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Titans’s Bruce Wayne Casting Could Set Up a Batman Beyond Show

Season 2 of Titans has cast veteran actor Ian Glenn as Bruce Wayne/Batman in a move that creates the exciting possibility of a live-action Batman Beyond show on the DC Universe streaming service.

We already knew the Batman in Titans continuity was in the back half of his career, having fought crime for years and trained multiple Robins, but bringing in Ian Glen as the Caped Crusader gives us an idea of the billionaire vigilante’s actual age in the show. At age 57, Glen is the oldest actor to ever play Batman in live-action by a wide margin. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman as a seasoned version of the World’s Greatest Detective happened when the actor was only in his early 40s, nearly a decade and a half younger than Glen.

RELATED: Titans’ Bruce Wayne Casting Can Fix Season 1’s Batman Problem

While Glen’s Bruce Wayne will surely be portrayed as a few years younger than Glen’s actual age, it’s still a Batman that’s been fighting crime in Gotham for potentially 30 years, or at least close to it. While the traditional Batman timeline wouldn’t have Terry McGinnis replace Bruce Wayne as the Dark Knight for another decade or two after the events of Titans, having Glen portray Batman puts them within reach of a broad range of older Batman ages. With the help of a little makeup, he could play a version of Batman anywhere from his late 40s to his early 70s. Batman’s older years are especially easy to flex, given Bruce Wayne works to maintain peak physical condition.

The DC Universe streaming service has been mining a number of properties for its live-action shows, from Titans to Doom Patrol to the upcoming Swamp Thing, and eventually Stargirl. So far, they’ve maintained a loose sense of continuity between Doom Patrol and Titans, so Batman Beyond is a perfect fit, especially since, for all intents and purposes, Ian Glen would likely be the only cast member from other shows that would need to appear.

With an older Batman already cast, the biggest concern of bringing a live-action Batman Beyond show to life is budget. Set in a futuristic neon noir world with a far more advanced Bat-suit, a Batman Beyond show could be a tricky proposition to pull off within DC Universe’s budget range, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Swamp Thing reportedly has a budget of around $85 million, and when you consider the quality of some low budget sci-fi movies like Upgrade, which takes place in a similar neon noir Blade Runner-esque aesthetic to Batman Beyond, was made for under $5 million, a Batman Beyond series doesn’t seem entirely out of reach.

It will certainly be curious to see what the DC Universe has in store for Ian Glen. As the oldest on-screen Batman yet, he opens the possibility for a number of older-Batman stories we haven’t been able to see in live-action.

NEXT: Doom Patrol Is A Hit – But It Can’t Beat Titans’ Popularity


2019-04-20 01:04:04

Stephen M. Colbert

Titans Season 2 Set Video Reveals First Look At Bruce Wayne – & He’s Blonde

The first look at Bruce Wayne in season 2 of Titans has arrived thanks to a new set video. The first season of Titans debuted last fall on DC’s digital service DC Universe and introduced subscribers to the young group of heroes. Their lineup consisted of Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Rachel Roth/Raven (Teagan Croft), Kory Anders/Starfire (Anna Diop), and Gar Logan/Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), but they also met some other super-powered individuals during their time together. One of these characters was Bruce Wayne (aka Batman), although he never received a proper introduction.

This will change during season 2 after it was announced that Game of Thrones‘ Iain Glen was cast as Batman. The addition of Batman is a big one for Titans, which is also seeing major DC antihero and longtime Titans foe Deathstroke (Esai Morales) join the story. However, this has also made fans eager to see what exactly Titans’ take on Robin’s mentor will be like, as they had a falling out heading into the first season.

Related: Titans’ Bruce Wayne Casting Can Fix Season 1’s Batman Problem

Filming is currently underway on season 2 of Titans and, thanks to a video posted on Twitter by Titans Brasil, we now have our first look at Glen playing Bruce Wayne. Fans have been expecting an older and grizzled version of Batman in Titans based on the casting of Glen, but what many may not have anticipated is that he would keep his natural blonde hair. As seen in this video, which features Bruce and Dick walking together (likely through Wayne Manor), the usual black hair of Bruce Wayne has been ditched.

The blonde look for Bruce Wayne may be somewhat unexpected, but it shouldn’t really make a difference in Glen’s portrayal. His ability to bring his personality and presence to life is much more important than the hair color. This set video may not give us much of any context as to whether or not Glen is pulling this off so far, but his past roles thankfully leave little reason to believe he won’t be able to. Now that this video has surfaced, though, hopefully it won’t be too long before an official image of Glen is released, with or without the Batsuit on, that is just as great as fans have imagined.

Beyond Bruce’s look, the video is our first glimpse of him and Dick back together for season 2. According to the official description of Bruce for the new season, he is the one who seeks out his former sidekick and his new team to try helping them out. The conversation they are having could be them mending fences in order to work together once again, or this scene could already be past that stage and this is them actually figuring out what their first or next move is going to be. Either way, it is just great to see Thwaites and Glen filming together and is hopefully something that season 2 of Titans will have plenty of.

MORE: DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Less Like Titans

Titans season 2 premieres Fall 2019 on DC Universe.

Source: Titans Brasil



2019-04-19 06:04:43

Cooper Hood

DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Less Like Titans

The success of Shazam! is proof that Warner Bros. needs to trust in the essential essence of DC Comics’ characters and not turn everything into a “grim and gritty” revision like Titans. While the DC Universe series has proven the most popular of the streaming service’s original shows so far, it would be foolish to credit the show’s success purely to its mature themes and dark storyline.

The question of how deeply DC Comics’ adaptations into live-action films and television should delve into darkness has been a matter of debate since the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the subsequent production of Man of Steel with Zack Snyder. While Snyder is a popular director with a rabid fan base, many comics fans and general audiences were unimpressed with his Dark Knight Returns influenced take on Superman and Batman. As a result, the DC Extended Universe is now diversifying its tone with movies like Shazam!, with directors tackling those projects they are passionate about rather than being beholden to a single aesthetic or strict continuity.

RELATED: Shazam’s Ending Sets Up A Very Different DCEU Future

The same issues dominated the Arrowverse – the shared universe made up of various DC Comics inspired series on the CW network. Many Arrowverse storylines were sidelined due to Warner Bros. efforts to prevent brand dilution, such as allowing two versions of the Suicide Squad to exist simultaneously. Warner Bros. also originally encouraged the series to maintain the same serious tone with little sense of individuality. Thankfully, it seems that Warner Bros. has learned from their mistakes and now the new series on DC Universe are being allowed to be their own thing, even deviating from their source material, as in the case of Titans.

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Shazam! Lightened-Up The DCEU

While Wonder Woman and Aquaman both took a lighter approach than Snyder’s vision, Shazam! shows the true tonal flexibility of DC Comics movies. Ignoring the strong visual metaphor of a hero whose chest emblem literally glows, Shazam has been considered an even more incorruptible champion of goodness and decency than Superman in the comic books and cartoons for decades.

While it isn’t impossible to do a “grim-and-gritty” take on Shazam (Alan Moore did a wonderful deconstruction of the concept with his revival of Miracleman, for instance), the character does not lend itself well to traditional reimaginings of how “modern” superheroes should act. Take for instance, the classic superhero ethic against killing an enemy and the argument this is unrealistic. While it is believable an Amazon warrior might kill or that Arthur Curry would use lethal force in defense of his kingdom, most audiences could never accept Shazam casually killing someone. Ignoring the distastefulness of a child killing, it just grinds too far against the grain of the established orthodoxy of the character from the comics. The Wisdom of Solomon can always find a better way.

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The creative team behind Shazam! understood this and stayed true to the character’s original concept as a children’s power fantasy – the twin dreams of being an adult and having superpowers. The child’s view of the world and the sheer joy of that wish coming true infuses every frame of Shazam’s run time. Attempting to ground that narrative in reality would only serve to kill the core concept of the character.

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How Levity Saved The Arrowverse

The same issues could be seen in the Arrowverse, which suffered from executive meddling on multiple fronts. Arrow, for instance, was forced to kill off their version of the Suicide Squad and plans for an intensive event involving them and the terrorist organization HIVE, as part of season 4. At the same time, all the series apart from Arrow suffered somewhat was they were encouraged to be more realistic, despite being founded entirely on unrealistic comic book concepts. This was generally met with audience disapproval, as in the case of the darker storyline of season 3 of The Flash, which saw Barry Allen fighting his evil alternate-future self for the love of his life.

Perhaps the best example of this conflict is Legends of Tomorrow. The series is generally agreed to have gotten off to a weak start, with its original storyline gathering characters from Arrow and The Flash to stand against the immortal world-conqueror Vandal Savage. Rather than trust in the original concept of Vandal Savage as a caveman made immortal after making contact with a glowing meteor, his name and concept were broadly applied to the Hawkman villain Hath-Set – an evil Egyptian priest whose revolution cursed himself and his rulers, Prince Khufu and Priestess Chay-Ara, to an endless cycle of reincarnation.

Somehow, the utter silliness of the name Vandal Savage and the overblown complexity of the Hawkman mythology were considered less problematic for general audiences than the idea of a super-powered caveman trying to take over the world. Unfortunately,this, coupled with a botched execution of the romantic subplot centering around the two Hawk-heroes, resulted in everything relating to their storyline being jettisoned from the show after season 1. After that, Legends of Tomorrow seemed to fully embrace the general weirdness of the DC Universe and played up the absurdity while still trusting in the core concepts of its characters to ring true.

RELATED: Legends of Tomorrow Moments Weirder Than Grodd Trying to Kill Barack Obama

Perhaps no single episode better exemplifies this than “Beebo the God of War” – the season 3 mid-season finale, which saw the Legends having to restore the natural course of history after the first Vikings to colonize North America began worshiping a stuffed animal called Beebo. While the idea that an anachronistic toy could inspire the Vikings to conquer a continent is silly, it is no more absurd than a billionaire scientist building a super-suit that lets him shrink or any of the other character concepts behind the various Legends. Most feel the show has become even stronger in season 4, thanks to the addition of warlock John Constantine, who is as surly and sarcastic as he was in his own show but no less immune to the insanity that routinely comes up on Legends of Tomorrow. This is further proof that sticking to a concept that works will continue to work, regardless of the setting.

Why Doom Patrol Is Superior To Titans

When the first trailer for Titans was released, it grabbed immediate attention by having Robin drop the F-bomb in regards to his mentor. The show itself would present a more bloody, violent and all around gritty vision of the classic Teen Titans characters. It would pick up viewers as its first season continued, but also earned the scorn of comic-book purists and critics, who felt the show seemed desperate to distance itself from its youth-friendly origins. When this show was described as mature, it meant that it was full of blood, cursing, nudity and other things that result in small children being asked to leave the room.

Doom Patrol, by contrast, had not ever been intended to be a children’s property. Even when the characters were first created for a Comics Code Authority approved book in the 1960s, their adventures seemed to be aimed at teenagers who could appreciate that superpowers aren’t always a blessing. The Doom Patrol series that followed, even before they made the leap to DC Comics’ mature imprint Vertigo, were also decidedly meant for mature readers.  In this case, however, mature meant capable of handling more complex stories.

Both shows tackle disturbing ideas and adult subject matter, but Doom Patrol does so in a way that seems far less juvenile and forced than on Titans. While the character of Robotman unleashes a considerable amount of profanity, it is justified by his frequent astonishment at the unbelievable events around him. This is far more effective than the casual f-bombs dropped by Dick Grayson on Titans, which come off as a tween’s attempt to sound grown-up, with a similar effect. Again, we see how staying true to the core concept of the characters improves the quality of the adaptation.

DC Comics Can Have It Both Ways

Thankfully, those who enjoy their darker, more serious fare like Titans can live in co-existence with those who prefer the brighter, more idealistic and funnier side of DC Comics. The DC Universe is a big place and there is room for those who want more horrific content like the upcoming Swamp Thing series and the teens and tweens and teens and old-school superhero fans for whom Stargirl is intended. The key, as with the Shazam! movie, is to remain true to the spirit of the characters as they were created and trust that the right audience will discover what made them so beloved for so long.

NEXT: All 25 DC Movies & TV Shows Coming In 2019


2019-04-14 08:04:15

Matt Morrison

Titans Season 2: What Iain Glen Could Look Like As Batman

Here’s what Iain Glen could look like as Batman in Titans season 2. The series was the first original live-action series to debut on DC Universe, DC’s digital service that combines movies, TV, and comics. When Titans launched last year, it focused on a young group of heroes that was led by Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites). While he still wears the Robin costume in the show, Dick has completely removed himself from a working relationship with the Dark Knight – as made clear from the debut trailer’s shocking “f*ck Batman” line.

The first season of Titans largely made good on this sentiment, even though Batman did have a small role as the season progressed. Bruce Wayne made a few minor appearances, but the show smartly decided not to fully feature him in any way. They would obscure his face or only show him from certain angles, so that they could now cast Game of Thrones‘ Iain Glen as Batman for season 2.

Related: What To Expect From DC’s Titans Season 2

With another new version of Batman coming soon, one of the major points of interest for fans is what Glen will look like in the suit. Thanks to a piece of art from fan artist J Hammond (via Reddit), we can now see one variation of how Titans‘ Batman could look. Of course, this is just a piece of fan art and the final look could be incredibly different, but Glen looks great in the suit regardless.

Thanks to his fan-favorite turn as Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones, there is an incredible amount of excitement to see what Glen’s version of Batman will be like. If this piece of art is any indication, the grizzled look of an older Bruce Wayne should be right in Glen’s wheelhouse. While it will likely still be some time before an official look at Glen in the Batsuit is released, they have already revealed some details on what his role is going to be in season 2.

The relationship between Dick and Bruce is clearly splintered when Titans begins, but Bruce’s mission in season 2 will be to try and mend these fences. He is hoping to help the Titans succeed as being heroes and is said to be just as passionate about his heroic duties now as he was in his younger days. With Deathstroke and many more characters coming for the new season, the Titans may very well need the advice, resources, or fighting skills of Batman.

More: Titans’ Bruce Wayne Casting Can Fix Season 1’s Batman Problem

Titans season 2 premieres Fall 2019 on DC Universe.

Source: J. Hammond [via Reddit]



2019-04-13 03:04:35

Cooper Hood

Titans’ Bruce Wayne Casting Can Fix Season 1’s Batman Problem

Casting Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne in the second season of Titans could correct some of the series’ biggest mistakes regarding how it handled Batman in season 1. In particular, having a strong actor in the role of Batman could do wonders in strengthening the subplot built around Dick Grayson and his internal torment over his role as Robin.

This conflict was a key part of Titans‘ first season, which saw Dick Grayson working as a police detective in Detroit, trying to put his life as Bruce Wayne’s ward and Batman’s sidekick behind him. As the season progressed, however, it became clear that Dick was suffering from some form of PTSD as a result of his working with Batman. Yet despite all of the attention paid to Dick’s vigilante mentor, Titans told us far more about Bruce Wayne and Batman than it ever showed – and it told us very little.

Related: How Doom Patrol Connects To Titans In The DC Universe Timeline

It is understandable that Titans‘ showrunners would want to avoid Robin and the rest of the cast being caught in Batman’s shadow. Indeed, Dick’s entire emotional arc in season 1 is built around his trying to become his own man rather than the weapon Bruce Wayne turned him into, and escape from being forever attached to his mentor. Unfortunately, in trying to keep Batman from stealing the show, the writers only made him more conspicuous in his absence.

Titans went to comical extremes in trying to hint at Batman’s existence without ever actually letting the audience see him as season 1 progressed. This culminated in the season finale, where we see Dick Grayson forced to bring down his foster father after Bruce crosses the line and becomes a crazed killer, in what was revealed to be a nightmare triggered by Trigon to awaken Dick’s dark side. Until the very end, we only see Batman in silhouette or a fleeting glimpse of a distant caped figure. While this may have been meant to dehumanize Bruce and leave the audience seeing him as the monster he had become in Dick’s head, all it really did was make it all the more obvious that Brenton Thwaites was facing off against a stuntman.

By casting an actor of Iain Glen’s caliber as Bruce Wayne and allowing him to be seen, the audience can finally put a face to the name and begin to form an emotional bond with Batman’s character, for good or for ill. Once the audience has something real to connect to rather than their projected image of what they think Batman should be, the emotional arc of the show’s writing can fully impact the viewers. This can only serve to strengthen Titans‘ storyline in season 2 and make the show better.

More: Titans Shows Why Robin is Batman’s DUMBEST Idea


2019-04-11 03:04:49

Matt Morrison

8 Likely Storylines From The Comics For Titans Season 2 (With Jason Todd As A Regular)

Titans is coming back for a second season on DC Universe streaming and there is some big news for the returning show. First, the bad guys have been announced — or at least who might end up being bad guys in the future. Triton is still around causing problems but Esai Morales has signed on to play Deathstroke while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have signed on to play his kids, Jericho and Rose Wilson.

RELATED: Titans Season 2: Jason Todd Actor Promoted To Series Regular

Add in the fact that Superboy/Conor Kent will make his debut on the show, as portrayed by Joshua Orpin, and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) will be taking on a larger role as well in the second season. With so many new characters, and so many legendary storylines to pull ideas from, here are eight Teen Titans stories that could be great for the second season of Titans.

8 THE JUDAS CONTRACT

Possibly the least interesting storyline that Titans can attack in season 2 is “The Judas Contract.” This is probably the best Teen Titans story of all-time but was just recently told in an animated movie, showcasing the betrayal by member Terra and the damage it did to the Titans as a team. However, with Deathstroke coming, this is the story that seems like a good bet for the live-action DC Universe television series. It is also a way to bring in something that was only hinted at in the animated movie if they choose to bring Jericho into the story as a key player since he was only a cameo in that previous effort.

RELATED: Titans Season 2 Casts Chella Man As Deathstroke’s Son Jericho

7 A LONELY PLACE OF DYING

Jason Todd will have a key role in season 2 of Titans which brings up a couple of interesting ideas for the character and his place in the DC Universe television series. One of these ideas is the “Lonely Place of Dying” storyline. Of course, this isn’t just a Teen Titans storyline, but is also a shared Batman storyline — but it could still work.

The story was a crossover between Batman and New Titans. In the story, Dick Greyson is Nightwing and this series introduces the new Robin — Tim Drake. This happens after the death of Jason Todd, so one might wonder if the fact that Titans is so dark, to begin with — they might kill off Jason in order to bring in the superior Tim Drake version of Robin.

6 FAMILY LOST

Teen Titans: Family Lost is another Deathstroke story and might be more interesting than rehashing the Judas Contract storyline. The story even includes the same villains from that previous story, with Brother Blood joining Deathstroke. Geoff Johns and Mike McKone created the storyline, which ran in volume 3 of the Teen Titans comic book series.

The story also includes Trigon (as well as Conor Kent as Superboy), so this could be a great way to lead from the huge cliffhanger ending of Titans season 1 and also introduce Deathstroke and his daughter Rose Wilson to the show as well.

RELATED: Titans Season 2 Casts Deathstroke’s Daughter Ravager

5 A KID’S GAME

It seems like every great Teen Titans storyline includes a battle with Deathstroke. Teen Titans: A Kid’s Game is no different as the Titans battle Deathstroke, Ares and even Jericho in this storyline. It even involves an appearance by The Justice League, although there is no way that will happen on the DC Universe television series.

This storyline, in the comic books, takes place immediately following “Graduation Day” and the disbanding of Young Justice. That can’t play into their either, but Titans proved in season 1 that it didn’t care about playing things straight with the comic book lines anyway. The characters in this story are not the same ones on the TV show but this is about creating the organized team and that is where Titans needs to head very soon.

4 PROJECT CADMUS

Season 1 of Titans really looked into the idea of the government — or at least secret organizations — capturing and experimenting on super-powered children. However, the final scene of the season showed a scene very familiar to fans of Young Justice. The scene showed Cadmus — somewhere in Metropolis — where Superboy walked out of the lab.

Behind him was what looked like dead Cadmus scientists and then we see Krypto with glowing red eyes. While the Titans have a lot to deal with as season 2 starts, there is no way that Cadmus allows Conor Kent to just walk out and Titans will have to deal with the fallout of Superboy escaping and that means a Cadmus related storyline is coming.

RELATED: DC’s Doom Patrol Includes Superboy and Krypto Titans Easter Egg

3 TITANS AROUND THE WORLD

The second season of Titans has a chance to add some new blood to the already established team of Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy. Released in 2006, Titans: Around the World tells the story of the group recovering after a major event and welcoming someone new.

In the comics, it was Infinite Crisis, but on the Titans television show, it could be anything. This was also the series that introduced Miss Martian to the team as a full-fledged member and while Young Justice fans get plenty of the heroic Martian, how cool would it be to bring her into the fold in the live-action DC series as well? It also brings back Jericho — which could play into the introduction of Deathstroke as well.

RELATED: Flash Confirmed To Exist In The Titans DC Universe By Doom Patrol

2 WHO IS DONNA TROY?

Donna Troy in Titans was one of the most normal members of the first season’s cast of characters. She didn’t arrive until the eighth episode and was revealed to be Wonder Woman’s sidekick when she was younger. On the TV series, Donna is now a photojournalist who stepped away from the role of a costumed superhero.

With that said, the idea of Donna Troy getting a big storyline based around her is a very interesting proposition. New Teen Titans: Who is Donna Troy really dives deep into the origins of Wonder Girl where she learns that everything she thought was true was all a lie and now Donna Troy is needed to save the original Titans of Greek mythology.

RELATED: Young Justice Theory: Season 3 Is Setting Up a Major Titans Conflict

1 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS

The biggest news coming into season 2 of Titans wasn’t the arrival of Deathstroke and Jericho but the fact that Jason Todd would end up playing a major role in the season. As the first season showed, Jason Todd was the kid who took on the role of Robin after Dick Greyson moved on and became Batman’s new sidekick.

Jason showed in the first season to be incredibly violent and unhinged. With Titans willing to take chances by switching up characters from their original history, could DC Universe take Jason out of the Robin role and move him into the Red Hood role? Remember, Starfire in the comics teamed with Jason in The Outlaws and that could really cause some drama with Dick Greyson.

NEXT: Red Hood Finally CONFIRMED in DC’s Young Justice


2019-04-10 03:04:54

Shawn S. Lealos

6 Things Doom Patrol Does Better Than Titans (And 4 Things Titans Does Better)

Doom Patrol has proven itself to be a success on DC Universe. The spinoff series to core show Titans, the series has stepped up its game. With characters we’ve grown to love, the show is everything Titans is not. Or is it?

From Crazy Jane’s personality changes to Robotman’s f-bombs, the show has everything you could want in a program about a group of misfit heroes. While Doom Patrol is fun to watch, there are things it does better than its sister show, but there are things Titans does better than Doom Patrol.

RELATED: 8 Big Questions After The Titans Season Finale

10 (Doom Patrol Does Better) Story

Doom Patrol has a unique story that pushes ahead of the story Titans told in its first season. The show pulls together six nobodies and throws them into a world where people are harsh and critical, but they soldier on without batting an eyelid. It gets raw as it explores how the characters came to be who they are today and how they all stand against the evils who plague the world. The characters aren’t afraid to show their vulnerabilities as this helps them grow and helps the audience to understand who they are how they can improve.

9 (Titans Does Better) Costume Accuracy

When it comes to costumes, Titans is almost comic book accurate. Look at Robin’s suit for accuracy. It’s very reminiscent of Dick’s Robin suit in the comics, though the bow staff is a nice touch as it is a reference to Tim Drake (who was the Robin who wielded the weapon during his time as Batman’s sidekick). Raven and Starfire both had accurate costumes in an episode that didn’t end up going to air during the first season.

Another character that had a comic accurate costume was Jason Todd whose Robin suit was the same one he was killed in during the Death in the Family storyline. Could this be fate telling us he’s destined to die?

8 (Doom Patrol Does Better) Visual Effects

When there’s a superhero show, there are visual effects involved. With Titans, one of the constant complaints was how terrible the visual effects for Raven and Starfire were. In Doom Patrol, the visual effects are far better with a few messy moments from time to time. One example of great visual effects in Doom Patrol is when Rita becomes emotional and melts into a pile of goo. As gross as it is, it really shows who she is as a character and it’s impressive.

7 (Titans Does Better) How The Group Came Together

The first season of Titans wasn’t perfect, but it did a great job at explaining how Robin, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy came together to form the Titans. Doom Patrol doesn’t quite cover all the bases. It explains how the main characters got their powers and how Chief saved them, but it doesn’t go beyond that. Some of the team’s origins were explored in the Titans episode “Doom Patrol,” but left the rest of the origin stories for its own show based on the famed group.

6 (Doom Patrol Does Better) More Comedic Moments

Every superhero series needs a comedic moment. Doom Patrol has several of these moments every episode and it is all because of Robotman… and maybe the other Doom Patrol members, but it’s all Cliff. Titans is mostly gloomy and dark and deals the darkness like Arrow does. Doom Patrol is like The Flash where it embraces humor and gives the audience something to laugh at when the characters make a reference to something in popular culture.

5 (Titans Does Better) Introducing Fan-Favorite Characters

DC Comics has a passionate fanbase. When it comes to honoring fan-favorite characters, they have a good idea who they want to appear and who they don’t. Titans does an excellent job of introducing the characters who fans have wanted to see in a live-action project.

RELATED: Titans Reveals First Look At DC Universe’s Donna Troy

Examples of this include Donna Troy, Raven, and Starfire, none of whom have appeared in live-action beforeDoom Patrol only focuses on the main team and not introducing characters fans want to see.

4 (Doom Patrol Does Better) Addressing Sexuality

Titans doesn’t address sexuality in the way Doom Patrol does. One of the main characters in the spin-off, Larry Trainor, a.k.a Negative Man, was a closeted gay man living a lie. We see him embrace his sexuality while living the life of a straight man. With Titans, we don’t see any reference to sexuality as the story was based around trying to work out who Rachel was and how to stop Trigon while explaining the backstories of the team.

3 (Titans Does Better) Backstory Accuracy

What’s great about Titans is how accurate the character backstories are despite the slight alterations. Two examples of this are Rachel (Raven) and Dick (Robin). Rachel was born to a human mother and the supervillain Trigon, while Dick was orphaned when his parents fell to their deaths during a trapeze performance. Also, the writers decided to take a slightly different route with a few of the characters by using old back stories that fans may have forgotten about.

2 (Doom Patrol Does Better) Using One Consistent Villain

Titans had a villain of the week scenario were the team went up against different villains before Trigon showed himself. Doom Patrol settles on one villain with Mister Nobody, while the team runs around fixing the world among small annoyances that prevent them from doing their job. With Titans, Trigon didn’t play a big role until the end of season one, but his presence loomed.

1 (Doom Patrol Does Better) Eliminating The Main Character

When you look at most shows, they have a main character. Titans has four main characters. Doom Patrol follows a group of characters and doesn’t allow one to take the spotlight over the others, as an ensemble show should. It’s like Legends of Tomorrow which also balances the attention paid to different characters well. If there were to be a single main character, we’d choose Caulder because he leads the team.

NEXT: 10 Little-Known Facts About The Doom Patrol Members


2019-04-07 03:04:09

Cassandra Hawkings

Titans Season 2: 10 Things That Might Happen According To The Comics

DC Universe’s Titans landed with an impressive first season, with season 2 of the show confirmed before the first season even finished. The second season is currently on track to hit the streaming service in the fall of this year, and tons of casting news has been hitting the internet for months.

There’s a lot of great material in the Teen Titans comic books that the show is probably going to pull a bit from, and with some of the casting news already announced, we can make some educated guesses as to what exactly to expect next season. Season 1 spoilers are going to abound here, and keep in mind some of these theories could turn out to be accurate, or the show could go in an entirely different direction.

RELATED: Suicide Squad: 10 Things It Actually Did Well

10 SUPERBOY

The first new character that was teased for next season in a post-credits scene for the season 1 finale was Superboy (created by Karl Kessel and Tom Grummett). Joshua Orpin has been tasked with portraying the character on-screen.

There are a lot of different directions the show could go with this character, with a wide variety of interpretations in the comics. Generally, Superboy has “tactile telekinesis” abilities, which allow him to replicate many Kryptonian powers such as invulnerability, heat-vision, and flight, as well as move objects with his mind.

9 CONTROLLED BY CADMUS

In the comics and on a Prime-Earth storyline, Superboy is under control by an organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. (who could easily be replaced by CADMUS who have already featured in the show) and tasked with taking out the Teen Titans.

In the post-credit scene of season 1, Superboy is shown escaping CADMUS, but who’s to say they don’t regain control of him at some point? Or haven’t brain-washed him to attack the Titans on sight?

8 CONTROLLED BY LUTHOR

Superboy is a clone of Superman and a human, originally created from genetic material gathered from Superman after he was seemingly killed by Doomsday. The human donor in the comics (at one point, at least) was Lex Luthor.

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Luthor implanted verbal commands during Superboy’s time at CADMUS (much like Bucky Barnes was controlled in the MCU’s Winter Soldier and Civil War) and used them to cause Superboy to lose control and attack the Titans, severely injuring all of them. Superboy eventually wrested free of Luthor’s control, and stepped-down from being a superhero for a time.

7 DEATHSTROKE

Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke (created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez), likely needs very little introduction. Esai Morales has been cast as Deathstroke in Titans season 2, and a lot of fans are amped to see Deathstroke on-screen again. Deathstroke is heavily involved in a ton of the most iconic Teen Titans storylines, including The Judas Contract, which got its own animated movie adaptation in 2017.

He also has two children that are heavily involved in plenty of their own Teen Titans storyline, one of which is:

6 RAVAGER

Rose Wilson, the daughter of Slade Wilson and one version of Ravager (created by Marv Wolfman and Art Nichols) has also been cast in Titans season 2. Chelsea Zhang has been tasked with portraying Ravager on-screen. Ravager has been relatively consistent in the comics, ranging from anti-hero to vaguely begrudging hero.

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Generally, Ravager was trained by any combination of her mother, Slade Wilson, and Nightwing. Ravager has low-level precognition, meaning she can sometimes see her opponent’s next move, generally activating more consistently when she’s got some adrenaline going.

5 TAKING DOWN SUPERBOY

Once again on Prime-Earth, this version of Ravager was employed by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. (who, again, could be replaced by CADMUS) and tasked with keeping watch over Superboy. It was Ravager’s job to keep tabs on Superboy and take him down if he ever got out of control.

This led to Wilson actually being able to take down Superboy in combat although much of this would be due to her superpower of dampening other metahumans’ powers.

4 TAKING DOWN THE TITANS

Ravager has also worked with her father from time to time, usually because Slade is manipulating her into doing so. At one point, Ravager and Deathstroke were fighting the Titans when Ravager hesitated to kill a member of the Titans.

Deathstroke plans to disown her, but to prove her loyalty to her father, Ravager gouged out her own eye to match him. Later on, Ravager breaks free of her father’s influence, and even joins the Titans for a time.

3 JERICHO

Joseph Wilson, the hero who dons the name Jericho (created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez) and the son of Slade Wilson has also been cast in Titans season 2, portrayed by Chella Man. Jericho is (originally) a mute superhero, having had his throat partially slit before his father could rescue him.

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Unlike his father and his sister, Jericho is a pretty kind-hearted and gentle person, who wanted nothing to do with the antics of his father. Jericho has the ability to possess others after making eye contact with them. If the person he possesses is unconscious, Jericho can speak through them, but otherwise communicates through sign language. While possessing someone, Jericho has access to their memories.

2 KILLED BY HIS FATHER

Throughout his time with the Titans, Jericho grew close to Raven, who appreciated him for his ability to listen and for his kind-hearted nature. At one point, Jericho tried to ease Raven’s pain as Trigon’s power grew inside her.

This resulted in Jericho being inhabited by the souls of Azarath, who had been tainted by Trigon, though neither Jericho or anybody else knew he had been inhabited at the time. Eventually, the souls of Azarath possessed Jericho, and he ended up attacking the Titans. In order to spare his son any further pain, Deathstroke seemingly killed Jericho himself.

1 THE JUDAS CONTRACT

One of, if not the most iconic Teen Titans storyline, The Judas Contract, was a four-part storyline written by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, with art by George Perez, Romeo Tanghal, Dick Giordano, Mike Decarlo, and Adrienne Roy, published in The New Teen Titans #42-#44, concluding in Tales Of The Teen Titans Annual. In Judas Contract, it’s revealed that Deathstroke, who’s been a near-constant antagonist for the Titans since the series began, has been working for the organization known as H.I.V.E.

The Titans had gained a new member in Terra who had been introduced quite a few issues earlier and gained the trust of the team, especially in Beast Boy. As it turns out, Terra had been giving Deathstroke information on the Titans the entire time, and Deathstroke finally springs his trap, managing to capture all of the Titans besides Dick Grayson and bring them to H.I.V.E. Together, Dick and Jericho manage to free the Titans, though Terra loses control and accidentally kills herself in the fight.

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2019-04-04 07:04:06

Drew Ferguson

Titans Season 2, Harley Quinn TV Show Premiering Fall 2019 On DC Universe

DC Universe announces Titans season 2 and the Harley Quinn animated TV show will premiere Fall 2019 on the service. DC Universe launched on Batman Day 2018, allowing fans of the comic book publisher access to plenty of comics, classic content and merchandise. But DC Universe also has original content, including brand new live-action and animated TV shows. The first of these to debut was Titans season 1 in Fall 2018. DC Universe was so confident in it, they renewed Titans for season 2 ahead of the show’s series premiere. Since then, DC Universe also kicked off Young Justice: Outsiders and Doom Patrol, but they’re also planning Swamp Thing, Stargirl and Harley Quinn.

For its part, Harley Quinn stars Kaley Cuoco as the titular character. An early Harley Quinn teaser trailer was unveiled at New York Comic Con 2018, revealing a first look at Dr. Harleen Quinzel along with her friend Dr. Pamela Isley aka. Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). More recently Cuoco shared fans’ first look at the Joker in Harley Quinn, who will be voiced by Alan Tudyk. During that NYCC panel, it was also confirmed Harley Quinn would premiere in late 2019, which has now been reiterated by DC Universe.

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During the DC Universe panel at WonderCon 2019, it was confirmed that Titans season 2 will premiere in Fall 2019. Then, Harley Quinn will debut a little later in Fall 2019, following Titans season 2. Further, DC Universe confirmed recent casting news for Titans season 2, including Joshua Orpin as Conner Kent aka. Superboy, Esai Morales as Slade Wilson aka. Deathstroke, as well as Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang as Deathstroke’s children, Joseph Wilson aka. Jericho and Rose Wilson aka. Ravager, respectively.

Harley Quinn being confirmed for Fall 2019 shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that was when the series was slated in the DC Universe TV show release schedule unveiled at NYCC 2018. Further, Titans season 2 airing in Fall 2019 means the series will have roughly the same premiere as last year. And with Titans season 2 filming getting underway soon, it no doubt has plenty of time to make that premiere window. Of course, to make room for Titans, DC Universe has pushed the live-action Stargirl TV show to early 2020; it previously occupied the pre-Harley Quinn Fall 2019 premiere window.

Fans of DC Universe’s originals are no doubt excited for both shows coming this fall, especially since the original Titans season 1 finale became the season 2 premiere, leaving viewers hanging even more than a typical finale. Plus, there was an exciting post-credits scene for Titans season 1 that introduced Superboy ahead of his official debut in season 2. But, considering how beloved the character of Harley Quinn is among DC fans, her animated series is also highly anticipated. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until later this year for Titans and Harley Quinn, but DC Universe has other original and classic content coming to the service all throughout 2019.

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Titans season 2 and Harley Quinn premiere Fall 2019 on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe


2019-03-29 06:03:29

Molly Freeman

Titans Season 2 Casts Deathstroke’s Daughter Ravager

Titans season 2 casts Disney Channel star Chelsea T. Zhang as the character of Rose Wilson, aka Ravager. The DC Universe series wrapped its first season at the end of last year and was renewed for a sophomore outing before the first episode even premiered. It was the beginning of an entire slate of original shows created exclusively for DC’s streaming platform. The second live-action series, Doom Patrol, is currently airing. Aside from its live-action content, DC Universe also recently aired a third season of Young Justice and has more animated shows on the way as well.

Rose Wilson is one of multiple characters to take up the mantle of Ravager. She has acted as both friend and foe to the Titans over the years. The daughter of Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, Rose has an understandably complicated relationship with the team. She was created by Marv Wolfman and Art Nichols in 1992 and has evolved quite a bit over time. This will be Rose Wilson’s live-action debut, but not the first time that Ravager has appeared on the small screen. Summer Glau played a version of the character named Isabel Rochev, an ally of Wilson’s, who donned the costume during Arrow’s second season.

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RTF revealed that Zhang was auditioning for Eva, a character who sounded suspiciously like Rose Wilson. The breakdown described her as someone who’d “been chewed up and spit out by life and had to learn from a young age how to survive on her own” and also noted that “she knows how to get what she wants and lets nothing stand in her way. Even if it means killing someone to get it.Deadline then confirmed the role Zhang will be playing will indeed be Rose Wilson. The actress is best known for her role on the Disney Channel show, Andi Mack, but is also set to appear in another comic property, Netflix’s upcoming Daybreak adaptation.

The whole Wilson clan will be appearing in Titans season 2. Esai Morales was recently cast as Deathstroke, famed assassin and nemesis of the Teen Titans. A casting announcement for his son, Joseph Wilson, quickly followed, with Chella Mann playing Jericho. With this latest revelation that Zhang will be suiting up as Ravager, it would seem that Titans season 2 is coming together quickly. Slade’s family aren’t the only intriguing characters cast though. Joshua Orpin is set to appear as Conner Kent, aka Superboy.

The fact that Titans was renewed so early indicates DC Universe has a great deal of confidence in the series. Many fans initially had misgivings, largely stemming from how much darker in tone the show is than the popular animated Teen Titans. However, the series did eventually find its footing, even getting more popular as Titans season 1 continued. The addition of these new characters is incredibly exciting for fans of both the comics and cartoons. Deathstroke and his children are a huge part of the team’s mythology and Superboy later became a vital part of the group as well. Titans season 2 may not have a premiere date yet, but viewers will be anxiously awaiting one.

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Source: RTF, Deadline


2019-03-22 01:03:20

Jamie Gerber