One of the most hotly anticipated new shows of 2018 is the upcoming live-action Teen Titans series, Titans. While we’ve already seen our first glimpse of Brenton Thwaites as the beloved Dick Grayson, it looks as if another Robin could be joining Dick in the show.
As per Titans TV, it’s being reported that the seventh episode of the debut season is to be titled Jason Todd. For longtime comic book fans, that name will instantly bring up memories of yet another who has been a part of the famed Bat-family.
While Dick Grayson was the first person to take on the Robin mantle, Jason was the second to take on the moniker. Having debuted in 1983, Jason would become Robin after Dick stepped up to become Nightwing. Of course, 1986 saw a whole host of trouble around the corner for Batman and Robin. In that year, Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo gave us a comic book arc known as A Death in the Family. Following a nefarious plot from the Joker, Jason would end up bloodily beaten by the Clown Prince of Crime and his trusty crowbar before then being blown up. While we’d seen several big scares and huge teases of deaths over the years, the death of Jason was a huge, huge shocker for it actually stuck… ish. Most uniquely, DC Comics put the vote out to fans on whether Jason would live or die – the fans voting to kill off the second Robin.
We did, however, use the term “ish” just there, didn’t we? Well, that’s because Jason would return to action in 2005’s Under the Hood. 2003 saw the dream team of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee give fans the iconic Hush arc, which brought together a whole host of familiar heroes and villains. Towards the close of that tale, fans were left with their mouths agape at the sight of Jason returning from the grave as he held the third Robin, Tim Drake, hostage. That would all be merely a ruse, with Clayface having been taking on the appearance of Jason for that moment. But still, fan interest was piqued at what the return of an adult Jason could mean for the Bat-family. And so, with Judd Winick’s aforementioned Under the Hood, we would indeed see Jason brought back to life as he butted heads with the Caped Crusader while taking on the Red Hood moniker. Bitter and angry at Batman for not avenging him by killing the Joker, Jason was now a brutal, clinical murderer who pulled no punches in taking out the bad guys ‘permanently’. From there, Jason would eventually be tamed a tad, going on to temporarily become Nightwing, attempt to become Batman in Bruce Wayne’s absence, lead the Outlaws group of antiheroes, and much, much more.
Right now, Warner Brothers nor DC Entertainment have yet to make any of this official, with the appearance of Jason in Titans merely an unconfirmed report right now. Still, the chance of seeing this character brought to live-action life is something that will put a smile on the face of many a comic book fan.
What do know for sure right now is that Brenton Thwaites’ Dick Grayson is to be joined by Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as the Hawk and Dove duo, Linsey Gort as Police Detective Amy Rohrbach, and Bruno Bichir and April Bowlby as the Doom Patrol’s Dr Niles Caulder and Elasti-Girl, respectively, with more Doom Patrol members expected to be announced.
The official blurb on Titans reads:
In the action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. Fans can expect Titans to be a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.
Titans will debut later this year on Warner Brothers’ impending DC streaming service.