Titans: The Next Generation?
That’s not the name I’m hoping for. Call me old fashion, but The New Teen Titans is more my jam!
At the same time, this teaser trailer has me so much more excited in this series than the struggle that was Titans Season 1. We have returning characters, new heroes and, of course, the most iconic villain in Teen Titans history!
Let’s talk about it!
5.) TITANS ARE BACK B*TCHES!
When this series was announced I was so excited. However, when the trailer released, like many, I was immediately filled with dread.
I’ve been reading the adventures of these teenage sidekicks for as long as I’ve been read comic books. This didn’t appear to be the heroes I grew up with.
After watching the entire show, I was semi-hopeful for a future, but I wasn’t completely sold. With this small tease of what’s to come: I’m sold.
The energy held here is so much more than Season 1. The new status quo seems to be more in-line to what the team was always about.
Jason Todd’s excitement alone, while a little much, is one of the highlights on display signally a new beat on the series’ drum.
4.) A good boy, and a Superboy
Connor…why are you here? No, seriously, why?
It seems not just with Young Justice, but here too, DC seems to really like throwing Connor Kent, my favorite Superboy (Sorry to Jonathan fans every. He’s still awesome tho despite Bendis aging him up!), into an age where he doesn’t belong and both times now on the same team as Dick Grayson.
Maybe it’s just popularity and I’m not siding with the ship or anything but his Robin is Tim Drake!
Still, it will be interesting to see where the show takes Connor and, his faithful pal, Krypto as it seems they will be the focal point as Raven was for Season 1.
3.) The Suit Up…But is it more?
GAH! My kids back together again!
And Garth (aka Aqualad) is here too!
But…is it really that? Or is it a flashback?
The flashbacks that I wanted from Season 1 showing the original Titans?
Because that feels like what this is. While it would be amazing to have the old sidekicks mentor the new Titans, It doesn’t feel like anyone is going to be on the “Next Generation” other than Dick and Donna.
Plus, with Jason back on his feet, and wearing the Robin suit, and Dick not under a dark spell anymore, it makes more sense for Mr. Gryason to don his more traditional black and blues not have two birds-of-a-feather running around.
2.) Oh Raven, what ever will we do with you?
Another thing that gives credence to my “The Old Titans Are Flashbacks” argument is that we don’t see any of the New Titans “suiting up.”
In the trailer, Kory is barely seen in with the exception of what appears to be a streetfight alongside Donna. Beast Boy is seen briefly, as well, apparently defending Raven from something.
However, Raven is featured prominently. This is a given because the Titans’ life, while even moving a bit of the spotlight towards Superboy, shows that Raven is the star of the show.
In almost every incarnation of the team, in every source of media, Raven’s story and how she brings the team together is the focal point.
Given that the show ended on a massive cliffhanger, it will be interesting to see how she evolves. (Especially with her signature chakra on her forehead showing she has more control!)
1.) How many times do we have to teach you this lesson, Old Man?
I don’t like to admit it, but Slade Wilson, Deathstroke/The Terminator, is my favorite DC Villain.
He decides what his mission is and, sometimes, he even blurs the line and becomes a hero.
But at the end of the day, his biggest reason for going against the Titans is revenge. (For what I hope will be dealt with in my theorized flashbacks!)
At least my favorite daddy is back fighting the heroes he’s supposed to and not on Arrow. (I don’t like Arrow, I’m sorry…)
What’s even more intriguing about Slade’s introduction: his kids. Both Joseph aka Jericho (played by Chella Man) and Rose aka Ravager (played by Chelsea T. Zhang) are making their premiere.
We only catch them for a quick, but as fan favorites in the long history of the Teen Titans, it will be a welcome to have one of the most badass women returning with Rose, but the deaf, possibly Gay/Bisexual/Pansexual, (Christopher Priest never really slapped a label on it in his run of Deathstoke), body transferring awesomeness that is Jericho. He’s also played by a trans actor!
This is going to be an amazing season.
(Hopefully, they don’t have Rose stab her eye out in devotion to making her dad happy this time.)
Season 2 of Titans will premiere on September 6th on DC Universe.