When the first trailer for the DC Universe exclusive series Titans dropped in July, it became subject to major criticism and downright ridicule from some who felt that the tone was comically dark given the nature of the characters and their portrayal in the comic books. However, by far the most memorable moment from the trailer that for better or worse, became an iconic DC Comics TV series moment was when Robin (Brenton Thwaites) exclaims, “Fuck Batman.”
Right then and there, “Fuck Batman” became a bit of a meme on the internet. But even though skepticism about the series was prominent throughout the internet, the series has received some positive buzz from critics and viewers despite the polarizing first trailer and “Fuck Batman” quote.
Geoff Johns recently explained that the creative team were quite aware that the “Fuck Batman” line would be instantly polarizing to people, especially for all the talk about the DC Extended Universe trying to stray away from the intense darkness displayed from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
“We knew that line would be polarizing in the episode. The attitude and the story behind it, it’s powerful. But out of context it’s a line that people are going to over dissect. When I heard that they were going to use it in the trailer, I knew it would be polarizing because it’s out of context. Originally, we were excited for people to find it in the show because it’s part of a bigger scene, but we knew that it was going to be polarizing no matter when people saw it. And I can’t wait for people to see the rest of the show.”
Johns’ comments regarding the line should quite down some naysayers who felt that Johns and company were oblivious to the polarizing nature of the line. Johns’ hopes that people finish the rest of the first season will add more context to the nature of the Titans story despite the polarizing marketing leading up to it. After all, very positive reactions including our own Nathaniel Brail’s glowing review of the series have enticed skeptics to give it a chance.
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Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy.
Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
Titans is now streaming on DC Universe.
Source: DC Comics