HBO Max’s mature live-action DC Comics series, Titans is returning for a third season on July 15th with 3 new episodes.
The upcoming season is expected to explore a number of storylines, including the birth of Red Hood and the growing conflict between Starfire and her sister Blackfire. Titans season 3 will be comprised of 13 episodes, of which the first 10 titles have been revealed.
The July 15 release date has also been backed up by Lance Ausfresser of the Titans Group, who has previously proven to be a credible source concerning the DC series. So as production draws closer to a close on Titans, fans should expect an official announcement from DC and HBO Max concerning the upcoming season’s release date.
The full confirmed cast list so far for Titans season 3 can be seen below:
- Brenton Thwaites – Dick Grayson/Nightwing
- Anna Diop – Kory Anders/Starfire
- Teagan Croft – Rachel Roth/Raven
- Ryan Potter – Garfield “Gar” Logan/Beast Boy
- Alan Ritchson – Hank Hall/Hawk
- Minka Kelly – Dawn Granger/Dove
- Curran Walters – Jason Todd
- Conor Leslie – Donna Troy/Wonder Girl
- Joshua Orpin – Conner Kent/Superboy
- Chelsea Zhang – Rose Wilson/Ravager
- Damaris Lewis – Blackfire
- Iain Glen – Bruce Wayne
- Savannah Welch – Barbara Gordon
- Jay Lycurgo – Tim Drake
- Vincent Kartheiser – Jonathan Crane
All of the main cast of superheroes from Titans season 2 will return – including Conor Leslie’s Donna Troy, who was seemingly killed off in last year’s finale. Iain Glen’s Bruce Wayne will return (along with his ‘American’ accent) too.
Titans is known for its extensive line-up and season 3 is set to increase that further, thanks to the arrival of numerous fan-favorite characters from the world of Batman. Most notably, Savanna Welch has been confirmed to play Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), while Jay Lycurgo will suit up as Tim Drake, the third Robin.
More villains are incoming too, as season 2 guest star Blackfire (Damaris Lewis) will be bumped up to a regular member, alongside the introduction of Arkham Asylum inmate Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow. In April 2021, it was confirmed that Crane will be played by Vincent Kartheiser, best known as Mad Men’s Pete Campbell and Connor from Buffy spin-off Angel.
Cole King has been cast in an undisclosed role. It’s widely speculated that he is playing a much younger version of Jason Todd.
Season 3 of Titans will take the group from San Francisco into the heart of Gotham City. Here, Dick Grayson will meet up with Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl who was paralyzed by Joker and now heads up the GCPD (via Variety). The two will work together and try to learn from the “mistakes of their parents”, according to showrunner Greg Walker.
At the same time, Dr. Jonathan Crane will serve as an inmate at Arkham Asylum who offers his services as a criminal profiler to the police department.
Variety also confirmed that Tim Drake will enter the show “as a streetwise kid who’s managed to grow up on the toughest streets without losing his indelible belief in heroism.” Interestingly, Jay Lycurgo who plays Drake, will appear as a supporting role in The Batman from Matt Reeves in 2022. We expect this to be nothing more than a coincidence, but Lycurgo can be seen as one of the terrified goons in the debut trailer.
Another big plot point will be Jason Todd’s descent into madness. In the comics, Jason transforms into the anti-hero Red Hood after being killed by the Joker and subsequently resurrected. Titans season 3 will hopefully give the Red Hood story the live-action treatment it deserves.
Considering the Joker has only been briefly seen during a vision from Dick Grayson at the end of season 1, we’re not entirely sure the comic origin of the character will play a big role here. What we do know is that Red Hood will look to hunt down the Titans after previously leaving the group, not on the best of terms.
Hank and Dawn’s relationship will be put under the microscope after the two supposedly called it quits (Walker confirmed this will be answered early on in season 3), as well as an inevitable confrontation between Kory and her sister Blackfire, following the latter’s arrival on Earth in the closing sequence of season 2.
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