To say Titans released to the DC Universe streaming platform to mixed reviews is an understatement, but the series garnered enough interest to continue. Shortly after its conclusion, casting calls were announced and Titans Season 2 is in full swing.
Given the show’s cliffhanger ending and the positive reception of follow-up series Doom Patrol, many fans are beginning to get excited for the upcoming continuation of the Titans storyline. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about where the DC team left off and where they may be going in their next season.
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HOW DID SEASON 1 END?
Dick Grayson, the original Robin, left Batman’s side rather than embrace his increasingly dark, violent ways. Becoming a detective in Detroit, he soon found himself fighting a mysterious organization to protect a runaway girl, Rachel Roth. Allying with Gar Logan, Kory Anders and his close friend Donna Troy, he uncovered that Rachel was the key in opening a gateway to another dimension and allowing her father, the powerful Trigon, to slip through.
Trigon’s plans came to fruition at Rachel’s childhood home, where she was tricked into releasing her father to save Gar. Dick charged in to save her but fell into a mental trap placed by Trigon. He found himself in a vision of another life, where he had put Gotham City behind him and started a family, only to be summoned back by a paralyzed Jason Todd. Batman had gone too far and killed the Joker, driving Dick to publicly reveal Batman’s dual identity and lead a SWAT team in an attack on Wayne Manor.
Killing his vision of Batman in a fit of rage, Dick succumbed to Trigon’s influence and embraced the darkness within himself as Rachel watched, helpless. Elsewhere in the world, a laboratory is attacked by one of its subjects. A mysterious figure called Subject 13 escapes containment, showing off a tattoo of a Superman logo in his escape and freeing a dog with burning red eyes.
WHICH HEROES ARE RETURNING?
The full complement of heroes and villains from Titans Season 1 are expected to return, with Brenton Thwaites (Dick Grayson/Robin), Anna Diop (Koriand’r/Starfire), Teagan Croft (Rachel Roth), Ryan Potter (Garfield “Gar” Logan) and Conor Leslie (Donna Troy/Wonder Girl) confirmed for a second season.
Curran Walters is also returning as fan-favorite Jason Todd, having been upgraded to series regular. Minka Kelly and Alan Ritchson also confirmed in an Instagram Live Q&A that Hawk & Dove will appear in Season 2.
WHAT NEW CHARACTERS CAN WE EXPECT?
The casting rounds for Season 2 of Titans have already started off with a bang. Shortly after the finale aired, Joshua Orpin was announced to join the cast as Conner Kent/Superboy.
A few weeks later, the family of Deathstroke characters were cast for the series. Esai Morales, best known for his work on NYPD Blue and Ozark, was cast as the mercenary Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke), a longtime Titans adversary.
Cast alongside him was deaf and transgender actor Chella Man as Slade’s son, Joseph Wilson, who can possess others through eye contact and adopted the codename Jericho. Chelsea Zang also joins the cast for Season 2 as Slade’s daughter, Rose, who in the comics demonstrates similar enhancements to her father and becomes the mercenary Ravager.
Most recently, Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen was announced to play the latest live-action incarnation of Bruce Wayne. Batman was a significant presence for the first season of Titans, but even with the sequences inside of Dick’s hallucinations he was never properly seen. Glen’s casting indicates we may finally get to see Dick and Bruce’s tension come to a head.
WHAT IS SEASON 2’S STORY?
There’s not a lot we know yet about the second season of Titans, but we can infer a few story details from casting decisions. Obviously, the Trigon story will have to conclude in some form, and we may see Rachel finally adopting her Raven identity. Footage of Raven (as well as Starfire) in more comics accurate attire does exist but was not used during the first season.
The casting not just of Deathstroke, but of Jericho and Ravager, points towards a story possibly based on the seminal Teen Titans story “The Judas Contract.” The story saw Deathstroke systematically dismantle the Titans with the help of a sleeper agent, Terra. Notably, not only does the story introduce Jericho to the Titans, but it is also the debut of Dick Grayson’s Nightwing identity, a logical next step for the Titans version of Dick.
And, finally, with the addition of Superboy and his escape from a laboratory, there’s always the possibility of a Cadmus storyline. Superboy has been a popular character in several Teen Titans incarnations, with early stories of the rebooted Teen Titans comics coping with Superboy exploring his genetic lineage as a clone.
WHEN WILL TITANS SEASON 2 PREMIERE?
A second season of Titans is definitely coming, but when it’s coming is up in the air. Originally expected for a 2020 release, it was announced at WonderCon that Titans Season 2 was on the lineup for Fall 2019, though no specific release date has been announced yet.
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.