Back in July during San Diego Comic-Con we got our first look at DC Universe’s Titans via their activation outside the convention center as well as the trailer they premiered. It’s during that trailer that Robin, played by Brenton Thwaites, takes on a bunch of thugs in an alleyway and ends it with the phrase “F— Batman”. What makes this interesting is the fact that this moment was not in the original script.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Thwaites told them that the line was actually “thrown in” during reshoots after most of the season had been completed. He goes on to explain, “We’d already shot that alley fight scene before, and there was no punch to it,” Thwaites said. “There was no real exclamation mark. I think the producers wanted something that would kind of set the tone for the whole show.”
He continued to talk about how important for them it was to separate themselves from the Dark Knight and to let audiences know that the show is about the Titans and not to expect Batman at any point.
“It’s a show that isn’t about Batman, and I think it’s important for people to know that and maybe not be disappointed that they’re not going to see Batman jumping from the ceiling and beating up a hundred guys, because it’s not Batman, it’s a story about the Titans, essentially. I feel like ‘F— Batman’ says that in two words.”
In addition to separating himself from Batman, this phrase also sets the tone for the Dick Grayson/Robin we are going to be introduced to in the series. This is not going to be the Nightwing that we are used to seeing in animated series and comic books. This Grayson is lost and struggling with inner darkness, doing his best to get away from the life of being Batman’s sidekick. This causes the show to show a darker more violent Grayson that may make fans a bit uncomfortable.
Executive producer Geoff Johns also commented on Grayson’s tone in the series, “It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that’s more violent than people are used to. It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that is struggling more than I think people are used to.”
It seems like we will see a lot of growth from Thwaites’ character throughout the first season of Titans. When his path crosses with characters like Raven, played by Teagan Croft, Beast Boy, played by Ryan Potter and Starfire played by Anna Diop he will have to open up and “he’s really gonna be able to start acknowledging [what his life with Batman did to him],” according to Johns.
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DC Universe’s Titans premieres October 12th exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service, with new episodes every Friday.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly