Since the first Titans trailer was released back in July, many fans may have wondered what caused the rift between Robin (Brenton Thwaites) and Batman, with Robin's infamous "fuck Batman" line indicating the fallout wasn't pleasant. However, a new promo for the series gives more reason to the break up of the Dynamic Duo.
As the promo opens, viewers are treated to a recap of Dick Grayson's origin, with his parents being murdered during their trapeze act, and his adoption by Bruce Wayne, with narration by Dick telling us that he used to admire Batman, while being intercut with scenes from the modern day. The promo then cuts to a now adult Dick saying had had to walk away, because he was becoming too much like the Dark Knight, followed by scenes of Robin going into action.
"Dick Grayson is in exile, trying to figure out who Dick Grayson is and who Robin is, and how both of them or either of them or neither of them relate to Batman," series producer Greg Berlanti told IGN. "In many ways, like a lot of us have to deal with branching out on our own to set the course towards adulthood, he’s dealing with that and trying to understand the darkness that came with him - is it nature or nurture? Is it due to the horrible circumstances that drew him to be Bruce Wayne’s ward, or is it because of the actual raising and upbringing? So a lot of the story’s about that, and a lot of the trajectory of the character has to do with that struggle."
From what the dialogue and Berlanti's comment implies, it seems as though the series will take a cue from The New Batman Adventures episode, Old Wounds, which explored the break-up of Batman and Robin in the DC Animated Universe, as Dick felt Batman was becoming more cruel and uncaring in his crime-fighting. But whether or not this sets the stage for Dick becoming Nightwing later on in the series is currently unknown.
Debuting Oct. 12 on the DC Universe streaming service, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, and Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach. The series will have its world premiere Oct. 3 at New York Comic Con.