The Titans are getting a major power boost thanks to Aqualad, played by Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars). Van Acker is specifically playing Garth, an Atlantean royal who was both Aquaman’s teen sidekick and a founding member of the Teen Titans in the comics. While blessed with many of the same powers as Aquaman, Garth struggles with being an outcast because of his mystical origins and strange, purple eyes.
While technically we saw Bruce Wayne and his costumed alter ego in Season 1, the character was always deliberately obscured and played by stuntmen rather than one, consistent actor. That finally changes this year. Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Dick Grayson’s estranged father figure and former crime-fighting partner. We don’t see Glen in costume here, but hopefully that’ll be in the cards at some point in Season 2.
Arrow fans starved for more Slade Wilson can look to Titans for relief. Deathstroke will be a major antagonist in Season 2, played here by Esai Morales (NYPD Blue). This version of Deathstroke looks to be more in line with the comics, as he’s a superhuman assassin in high demand. Slade’s costume is clearly modeled after the versions seen in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins and 2017’s Justice League.
We saw Conor Leslie’s Donna Troy in multiple Season 1 episodes, but she looks to be playing an even bigger role in Season 2. The trailer finally shows this former Wonder Woman sidekick in full costume.
As is often the case when Deathstroke and the Titans go head-to-head, Slade Wilson’s children have a major part to play in the conflict. Season 2 will introduce YouTube star and activist Chella Man as Slade’s son Joseph, better known as Jericho. Rendered mute following a childhood injury, Jericho is an artistic prodigy who has the power to possess the bodies of others through eye contact.
Season 2 will also introduce Slade’s daughter Rose, played by Chelsea Zang (Andi Mack). A loner from an early age, Rose has a complex and often twisted relationship with her father. She has similar superhuman abilities and even gouged out her own eye in a sign of loyalty. Assuming the show follows the comics, she’ll probably be tasked with killing her brother Joseph before finding the path to redemption as a hero.
As teased in the final scene of the Season 1 finale, Superboy will be joining the Titans. Joshua Orpin (The Neon Spectrum) is playing Conner Kent, a teen clone of Superman and Lex Luthor who suffers from a nasty identity crisis.
Not only is Superboy joining the team, he’ll be joined by his faithful pet Krypto. Traditionally, Krypto is portrayed as a canine survivor of Krypton’s destruction, one who has most of Superman’s abilities. It looks as though the show will instead introduce Krypto as another escaped test subject from LexCorp’s labs.
The trailer offers a quick glimpse of Jason Todd’s Robin battling this mysterious armored foe. We’re not sure which character this is supposed to be, though the glowing chest plate is reminiscent of Superman villain Metallo. This could be an upgraded version of Nuclear Dad, perhaps one whose name is more literal than before.
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