A few weeks ago, details on the pilot episode of DC Universe’s upcoming Titans series hit the web. Now, on the eve of San Diego Comic Con 2018, the first trailer for the show is out and Brenton Thwaites’ Dick Grayson (aka Robin) has a bold statement that sets the tone of the show: “F–k Batman.”
You can watch the first Titans trailer right here:
As of the time of writing this article, the trailer hasn’t even been out for an hour yet and there’s already split reactions from fans over this one line.
It makes sense, seeing as Grayson is typically portrayed in a much more optimistic light and the more brooding, ultra-violent take we see here feels like a lower budget equivalent to how Zack Snyder might have portrayed Grayson if the character had made it into 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. In Robin’s big fight scene in the trailer, it appears as though he outright kills the gang of criminals. I’m not one hundred percent sure there, but if so, it feels like an even more out-of-character portrayal for Grayson than it would for Bruce Wayne. While the classic Teen Titans cartoon show of the 2000’s also dabbled about from time to time in mirroring its incarnation of Robin with Batman, it was never to these extremities.
Then again, we know that Titans kicks off very shortly after Grayson’s split with the Dark Knight, so it makes sense to introduce Robin in a more intense manner than usual. I’m just a bit worried that the creative team for this show may have gone a bit too far with this intense introduction to Robin.
Aside from Robin, the trailer also primarily focuses on Teagan Croft’s Raven, taking full advantage of the fantastical demonic powers the character has to highlight the difference Titans hopes to strike between itself and the MCU shows on Netflix that rival it. Whereas most of Robin’s parts of the trailer feel like they would be at home with say Daredevil (and the music video to Evanescence’s nominal edgy metal anthem “Bring Me To Life”), the scenes where Raven comes into play and Grayson’s interactions with her bear more of a resemblance to horror films.
Speaking of the multiple tonal elements in the show, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee spoke with reporters yesterday, stating:
“‘Titans’ was the biggest franchise that had yet been adapted to other media. We saw that this was something that fans would obviously love to see. Obviously the Teen Titans are a very beloved franchise. ‘Swamp Thing’ represents horror. We wanted to have different tonalities in the programming.”
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