The third episode of Titans gives us a look at Dick Grayson’s past, and teases a certain Caped Crusader.
After a rough ending to the second episode of Titans, the third episode helped pick things up by bringing Kory aka Starfire (Anna Diop) back into the fold. And as we explained in our recap of the first episode, she’s without a doubt the biggest highlight of the series. Kory still doesn’t remember her past, and as she tries to piece it together it all seems to lead back to Rachel (Teagan Croft). She ends up saving Rachel from the Nuclear family, and they escape to the monastery where Rachel and her mother lived when she was a baby.
Dick (Brenton Thwaits) is close behind, trying to find them and keep Rachel safe, and out of the grips of law enforcement and the evil organization hunting her down. As Dick gets closer to finding Rachel and Kory he flashes back to the death of his parents and being adopted by Bruce Wayne. It would have been easy for the show to cast Bruce and feature him heavily here, but we only ever see the character in silhouette. Which honestly is the best possible move for the series as of now.
Dick has continuously commented on the fact that he’s trying to distance himself from his past. He’s become more violent and nearly homicidal under Bruce’s guidance, and that’s not who he truly is at heart. But anyone who knows the story of Batman and Robin may see this as odd. Dick as Robin was always cheerful. He was always along for the ride, and the bright spot in that dark world. We’ve seen some versions of the character in animation and other media, turn away from Bruce and venture out on his own to become the hero known as Nightwing. And it’s obvious that this is the path Titans is leading us on. But how do you show the darkness of Bruce in a way that really shows how it can take a toll on those around him? You separate him as much as possible from Dick.
Constantly having him in the shadows, through windows, looking down on Dick. Never once showing him in any light, just as a mysterious dark figure, shows us the Bruce Wayne of this Universe. It shows us that he isn’t the Bruce Wayne who is loving and kind to his adoptive son/ward. He’s someone who is still living in his own darkness. Someone who is simply pulling those around him into it. And in a way, it’s one of the best versions of the character ever presented outside of the comics. In the comics, this is exactly who this character is. And because of it he has lost too many people that he has loved and that have loved him. By showing this side of the character, we’re able to truly understand Dick’s torment and why he had to leave. And it makes everything Dick says and does mean so much more.
The third episode of Titans is currently streaming on DC Universe, with new episodes dropping every Friday. Be sure to check back with us as we take a look at each new episode.