I will sheepishly confess to the fact that before this show originally aired, I had never heard of Titans. Thanks to the deluge of Marvel and DC movies over the years, I have a fair idea of who most superheroes are. But for some reason, Titans wasn't on my radar.
As a result, I had no idea what I was going to be watching. The good news is that Titans, like Jupiter's Legacy, is really enjoyable. Purely from an objective perspective, the show is really engaging and entertaining. Though I have no idea how true to the original DC Comics it is!
So you are also new to Titans, yoo might want to know what it is all about and if it is worth watching?
What Is Titans About?
Initially, we are introduced to a young girl called Rachel. Suffering from horrific nightmares, she insists that her mother keeps her locked in her room for her own safety. It isn't long before her story quickly evolves sending her on the run to Detroit.
We then meet Detective Dick Grayson, played by Brenton Thwaites from Ghosts Of War, who works in Detroit. A relatively cool customer, he comes across as a bit of a loner – dark and moody. He is also the same guy that Rachel keeps seeing in her nightmares!
A quick time jump back a few years and we discover that Grayson is actually Robin – Batman's sidekick. But this Robin is pretty badass.
Of course it's only a matter of time before Rachel and Grayson meet. Which in turn gives us the first two of our Titans.
Now it's time to meet Kory Anders (Anna Diop) who wakes up in a shot-up car with absolutely zero memory of who she is. Thankfully she adapts quickly and works out who she is supposed to be and more importantly that she is looking for Rachel.
With the three Titans now together it's time to introduce Gar Logan. His back story is that he caught a virus in the Congo a few years earlier. Rather than be left for dead he was injected with a vaccine that the unintended consequence of allowing him to alter his DNA and turn into a green tiger whenever he wants. Which, believe it or not, comes in very handy when you're in a bind!
So now the four Titans must pool their resources together and save Rachel from the bad guys that want to capture and do her harm. Why? Because they believe she is the key to a prophecy that will bring about the end of the world.
Titans Official Trailer
Is Titans Worth Watching?
Titans sets itself apart from other superhero shows by adopting a darker and grittier tone. With more mature themes and complex character arcs, it is definitely an edgier take on the Teen Titans.
As each season progresses, characters develop properly and become more rounded with each being given enough time and attention to grow and explore their own journey. Some become more likeable, others not so much!
Titans boasts a talented cast that bring the iconic DC Comics characters to life with nuance and authenticity. Notable performances include Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, and Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth.
With plenty of well-executed and thrilling action sequences, lots of heroes and villains, the action rarely stops. It has kept fans tuned in season after season but it's not perfect.
Each season has its own singular arc. Or a specific villain that needs to be destroyed. Within that certain episodes or storylines feeling rushed or underdeveloped, while others drag on, especially when there there are a few plots going on at the same time.
And even though it is darker than other shows in the genre, sometimes it is excessively violent and graphic. And I mean stomach churning at times, unnecessarily so.
If you can get over that, the last stumbling block are the really dumb decisions some of the characters make. The younger the character, the brattier they are which gets a little grating over time.
All that said, I still love Titans and have happily tuned in for every episode so it can't be that bad!
How Many Seasons Of DC Titans?
There are FOUR seasons of Titans and all of them are available on Netflix, outside of the United States.
The show premiered its first season in 2018 on the streaming service DC Universe (now called DC Universe Infinite) and has continued with subsequent seasons.
Each season typically consists of a varying number of episodes, usually ranging from 10 to 13 episodes. It has also been confirmed that Titans will end with its fourth and final season.
The Cast Of Titans
Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, He is the leader of the Titans and former vigilante sidekick of Batman, seeking to move past his mentor and his Robin persona.
Anna Diop as Kory Anders. An extraterrestrial royal from the planet Tamaran, Kory has the ability to absorb and redirect solar energy.
Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth. Rachel is an empath born to a demon father and human mother and the first season revolves her journey.
Ryan Potter as Gar Logan. He is a shapeshifter who can transform into a green version of various animals, mainly a tiger, after receiving a drug that cured him of a lethal disease.
Curran Walters as Jason Todd. Jason is Dick's successor as Batman's vigilante sidekick who is brought into the new Titans team at the request of Bruce Wayne.
Conor Leslie as Donna Troy. Formerly Wonder Woman's sidekick, she befriended Dick at an early age and was on the original Titans team.
Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger. A vigilante who serves as a tactical counterpart to her partner and boyfriend Hank and a member of the original Titans.
Alan Ritchson (Reacher) as Hank Hall, the aggressive half in a vigilante duo composed of himself and his girlfriend Dawn.
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