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TITANS season 2 is now streaming on NETFLIX UK!

Today is the day that UK (and international) fans finally get their hands on the second season of Titans. All thirteen episodes of the season are now available for you to stream at your leisure!

You can read our reviews of each of the episodes here and pickup podcast episodes where we discuss events from the season.

To whet your appetite here’s the original season 2 trailer released by DC Universe.

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast https://youtu.be/lULgyPaGRLgBoy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Curran Walters as Jason Todd/Robin and Joshua Orpin as Conner Kent/Superboy. 


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TITANS DP releases first look images from scrapped S1 finale

It doesn’t take much time with Google to find plenty of speculation and rumour regarding the scrapped season one finale of Titans. The debut season from DC Universe famously dropped its completed final episode and re-used elements as part of its season two premiere, “Trigon”.

Now the series’ director of photography, Boris Mojsovski, has released a handful of first look stills from the episode. These include a few revelations including confirmation that the Doom Patrol were set to reprise their roles and step in to join the fight.

We also get new looks at Rachel (Teagan Croft) suited up as a more comic book accurate Raven, and plenty of images of Kory (Anna Diop) in some new and interesting outfits.

What do you think of these stills? Would you be interested in seeing the original finale?

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There are versions of these pictures that some have seen but I wanted to share them because they never made the cut. All of these pictures are from the first season’s finale that never aired. As filmmakers we face this reality a lot – there are many cool shots, scenes, sequences or even episodes that get cut for many reasons and we have to live with this and accept it. Well, in my small way, I’d like to celebrate some super cool stuff we did on this episode – the set design by @johnny_rexdale blew me away especially. We had glowing walls changing colours and shapes and a thousands of lights and cool rigs. Yes, characters are in costume some have asked about a million times 🙂 @dcutitans @dccomics @thedcuniverse @teagancroft @the_annadiop @ryankpotter @brentonthwaites @conorleslie @minkakelly @alanritchson @curdog #nightwing #scenes #shots #shotsthatnevermadethecut #canadiancinematographer #cinematographer #cinematography #design #seasononefinale

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Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Curran Walters as Jason Todd/Robin and Joshua Orpin as Conner Kent/Superboy. 


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TITANS promotes Damaris Lewis to series regular for season 3

Coming as absolutely no surprise to Titans fans, TVLine is reporting that Damaris Lewis has been promoted to a series regular for season 3 of the DC Universe series.

Lewis debuted in season 2 playing Blackfire, sister to Anna Diop’s Kory. At the time the character was raising hell on Tamaran having deposed the ruling party and taking control.

Friday’s season 2 finale (reviewed here) saw Blackfire seemingly arrive on Earth and looking to take revenge on her sister. With this news we expect Blackfire to form a major part of the storyline for season.

Are you up-to-date on Titans season 2? What did you think of the finale?

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Curran Walters as Jason Todd/Robin and Joshua Orpin as Conner Kent/Superboy. 


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TITANS S02E13 “Nightwing” review

Titans has been renewed for a third season and will return in late 2020. The second season will debut internationally on Netflix later in 2019.

Synopsis

The Titans battle Deathstroke and more.

Review

After thirteen long weeks we have finally reached the conclusion of Titans second season and its time to fulfil on the promise of Nightwing.

Though the episode is named after Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) new moniker the name itself is never uttered in the episode. We’ll have to wait for season 3 to complete this journey but for now we can rest assured that the Titans team have perfected the character’s look.

Thankfully the finale wasted very little time in revealing Thwaites in his new threads. His entrance was a scene fitting of the Dark Knight himself and positioned the character very much as his own man, in charge and ready to move forwards in his role as patriarch.

Instantly the character felt different. He moved differently than as Robin, he was more acrobatic, he seemed more confident and more in control and it all feels like Nightwing of the comics should feel.

When the escrima sticks came out to play against Deathstroke it solidified all my hopes that the writers would treat Nightwing with the respect he deserves.

If only the same could be said of his rival in battle. After teeing up Slade (Esai Morales) as the ultimate villain of the season, his character is dispatched all too easily. It’s Trigon all over again but this time the fail in pacing is masked by some excellent window dressing.

I gather a post-credit scene was cut which would show Slade waking up in hospital, recovering from his wounds. A predictable turn of events given the healing abilities we have witnessed from his family thus far, but frustrating to have that moment taken away. Instead his story feels cut short and unfinished. Hopefully he still lives to fight another day.

Rather than focus on the big fight, writer Richard Hatem chooses to focus “Nightwing” on the aspect of family. On the positive side it shows that this disparate group of heroes is now able to move on from tragedy together rather than be broken by it. It also births some of the episode’s most touching moments: Rachel (Teagan Croft) snapping Gar (Ryan Potter) out of his Cadmus trance, Dick similarly snapping Conner (Joshua Orpin) out of his and the final dinner scene.

But on the flip side it does take away from the potential spectacle of this being the season finale.

Now for the elephant in the room… the death of Donna (Conor Leslie), arguably one of the best and most loved characters on the show.

The scene itself ensures the character goes out – at least for now – as a hero. As I mention in today’s new podcast (listen here), I would rather the character go out a hero than killed in battle by the villain. But there are logistical questions around how and why it happened. For starters: why didn’t Conner rush to hold up the structure? He would have known his Kryptonian physiology could handle the shock. Secondly, given that she is referred to as Themyscarian in this episode and that she could go toe-to-toe with Conner in a fight: why was Donna not able to survive the shock?

Unfortunately this seems to be a moment of the character being used to fit the story. A ghost of Titans past mistakes coming back to haunt us at the end of what has been an incredibly solid season.

It’s hard to argue the pointlessness of the death when it meant that we got to see the team galvanised and looking towards their future. Each of the actors portraying their character’s grief incredibly well. It’s some of the strongest work we have ever seen on the show so congratulations to them for it.

Hugh there is no post-credit scene we do till tenet a tease for what is to come next and it looks like Starfire (Anna Diop) is about to take centre stage for season 3!

Verdict

Titans ends its second season on a high and a low note as it fulfils fans dreams for a live-action Nightwing but kills off a much-loved character in less than dramatic fashion.

8/10

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. 


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TITANS exec producer talks introducing NIGHTWING

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.


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NIGHTWING debuts in photos from TITANS season finale

It’s hard to believe but the second season of DC Universe’s Titans draws to a close on Friday. Fans have high expectations for the finale, which is set to debut the live action Nightwing costume.

Take a look at Brenton Thwaites in action in costume with these first look photos from the episode, also titled “Nightwing”.

The Titans reassemble under Dick, who has now fully taken on the mantle of Nightwing, to fight Deathstroke and attempt to save Jericho. But that’s not the only struggle they face – as the team finds themselves up against mind-altered versions of Gar and Conner, who are now supercharged weapons at the “mercy” of Mercy Graves (recurring guest star NATALIE GUMEDE) and her Cadmus final Phase Two plan. It’s Titans vs. Titans in the epic season two finale that’s filled with surprises.

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.


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TITANS S02E12 “Faux Hawk” review

Titans streams new episodes on Friday’s via the DC Universe platform. The second season will debut internationally on Netflix later in 2019.

Synopsis

 Hank finds himself at a new low, cage-fighting for money, when he finds an imposter now acting as Hawk.

Review

When Titans first began in September 2018 it brought with it a rather heavy promise. The promise that we would see the first ever live-action incarnation of Nightwing. Season one of the DC Universe show then set about putting Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) on a transformative journey which would eventually see him put on the black and blue (or could it have been red?) suit.

Hardcore and sceptical fans alike would say that journey hasn’t always been easy. But with “Faux Hawk” we have finally reached the pivotal moment where Dick goes in search of a new suit.

I appreciated Titans, written this week by Tom Pabst and directed by Larnell Stovall, set up a support network for creating the suit.

Currie Graham’s appearance as Stu, disguised as a shoe repairman but really the designer behind this universe’s super suits, brings some much needed levity at a very dark time in the Titans lives. This series isn’t shy to explore the darker side of being a vigilante so it was a welcome change to see some comedy introduced to the mix.

The approach to designing the suit feels very fresh. I remarked whilst watching the episode that this could have been an off-the-books department of Wayne Tech under the eye of Lucius Fox. But there is the concern that so many people working in that bunker are aware of both Bruce and Dick and their alter-egos.

This being Titans there was one last sting in the tail as the suit wasn’t fully revealed. That moment is being saved for the finale, of course.

Despite STILL waiting – unless you have seen the finale trailer – to see the suit this episode feels like the start of a great pay off for Dick and the audience. The writers now need to capitalise on Dick making peace with his demons and moving on.

Elsewhere the episode does an excellent job of mirroring Dick’s journey against Hank’s. Alan Ritchson was absent from last week’s episode following his breakup with Dawn (Minka Kelly) and was last seen in a bar looking for drugs.

Cut to a couple of weeks later and Hawk is cage fighting in an attempt to make money which he is almost immediately spending on cocaine. To paraphrase the slogan used to promo this week’s finale: we literally watch one Titan fall as another one rises.

The two storylines work incredibly well in parallel and really drive home just the vigilante life can affect two people in close proximity in such different ways.

Ritchson has clearly given his all to the character and it undoubtedly drawn to the drama that comes with his darker side. His performance shows a sensitivity to the subject matter as well a great emotional range for the actor. If any character were to be pitted against Dick’s final transformative moments then I’m glad it was Hawk.

There’s plenty else going on in “Faux Hawk” as the lady-Titans split up on different rescue missions. It’s fair to say that neither team is very successful but at least Donna (Conor Leslie) and Dawn get close to their targets.

Both pairings, the other being Rachel (Teagan Croft) and Kory (Anna Diop) have excellent chemistry. But it’s Croft and Diop who really pop when on screen together. Their fight in the car was a laugh out loud moment and really drove home the sisterly bond between the new Titans.

Going in to the finale there are still plenty of questions which need answering. I hope Titans is able to give some closure to the current storyline whilst introducing a new status quo ready for season 3. The darkness which has loomed large for two seasons feels like it may be about to clear and it’s about time that it did.

Verdict

After almost two seasons Titans finally makes good on the promise to bring the first live-action Nightwing to the small screen. It does so in an episode which brings great levity to a series prone to explore the darker side of vigilante life, as penultimate episodes go, “Faux Hawk” puts all the pieces in place for an excellent finale.

8/10

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. 


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