The season finale of Titans season two, ‘Nightwing’, threw viewers some unexpected curveballs. What does it mean for the Titans?

It was the most anticipated moment of Titansthe appearance of Nightwing, the new codename and costume of Dick Grayson, formerly known as Robin 1.0 (Brenton Thwaites).

But while Nightwing was a massively important part of the Titans season two finale, there was so much more that happened in this episode, and it’s going to have repercussions for season three.

We look at the biggest moments of Titans: Nightwing and what it could mean for the next season. Spoilers ahead!

Nightwing is Here!

Titans fans always knew that Nightwing would eventually appear on the show. But even though Dick burnt his Robin suit halfway through season one, there was nary a sign of Nightwing anywhere.

Many assumed that Nightwing would be introduced partway through season two, but Dick stayed suit-less for almost the entirety of the season.

To make fans wait for an iconic character like Nightwing till the finale of the season seems a bit harsh, but Nightwing’s arrival also felt more earned this way.

Dick has spent two whole seasons discovering himself and it is only now that he realises the importance of being a symbol, not only of power, but of family, togetherness, and belief.

That is all encapsulated in the Nightwing suit and the person that Dick has finally become.

The Fight Scenes

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The energy! Source: Warner Brothers

DC Universe may have eked out Nightwing’s arrival, but what we got in this finale was well worth the wait—Nightwing arrives in spectacular fashion to fight off a murderous Deathstroke (Esai Morales).

He is helped by Rose Wilson, aka Ravager (Chelsea Zhang), in the fight but the focus is on Nightwing, who gets to show off his stunning acrobatic moves, and his prowess with his escrima sticks. Love it!

In the second half of the episode, the Titans go up against Cadmus, who have mind-controlled two of their own—Conner Kent, aka Superboy (Joshua Orpin) and Gar Logan, aka Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).

Cue some hilarity as Kory Ander’s, aka Starfire’s (Anna Diop), powers take a break and Donna Troy, aka Wondergirl (Conor Leslie) has to fight Superboy.

The energy of the fight scenes in Titans season two has been amazing, but this episode takes it to another level that was heart-pumpingly exhilarating.

Rose and Jericho

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Together, at last. Source: Warner Brothers

It was  great to see Jericho (Chella Man) being avenged by Rose, his sister, instead of Nightwing. At the end of the day, Titans season two has been about family, and it would have been unfair if Jericho had been avenged by a man who hardly knew him, instead of his sister (though she doesn’t know Jericho much either).

I am also thrilled that Jericho didn’t turn out to be the season’s villain—he wasn’t controlling Deathstroke, but had been trapped inside his father’s mind. Jericho doesn’t get his freedom, but he does get to inhabit the mind of Rose, who at least cares about him.

That Death!

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These two made it till the end, unlike some other people. Source: Warner Brothers

So, my prediction that Hank Hall, aka Hawk (Alan Ritchson), would not last the season was dead wrong. And I am glad for that because I have grown rather fond of Hawk. Instead of dying, Hawk joins the final fight against Cadmus, and more than holds his own.

However, Hawk’s good fortune is someone else’s loss—Wondergirl’s, to be precise. Donna was one of the best characters of season one, and I was delighted that she had been bumped up to series regular for Titans season two.

Donna has been the heart, soul, and the temperamental mind of the Titans all season, but she has been a riveting character to follow.

We have seen her displays of power, her wit, and her stoicism–all reasons to love her. Which is why it is a shock that she is now dead.

Yes, in an attempt to save Dawn Granger, aka Dove (Minka Kelly), Wondergirl took on the might of an… electrical pylon and was killed in ignominious fashion.

Okay, so this wasn’t the greatest moment of Titans: Nightwing and I have to wonder why the writers chose to kill Donna in this way. She survives facing off against Superboy, and has been unfazed by much worse before. How did a pylon kill her?

However, this may not be the end of Donna. Rachel Roth, aka Raven (Teagan Croft) travels to Themyscira with the Amazons. Rachel’s powers have been changing and growing all season, and she seems to be convinced that she can bring Donna back somehow.

We know Rachel has healing powers, and we have seen her bring animals back from the brink of death. Is she being unreasonably optimistic here or will Rachel find a way to reverse death? We can’t wait for season three to find out!

What Next for the Titans?

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Family again. Source: Warner Brothers

Considering how much happened in Titans: Nightwing—the fight against Deathstroke, battling Cadmus, saving Gar and Superboy from Cadmus’ mind control, Donna’s death, and the formation of the newer Titans (Titans 3.0?)—one would think that all plotlines had been neatly wrapped up.

Not so! We now know that Blackfire (Damaris Lewis), Starfire’s (Anna Diop) evil sister and usurper of her throne is on Earth and ready to take over the planet for her own nefarious purposes. Clearly, she will be the antagonist of Titans season three.

We will hopefully find out the mystery behind Starfire’s missing powers. They seem to have been affected by her recent conversation with her sister. Now that Blackfire is on Earth, maybe she is somehow coopting Starfire’s abilities?

In the meantime, Nightwing has finally made peace with Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen) and has created his own little family with the Titans. But is there peace for everyone in the Bat-family?

After Rose Wilson revealed that she had been working with Deathstroke, Jason Todd (Curran Walters) took off and didn’t participate at all in the finale. We do see him at the airport as the Amazons were taking Donna’s body, but he leaves almost immediately.

Does this mean that Jason is veering away from the life of a hero? He has always been on the edge, but considering his comic counterpart’s villainous turn as Red Hood, that reality seems to be getting ever closer.

And then there’s the ELKO mystery—Dawn, Donna, Starfire, and Rachel were drawn to a little town called ELKO, where Bruce essentially instigated them to reform the Titans. But at the dinner in Titans: Nightwing, Bruce tells Starfire he’s never even been to ELKO.

Who was that impersonating Bruce? Was it a manifestation of Rachel’s soul-self making one last-ditch attempt to bring the team together so they could save Dick? It didn’t exactly work at the time, but the intended consequence was the same. Or was it someone else with malicious intent?

There are certainly a few puzzles left to be solved come Titans season three. This season has been exhilarating, and despite a couple of dips, has more than delivered on what it promised. Bring on the next season!

In the penultimate episode of Titans season two, ‘Faux-Hawk’, Hank Hall is on a downward spiral. Can Hawk come back from this?

Hank Hall, aka Hawk (Alan Ritchson), hasn’t had the easiest time being one of the Titans. But despite battling childhood abuse, the loss of his younger brother, serious injuries, and addiction, Hank has always powered through to become a better version of himself.

But in Titans: Faux-Hawk, it seems that Hank’s efforts are coming to nought. With the Titans having disbanded—an initiative that Hank championed—it seems that Hank is worse off than everybody else.

We look at what went down in Titans: Faux-Hawk; why we think Hank’s downward spiral could be the death of him; and what the episode’s events mean for the superhero. Spoilers ahead.

Content Warning: Discussion of substance abuse.

Hawk by Name, Not Deeds

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Hawk knows how to make an entrance. Warner Brothers

Ever since breaking up with Dawn Granger/ Dove (Minka Kelly), Hank Hall has been worse off than ever before.

While the other Titans are trying to get their life back together and help people even while out of their suits, Hank decided to go on a bender and once again abuse substances, a habit he had since long quit.

In Titans: Faux-Hawk, we see Hank don his Hawk suit once again, but not to save people. Hawk is now a cage-fighter—a good one, at that—who gives as good as he gets.

We’ve seen the hero-as-a-cage-fighter trope many times before—Peter Parker in Spider-Man, and Wolverine in X-Men are the most memorable of those instances—so, it isn’t surprising to see Hawk in the fighting arena.

However, the reasoning for Hawk’s new career choice is disconcerting. While Parker and Wolverine were making a living with their special set of skills, Hank is cage-fighting to finance his addiction.

This isn’t a good look for a hero—especially one who is well-known in the world of Titans for his crime-fighting.

What’s worse is that Hank is so deeply addicted that he doesn’t realise when he’s hurt or what his body needs.

Following a fight that leaves him badly bruised and battered, Hank decides to take a lady up on her offer of spending a night together.

Not only are his injuries severe enough for him to not be able to function properly, but the strenuous fighting and addiction leave him exhausted. Though Hank gets some much-needed rest, his erstwhile partner is left feeling disgruntled.

These antics of Hank’s aren’t harmful beyond the personal arena, but that changes near the end of Titans: Faux-Hawk.

What Faux-Hawk Means for Hank

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Not looking good for Hawk. Warner Brothers

After yet another bender, Hank wakes up to news of a man in a red bird costume—aka, the Hawk suit—robbing a laundry.

How could someone be impersonating Hawk? Well, it turns out that Hank’s suit is no longer in his closet—had he passed out from his bender enough for someone to steal his suit from his room?

If that isn’t worrying enough, Faux-Hawk takes liberties with Hank’s suit—he posts videos of himself in the suit, spouting nonsense about being a defender for the Titans, all while robbing laundries, of all places.

Fortunately for Hank, he still has enough of his wits about him to track down the thief and get his suit back.

The only problem: Faux-Hawk never stole the suit. Hank gave it to him for $200, because he needed money for drugs.

Hank has no memory of this exchange, and he certainly doesn’t have the money anymore. Was he so addled that he sold his Hawk suit for drugs? And then forgot about it?

The last we see of Hank in Titans: Faux-Hawk, he is lying in bed, an array of substances in front of him, contemplating how things have gotten so bad.

Hank’s arc in Titans has been very grounded and realistic, and this episode is no different. From all the characters, Hank is the one who is most relatable.

He is a man so consumed by his traumas that he will do anything to forget, if it means being a superhero, taking on more pain than he can handle, or becoming addicted to substances.

But the events of Titans: Faux-Hawk show viewers that a lifetime of untreated trauma-related stress tends to have bad consequences.

There is nobody to look out for Hank and if what we have seen in this episode is anything to go by, there may be no more Hawk very soon.

What Next for Hank?

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What’s a Hawk without a Dove? Warner Brothers

Hank’s downward spiral seems to have no end, but we do know that Dawn and Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) are looking for him so they can bring the Titans back together.

The question is: will they find him in time? Because Hank isn’t just losing his memories from substance abuse—the fear of being so out of control may push him even further over the edge.

Of course, we also need to wonder whether Titans would kill off a character like Hawk. Hawk and Dove have been on the periphery of the Titans since their introduction, but in season two, their roles have been much larger and more important.

Hawk and Dove have also always been a duo on their own. Before Dawn became Dove, Hawk’s brother was Dove, but he was killed in a tragic accident. Hawk couldn’t function until another Dove came along.

Having said that, Dawn has been more than capable of being a superhero on her own. Even when Hank hung up his feathers, Dawn was sneaking out at night, fighting the bad guys as Dove. She could go on without Hawk, though it would take an emotional toll on her.

Despite what we’ve seen in Titans: Faux-Hawk, I sincerely hope that Hank won’t be killed off in the season finale. It would be good to see a character go through the hell he has and still come out at the other end. Superhero stories are aspirational, after all.

From set photos that were leaked, we know that Hawk will be fighting alongside Nightwing, but does that mean he will go down in a blaze of glory?

The Titans cast has felt overstuffed this season, and even though it has been fun to get to know characters like Aqualad and Superboy, most of the other cast members have suffered.

We already know that Aqualad isn’t coming back; could Hawk be joining his ranks? We will have to wait with bated breath for the season finale next week.

Darkwing Duck is back!

Now available to stream on Disney Plus, the much-loved animated series Darkwing Duck has received a surge in popularity. The show has even been trending on Twitter in the days since the new streaming service launched.

In honor of Darkwing’s comeback, let’s take a look at the most memorable villains he faced.

1. Morgana Macawber

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Morgana in action.

If Darkwing Duck is loosely inspired by Batman, then Morgana Macawber was his Catwoman. A sorceress from Transylvania, Darkwing was smitten with her from their first meeting.

Technically a villain in her first two appearances, Morgana ultimately chooses to do the right thing. She helps Darkwing stop the true villain of each episode before things go too far. Later, she gives up crime entirely in favor of pursuing a relationship with Darkwing, and becomes one of only four characters to learn his secret identity as Drake Mallard.

2. Bushroot

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Bushroot and his pet, Spike

A highly renowned scientist, Reginald Bushroot was transformed into a half duck/half plant hybrid in an experiment gone wrong. Bushroot is known as one of the series most sympathetic villains. All he originally wanted was companionship, and usually commits his crimes for what he thinks are good reasons. Creator Tad Stone believes Bushroot would have eventually become a hero.

Despite his status as a sympathetic villain, Bushroot actually holds the highest body count in the series, eclipsing even ultimate big bad Negaduck. In later episodes, he joins Negaduck’s Fearsome Five.

3. Taurus Bulba

Taurus with one of his minions.

He only appears in three episodes, but Taurus Bulba makes a big impact. He is the only villain Drake Mallard’s adopted daughter, Gosalyn, is afraid of.

In the show’s two-part pilot, ‘Darkly Dawns The Duck’, Bulba kidnaps Gosalyn, believing she knows the activation code for a dangerous government weapon built by her deceased Grandfather. The villain was believed killed in an explosion, but later returns as a cyborg. Thankfully, Darkwing and Gosalyn defeat him again.

4. Megavolt

The insane Megavolt.

Megavolt is arguably the most important of all the series’ villains, as he is the reason Darkwing Duck even exists. Megavolt was formerly Elmo Sputterspark, a high school rival of Drake Mallard. After being driven insane by a failed science experiment, Sputterspark crashes the school dance as his new villainous alter ego. Drake invents the Darkwing Duck persona to stop him, and the two have been enemies ever since.

Megavolt eventually joins Negaduck’s Fearsome Five. As creator Tad Stone’s favorite baddie, he became the most commonly recurring villain.

5. Negaduck

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Darkwing faces Negaduck.

Two versions of Negaduck appeared in the original series. One was a manifestation of Darkwing’s evil side born from Megavolt’s Tronsplitter. The second was an evil Darkwing from an alternate universe. The second version is the most-well known, becoming the main villain of the series soon after his first appearance.

Negaduck is the mastermind behind villain team-up, the Fearsome Five. Darkwing forms his own team, the Justice Ducks, to take them on. Long-time fans know that Darkwing Duck preferred to work alone. Having him acknowledge that he needed help proved just how big a threat Negaduck was.

The 2017 Ducktales reboot recently introduced a new Negaduck, aging actor Jim Starling. In this universe, Starling played Darkwing Duck in an old TV series. He goes mad after learning the part has been recast for a reboot film.

Darkwing Duck was a fun superhero parody that grew into something special. Hopefully, the series will continue to find new life as Disney Plus launches in more countries.

The Titans are in dire straights as Titans: E.L._.O. begins. But could there be a happy ending for the superhero team?

One can never know what to expect from DC Universe’s Titans, and it’s never more exemplified than in its latest episode, Titans: E.L._.O.

At the start of the episode, the splintered team are struggling—Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) is having prescient nightmares of death and destruction. Gar Logan (Ryan Potter) is being experimented on by Cadmus. And Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) is barely alive in his solitary cell in prison.

How are the Titans ever going to get out of this mess? The answer may just lie in a small diner in the middle of nowhere.

With the finale of Titans season two only a few episodes away, Titans: E.L._.O. leaves audiences tantalisingly close to the answers they’ve been searching for.

We look at what went down in Titans: E.L._.O. and what it could it mean for the future of the Titans. Spoilers ahead.

The Secret Behind E.L._.O.

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So unhappy together? Source: Warner Brothers

This is one of the more bizarre titles that Titans has produced, but the mysterious name is somewhat necessary for the story.

As we have seen over the last few episodes of the Titans, the titular team don’t fare very well when they’re divided.

One can objectively say that the men on the team have fared worse. Hank Hall has gone on a bender since leaving Dawn Granger (Minka Kelly). Dick is in prison.

Conner fought the wrong crowd and got himself and Gar caught by Cadmus—Conner is apparently back in stasis, but Gar is being reconditioned to become Cadmus’ new weapon.

On the other hand, Donna Troy (Connor Leslie) is still out and about, trying to put her team back together. Rachel has joined a group of fellow runaways. Dawn is living her best free life. As is Kory, though she is also upset at the loss of her crown, at the hands of her evil sister, Blackfire.

But at least the ladies are free, and that is the central focus of Titans: E.L._.O.—to use that freedom to bring the team back together.

Of course, the way the episode goes about it is hilarious and bizarre—like its title. The ladies are essentially led to Elko’s diner via voicemails, dreams, radio transmissions, and TV ads—the last one promising Kory the best donuts (she never gets them, though).

It’s all very mysterious and magical, but it does the job.

Kory, Rachel, Dawn, and Donna end up in one place, giving Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen), of all people, the chance to encourage them to come back together.

Ladies to the Rescue

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The rescue squad. Source: Warner Brothers

Bruce’s weird team bonding exercise aside, his plan doesn’t actually work. The four superheroes don’t agree on one course of action.

Donna and Dawn decide to team up to save Gar, despite Rachel’s pleas that her dreams portend Dick’s death. At least Kory joins Rachel to rescue Dick.

We have yet to see how Donna and Dawn will fare against Cadmus, but we do see Rachel and Kory make short work of the prison guards at the institution Dick is held in.

We also see Kory struggling with her powers, which is disconcerting. Despite growing in her powers over the course of the season, Kory hasn’t been the same since Blackfire’s revelations.

Is this dip in her abilities psychological? Earlier in Titans: E.L._.O., Kory has a brief liaison with a psychologist who thinks she’s having a manic episode. That could explain her recent erratic behaviour, especially considering the losses she has suffered.

Rachel and Kory’s efforts come to nought—partially—as Dick has already made his escape. He does leave a chilling message.

The Revelation

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He was better in Dick’s head. Source: Warner Brothers

Throughout Titans: E.L._.O., Dick is suffering from a bug, exacerbated by his time in solitary confinement.

Hallucinations of Bruce haunt him, but instead of mocking Dick, as he did in episode seven, this time, Bruce actively encourages Dick to rethink his last interaction with Slade Wilson (Esai Morales).

And as Dick gets back into his groove, he realises he missed something about his meeting with Slade—a hand gesture that Dick had dismissed makes it clear that Jericho is actually alive.

Titans Season Two’s Real Villain

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How many secrets can one man hide? Source: Warner Brothers

After Jericho’s untimely death in episode eight, some critics and fans had speculated that Jericho may be alive. From Dick’s message scratched in his cell wall in Titans: E.L._.O., it seems the speculations were right.

Jericho’s ability to co-opt another person’s body seems to have made it possible for him to continue living even after the death of his own body.

So, has he been living inside Slade’s consciousness for the last five years?

That may explain Slade’s vendetta against the Titans—after all, if Slade killed Jericho, why would he go after the Titans? He would have held himself responsible.

That also explains how the Titans found deeply personal items and messages around Titans Tower—Slade wouldn’t have known these truths about the team, but Jericho would have.

One can also assume that Jericho retains his power while in Slade’s body—which is how Slade/ Jericho would have learned facts about the newer team members.

This essentially means that the true villain of Titans season two hasn’t been Deathstroke, but Jericho.

All this is designed to lead to Dick’s eventual transformation into Nightwing—there was some bird imagery in Titans: E.L._.O. that suggests we might be seeing Nightwing as soon as next week.

However, what does taking down Slade/ Jericho mean for the Titans? Jericho was their friend, and a good person. Jericho’s recent actions can easily be blamed on both Slade and Dick.

Will Slade and the Titans take responsibility for turning Jericho into a pawn in their own game? We will have to find out in the remaining episodes of Titans season two.

In the latest episode of Batwoman, Gotham is menaced by a villain born from the city’s corruption.

Gotham City has a number of well-known villains, but it turns out the city’s corruption may be the worst one of all.

In Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury, Gotham faces a villain calling himself the Executioner who goes after people despite their exemplary records in law enforcement and the justice department.

Sounds like typical Gotham fare, but Batwoman includes a twist that changes viewers’ understanding of the villain and the city.

We breakdown that unexpected twist and what it means for the citizens of Batwoman’s Gotham. Spoilers ahead!

Tragic Backstories

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Relatable Luke Fox. Source: IMDB

We all know Batman’s tragic backstory—that his wealthy parents were gunned down by a poverty-stricken denizen of Gotham, resulting in Batman’s birth and his war on crime.

In Batwoman, we learn that his cousin, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), also had a tragic backstory—her mother and sister were killed in a car accident.

It is revealed in Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury, that that accident was actually the result of Joker’s actions.

This ties into our recent examination into why Gotham needs Batwoman, not Batman. Someone needs to ensure that Gotham’s big bads stay locked away. For good.

But it turns out that the well-off citizens of Gotham aren’t the only ones struck by tragedy. White-collar workers like Lucius Fox who come into the orbit of the Waynes and Kanes also meet tragic ends.

Following the Executioner’s murder of celebrated advocate Angu Stanton (Mark Gibbon), Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) takes a personal interest in the case. For a reason.

Luke’s father, Lucius, was murdered in an armed robbery, on the day of Luke’s graduation. The family were celebrating his acceptance into MIT—a dream he was never able to fulfil because of his father’s untimely death.

Stanton worked day and night to bring justice to Luke’s family, and countless others. His death is a personal tragedy for Luke, and he is determined to find the Executioner with Batwoman’s help.

While the deaths of the Waynes and Kate’ mother are tragedies in their own right, it is important to remember the little guy, who doesn’t get to go home to a mansion and a butler even after losing their entire family.

Luke’s life was irrevocably changed by one senseless act of violence—one of many that taints the city of Gotham.

It was good to see Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury give Luke some backstory for what drives him to fight crime in Gotham.

Getting a glimpse as to how his life was impacted—his inability to attend MIT—made his loss that much more real and relatable.

The Executioner

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We feel you. Source: Hypable

Gotham’s villains tend to be straight-up bad guys—they kill, maim, and torture because they like to. There isn’t much reasoning behind it.

And while this philosophy has worked for decades, modern audiences do need some motivation for the murderous actions of a show’s villains.

Batwoman has clearly made this a priority—not only has the show given Alice a great deal of motivation, but it has made her a sympathetic character that we can’t help but root for.

The show even gave one of its villains of the week, Thomas Elliott, motivation and reasoning for his murderous attempts.

It wasn’t surprising when Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury gave viewers a multi-dimensional Executioner.

Partway through the episode, Kate and Luke are presented with a video from the Executioner himself, Bertrand Eldon (Jim Pirri), a former executioner at Black Gate with 20 years’ of service behind him.

But as the years racked up, so did the bodies that Eldon executed—and they were all beginning to look disturbingly similar. All the death row inmates were poor people of colour, “not a single white man”.

Eldon did his own digging and found that the same policeman, prosecutor, and judge were in charge of all these cases. They were coercing confessions and putting these people to death in a ring of corruption that had lasted for years, leaving countless families devastated, and murdering innocents.

It’s hard to disagree with the Executioner’s belief that these men needed to be held accountable—his method, however, was a bit extreme.

Having said that, had it not been for the Executioner, none of these people would have been caught and the many innocents put to death would never have had a chance at redemption.

Considering the high rates of incarceration for people of colour, in comparison to their white counterparts, as well as the fact that many privately-owned prison systems profit off of more, and younger, inmates being sent in, the events of Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury are painfully realistic.

The Politics of the Arrowverse

And this is really what the superhero genre needs to be used for—to highlight the injustices in the real world and maybe even offer some hope to the marginalised communities that engage with these stories.

It’s good to see Batwoman following in the footsteps of Supergirl and making bold statements about the wrongs in the real world.

Is it enough? No, but it is important to see this kind of messaging in this medium of storytelling.

However, it is disconcerting that Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman are the ones leading the way in this kind of storytelling, instead of Arrow and The Flash, both of which have exclusively steered clear of politics.

Why should the Arrowverse shows that are focused on characters from marginalised communities have to do the heavy lifting of dealing with real world politics? The audience they are catering to are already aware of the dynamics of the world.

Unfortunately, this situation is unlikely to be rectified, as Arrow is now in its last season and The Flash is in its sixth season with nary a political viewpoint in the vicinity despite the work that star Candice Patton does off-screen to highlight the importance of representation.

What Now for Gotham?

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Standing up for Gotham. Source: AV Club

With the revelations from the Executioner, all the cases the three corrupt officials worked on have to be reopened.

This means that not only were innocent people imprisoned—and will hopefully be exonerated—but numerous criminals still walk the streets of Gotham despite committing heinous crimes.

Among the cases to be reopened is Lucius Fox’s. This is devastating for Luke, whose much-needed closure has turned out to be a lie.

He now needs to go through the same process of waiting for the real killer to be caught, because the well-deserved justice he needed has been taken away.

Gotham is in for a painful political reckoning—the villains they had to fear weren’t just the over-the-top baddies with killer penguins and vats of acid, but the people supposedly protecting them.

This is a hard truth to bear but one that people have to face on a near-constant basis in the real world.

Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury was gripping and hard-hitting, using Gotham’s ills to shine a harsh spotlight on the wrongs of the real world.

I hope that the show will continue to be this political and powerful—that is what the superhero genre is meant for.

DC Universe’s Titans: Fallen shows what the series has been leading up to so far—the imminent arrival of Nightwing.

Titans season two has been promising to bring Nightwing to fans, but ten episodes in, we have yet to see the acrobatic avenger grace our screens.

That could soon change following the events of Titans: Fallen. Taking off shortly after the previous episode, Titans: Fallen sees Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) answer for his crimes, and make a few enemies and allies along the way.

We break down the salient points of the episode and why we think Titans will be unveiling Nightwing fairly soon.

Rachel Finds Her Own Path

Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) had inadvertently brought the Titans together way back in season one, but recent events have left the young hero feeling disillusioned.

Last we saw of Rachel, she had abandoned Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) to find her own path. It leads her to a shelter where she meets a fellow disillusioned young person, Dani (Sydney Kuhne).

The two connect immediately, but Dani is called away by her violent father. Rachel decides to step in and uses her powers to scare the living daylights out of the man. So far, so good, yes?

Unfortunately, no. Rachel’s diminishing control over her soul-self has been an issue through Titans season two, and we see now how separate the soul-self is from her.

When Rachel lets Dani’s father go, she doesn’t absorb all the dark soul-self back into her—part of it escapes and enters a gargoyle (because, of course it does), which proceeds to eviscerate Dani’s father.

We really don’t have much information about Rachel’s soul-self or her powers. They were a mystery in the first season, and they continue to be so.

Where is Titans going with Rachel’s story? She hasn’t had much screen time since she defeated Trigon, and whenever we have met her, she comes across as a rebellious teenager.

Surely, that is not all Rachel is meant to be in Titans season two? An angry child lashing out at the adults in her life?

I sincerely hope that in the remaining few episodes we get a decent arc for Rachel, especially as she has found a group of like-minded teenagers who might turn to her for leadership.

Conner Wants People to be Safe

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The best intentions. Source: Warner Brothers

Conner/ Superboy (Joshua Orpin) means well, but he doesn’t understand the world. So, he assumed a bunch of cops were the bad guys and went full villain on them.

Now, Conner is running scared, desperate to be alone because he thinks he’s a bad person.

It’s no surprise that when Cadmus—the organisation that created him—shows up, Conner all but surrenders to them.

For some reason, I adore Conner. I think he’s sweet and fun, and well-meaning, if a bit lost. I didn’t expect to like him much but Titans has proved me wrong.

It makes me a bit sad that Conner has given up so easily. It’s not his fault—he doesn’t know any better and he just wants to keep people safe.

But I do wonder how Conner is going to escape Cadmus this time. Perhaps Nightwing and the Titans will rescue him?

Gar Wants to be a Titan

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Slick moves. Still gets caught. Source: Warner Brothers

Gar Logan (Ryan Potter) got a spotlight episode last week, and promptly made a mess of things by unleashing Conner/ Superboy on the world.

Lost, confused, and on his own, Gar isn’t in the best headspace until Krypto, Conner’s dog, finds him.

Once Gar and Conner are together again, Gar is back to being his positive self, even trying to pull Conner out of his despair.

But then they’re captured by Cadmus and Gar’s powers make him particularly attractive to the evil organisation.

It seems that Gar is likely to be sent back to the Titans as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. How precisely Cadmus plans to achieve this, we can’t yet know, but there were allusions to the fact.

Which is a bit disappointing. Gar has had so little screen time this season—it would be annoying to see him being made a pawn in someone else’s game.

And as much as I like the Gar-Conner pairing, I feel like we know nothing about Gar even after all these episodes.

I understand the need for Titans season two to be bigger and bolder, but the focus has been placed on the old Titans team, to the detriment of the new Titans, especially characters like Gar.

And now Titans is racing ahead to bring Nightwing into the show, so Gar has no chance for more characterisation.

Dick’s Deathwish

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Heroes are never safe behind bars. Source: Warner Brothers

Titans’ Dick Grayson is quite unlike his other counterparts—he’s dark, brooding, more Batman than Batman himself.

Having revealed the truth about the death of Deathstroke’s son—that it was pretty much his fault—Dick was abandoned by almost all the Titans.

And then he was cursed by Deathstroke and his wife for their son’s death. So, Dick did the only thing he thought would set things right—punched some people and got thrown in jail for seven years.

Dick’s problems in jail aren’t for the faint of heart—a former detective, Dick may as well be walking around with a target on his back.

Then there’s the prison guard who wants Dick to snitch on his fellow inmates—Dick’s answer is a resounding ‘no’, but the guard doesn’t like that.

Dick’s cellmates are mysterious men who are charged with killing him. They never go through with the plan—because they’re planning an escape.

Turns out Dick’s cellmates aren’t prisoners at all—they were detained by immigration, who put them in a prison with criminals. They are set to be deported to a country where they will certainly die. Hence the escape plan.

Dick, being a superhero, knows their plan won’t work. He’s seen the guards and the weapons, and the chances are bleak.

But his fellow cellmates have faith in their beliefs, especially in a hero-like bird figure who protects them at home. It will look after them, they say.

And this is our first inkling of Titans’ Nightwing. The bird drawing on the cell walls is fairly close to the iconic Nightwing symbol, and the following scene all but seals the deal.

Dick’s cellmates’ escape attempt goes horribly wrong—not only is one of their party killed before the attempt is even made, but they are hopelessly outnumbered.

And then a hero comes flying through the air, distracting the guards long enough for the men to make an escape.

Dick may be bloodied and beaten, but his new friends have their freedom, and he has found a new symbol of hope.

If this isn’t a sign that we’re going to see Nightwing soon, I don’t know what is!

We Have Questions After Watching Titans: Fallen

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Prepping for Nightwing. Source: Warner Brothers

The events of Titans: Fallenstill begs the question—how will Dick get out of a seven-year prison sentence? And why doesn’t anyone know that Dick is in prison?

The timelines seem a little bit off in that regard—it feels like Dick has been away for ages, whereas Rachel, Donna, Gar, and Conner have lived through maybe a day or two.

Meanwhile, we still don’t know what’s happened to Jason Todd and Rose Wilson. They’ve disappeared since the Titans broke up. Where are they and why isn’t anyone worrying about them?

Also, where is Batman? Has he just left his charges to run wild while he sips martinis in his mansion?

Titans season two seemed to be headed one way, and has gone in another direction entirely.

Does the show know what it’s doing? Does it care? I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to watch more to find out.

Quack, quack, quack! The Ducks will fly again in a Mighty Ducks reboot on Disney Plus.

The three Mighty Ducks movies were some of the most popular sports-themed children’s films in the 90s. The films followed struggling Pee-Wee Hockey team, The Ducks, and Gordon Bombay, the high-flying attorney forced to coach them as part of his community service.

The reboot series, commissioned for Disney Plus, is said to follow a slightly different plot, with a single mother forming a new Mighty Ducks team for her troubled son. This premise implies that the new Mighty Ducks could be part reboot, part sequel. Either way, there’s room for some of the original characters to appear.

Who are we most likely to see?

Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay

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Coach Bombay in D2: The Mighty Ducks

Former Pee-Wee hockey player, turned hot-shot lawyer Gordon Bombay is a major player in the first two films. He is dubbed the ‘Minnesota Miracle Man’ for coaching the bottom of the ladder Ducks to victory in their local Pee-Wee hockey tournament. He repeats the feat in the sequel, eventually guiding Team U.S.A (mostly consisting of former Ducks), from underdogs to champions in the Junior Goodwill Games.

Bombay’s role is reduced in the third film, the character taking a permanent job with the Goodwill Games. His biggest shining moment involves him successfully fighting for the Ducks to keep their scholarships for a prestigious school.

Bombay’s actor, Emilio Estevez, works mostly behind the camera nowadays. However, he may be up for a cameo.

Joshua Jackson as Charlie Conway

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Charlie in the first film.

Charlie Conway is probably the lead character of the entire Mighty Ducks franchise. The bond formed between Charlie and coach Bombay is the emotional centre of all three films. Charlie also grows the most as a player throughout the trilogy. Beginning the series as a decent player, he ends it as a great one.

Joshua Jackson has worked consistently since leaving Charlie behind, with long-running roles in Dawson’s Creek and Fringe. While he remains a busy actor, Jackson has spoken fondly of his Duck days, so a cameo is possible.

Eldon Henson as Fulton Reed

Fulton Reed in D3.

Recruited midway through the first movie, Fulton Reed becomes the Mighty Ducks main enforcer. In D2: The Mighty Ducks, Reed memorably teams up with new player Dean Portman to become ‘The Bash Brothers’.

Nowadays, Eldon Henson is best known for playing Foggy Nelson in Netflix’s Daredevil series. Daredevil’s cancellation may free him up for an appearance in the Mighty Ducks reboot.

Shaun Weiss as Greg Goldberg

Goldberg in D2.

Referred to almost exclusively by his surname, Goldberg is the Ducks’ lovable head goalkeeper. After being dropped from the goalie position in favour of Julie Gaffney in D3, he becomes the film’s unlikely hero when he scores the game-winning goal.

The character is dearly loved by fans, which would normally make Goldberg a shoo-in for a cameo. Unfortunately, actor Shaun Weiss has been in significant legal trouble in recent years, and it is unlikely Disney will want to associate with him.

Marguerite Moreau as Connie Moreau

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Connie with teammate Guy in D2.

In the first Mighty Ducks movie, Connie stands out as one of the only players to attempt to warmly welcome Coach Bombay. Appearing in all three films, Connie usually plays as a forward.

Marguerite Moreau has enjoyed a long and varied career since her Duck days ended, appearing in shows ranging from Smallville to Grey’s Anatomy, and Wet Hot American Summer. In 2014, Moreau posted a series of Mighty Ducks reunion pictures on Instagram, so she may be open to revisiting Connie.

Vincent Larusso as Adam Banks

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Bombay introduces Adam to the Ducks.

Initially the star player of the rival Hawks, Bombay discovers that due to district re-zoning , Adam Banks should be a Duck. Though he initially struggles to fit in, Adam’s new teammates eventually accept him, and he becomes a loyal Duck. In D3, Adam abandons a spot on the Varsity hockey team so he can return to Junior Varsity with his fellow Mighty Ducks.

Vincent Larusso is known to be extremely proud of his work as Adam, and often participates in meet and greets with fans. Larusso could easily be persuaded to appear in a a Mighty Ducks reboot.

The reboot is still in development, so we won’t see any news for a while. Thankfully for fans, all three existing Mighty Ducks movies will be available on Disney Plus at launch.

Enjoy the nostalgia, Ducks fans!

In the latest Batwoman episode, we learn about Alice’s origins. It’s dark, gruesome, and not for the faint of heart.

Batwoman fans have been waiting to find out how innocent Beth Kane (Ava Sleeth) turned into Alice (Rachel Skarsten), the latest menace to terrorise Gotham.

In episode five of season one of Batwoman, ‘Mine is a Long, and a Sad Tale’, Alice finally reveals what happened to her after the accident that killed her mother and doomed her to a life of crime.

We break down what took place in the episode and why it was such a dark story. Spoilers ahead!

Alice and the Mouse

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Some stories are better left unsaid. Source: IMDB

Following the crash, Beth woke up in a seemingly normal home. The Cartwrights had found her and were going to nurse her back to health. But as one would expect in a show like Batwoman, that’s not what happened at all.

It turned out that Jonathan Cartwright (John Emmett Tracy) only wanted Beth so she could be a friend to his son, young Johnny, or Mouse, as he was known.

Mouse had been in an accident some time ago which left him with serious injuries. The world had shunned him, leaving the boy feeling lonely.

Beth was supposed to be the answer. Except the poor child really just wanted to go home.

When her insistence on returning home became too much, Cartwright locked Beth in a room, one which contained a sink with a floating skin mask in it.

Charming.

As if the child wasn’t horrified enough by the sight, it seems that in the intervening years between Beth becoming Alice, she was actually taught the process of making these skin masks.

In the opening of the episode, Batwoman (Ruby Rose) and her associate, Luke Fox (Camrus Jackson) discover that Gotham’s new Skin Pirate—a thief who was stealing patches of skin from bodies in the morgue—was actually Alice.

This is definitely the most gruesome of any episodes we have seen in the Arrowverse, but the gore appears to be necessary. Because the skin that Alice has been stealing is an important plot device to be developed in later episodes.

By the end of the episode, Alice and an adult Mouse are planning something using the stolen skin—perhaps they will be making realistic masks so Mouse can impersonate people in Gotham?

Considering that Mouse has uncanny mimicry abilities, he could potentially become a dangerous tool in Alice’s hands.

And I get the feeling that the first person Alice will be targeting is her own father. We are excited, and quite terrified, to see what Alice has in mind next week.

Kate and Beth

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Not the sisterly lunch it looks like. Source: IMDB

We have written about how Batwoman has put the focus on sisters in this first season.

Despite following the trope of twins on opposite sides of the law, what really works in this show is the obvious bond between Kate and Beth.

At the start of the season, it looked like Kate’s doomed relationship with Sophie (Meagan Tandy) would be the heart of the show.

But instead it’s been about how Kate never recovered from her sister’s loss and that she is now determined to redeem Alice.

In this episode, what we see happening to young Beth is chilling, but it’s what we don’t see that’s really frightening. Our imaginations are left to fill in the gaps from what we learn and that is always more terrifying.

And that’s exactly what has been going through Kate’s mind since she learned about her connection to Alice.

Having Alice’s backstory revealed to her was supposed to bring Kate comfort. Instead, it makes things much worse.

While being held captive, Beth had made one escape attempt and managed to call her father. GCPD refused to help—they had given up on Beth’s case.

But Jacob (Dougray Scott) and Kate traced the call to the Cartwright house. Unfortunately, Cartwright used Mouse’s mimicry skills to fool Jacob.

But worse, a wandering Kate found her way to the basement, to the room where Beth was being held. She even called out Beth’s name. But Beth stayed quiet because Cartwright had threatened to kill her family if Beth said anything.

So, Jacob and Kate left and Beth was tormented into becoming Alice.

But what really struck me was Alice being furious with Kate for not ‘feeling’ her through the door. If Kate wasn’t haunted already, she definitely is now.

This moment felt very real to me—twins generally believe that they have some kind of special bond that connects them and allows them to communicate without speaking.

Legendary Australian cricket twins Steve and Mark Waugh have spoken about how they rarely had to say anything to each other when they were batting together—twin instinct would take over.

But this instinct failed Kate and Beth, leaving the latter to a life of misery and crime.

I loved the subtlety of the scene that showed that failed connection—it was heartbreaking and, quite honestly, like watching a nightmare come to life.

I know Alice has done some terrible things but from a personal standpoint, I sincerely hope that Batwoman will be able to give Alice the redemption she needs and that the show will find a way to return to Kate the sister she so loves.

Some Light-Heartedness

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Can’t trust anyone in Gotham. Source: IMDB

This was a very heavy episode but props to the Batwoman writers for finding a way to insert some humour into proceedings via Luke, and Kate’s step-sister, Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang).

Mary’s mother, Catherine (Elizabeth Anweis), confesses to falsifying evidence that ‘proved’ Beth had died in the crash. Mary is horrified and leaves her mother to go on a bender (understandably).

Her next port of call—once she is completely sloshed—is Wayne Tower, to speak to Kate. But Kate is with Alice, leaving poor Luke in charge of a very angry, and very drunk, Mary.

As expected, much hilarity ensues thanks to Johnson and Kang, who effortlessly play off each other. Their scenes are a welcome break from the darkness of Alice’s story.

I like that Batwoman is attempting to balance the darkness and the light with its storytelling—something that Arrow never quite managed to do.

However, our main takeaway from this episode of Batwoman is that this is not a happy tale—what Gotham story ever is?

Will there be a silver lining at the end of this dark tunnel? For Kate certainly, but hopefully also for Alice. We will have to wait and watch.

Titans‘ latest episode, Atonement turns the spotlight on Gar Logan/Beast Boy.

Unfortunately, things don’t turn out so well.

It’s the moment fans have been waiting for since Titans returned for its second season—an entire episode dedicated to Gar Logan/Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).

Nine episodes into the second season, with barely a few scenes to his name, Beast Boy finally gets the spotlight episode in Titans: Atonement.

But if fans were hoping to see Beast Boy spend the episode shape-shifting and fighting crime, they are set to be disappointed.

Titans: Atonement leans heavily into Beast Boy’s comedy potential by pairing him up with newest pseudo-Titan, Superboy (Joshua Orpin).

And as fun as that pairing turns out to be, the events of Titans: Atonement take a dark turn, one that the Titans will have a great deal of trouble coming back from.

So, what happened to the Titans and what can we expect to see from them in the remainder of the season? We break it down.

Spoilers ahead!

Beast Boy in Charge

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Two superheroes hanging out. Source: Warner Brothers

We’ll start with the hero in the hot seat—Beast Boy.

Having spent the majority of the season in the shadows, cleaning up after everyone, and not really doing any superhero-ing at all, Beast Boy is suddenly entrusted with Titans Tower and Superboy in Titans: Atonement.

He takes to it really badly—by the end of day one of being on his own, he is practically in a depressive state. By day four, he is close to losing his mental stability until Superboy wakes up.

There are parallels to be drawn between Titans: Atonement and Star Trek: Voyager’s ‘One’, which focused on a character having the sole run of the ship and slowly succumbing to loneliness.

I was hoping for something similar in this episode, but Titans doesn’t push far enough. In the show’s defence, the episode did focus on a number of other story arcs, but four days is a very short time for someone to hit rock bottom.

However, there was definitely some hilarity to enjoy in Beast Boy’s downward spiral, especially his geeky interests. The hero may not know who Bruce Springsteen is, but he knows his Star Trek, Back to the Future, and Stephen King. We noticed those easter eggs, Titans creators!

Superboy is in the house

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Seeing the sights, stopping the fights. Source: Warner Brothers

Beast Boy comes alive once Superboy is awake. Superboy’s innocence, earnestness, and eagerness to absorb everything in the world continues to be charming and adorable.

Orpin imbues these characteristics in Superboy without coming across as cringey, which I commend. Superboy is the kind of character that could easily have destroyed the show, but instead he is a great addition.

The chemistry between Beast Boy and Superboy props up the episode. They’re effortlessly comfortable with each other, revelling in their shared freedom in Titans Tower, while discovering the world of superheroing.

When Good Deeds Go Bad

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Punch first, ask questions never. Source: Warner Brothers

Unfortunately, that is where things get dark in Titans: Atonement. It seems nobody can look at Superboy without immediately recalling one of his fathers—the big blue boy scout himself, Superman.

Superboy is the only one who insists on remembering that his other father is none other than Lex Luthor.

But it’s assumed that Superboy will follow in his good dad’s footsteps and be the hero he was meant to be. And that would be fine, if Superboy had some context for the way the world works.

He doesn’t and it leads to disaster—particularly property damage, and a number of wounded, and perhaps even murdered, police officers.

Superboy isn’t evil, but he is a dangerous amalgamation of power without knowledge. And it’s going to come back to hurt the Titans very badly after Titans: Atonement.

By the end of the episode, Beast Boy is calling Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), crying for help. This is yet another sign of how woefully unprepared the Titans are, which calls into question Grayson’s leadership.

Why has Grayson had the Titans cooped up in the training room so long if at the end of it, they are still so ill-equipped to handle real-life situations?

Also, why didn’t Bruce Wayne pick up when Beast Boy called? Did Grayson even inform his former mentor about Superboy? It’s going to be a long wait till next week to find out.

Grayson’s Dilemma

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Dude, you are worse than Batman. Source: Warner Brothers

Nobody came out of Titans: Atonement in a good state. If Beast Boy is reeling from Superboy’s actions, and Superboy himself is probably locked up somewhere in Titans Tower, the rest of the team hasn’t fared better.

For one, Titans: Atonement begins with everyone abandoning Grayson after learning about the truth behind the death of Jericho, son of Deathstroke (Esai Morales).

Grayson takes it upon himself to face his past, and goes to apologise to Jericho’s mother, Adeline (Mayko Nguyen). But she isn’t in a forgiving mood, and neither is Deathstroke. Together, they condemn Grayson to life of loneliness. One wonders why that wasn’t the title of this episode.

By the end of Titans: Atonement, Grayson has bought tickets to escape to Greenland, only to change his mind, making a scene in the airport that led to him being nabbed by the police.

What is his plan here? Does Grayson believe he needs to be sent to prison for Jericho’s death? Is that where he thinks he will be loneliest? The writers have me stumped.

Alien Adventures

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Superpowered and super on their own. Source: Warner Brothers

Meanwhile, Starfire (Anna Diop) manages to get in a kind of win—she thwarts her sister, Blackfire’s, attempts to assassinate her. It does mean the end of her friend and Tamaranean confidante, Faddei (Robbie Jones) though.

Like Grayson, Starfire is all but cast out of her former life—she learns that Blackfire has killed their parents, along with taking Starfire’s rightful throne. She is, like the others, alone.

Are we going to see a Tamaranean force led by Blackfire arrive on Earth to destroy Starfire? I feel like there isn’t enough time in this season to complete that story arc, but it could be something we see in season three.

Hank and Dawn

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What is Hank thinking? Source: Warner Brothers

The most unlikely Titans pair to face loneliness in Titans: Atonement are Hank Hall (Alan Ritchson) and Dawn Granger (Minka Kelly).

The two have been inseparable throughout the series, even during flashbacks when they weren’t together, they were still good friends.

But in Titans: Atonement, Hank and Dawn come face to face with a recent loss—a young boy who they were coaching back to health in rehab. Hank decides that death and pain follow them everywhere and that the best way to combat it is by not just leaving the Titans but each other.

This is an unexpected move on the part of the writers. In the Hank and Dawn relationship, Hank has clearly been the more dependent of the two—Dawn is more than capable as a person and a hero to deal with the world.

Hank is haunted by his demons, so much so that he needed Dawn’s help to get revenge on his childhood abuser. So, where is this decision coming from to leave Dawn? Especially as Hank’s first move after leaving Dawn is to look for drugs. I see this ending badly for Hank.

What’s next for the Titans?

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Not happy together anymore. Source: Warner Brothers

A little more than halfway through the season, and Titans: Atonement has thrown a spanner in the works for the titular team of heroes.

As we see, the remainder of the Titans haven’t fared any better than Beast Boy, Grayson, et al.

Jason Todd and Rose Wilson go off together, but we don’t yet know where. Rachel Roth and Donna Troy also leave together but Rachel decides to disappear partway through their journey.

The Titans have completely broken up—like a boyband—and it is going to take something of a miracle—or an existential threat—to bring them back together.

It seems that Deathstroke is no longer a threat—he has cursed Grayson and that seems to be enough for him for now. Blackfire seems to be waiting for Starfire to do something before bringing her forces to Earth.

So, what will bring the Titans back together? Rachel losing control of her abilities, or Grayson being in serious danger (it worked last season), could be the key to bringing the team together again.

Or perhaps the team will hear about the events surrounding Superboy and come back to rescue him and Beast Boy?

No matter what they decide to do, not only are the Titans in a bad state, but they are also going to have to deal with a terrible public image. How is all this going to get wrapped up in a few short episodes? We can’t wait to find out.

In Batwoman: Who Are You?, the titular hero learns that being a caped crusader and living a life don’t go hand in hand. What does it mean for Kate Kane’s future?

Superheroes don’t always have it easy and that’s just what Batwoman finds out in episode four of season one, ‘Who Are You?’.

With a new villain in Gotham, and a new partner in her life, Kate Kane/ Batwoman (Ruby Rose) struggles to balance her everyday life with her secret identity.

We delve into the episode to find out what this realisation could mean for Batwoman. Spoilers ahead.

Magpie and the Everyman Villain

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Who doesn’t like shiny things? Source: Den of Geek

DC Comics fans will be familiar with Magpie—a thief with an eye for anything shiny, just like her name suggests, because Gotham has never heard of subtlety.

But as we learn by the end of the episode, Magpie isn’t just stealing for the fun of it—she’s doing it to survive.

She even tries to enlist Batwoman into her team because she believes they should be on the same side. It isn’t surprising that she thinks this way.

Magpie clearly sees herself as a kind of Robin Hood character—except she steals from the rich and gives only to herself. But considering her poor conditions, that’s the best she can do.

And Magpie’s mission ties into what Kate learns about Gotham’s corrupt real estate business in Batwoman: Who Are You?.

Affordable housing being torn down to build high-end and expensive condos is a reality that people are facing every day around the world. It’s the reason why millennials are only able to enter the housing market some 5-10 years after the previous generation did (if at all).

Magpie may be stealing from people—which is a crime—but she’s doing it because she has no other choice. She’s also taking things that people rarely even care about or miss, as Kate comments late into the episode.

I don’t know whether Magpie will be seen again but I liked her treatment in this episode. Gotham’s villains are often bombastic and evil for the sake of being evil. Having a regular person take to crime because she can’t pay the bills was a good change of pace for the Bat-universe.

It also shows Kate a whole different side of Gotham—one that she has been too privileged to see—and which leads her to make an important decision at the end of the episode.

Kate and Reagan

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Lost loves. Source: Culturess

In the DC Comics, Batwoman has had relationships with Renee Montoya and Maggie Sawyer. But neither of those characters are likely to be available to make appearances on Batwoman as they have already appeared in other Arrowverse shows.

In their place, Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy) is the intended love interest for Kate. But in Batwoman: Who Are You?, Kate begins to establish a relationship with bartender Reagan (Brianne Howey), who she had met in the previous episode.

And though Kate seems very happy to be involved with Reagan, her duties as Batwoman keep getting in the way.

Kate has to come up with a series of ever more hilarious excuses—from a burst pipe to a fire—so that she can save the city while on her dates with Reagan.

Arrowverse fans will have flashbacks to Barry Allen’s doomed relationship with Patty Spivet. And like Patty, Reagan has had enough of the silly excuses, putting an end to the relationship.

It’s a stark reminder for Kate that being Batwoman means keeping secrets from the people you care about and secrets are never good for a relationship.

But what I particularly loved was seeing how enjoying life as Kate Kane negatively impacts Kate’s duties as Batwoman.

Superhero shows far too often put so much emphasis on the superheroism that they forget about the person behind the mask. Barry Allen barely does anything as a CSI anymore, and Oliver Queen only belatedly got to be Mayor of Star City. The Legends don’t even have lives outside of the masks. Thus far, only Kara Danvers has managed to save the world with her journalism, and not just as Supergirl.

It was fun to see Kate so involved in her relationship with Reagan that she doesn’t bother to go after Magpie—something she gets called out for by Gotham’s radio host, Vesper Fairchild (Rachel Maddow).

And it leads to an even more costly—literally—mistake when she does confront Magpie.

Not having had time to understand how Batwoman works differently Batman, Kate’s ally and tech geek Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) fails to adjust Batman’s batarangs for Kate’s height and arm length.

As a result, Kate misses her returning batarang, which careens into an ancient and priceless artefact. All of which is caught on tape.

Fortunately, by the end of the episode, Luke has accepted his mistake and Kate gets to be a hero in her own right.

And despite Kate’s short-lived joy at finding someone after Sophie, she deals with the end of her relationship with Reagan very well.

It’s great to see a mature and mutual breakup between two characters, especially in the Arrowverse where romantic relationships tend to be overly melodramatic for no reason.

Kate’s Future Plans

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Kate on the scene. Source: Tell Tale TV

By the end of Batwoman: Who Are You?, Batwoman has caught Magpie and won the hearts of the people of Gotham—she also gets a partial compliment from Fairchild, so that’s an achievement.

But what about Kate? How does she fit into Gotham? She’s determined not to join her father’s company, is nowhere near winning back Sophie, and has lost any chance of being with Reagan.

But that doesn’t stop Kate from finding a way to help her city even without her mask.

Having found out about the state of Gotham real estate and how it is leading people to enter a life of crime, Kate decides to start a real estate company with the sole purpose of creating affordable housing for the people.

In the comics universe, we know that Bruce Wayne does a great deal of charity work to help the people of Gotham and it’s good to see that Kate is finding her own path as Kate Kane, saviour of Gotham.

I’m glad that Batwoman is bringing in Kate, and not just Batwoman, as a character so early on in the series, and I hope it continues. It will likely make Kate’s dual life more of a challenge, but the assumption is that Sophie and Kate’s step-sister Mary will be brought into the fold soon enough to make a new Bat-team that Kate can feel more comfortable with and grow with.

Batwoman: Who Are You? sets up a new dynamic for Kate and it’s going to be interesting to see where she goes with it, and what hurdles she will have to overcome along the way.

Titans season two finally revealed what happened to Slade Wilson’s son, Jericho. Here’s all you need to know.

There has been a dark cloud hovering over the Titans all of Titans season two, and we finally learn why that is in episode eight, ‘Jericho’.

We know Jericho (Chella Man), son of Slade Wilson/ Deathstroke (Esai Morales) died, apparently at the hands of his father. But in the previous episode of Titans, ‘Bruce Wayne’, Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) proclaimed that he had killed Jericho.

So, which version is right? And who was Jericho beyond being the son of a villain? We find out in Titans: Jericho. Spoilers ahead!

Jericho’s Backstory

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Should have stayed out of the tower. Warner Brothers

Turns out Jericho was just a regular young man living his life, when he was ‘found’ by the Titans. And like his superhero friends, Jericho had a tragic backstory.

His father was Slade Wilson, as the Titans knew, but Jericho believed his father to be a war hero—at least that’s what his mother, Adeline (Mayko Nguyen), told him.

But then Slade fell in with Wintergreen (Demore Barnes), an old army buddy, and they started a business together. A risky venture that led to the Wilsons’ house being broken into and Jericho’s throat cut. Slade disappeared, and Jericho and Adeline were left to pick up the pieces.

It’s amazing that Jericho still manages to keep a smile on his face and is happy to have new friends in the Titans!

Unfortunately for him, the Titans’ intentions aren’t noble—they’re using Jericho to draw out Slade.

A plan that doesn’t work out because, like all good superheroes who try to toe the line towards the dark side, they become enamoured of their new young friend and want to scupper their own plan.

If only they had done so sooner.

Jericho and the Titans

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Not as saintly as they pretend to be. Source: Warner Brothers

Dick was meant to cut ties with Jericho, but instead he learned that Jericho actually had a gift—the ability to take over someone’s body. Jericho was no longer just a means to an end—he was an asset to the Titans.

And so, Dick brought him into the fold, came clean about the Titans’ motivations, and offered Jericho a spot on the team. Dick even told Jericho what Slade really did for a living.

At this point one would be forgiven for thinking the story was heading towards a happy ending. But alas, this is Titans, and it gets dark, pretty fast—the previous episode was all about PTSD and a hero wanting to kill himself so that isn’t surprising.

Jericho gets a summons from his father and Dick encourages the boy to go and see him. But Dick/ Robin then follows Jericho to the meeting—after a detour to look in on Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) who had just fought off Deathstroke.

What was Robin’s plan when he followed Jericho? It seemed like he wanted to change Jericho’s mind about Slade—to show the boy how awful his father really was and the blood that was on Slade’s hands.

It didn’t work out, and we aren’t surprised. Throughout the episode, no matter what Slade did or was accused of doing, one thing was clear—Jericho loved his father and just wanted him back in his life.

Robin, in typical Batman style, went into the battle with all his brawn and none of his brains. He fought Deathstroke—who was evenly matched with Robin, plus had no qualms about killing—on Batman’s terms. In other words, Robin was always going to lose.

And lose he does.

Robin gets an absolutely brutal beating—Titans never holds back on its depiction of violence–that leaves him unconscious and unable to defend himself. He was at the mercy of Deathstroke’s sword, with no hope of surviving.

Grayson’s Guilt

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Should’ve stayed in the tower. Source: Warner Brothers

We can finally understand why Dick feels such guilt about Jericho, and honestly, it’s believable. But it’s not nearly as bad as we were led to believe. Phew!

The reason why Dick blames himself is because the Titans gave him an out with the Jericho situation but instead, Dick found himself lying in a pool of blood in an abandoned church, waiting for Deathstroke to kill him.

The only reason why Dick is still here is because, as Deathstroke turned to stab Dick, Jericho got in the way.

On the one hand, I’m glad that Dick didn’t physically kill Jericho—the last few episodes had made it sound like Dick was personally involved in Jericho’s murder.

That would be a bit much—Titans is dark but turning Dick Grayson into a killer is something the show couldn’t possibly come back from.

Having said that, had Dick not involved Jericho in the first place, the boy wouldn’t have been there to save Dick and not have died in the process.

But Dick having to take the blame for this whole affair is a bit harsh. The Titans should all be beating themselves up about it.

Dawn encouraged Dick to become Batman, and Donna was pushing for more and more dangerous tactics to take down Deathstroke as revenge for Aqualad’s death. Hank went along with the plan.

The Titans likely believe that because Dick was there at Jericho’s death, he was in the best position to stop him dying. But Dick really was in no position to save anyone, least of all himself.

And it’s been five years—how come the Titans haven’t forgiven Dick yet? Hopefully we will find out in the next episode.

Jericho and Slade

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Recipe for daddy issues. Source: Warner Brothers

Jericho’s love for his father comes through so beautifully in this episode. Morales and Man have fantastic chemistry that belies the little screen time they actually get to share.

There are so many moments between the two of them that prove how close they are—the way they hold each other, the quick kiss Slade gives Jericho before heading off on a mission. Jericho’s palpable excitement about averting a road rage incident that saved his father.

We come to watch superhero shows for the action but we stay for these purer, human moments.

A father and his son bonding over the little things they enjoy and the fact that that bond is now destroyed forever because of a critical error and the meddling of the Titans.

That’s what makes a superhero story live with viewers long after the credits roll.

Chella Man

We’ve waited all of Titans season two to see Chella Man in full sway as Jericho and this episode gives us everything we could ever want.

After a rather dismal episode seven, Titans: Jericho is back in excellent form. The plot is well-developed, the characters’ motivations are obvious and poignant, and Deathstroke is human yet terrifying.

But more than anything else, what will blow audiences away is Chella Man’s performance. Man plays Jericho as a warm, kind, and fully-fleshed out character.

Even though he had only the one episode to portray the character, Man’s Jericho feels like a character who has lived a complete life beyond our screens.

Man is so immensely emotive in every scene and shares such unbelievable chemistry with the entire cast that it is a shame we won’t see any more of him.

Of all the guest stars we have seen on Titans season two, Man is by far the standout. He has a bright future ahead of him and it is going to be exciting to see him take over our screens.

Titans: Jericho may have been predictable at times, but it was still excellently plotted, exciting, tragic, and beautiful.

The episode has answered many of our burning questions succinctly, while paving the path for the Titans to finally face their inner demons and the very real demon—Deathstroke—who is now wandering their walls.

We can’t wait to tune in next week for another thrilling instalment at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

Batwoman dons her true identity in Batwoman Season 1 Episode 3: Down, Down, Down. Here’s why Gotham needs her, and not Batman.

Batwoman season one, episode three, ‘Down, Down, Down’ sees protagonist Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) struggling with her superhero identity until she finally hits upon her true purpose.

In the first two episodes, Kate all but resurrected Batman and brought hope back to the people of Gotham. But she isn’t Batman, nor does she want to be. What she needs to be—what Gotham needs her to be—is something better.

But what is that? And why does Gotham need a hero who isn’t Batman? We break it down below. Spoilers ahead!

The Need for a Hero

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What’s a signal without an accompanying bat? Source: IMDB

Batwoman: Down, Down, Down opens with Alice (Rachel Skarsten) shining the bat-signal to get Kate’s attention. She even feigns disappointment when Batman doesn’t show up, even though she knows that Kate is Batman now.

She teases Kate about her heroic turn—and that it’s been over ten days since the last sighting of Batman and now Gotham seems interested in nothing else, not even its latest villain.

Gotham is clearly clamouring and desperate for its masked hero. The newspapers report on sightings of Batman and bemoan his absence everyday. Vesper Fairchild’s (Rachel Maddow) daily radio show has her asking Gothamites to share their thoughts about Batman’s return.

And all this is because of Kate. She donned the suit, albeit to protect herself against Alice’s goons but now she’s become inextricably tied to the mythos.

But can she keep living a lie by bringing Batman back to Gotham? And how can she keep Gotham’s hopes up if she takes Batman away?

What makes Gotham’s obsession with Batman’s appearance in Batwoman: Down, Down, Down so interesting is its realism. You can’t help but see it as an indictment of celebrity culture—and the hero worship of Batman certainly reflects the rise of influencers in the real world.

It’s particularly interesting because there’s nary a hint that Batman is actually back—Gothamites have only a pixelated image as confirmation. But that is enough for them. Their city is beleaguered and the people will believe anything as long as it gives them hope.

On social media right now, celebrities and citizens alikeare eager to jump on any bandwagon, and often find themselves at the wrong end of the stick (see the Avengers cast defending a boy who complained about being bullied, even inviting him the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, only to find out that it was because the boy’s mother was deeply racist).

Fortunately for the citizens of Gotham, they haven’t put their faith in the wrong person—by the end of the episode, Batwoman has revealed herself to be the city’s new saviour.

Batman’s Baggage

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Where Batman goes, his villains don’t follow. Source: IMDB

One can say that, for Gotham, not having Batman around is a blessing in disguise in some ways. Batman’s Rogues Gallery is a mile long and they continue to torment the city despite being repeatedly locked up in Arkham.

As mentioned in Batman Begins, Batman’s very presence in the city causes an escalation of violence—though this is hardly an excuse for anyone to indulge in criminal behaviour.

By dint of Batman being around, the criminally-minded are given more incentive to be louder, more flamboyant, and more dangerous. Though Batman evolves to deal with the threats, he manages to maintain his no-killing rule.

Batwoman is clearly taking a leaf out of the same book. Kate begins the episode by asking Alice to spend 24 hours without killing anyone–in return, Kate will return Alice’s partner in reasonable condition.

Of course, that doesn’t play out as well as Kate had hoped—Alice is a Gotham villain and we can hardly be surprised that she doesn’t play by the rules.

But Alice is a symptom of a larger Gotham problem—the heroes have rules they must abide by but the villains never do.

Even when they are as close to the hero as Alice is—Kate’s twin sister, no less—they can’t be trusted to do the right thing.

And this has always been the problem with Batman. It’s why Red Hood even exists in the DC Comics—Batman never got revenge on Joker for killing his second Robin, something Red Hood never forgave his mentor/father for.

So, is Batman really the best option for Gotham? How useful is a hero whose villains are constantly breaking free and terrorising the city?

As we see in Batwoman: Down, Down, Down, despite Batman no longer being around, his villains are still after Gotham.

Tommy Elliot (Gabriel Mann), once Bruce Wayne’s best friend, now his rival and wealthy social-climber, reveals himself to be one of the most dangerous villains we can know–a narcissistic one-percenter with no moral values, who holds a grudge against Batman because the caped crusader foiled Elliot’s plans to kill his parents.

Honestly, with villains like this, it’s amazing Gotham has survived this long!

With Batman no longer around to fight baddies like Elliot, or the Riddler, who shared Batman’s identity with Elliot (ala the popular Batman story ‘Hush’), somebody else needs to stand up for Gotham.

It’s up to Batwoman to right the wrongs and save her city from yet another self-obsessed criminal mastermind.

But even Batwoman can’t do everything and it is thanks to Alice’s timely intervention that Elliot is taken down and sent off to Arkham.

Hopefully, when Elliot inevitably breaks out, Kate will find a way to fortify Arkham better than her predecessor or Batman’s baggage will become Kate’s living nightmare.

Clear and Present Danger

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The hero Gotham deserves. Source: IMDB

There’s one particular reason why Gotham needs Batwoman more than anything else—and it’s something Kate realises when Elliot gives her an ultimatum for a showdown with Batman.

Kate can’t be Batman—she isn’t Bruce and she doesn’t have the same mission in her heart—but she can be something better.

Kate can be there for Gotham when it needs her, and that’s why, right now, she’s better than anything Gotham has had–a hero who is unapologetically there for her city and for her people. Not because of revenge and not because of a vendetta or an agenda.

Instead because Kate is in Gotham, the city is in peril, and she has the resources, thanks to Wayne Enterprises and Luke Fox’s (Camrus Johnson) efforts to keep the Batcave safe.

Batman’s vendetta and his own moral high ground often made it difficult for him to do what’s right for Gotham. Some of those rules are likely to hold Batwoman back as well.

But at the end of the day, she has more light in her heart and a purer reason for fighting for Gotham. Despite the people she has lost—and the person she may have found—Kate is still looking for the light and positivity in her city, something Batman has never tried to do.

He always saw Gotham as a place that needed to be fixed—Batwoman seems to be looking at Gotham as a city that needs to be protected.

With Batwoman having donned her famous wig and red symbol, the city of Gotham can rest assured that their new hero will protect it, more out of the goodness of her own heart than for revenge.

Batwoman may not be the hero they were expecting and she probably wouldn’t have chosen this path had Batman been around. But for now, Batwoman is Gotham’s best hope, it’s Red Knight in shining armour.

And for Gothamites and Bat-fans, Batwoman is all the hero we need.