Warner Bros. Television treated Titans fans to good news ahead of the holiday season when executive producer Geoff Johns announced the Season 2 renewal of the live-action drama series days before its Season 1 debut on DC Universe.
Warner Bros. confirmed that Titans had been picked up for Season 2 during the show’s world premiere panel which took place on Wednesday, October 3, at the New York Comic-Con.
The confirmation came ahead of the show’s October 12 launch on DC Universe, Warner Bros. TV, and DCmEntertainment’s newly launched digital subscription service.
The early Season 2 renewal of Titans was a strong indication of the producers’ faith and confidence in the future of the series. It also gave fans assurance that they would be seeing more of their favorite DC superhero team beyond Season 1.
With the 11-episode Titans Season 1 — which premiered on October 12, 2018 — having wrapped up on December 21, fans are already looking forward to and asking questions about Season 2.
Although Season 1 proved a phenomenal success on DC Universe, the producers have so far only given tantalizing snippets of information about what comes next.
To answer fans’ urgent questions, we have brought together every bit of available information about the upcoming Titans Season 2, including release date, teasers, and trailers, latest casting, and production news.
Titans Season 2 release date
There is no official word yet from Warner Bros. on the release date for Titans Season 2. DC Universe’s current original TV show release schedule for 2019 also gives no hint about when to expect Titans Season 2 to premiere.
Although rumors have been flying around that Season 2 production is set to begin in January or February 2019, there has been no official confirmation. But if the rumors are true, it means that Titans Season 2 will likely premiere on DC Universe late in 2019 or early 2020.
Titans Season 2 details
Titans is the first live-action adaption of The New Teen Titans DC Comics series from the 1980s, by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez.
The TV series, which has an M-rating for graphic violence and gore, partial nudity and other adult themes, takes on the animated Teen Titans Go (TV series 2013- ), which is targeted at a younger audience, follows the coming of age of a group of young aspiring superheroes, including Dick Grayson aka Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).
The 11-episode Season 1 of Titans, which premiered on DC Universe on October 12, about a month after the streaming platform went live, focused on Raven and her role in bringing the young superheroes together as a team to stop a demonic threat to the world.
Titans Season 1 introduced several of the young DC superheroes, including the Doom Patrol superhero team — Dr. Niles “The Chief” Caulder, Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, and Crazy James — expected to spinoff into a new series of their own on DC Universe this year, after production began in August 2018.
Titans was the first live-action series on the DC Universe digital subscription service. Instead of releasing an entire season at once, like Marvel shows are released on Netflix, DC universe chose to release a new episode every week, from October 12 to December 21, when the season finale aired.
DC Universe is the new streaming platform being operated jointly by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. The digital subscription platform, launched on September 15, offers original television programming. It will give DC fans access to a wide variety of DC-related content, including TV shows, animated series, movies and comics from the DC library.
Titans is only one of a long list of original content based on DC Comics superhero teams and characters that DC Universe will be offering fans. Other live-action series to follow in 2019 include Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing and Stargirl. The streaming service also plans to introduce animated series, including Young Justice: Outsiders (which premiered on January 4) and Harley Quinn.
Titans is written and developed by co-creators Akiva Goldsman (Weed Road Pictures), DC exec Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti (Berlanti Productions).
Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti also executive produce alongside Sarah Schechter, Greg Walker, and John Fawcett.
Titans was officially renewed for Season 2 back in October, before the series premiered on DC Universe. Executive producer Geoff Johns confirmed on October 3 that Titans had been picked for Season 2 at New York Comic Con.
SuperBroMovies reported that pre-production and writing began shortly after the series was confirmed for Season 2.
The website also reported that Titans Season 2 will begin filming in February in anticipation of a late 2019 or early 2020 premiere, and that the upcoming season will consist of 13 episodes as opposed to 11 episodes in Season 1.
However, despite reassuring reports that Titan Season 2 will premiere late in 2019 or early 2020, some fans have expressed concern that Warner Bros. TV has not officially confirmed the media reports.
Titans Season 2 teasers and trailer
With Titans Season 1 having just wrapped up, it will be some time before Warner Bros. TV releases a trailer for Titans Season 2. We will update this page as soon as an official trailer is dropped.
Titans Season 1 finale, which aired on December 21, included a a post-credits scene that featured Superboy and his canine pal Krypto, as a foretaste of their expected appearance in Titans Season 2.
The video scene is set in the Cadmus Laboratories in Metropolis.
Below is the Titans Season 1 official trailer released on October 1, a few days before the live action series premiered at New York Comic Con (October 3).
Fans first saw Titans at the New York Comic-Con world premiere on October 3 when the first episode of the series was aired before a Q&A session that included the executive producers and some Titans cast members.
Another trailer was released after New York Comic-Con.
Warner Bros. TV had released the first trailer for the series in July at the San Diego Comic-Con. Unfortunately, the profanity-filled video (“F**k Batman”) met with widespread disapproval, with fans criticizing the costumes and acting as cheesy.
You can also watch this behind-the-scenes look at Titans Season 1.
Titans Season 2 main cast and superhero characters
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, the leader of the Titans, also known as Robin the Boy Wonder.
Anna Diop appears as Kory aka Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth aka Raven, Ryan Potter as Gar Logan aka Beast Boy, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger aka Dove, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall aka Hawk, Lindsey Gort as Detective Amy Rohrbach and Bruno Bichir as Niles Caulder (“The Chief”).
Brenton Thwaites played Prince Phillip in Maleficent (2014). He also appeared as Henry Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
Anna Diop appeared as Nicole Carter in 24: Legacy (2015), Teagan Croft starred as Indi Sommerville in Osiris Child (2016), after playing the role of Scout Finch in a theatrical adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird at the tender age of nine.
Ryan Potter is best known for having voiced Hiro in Big Hero 6 (2014).
Alan Ritchson starred in Blue Mountain State (TV series 2010-2011) as Thad Castle, while Minka Kelly is known for her role as Lyla Garrity in Friday Night Lights (TV series 2006-2011).
Lindsey Gort appeared as Ashlee in Impastor (TV series 2015-2016).
Bruno Bichir played Fernando Duque in Narcos (TV series 2015-2017).
After announcing in October that Titans had been picked up for Season 2, executive producer Geoff Johns shared with fans that the Titans creative team had already mapped out the entire story arc for the upcoming season and that the characters to feature had already been decided upon.
Most of the core superhero characters from The New Teen Titans were introduced in Titans Season 1 although they never progressed to becoming a full-fledged superhero team.
Fans are expecting new superheroes to be introduced in Titans Season 2
Dick Grayson (Robin the Boy Wonder) is the leader of the team. Batman adopted him after his parents died and trained him as a vigilante.
The Beast Boy is able to transform into animals. He acquired the ability after his parents injected him with monkey serum to cure a rare disease he contracted during a visit to Africa.
Starfire is an alien princess from planet Tamaran, who is able to fly and shoot bolts of pure energy.
Raven is the “daughter of a demon.” She must keep her emotions under control to avoid unleashing the power of her demonic heritage.
Hawk and Dove are also part of the Titans team, with Hawk being an aggressive fighter and Dove a defensive fighter.
Fans can expect the Season 2 return of Raven, Robin (hopefully as Nightwing), Starfire, and Beast Boy. Trigon (Seamus Dever), Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dove (Minka Kelly) and Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) are also expected to return for Titans Season 2.
Based on what is evident so far from Season 1, new superhero characters that will appear in Season 2 will include Superboy and his canine friend Krypto.
Fans are also hoping to see Cyborg, Kid Flash, and Bumblebee.
Cyborg, played by Joivan Wade, is set to appear in Doom Patrol Season 1. And based on comments by Titans showrunner Greg Walker in a recent interview with IGN, Cyborg will likely remain with Doom Patrol “for the time being” and will not crossover to Titans until later.
Similarly, with the Doom Patrol having been introduced in Titans Season 1, and set to get their own spin-off series on DC Universe, they may not appear in Titans Season 2.
Jason Todd’s (Curran Walters) version of Robin will possibly return for Titans Season 2.
Batman appeared in the Season 1 finale in a dream sequence, and fans are hoping he will be in Titans Season 2 to help Robin against Trigon.
However, fans are most excited about the highly-anticipated debut of Superboy in Titans.
The Season 1 finale’s post-credits scene which features Conner Kent and Krypto means fans can expect to see the pair in Season 2, although the unique take on the comic characters that fans can expect in the TV series remains to be seen.
The much-talked-about post-credits scene shows Superboy — the half-human/half-Kryptonian clone of Superman — and Krypto the Superdog (with red glowing super eyes) breaking out from Cadmus Laboratories in Metropolis.
Superboy featured in the animated series Young Justice and was a member of the Titans in the comic books.
There have been several comic book series versions of Superboy, but the version that will be featured in Titans appears to be Superboy Kon-El /Conner Kent, the Project Cadmus hybrid clone created from Superman’s Kryptonian DNA and the villain Lex Luthor’s human DNA.
Titans Showrunner/executive producer Greg Walker shared with Entertainment Weekly that they had originally not planned to end Season 1 with a post-credits scene featuring Conner Kent and Krypto.
“It wasn’t totally planned from day one,” he said. “It definitely wasn’t something that we thought of until the very end.”
Walker also talked about the role that Superboy will play in Titans Season 2 and how he will be portrayed in the series.
“It’s still brewing,” he said. “What I can say is that we still want to take the same dimensionalized and psychologically grounded approach that we do with the other characters and apply that same pressure to Conner Kent and see what shakes out when you put a character like that through that test.”
Reddit fans recently speculated that Dylan Sprayberry, who played young Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013), may be cast as Conner Kent. He recently appeared as Liam on Teen Wolf (2011-2017).
We will update fans when the Titans producers announce new castings and characters for Titans Season 2.
Titans Season 2 plot
The storyline of Titans Season 1 focused on police detective Dick Grayson (Robin) and Rachel Roth (Raven) who met after Raven’s mother was murdered. Dick takes Raven under his wings, protecting her from a sinister group called “The Organization.”
“The first season does take our Titans on a journey as they unlock the mystery of Rachel,” Johns said in an interview with EW.
“Harkening to the original comics, the first storyline was really about Raven and how she brought these characters together, and we have a similar connection. [Raven] is kind of the sun that everyone revolves around.”
In Titans Season 1, the retired vigilante Dick Grayson returns to crime-fighting after meeting teenager Raven who claimed she saw him in her dreams before her mother was murdered.
While searching for answers to the “mystery of Rachel,” Dick encounters the other Titans, including the vigilantes Hank (Hawk) and Dawn (Dove), and later Gar Logan (Beast Boy) and Starfire.
In Titans Season 1 finale, we see Trigon (Seamus Dever) messing with Dick Grayson’s mind by using his powers to make him think he must stop Batman.
Grayson suffers nightmarish visions of Batman on a killing spree in Gotham City and becomes convinced he must take him down. But his beliefs are the result of mind manipulation by Trigon, Raven’s father.
The finale shows Dick, now under Trigon’s power, confronting and killing Batman.
But all the events actually happen in Dick’s mind after Trigon traps him in a dreamscape that represents his worst possible future. But the visions have consequences in the real world because they signify Dick’s turning to the dark side under Trigon’s power.
So what can fans expect of Titans Season 2?
The producers confirmed at New York Comic-Con that the creative team had started working on Titans Season 2, planned the story arc and decided on the superhero characters that will be featured, even before Season 1 premiered.
Johns and Goldsman also shared that Titans Season 2 will draw even more from the original comics.
“We already know the story of season 2,” Johns said. “Marv Wolfman will be very happy when we do season 2.”
“I don’t want to give anything away,” Goldsman continued, “but there are some stories in the books that will appear in season 2.”
The comments by Johns and Goldsman sparked fan speculation about which story arc from the comics will be adapted for Titans Season 2.
Based on Johns’ statement that Wolfman “will be very happy when we do Season 2,” some fans suggested that Season 2 will most likely be based on the four-part The New Teen Titans comic book story arc titled The Judas Contract, by Wolfman and George Pérez, in which the Teen Titans faced off in a titanic struggle against Slade aka Deathstroke.
Others speculated that with the Jason Todd version of Robin also part of the character cast for Titans TV series, it is possible that creative team will choose to adapt the four-part story Batman: A Death in the Family (1988), in which the Joker kills Jason Todd. Some fans suggested that it might be the Under the Hood (2005) story arc in which Todd resurrects and becomes the Red Hood.
However, fan speculation was cut short when Titans Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger in the 11th episode, instead of the 12th as originally planned, without resolving the Trigon/Raven storyline as expected.
Titans Season 1 was originally meant to be 12 episodes long and fans were surprised when the showrunners announced in December that episode 11 would actually be the Season 1 finale. The unexpected decision led to questions about why the producers ended Season 1 after 11 episodes and what happened to the 12th episode.
It turned out that 12 episodes were originally produced but the showrunners decided to end the season on a cliffhanger and use the cliffhanger as a bridge to Season 2
Thus, despite previous speculation about possible new story arc adaptations from the comics, Titans Season 2 will pick up from where Season 1 left off as Raven and the team try to help Dick to come back to his senses. By ending the Season 1 in episode 11, the show creators deliberately contrived to postpone the epic final confrontation between the Titans and Trigon until Season 2.
Walker confirmed in an interview with TVLine that the 12th episode would be recut and adapted to create the Titans Season 2 premiere.
“We’re cannibalizing some of the stuff from Episode 12 [for the Season 2 premiere],” Walker told TVLine. “We thought it was such a good cliffhanger at the end of 11, and we wanted to go for an even bigger, better Season 2 opener.”
According to Walker, the cliffhanger was meant to help them develop the plot and storyline further and to build up to the introduction of a new villain.
“We’re going to also use [the Season 2 premiere] to launch a new villain,” he said, “and because Trigon’s role in canon is so huge, we felt like we really needed to give him a really big episode, the kind you can launch a season with.”
What this means is that we can set aside much of the previous speculation because Season 2 will not move on to a new story arc — at least not during the first episodes of Season 2 — until after the Trigon conflict is resolved.