In the wake of the sudden death of Titans special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, the seriesâ€™ cast and producers pulled out of its scheduled portion of the DC Universe panel at this yearâ€™s San Diego Comic-Con in order to stay with the crew and attendees were instead presented with a brief glimpse of the showâ€™s upcoming season.
What was most surprising about the first season of DC Universeâ€™s Titans was that, by the finale, the team had only really just begun to take its shape as a group of metahumans with one anotherâ€™s backs in a fight to save the world.
The showâ€™s plots about Ravenâ€™s father Trigon crossing over into the human dimension, Starfireâ€™s past and Dick Graysonâ€™s battle with anger are far from over. But in the first trailer for the showâ€™s second season, all of those plot lines took the back seat to a number of interesting changes that seem to be in store for the series.
Dick Graysonâ€™s old pals Hawk and Dove are back for round two with the Titans as they embark on their latest mission to take down a new big bad threatening peace and order in the wold: Esai Moraliesâ€™ Deathstroke. The avian-themed heroes are joined by Aqualad, Superboy (Joshua Orpin) and Donna Troy, sporting a new costume that looks much more like her classic red ensemble. Elsewhere in the costume department, Ravenâ€™s wig has also been drastically improved and sheâ€™s now sporting her signature gem placed in the middle of her forehead.
By the end of Titansâ€™ first season, Dick seemed to be right on the verge of leaving his Robin persona behind, suggesting that we would see him finally suit up as Nightwing, but the trailer clearly shows Dick still rocking his Robin duds while being flanked by Donna, Aqualad, Hawk and Dove, meaning that the new season might feature more glimpses into the past before Dickâ€™s departure from Gotham City.
Iain Glenâ€™s Bruce Wayne also makes a brief appearance out of his Batsuit and itâ€™s impossible not to see him as Jorah Mormomnt, which might not end up being a bad thing. Titansâ€™ first season explored the emotional toll Dickâ€™s vigilante exploits with the Dark Knight took on him rather than the adventures themselves and itâ€™d make sense for the series to focus on Bruce Wayne, the concerned mentor struggling to reconnect with his estranged adoptive son.
If youâ€™ve been hungering for more of the Titans and their exploits, the wait wonâ€™t be long: Titans returns to DC Universe September 7 in the U.S. and will likely appear on Australian Netflix in the following months.