In the first season of Titans, the specter of Bruce Wayne loomed over the story like the boogie man. Dick (Brenton Thwaites) clearly did not have the best relationship with him be it personal or work. When Titans season 2 launches on Sept. 6, this is apparently going to be a focus of the story moving forward.

Speaking with Comic Book, Titans showrunner Greg Walker said, “Well Bruce was a huge character on our show last year, you just didn’t see him, I mean for the most part.” He went on to add, “For Dick, he was omnipresent and it felt like we really needed to dive into Dick’s relationship with Bruce to really understand Dick better. I was really excited as a writer to go into Bruce Wayne. There’s been so much done about Batman but there’s not a ton about being Bruce Wayne… Bruce is really awesome at being Batman, he’s kind of crappy at being Bruce.”

“We wanted to work on Bruce Wayne trying to restore that relationship with Dick in a way get back to an updated version of father and son,” Walker continued. “It could never be the Batman and Robin version anymore because Dick has grown past that and rebelled against it, but what could it be if it goes past that? You have to deal with forgiveness and moving on and kind of adult themes, so I was really excited about writing that. Iain, he has so much stature, he is such a gifted actor with his grace and elegance and weight that he can handle the drama of a man struggling to deal with his estranged son better than anybody I could think of.”

There is no doubt that this version of Dick Grayson carries a tremendous amount of emotional baggage with him. IN season one he constantly dealt with his increasingly violent tendencies, but seemed to find some peace once he burned the Robin costume.

Will a repaired relationship with Bruce Wayne open the door for him to finally take on the mantle of Nightwing? It looks as though we’ll find out when Titans season 2 kicks off on Friday, Sept. 6 on DC Universe.


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