A Murderous Batman Is Coming to Titans' Explosive Season Finale

Batman murdering cops as Starfire hunts him down.
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While the first season of DC Universe’s Titans has focused mainly on its titular heroes’ paths to finding each other and becoming the only team capable of averting the oncoming apocalypse, the trailer for the show’s season finale makes a hard pivot into a new story about the world’s greatest detective.

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Technically speaking, Bruce Wayne’s already kinda sorta made the briefest of cameos on Titans, in flashbacks to Dick Greyson’s youth when Bruce first took him in as his ward. After months of trying to stay as far away from Gotham as he possibly could, Dick’s finally going home—specifically because from the looks of it, Batman’s finally snapped and the people of Gotham now recognize him as the unhinged maniac he’s always been.

Judging from Kory’s much more conspicuous look and the fact that Batman’s running around straight up killing people, it’s more than likely that “Dick Grayson” (the finale’s title) will be something of an Elseworlds-esque story that’s either set in another dimension or an illusion taking place in Dick’s mind. Regardless, if you’ve been waiting to see Batman and Robin beat the hell out of one another, Titans will have you covered when the finale begins streaming on December 21.


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Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.

DISCUSSION

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Killa K

I wanna think that this is a dream, or a hallucination, and that they didn’t actually kill off Commissioner Gordon and the Joker (never mind whether the Batman’s responsible or not). But given that it’s the finale to a season that set up a whole bunch of stories that haven’t been resolved yet (and is apparently two episodes shorter than I thought it was going to be), I think we’re either supposed to take it at face value, or the resolution is going to be deeply unsatisfying.

A part of me isn’t surprised. I never quite felt like Geoff Johns had a grasp on how to write Batman. Akiva Goldsman already ruined Batman twenty years ago, so this just looks like he cracked his knuckles and went, “Last time I made him too campy. This time, I’ll speed past Zack Snyder as I go in the other direction.”

This show has been better than I thought it would be, and I really hoped that it would fix what issues I had with it in the second half of the season, the way the “Hank and Dawn” episode actually redeemed the earlier “Hawk and Dove” episode for me.

But fuck this.

I still have hope for the other shows, because despite what the naysayers say, I don’t think “typical DC” is dark and gritty - just anything Batman-related, or Batman-adjacent. Elseworlds was delightful. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is delightful. Aquaman looks delightful. Shazam looks delightful. Young Justice looks delightful. etc. So my fingers are crossed for Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and Stargirl.

Fuck Titans.