At the end of Titans’ second season, the team ended up splitting ways after losing one of their own, and it wasn’t clear if and how the heroes might come back into one another’s orbit. But when word first broke that the show’s third season would tackle Batman: A Death in the Family by introducing the Red Hood, it seemed pretty clear that the team’s reunion would come by way of tragedy.
The latest trailer for Titans’ third season (now on HBO Max) spells it all out quite clearly for those not familiar with the comics in which Jason Todd (Curran Walters) goes from being the second Robin to becoming the Red Hood. Despite everyone on Titans being generally aware of Jason’s propensity for biting off a bit more than he could chew, the team all seem stunned to learn of Jason’s sudden demise at the Joker’s hands, an event that brings Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) and the newest group of Titans back to Gotham. The shock of Jason’s death apparently makes it impossible for everyone to deduce who Gotham’s newest vigilante, the Red Hood, might be, but it seems safe to assume that there are enough other things going on in the show to keep everyone somewhat ignorant of the obvious truth staring them in the face.
The new trailer also introduces Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Savannah Welch) who’s none too pleased to inform Dick Grayson that the Gotham PD’s resorted to working with Scarecrow (Vincent Kartheiser) in order to crack its latest case. Collaborating with psychopaths is exactly the sort of thing that Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen) always advised all of his proteges to avoid while he was active as Batman. But the trailer also establishes how Bruce and the rest of the family are all grappling with the idea that maybe the old Batman’s methods weren’t exactly the best option.
Though it doesn’t get any real mention in the trailer, Starfire’s (Anna Diop) new costume and the brief glimpses of her being trapped in some sort of hospital suggest that Titans’ third season will also follow up on her storyline about the impending Tamaranian invasion of Earth. Given how Titans has a track record of not always managing to manage all of its interconnected character arcs, though, there’s no way of knowing how the season’s story as a whole is going to shape up.
Titans also stars Teagan Croft, Minka Kelly, Ryan Potter, Conor Leslie, Joshua Orpin, Damaris Lewis, Alan Ritchson, and Jay Lycurgo. Season three hits HBO Max on August 12.
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