The first season of DC Universe's Titans gave audiences their introduction to the first live-action rendition of the iconic superhero group, the Teen Titans. Focusing on Robin (Dick Grayson), Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven, the show's inaugural outing saw the team pitted against one of DC Comics' ultimate bad guys: Trigon.
Even though the team wasn't able to defeat Raven's father by the end of the season, it's never too early to look to the future for storylines Titans could adapt. With the addition of characters like Deathstroke, Ravager and Jericho in Season 2, the show has nearly all the pieces it needs to bring one of the most iconic DC Comics stories to live-action.
The Judas Contract, written by George Pérez and Marv Wolfman, features Deathstroke taking on a contract to kill the Titans to fulfill a job his son couldn't complete. Using a brainwashed girl named Terra, Slade infiltrates the team in an attempt to destroy them from the inside. The storyline ends with Robin adopting the identity of Nightwing and Wally West giving up his Kid Flash persona and quitting the Titans.
So let's breakdown a few things the second season of Titans could do to plant the seeds for a future adaptation of The Judas Contract.
DEVELOP A NEMESIS
Having Slade Wilson join the series may make it seem as if Titans is ready to adapt The Judas Contract at any point. However, that isn't necessarily the case. As villainous as Deathstroke is, he still possesses a moral compass. Using this season to drive home how Slade wants to seek some sort of vengeance against the Titans could do a great deal for a future story.
What could add fuel to Slade's future vendetta is one of his children aligning themselves with the good guys. Jericho, who will be portrayed by Chella Man in the series, has been a member of the Titans since the '80s. Having your son turn on you could make any father hold a grudge.
Just as the post-credits of the first season of Titans teased the addition of Superboy, DC Universe could use the end of the show's next season to set up another character. Some may argue that Terra isn't a notable enough character to warrant a stinger, but that couldn't be further from the truth. For people familiar with The Judas Contract, revealing Terra's addition to the series could bring just as much anticipation as Superboy's teaser.
Introducing Terra would also give DC Universe a unique opportunity to prepare fans for a story using another series. Currently, Young Justice: Outsiders is adapting The Judas Contract with Tara Markov, aka Terra, at the forefront. If the streaming service had any doubts about introducing a lesser-known character for an arc on Titans, it can rest assured its audience will be primed and ready.
SET UP A BIG BAD
Slade is undoubtedly one of DC's most iconic villains, but he's known as a hired gun, meaning there is brain behind the brawn. Knowing that Mercy Graves has joined the cast of the show, the man pulling Deathstroke's strings may very well be Superman arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.
In the comics, Luthor is involved with the creation of Superboy via Project Cadmus. With The Boy of Steel potentially joining up with the Titans, it's possible Luthor enlists Slade to take care of his runaway clone problem, which leads to a confrontation with the team. Upping the stakes by bringing in a villain of Luthor's stature feels like a natural progression for the DC Universe series.
Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans Season 1 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, with Rachel Nichols as Angela, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall and Curran Walters as Jason Todd. Season 2 arrives this fall.