With “F–k Batman” from the ‘Titans‘ trailer, it is obvious that there is some beef between Dick Grayson and The Caped Crusader in the upcoming DC Universe series and now Brenton Thwaites is sharing why. Thwaites is portraying the future Nightwing in the first show to grace DC’s upcoming streaming service, and we’ve already seen that this won’t be an update to the animated ‘Teen Titans‘ cartoons but a much darker story being shared. While the comics have shown quite a few reasons as to why these two don’t always get along, Thwaites has shared that the reason he leaves Gotham City in the series is that, “You know what, man? I think Batman just stole my sneakers. That was it.”
All joking aside, the actor does actually dig into the real reasons Grayson decides to turn his back on his friend and mentor as he wants to do things differently:
“Dick Grayson is trying to leave that way of fighting crime. He doesn’t believe in… He learns and evolves in a way that Batman hasn’t, mentally. And he kind of breaks away from fighting crime the way Batman does, because he doesn’t believe it is right. And that’s basically what we see in the first episode, is Dick Grayson trying to support himself and fight crime in a way that he believes is right, without Batman. And so those words, that line that we see, kinda gives us an idea of the tone that we’re going for with the show.”
While he might be trying to be free of Batman, we already seen in other trailers that the criminals he chases down ask him where Batman is when going up against him. It is hard to get out from under the long shadow that cowl casts.
Geoff Johns who co-created the series recently expanded on this idea a bit as he shared that:
“That’s actually part of the story of Titans, When we meet Dick Grayson in Titans, it’s very much the canon of what Marv [Wolfman] and George [Perez] did. This is after he’s obviously split from Batman if that wasn’t clear enough, and why he did and what happened.
There’s a story to be told in the series. Dick Grayson is really trying to find a new place in the world — a new spot, a new life, just like all the other Titans are. They’re all lost, and they find one another to form this surrogate family. [Teen Titans] was, for its time, very controversial. It pushed the envelope really, really hard. We wanted to do a show that did the same thing. But I will say, the trailer, I think some people think ‘Oh, it’s all this, or it’s all that.’ The show is a bunch of different tones. But that’s a part of the show, that’s definitely part of the show.”
It sounds like they’ll be able to do just that when expanding on the character of Robin as he evolves into something more in the upcoming first season. Hopefully, it does well as DC Universe has already picked it up for a second season.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Titans’? Do you feel that having Grayson stray from Batman will make for good storytelling? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Titans’ will debut on DC Universe on October 12th, 2018!
Source: Comic Book.