident during rehearsal at a special effects facility in Toronto on Thursday. The stunt, which involved a car, went awry when a piece of the car broke off unexpectedly and struck a special effects coordinator.
Production will be shut down for two days.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,” said a Warner Bros. spokesperson. “Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures. The executive producers, along with everyone in the ‘Titans’ family, Warner Bros. Television Group and DC Universe wish to express our deepest condolences, and heartfelt love and support, to Warren’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”
A GoFundMe has set up to support Appleby’s wife, Jennifer, and two sons, aged 6 and 4. IATSE, the union that represents theatrical stage employees, tweeted that it was “absolutely devastated at the loss,” and that “we must continue our fight for safer workplaces until not a single one of our Sisters, Brothers, or kin are killed or injured on the job.”
IATSE Local 873 in Toronto issued a statement on its site, saying “our hearts go out to the family and friends of Warren Appleby, who was fatally injured Thursday. An 18-year member and a long-serving representative on the executive board, Warren was an exemplary professional with a passion for his work. He was an amazing, generous and talented man. He will be sorely missed.”
“Titans,” which is produced by Warner Bros. Television, launched on the DC Universe streaming service last October, starring Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Minka Kelly and Alan Ritchson. It is executive produced by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Greg Walker, and John Fawcett.
The series was renewed for a second season ahead of the premiere of its first season. Thursday’s incident occurred during filming of the second season of “Titans.”