Though Titans Nightwing and Arsenal formed the Outsiders to create a team without emotional bonds, the characters often second-guessed themselves because of Troy’s death. Along the same track, neither can Batman discern the threat that Arsenal’s facing from Donna Troy’s report, despite lack of other evidence. It’s the same for these Titans, who got less than 25 issues before they broke up; after Wolfman’s Titans, and Devin Grayson’s, and Judd Winick’s, it’s hard to see the appeal of these childhood friends working together, knowing they’ll eventually split — and different from the League, buffeted by events in their own titles, that the Titans often split for angst-ridden interpersonal differences makes it doubly exhausting. Alongside the brand-new Nightwing costume, supersuits for other Titans season 2 characters like Jason Todd’s Robin, Wonder Girl, Hawk, Deathstroke, and Aqualad were also on display at the press event, each and every one of them designed by Laura Jean Shannon and her team. Thanks to some recent press photos, those fans can breathe a bit easier. As reported by a Titans press release, Nightwing will be arriving in the Titans season two finale episode, and ahead of the character’s television reveal his iconic supersuit was on display for the first time during a special event in Burbank, California earlier today.
A brand-new never-before-seen supersuit for the DCU television character Nightwing has been unveiled ahead of the Titans season two finale, which is set to air Friday, November 29th. Beginning it’s run in October 2018, Titans loosely follows the DC Comics series Teen Titans and, although offering a grittier take than most fans of the original comics were expecting, has led to much approval and many Titans-related memes since the show’s initial release. The Joker’s tropical vacation garb is a reference to an outfit worn by the character in 1988’s Batman: The Killing Joke, which is covered briefly in this trailer. I don’t necessarily mind an Arsenal spotlight story, as this is what Titans Apart is, but five issues of it is a long stretch, especially since the character beats get repetitive and especially since Abnett needs a lot of the heroes to act out of character to achieve the ends.
The suits were built by Creative Character Engineering, a company which has created props for films like Deadpool, Interstellar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, along with horror films like Let Me In and the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Us introduces a new franchise in the fighting game genre and a brand new story created in collaboration between NetherRealm Studios, DC Entertainment and comic book writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. In final tally this story is a reminder of some of the worst-functioning aspects of the adult Titans concept, and it’s not a great setup for the next era except for the hope that the next era will be better than this. My sincere hope is that Winick can keep up this same tone and pace as the series continues. It’s hard to see Abnett’s next iteration of Titans — not, for the most part, childhood friends — even as Titans as opposed to just “team being lead by Nightwing”; at the same time, the lack of some of the things that make these teams “Titans” might be better this time around anyway.
When Arsenal lead the Titans, by the by, was when his romance with Donna Troy made sense; here, it’s just been puppy love and banter that never quite won this reader over. Arsenal Roy Harper is in the news these days, and that’s another reason it’s worthwhile he gets his own adventure. Though I recognize its incumbent upon Abnett to create drama here, that Roy Harper and Donna Troy should be the smartest people in the room amidst the entire Justice League and the other Titans stretches believability indeed. But the League trying to shut the Titans down requires a variety of leaps of logic, including that the League has any jurisdiction over the Titans at all, that the League blames the Titans for issues involving Donna Troy that are either no one’s fault or the League’s itself, and also Abnett posits a subservience of Nightwing to Batman that we just don’t see reflected elsewhere.