DC has released a trailer for season 2 of the live-action Titans TV series. The gritty reimagining of the classic team of sidekicks was the first live-action offering on DC’s streaming DC Universe service, which has since added Vertigo-inspired series like Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing. The new trailer gives viewers a lot to digest, including first looks at Iain Glen‘s Bruce Wayne, Drew Van Acker‘s Garth, aka Aqualad/Tempest, and Esai Morales‘s Deathstroke.
The end of the last season of Titans saw the demonic Trigon released into the world, and Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) in his thrall. This trailer doesn’t seem to pick up much on that, instead giving quick glimpses of farmiliar characters like Kory Anders/Starfire (Anna Diop), Gar Logan/Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), Rachel Roth/Raven (Teagan Croft), Jason Todd/Robin (Curran Walters), and Hank Hall & Dawn Granger/Hawk & Dove (Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly), as well as new arrivals Bruce Wayne, Garth, Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Rose Wilson/Ravager (Chelsea Zhang), and a newly-suited up Donna Troy (Conor Leslie). The trailer concludes with an ominous shot of Deathstroke (Morales).
There’s nothing as instantly meme-worthy in this trailer as the “F*ck Batman” moment in the first season’s trailer, but it’s still a solid piece of work for fans of the show and of the characters. I was very skeptical going into the first season of Titans, and it ended up being a show that I really enjoyed, even if some of the character interpretations are not ones that I agree with. It’s nice to see the integration of more comic book elements into the series – after Dick burned his Robin suit last season I wondered if Hawk & Dove were the last two Titans with actual superhero suits, so I’m glad to see Donna suiting up, and Garth and Conner in approximations of their costumes as well. Odds also seem pretty good that we’ll see Dick adopt the Nightwing identity before the season is out. Rachel/Raven has also adopted the forehead gem that she’s traditionally had in the comics, which is a nice little touch.
Also, look at Krypto! Any show is made better by the addition of a cute dog. I hope he’s a good super-powered boy and that he doesn’t rip anyone’s throat out.
The second season of Titans premieres September 6th on DC Universe.