In IGN’s exclusive, we get our first look at Jason Todd in the upcoming streaming series, Titans. The second Robin will be played by Curran Walters.
As Dick Grayson (played by Brenton Thwaites) looks to separate himself from under Batman’s wing, he runs into Todd, who is wearing a similar uniform to Grayson’s. It seems that Grayson will have some form of disgust that he has already been replaced by Batman. IGN caught up with showrunner Greg Walker on what to expect between the two Robins:
“What I really love about [Jason] as a character is the unbridled sense of self that he has, there’s a lack of maybe self-awareness, but for sure self-consciousness in terms of how he comports himself and how he moves through the world. He’s completely seemingly unaffected by darkness. He kind of embraces it or walks right through it. He’s a breath of fresh air and that’s what I love about him, he’s got a punk rock, no-holds-barred attitude that’s massively unburdened. There’s a lot of energy that comes with that.”
Sounds like when we first meet Todd, he will be a very confident and tough as a nails type of Robin that will challenge Grayson this season. Walker added that Grayson will express a sense of a jealousy:
“It’s kind of like one of those classic covers of the books, original versus number 2, and in many ways, you really see that [in the photos]. This encapsulates the tension, the energy between these two guys. It’s like running into your ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, minus the sexual tension. You get to watch Dick Grayson struggle when he sees another Robin and how that Robin is different and has a different relationship with ‘dad.’ And the second child gets away with stuff the first child would never get away with in a family, and ours is really a family show.”
As for if Bruce Wayne/Batman will appear in the show or not, Walker only expressed that what we see happening with Grayson will describe the kind of relationship and figure Batman is:
“Bruce looms large in our show, both [as] Bruce and Batman. If you want to separate them, and the show does to some degree. We’re not a Batman show, and that’s for a number of reasons, but I think we definitely want to show the relationship between Bruce and Dick just simply as an origin story. If the show does anything, it sets up Dick’s thesis about who Bruce/Batman is and then attempts to question it along the way. Just as you or I might have a version of our parents and somebody comes along, a spouse or a friend, and says, ‘from the outside, I’m not so sure you’re right,’ we want to function that way too.”
It’s possible when Grayson meets Todd for the first time as the new Robin, that he sees Todd wearing a similar uniform. That could be the start of a journey in switching to his new identity and uniform once he finds it. We confirmed that during this season, Grayson will eventually become Nightwing.
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