Dick's Transformation To Nightwing Was Delayed Until 'Titans' Found The Right Threat-- Deathstroke
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Fans are getting antsy to see Brenton Thwaites‘ Dick Grayson finally adopt his new “grown-up” identity of Nightwing on DC Universe’s ‘Titans’.  Thwaites has teased that the transformation is coming, but more recently, he admitted that the change was originally planned to have arrived by now, but was delayed due to the show’s progress.  In particular, there needed to be a reason for the introduction of this “new” hero, and now the show has that in the form of Deathstroke.

In an interview with Collider, Thwaites revealed:

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“When I signed onto this, in an early meeting, they were telling me in the first season, it would be about the transition of Dick becoming Nightwing. That’s where all that training came from, in the preparation that I would become Nightwing. But, the way the story had it, we had other elements to deal with, so we went down a different path. The whole time I was very anxious to read the pages of what the story and the journey of Dick growing into Nightwing would be. For a number of reasons, it provides an opportunity a character to realize his potential as superhero. When that happens, we feel a sense of confidence watching it. We know we have a leader who is going to win every single time on the screen. But what it also does is gives us an amazing opportunity to build up the power of Deathstroke. We spent a lot of energy and time explaining to the audience how dangerous and serious this villain is. I feel it was worth putting that time on the screen and teasing to the audience that this bad guy can only be put down by another intense superhero, which we all know is Nightwing.”

Esai Morales joined ‘Titans’ for its second season, as Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke the Terminator, who it was revealed murdered Aqualad, effectively destroying the first version of the Titans.

‘Titans’ also stars Teagan Croft (Raven), Anna Diop (Starfire), Ryan Potter (Beast Boy), and Curran Walters (Robin II).  Also appearing are Iain Glen (Bruce Wayne), Minka Kelly (Dove), Conor Leslie (Wonder Girl), Joshua Orpin (Superboy), Alan Ritchson (Hawk), and Chelsea T. Zhang (Rose Wilson).

New episodes of ‘Titans’ are released each Friday on DC Universe.