Comic book heroes are only as good as their villains, and Titans Season 2 might just feature some of the best. Following reports Slade Wilson and his daughter Rose, also known as Deathstroke and Ravager, will appear in the DC Universe show's sophomore season, a new casting breakdown suggests a major Superman villain may also be on his way: Lex Luthor.
According to GWW, the latest casting breakdown calls for a "man of any ethnicity, age of 30-39, for the recurring role" of "Dax." As per that description, "Mercurial and unpredictable, Dax delights in the element of surprise. Awkward and unpopular as a young boy, he insulated himself from others and developed masterful skills of manipulation. This led to a successful career as a criminal, where he had a unique ability to catch the enemy off-guard with his unassuming nature. Having spent many years in prison for his crimes, Dax is thrilled by the opportunity to get back to work and create chaos for his foes."
The article posits "Dax" is just a code name, which is quite common for casting breakdowns, and notes that the description bears an uncanny resemblance to Luthor, longtime archenemy of Superman.
Luthor joining the cast would make sense, given the appearance of Superboy/Conner Kent and Cadmus during the post-credits scenes of the Season 1 finale. In the comics, Superboy was a clone created by combining the DNA of Superman and Lex Luthor to fill the void left by the Man of Steel's death at the hands of Doomsday. At this time, it is uncertain if the writers will follow the comics or create a completely different relationship between "Dax" and the young but intimidating superhero, as well as his future super-powered teammates.
Although this is far from confirmation Luthor will appear on the show this season, executive producer Geoff Johns confirmed at Comic-Con International in San Diego 2018 that the character would eventually appear. With the second season reportedly set to begin filming this month, we'll have to wait and see if the infamous villain will make his DC Universe debut.
Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, and guest starring Rachel Nichols as Angela, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall and Curran Walters as Jason Todd.