Bruce Wayne will no longer be a figure lingering in the shadows or shot from behind on DC Universe’s ‘Titans’. Iain Glen has been cast to bring this legendary comic book character to life on the streaming series. Glen is, of course, best known for playing Khaleesi’s confidante Jorah Mormont on ‘Game of Thrones’. The final season of that phenomenon kicks off this weekend, but it was filmed months ago. Luckily, it didn’t take Glen long to find a new gig and it’s one with quite a high profile. Glen picks up the mantle of Bruce Wayne just as another actor, David Mazouz prepares to leave it behind, as FOX’s ‘Gotham’ is entering its final season.
It sounds as though thing will take a dramatic twist for the character in ‘Titans’ Season 2. In Season 1, Bruce was something of a phantom figure, whose shadow loomed over the actions of the show’s focal character, Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), a tortured soul struggling to leave his dark past behind. Because the series was told from Dick’s perspective, Bruce came across as almost a villain, or an abusive bully at best. It is ironic that Dick chose to flee from his dark past by raking criminals’ faces across jagged broken glass and brick walls.
The new character description for Glen’s Bruce, however, seems nothing like the way that the character has been presented thus far:
“After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”
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If this turns into another Batman-centric show, it can go to hell. The appeal of the ‘Teen Titans’, and more specifically, ‘The New Teen Titans’ is that Dick and other younger characters grew into their own people, apart from their mentors. Having Batman around to bail them out is anathema to the entire concept. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, the first season had too much Batman, even though he only appeared in the periphery. Not EVERY DC project has to revolve around this one character!
At any rate, it sounds as though ‘Titans’ Season Two will begin production soon, as it is expected to be made available this fall. The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Kory Anders/Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth/Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan/Beast Boy. Curran Walters guest-starred in Season One as Jason Todd/Robin II, but he has been bumped up to series regular for Season Two. Season One also featured guest-appearances by Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk & Dove, and they are expected to return in Season Two. New characters being introduced are Deathstroke the Terminator, portrayed by Esai Morales, Chella Man as Joseph Wilson/Jericho, Chelsea T. Zhang as Rose Wilson/The Ravager, and Joshua Orpin as Superboy.