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Rumor: DC’s Titans episode titles may hint at Jason Todd story

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Mar 12, 2018

With details on development progress for DC’s live action Titans series coming across pretty routinely now, an intriguing rumor or two occasionally finds its way into the mix. If this latest one’s true, then it looks like we may have just learned the title names for the first batch of episodes, as well as a little info on a possible old favorite coming to play in the new super sandbox.

Grain of salt alert: even TitansTV.net, which first related the info, is treating this as an unconfirmed rumor for now. But if it turns out to be true, then it looks as though Jason Todd, Batman’s ill-fated Robin replacement, could emerge as a character for DC’s still-unnamed streaming service. The seventh Titans episode will reportedly be named "Jason Todd," adhering to the show's rumored naming convention that titles episodes for individuals or character groups.

According to the site, the title listing for the first seven episodes of Titans will look like this:

#1.1 “Titans” (Pilot)
#1.2 “Hawk and Dove”
#1.3 “Starfire”
#1.4 “Rachel”
#1.5 “The Doom Patrol”
#1.6 “The Messenger”
#1.7 “Jason Todd”

While we’ve already heard plenty about DC’s plans for characters like Hawk and Dove and the Doom Patrol, Jason Todd's appearance is new on the Titans landscape. Longtime Batman comics fans may remember how he debuted: as a grittier alternative to Robin back in the comics in the 1980s. He stuck around for five years before DC gave fans the option of having the Joker kill him off — which the Joker (and the fans, by a slim margin of victory) elected to do. Todd then made a comeback in 2005's "Under the Hood" arc, where he became the vigilante anti-hero the Red Hood, who's currently running around the DC Universe in Red Hood and the Outlaws.

Perhaps what’s just as interesting as seeing Jason Todd’s name on a list of episodes that revolve around character introductions is taking note of a name that doesn’t appear: Dick Grayson. If this rumor turns out to be accurate, and Jason Todd is vital enough to be sorted among the first season’s character intros, then it’s possible that DC may have starkly contrasting plans for Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), aka Robin, who’s already been revealed as a Titans character. Or perhaps this is when Grayson takes on the role of Nightwing, and passes the Robin mask down to Todd.

Until DC confirms or refutes it, for now, this is all just fun speculation, and one theory’s just as good as another. There’s still no announced launch date for DC’s streaming service, nor for the Titans premiere itself. But until we get something more solid from the studio, there’s no harm in letting our imaginations run wild, so let us know if a Jason Todd episode sounds like a good idea — and, if so, how you hope DC approaches it.