Tomorrow fans will finally see the Nightwing costume in action as Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) suits up for the second season finale of Titans. Series’ executive producer Greg Walker recently sat down with DCComics.com to talk all about brining the character to life.
“The question we asked in the writers room is, it’s such a big deal becoming Nightwing and we didn’t just want him to show up with the suit one day,” he explained at a recent event unveiling Grayson’s new suit. “It had to be a representation of where he evolved as a character over the course of those two seasons.“
“Season two” he continued “for him is a journey of recognizing what mistakes he made in the past, assessing himself, trying to figure out his relationship with Bruce and evolving past Robin. When he’s not Robin anymore, then who is he?”
Speaking of building a narrative around Dick’s journey Walker said “We wanted to have the show be a path towards Nightwing. There’s a personal journey that Dick needed to go on, so he goes on this atonement journey for the last third of the season to try to figure out who he is, what his relationship with heroism is and what his relationship is with the other Titans. We wanted to have Nightwing be the accumulation of that journey—the terminus.”
Nightwing costume designer Laura Jean Shannon also shared her thoughts on Dick’s new threads:
“Each one of our of our shows has a very different voice,” she shared. “Titans has a different voice in the writing and it has a different voice in the storytelling, which then is the impetus for us giving it a different visual voice. So, whatever choices that we bring to the table, the jumping off point is always the actual story itself.”
The suit itself is built from a number of hand-sculpted and 3D printed elements. Creative Character Engineering’s Lesley Bercerra explains “When we sat down and were talking about how we were going to create this character, we actually decided to take it back, go a little old school, and do actual traditional hand sculpting,”
“You know, like the way the original Batman suit was made. We had some amazing sculptors that had been in the business for years and probably had hands on sculpting those suits. We also did some really beautiful things with 3D modeling certain armor areas, integrating it into the sculpture, so that you have this kind of high-tech, but old-school, sleek feeling.”
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove.
Season 2 drops new episodes weekly via DC Universe. Netflix are yet to announce a premiere for the second season internationally.