"Titans": DC Universe Gets Nostalgic, Lets Fans Decide Again If Minor Should Be Murdered

DC Universe dropped teases and casting announcements… and more casting announcements… and even more casting announcements…) for the second season of Titans for several months, and that built-up anticipation finally paid off on September 6 with the release of season opener "Trigon." Since then, the series has seen twists and turns coming from every direction – but the true "big bad" waiting in the wings to make permanent team line-up "changes" is none other than Slade Wilson (Esai Morales) aka Deathstroke… and now you get to help!

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That's right, kids! Just like that (in)famously classy DC Comics 80's phone-in poll that let comics readers decide if the Joker bashed in Robin-Jason Todd's brains with a crowbar or not (screw revisionist history).

Yup, that's right: DC Comics' Batman: Death in the Family left the fate of young Todd in the button-dialing hands of a fanbase that wanted blood – and they got it. Of course, this being comics… never mind. We'll stop there. Our brains start to bleed when we ponder "comic book logic."

Flash ahead to the fifth episode of Titans season 2, which finds "Deathstroke" being used as a pawn against Dick. By the end of the episode, Jason ends up going "Hans Gruber" with a deadly header off a righteously tall building… or was it deadly?

Probably not, since the streaming service has a serious vested interest in having Red Hood be a part of the series (season 3?) – but that doesn't mean you can't fool yourself into thinking you have a say!

Follow this link and you can choose whether Jason lives or dies – so when he eventually does comes back, you can feel like you actually made a difference (if that's what you voted for). If you didn't vote for him to return, no worries – well, maybe you should worry about your bloodlust to kill a kid.

Just a thought…

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To be fair, it's not like Slade didn't try to warn Dick (Brenton Thwaites) that some righteously bad stuff would be coming his way if he tried pulling together any more Titans teams. In fact, Slade even made Dick a promise…

A promise that Deathstroke intends to keep…

In season two, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl.

Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke, brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

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● After decades of fighting crime as Batman, Iain Glen's (Game of Thrones) 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.

● Esai Morales' (Ozark) Slade Wilson is known for being DC's deadliest assassin. While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses.

● Daughter of the deadly assassin Deathstroke, Chelsea T. Zhang's (Andi Mack) Rose Wilson was forced to undergo the same procedure that granted her father nearly superhuman abilities, becoming a weapon known as Ravager. Ever resentful, she seeks out the Titans not only for their protection but to get back at her father. Knowing how dangerous it is to be the offspring of their deadliest foe, the Titans take her in but that doesn't necessarily mean they trust her.

● Mute after his father failed to rescue him from having his vocal cords severed by assassins, Chella Man's (YouTube influencer/activist) Jericho has the unique ability to possess anyone just by making eye contact.

● Joshua Orpin's (The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories) Conner Kent/Superboy is the angsty teenager of steel searching for purpose and the truth about his past. While looking for answers, he crashes into the world of the Titans where he finds an unlikely home and surrogate family as well as revelations that carry more complications than he ever bargained for.

Natalie Gumede's (Doctor Who Christmas Special, Jekyll & Hyde) Mercy Graves is the ruthless, cunning, right hand and bodyguard to the notorious Lex Luthor – serving her boss with unquestioned loyalty. Her connection to the Luthors runs deep, as Mercy has been a friend of the family and in Lex's life since they were young.

Drew Van Acker's (Pretty Little Liars) Aqualad was born to the royal court of Atlantis and trained by Aquaman to protect life both on land and in the oceans. Garth looks to step out from the shadow of his mentor to become his own hero as a Titan, along with many other former sidekicks.

Genevieve Angelson's (Good Girl Revolt) Dr. Eve Watson is a research doctor with conflicted feelings about her work at Cadmus Laboratories.

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Michael Mosley's (Ozark, Seven Seconds) Dr. Arthur Light aka Doctor Light is a physicist-turned-villain with the ability to manipulate light and all of its properties.

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DC Universe's Titans stars Brenton Thwaites (Richard "Dick" Grayson / Robin), Anna Diop (Koriand'r / Kory Anders / Starfire), Teagan Croft (Rachel Roth / Raven), Ryan Potter (Garfield "Gar" Logan / Beast Boy), Minka Kelly (Dawn Granger / Dove), Alan Ritchson (Hank Hall / Hawk), Curran Walters (Jason Todd / Robin), and Conor Leslie (Donna Troy / Wonder Girl).

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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