Have you ever wondered to just what lengths Dick Grayson would go to distance himself from his now former mentor? Let’s not kid ourselves. The original Robin and soon-to-be Nightwing, in many incarnations, may be capable of standing on his own two feet, but there’s always a part of him that will be known to many as Batman’s sidekick. In a way, he can never escape the shadow of the bat…which, by the way, is also the name of a great episode of Batman: The Animated Series. But this is about Titans and, more specifically, Dick Grayson and Jason Todd.
Some promo clips for the upcoming Titans series have shown us Curran Walters’ Jason Todd as a younger, newer, and more fun-loving Robin compared to the more serious and to-the-point Dick Grayson. Plus, this new Robin gets to drive the Batmobile. Whether that’s because Bruce let him or because Jason- at least in comic lore- tried to steal the wheels off the Batmobile remains to be seen, but the new Robin does not yet have the anger or darkness in his heart that Dick Grayson. Perhaps a trip to the Lazarus Pit could change that.
So what’s the deal with Jason? Well, according to Titans star and Dick Grayson actor Brenton Thwaites, Dick seems to believe that Jason is not operating of his own free will. As the actor explained this weekend at New York Comic-Con, perhaps Batman could have something to do with Jason’s demeanor:
“Well, Jason Todd has become a replacement for Dick Grayson, so he has fulfilled my position working for Batman. So there’s a little bit of tension in the scenes where we meet because I have left for a reason. Like I was saying, it’s not the way of fighting crime that I believe in, and Jason Todd is, what I think, being brainwashed by Batman to believe that his brutal, destructive, murderous way of fighting crime isn’t right. So there’s a little bit of tension in me trying to teach him to right those wrongs and to not do everything he says.”
Here’s the interesting thing about Brenton Thwaites’ comment: Dick wants to teach Jason a lesson and set him on a path different from the one Batman teaches. If Dick were to succeed, what could this mean for Jason’s future? As you know from comic lore, Bruce bringing in Jason Todd to become the new Robin ended up being a fatal decision when Jason Todd met his end at the hands of the Joker. Sure, Todd returned as the Red Hood, and Bruce is still living with the consequences of his actions, but could Jason go a different path under Dick’s teachings?
What do you think? Should this Jason Todd go under Dick’s wing? With the series already renewed for a second season, would you still want to see Todd ultimately become the Red Hood? Let us know in the comments below.
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Bichir, Elliot Knight, April Bowlby, Dwain Murphy, Curran Walters, and Jake Michaels.
The first episode hits the DC Universe streaming next Friday on October 12.