Warning: GRAPHIC content and SPOILERS for Titans
The first episode of DC’s Titans is now streaming, and as thrilled as fans will be by seeing Dick Grayson in action, the level of violence he embraces is definitely going to take plenty by surprise. Without a network or censors to worry about, DC’s is taking their superheroes towards and ” R”Rating and not looking back.
We’ll leave it up to each audience member to determine just how much that “mature” content and style contributes to the overall quality of the show. And with the money being raked in by edgier, darker films like Venom, Deadpool, and Zack Snyder’s duo of DC movies, there’s obviously an audience for bone-crushing, blood-spilling superheroes. But does that work for the Titans?
Just to give potential viewers a taste of how violent the show truly gets, and how close it comes to an official “R” Rating, we’re running down the most graphic, violent, and mature moments in Titans so far. With just one episode down… well, they’ve certainly set the tone.
Raven’s Mother’s Murder
The mature content kicks off unexpectedly when Raven a.k.a. Rachel Roth comes home from school to a grisly surprise. Her mother (Sherilyn Fenn) is waiting for her – but she’s not alone. An unknown gunman is soon revealed to be holding Angela hostage, silenced pistol aimed straight at the back of her head. Claiming that this woman is not Rachel’s true mother at all, the mystery gunman – who fans know from the credits as the live-action version of The Acolyte – silences Angela’s protests by ulling the trigger.
The bullet to the head is a surprise, somewhat pushed aside when Rachel’s darker side emerges, slams the Acolyte against the wall, and flees the home. The lingering shot of Angela dead, bullet holes, blood and all confirm Titans is going to put its “unrated” nature to use.
Robin’s Throat Stabbing & Face Grater
The first major fight starring Dick Grayson’s Robin was heavily teased through the shows marketing, and begins with a generally mature, no punches pulled feel. Those who thought that the same approach in Batman V Superman crossed a line (showing Batman just fine with breaking bones and joints to defeat an attacker) are going to take exception to Robin almost immediately. But the Robin “R” throwing stars and crushing blows are just the start. When Robin strips the slide off of a goon’s handgun and stabs it into another man’s throat, sending blood flying, the fight has jumped up a notch.
The first blow is definitely lethal if not fatal, but the second strike to the actual gunman’s throat is a bit less clear. That strike (pictured above) could be to either the neck or the cheek. But Robin follows it up by driving the man’s wounded face/neck into a brick wall, then grinding it forward to accompanying screams and a bloody trail behind it.
Robin’s Leg Stabbing & Knife Crank
For fans who heard that Robin left Batman for being too extreme before the plot of Titans begins and assumed he would be tamer have clearly had that assumption thrown out by now. So when a goon pulls out a knife and takes a swing, Robin grabbing him by the wrist and redirecting the blade straight into his fellow henchman’s thigh isn’t all that surprising. Even though in any other show, that kind of move would seem out of place. Heroes disarm, they don’t deflect into the muscle tissues of a nearby enemy.
Robin doubled down on the strike, after he has beaten the knife owner’s face (and his own) bloody, by grabbing hold of the knife’s handle and twisting it, or yanking it downward. It’s unclear just what Robin does since the blade is off-screen when the sound effect and the man’s scream of pain is shown, but it’s excessive to say the least.
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Robin Actually Tortures His Target
The violence of Robin’s first battle crescendos in what is without doubt the most violent, cruel, and excessive act of the entire episode. Robin’s target – a man charged with, but later let off for child abuse – flees to his vehicle as the vigilante is breaking through both sides of his drug deal gone wrong. When Robin has dispatched everyone else, he rushes to the car and smashes the driver side window to pieces. At which point he grabs his target by the head, slams his face down into the broken fragments of glass that remain along the bottom of the frame, and pushes.
The blood and screams that result from just a few inches of travel across the glass get the point across just fine. And to prove this isn’t about justice, but good old fashioned rage, Robin pulls him from the vehicle and stomps him with both boot and bo staff before leaving.
The “F*** Batman”
The moment every fan has waited for, ever since the first Titans trailer confirmed both its “mature” style and attitude towards Batman by having Robin address his mentor’s absence with just two words. But if we’re honest, Robin’s delivery of “F*** Batman” may have been better off not spoiled in the trailer. When everyone knows it’s coming, and is ultimately delivered to nobody but the audience, after all of the fighting has been finished… Well, even Schwarzenegger’s best one-liners would have trouble living up these days.
Starfire Kills Her Informant
The most passionate Teen Titans fans were too concerned with whether or not Starfire would get a superhero costume to wonder what would happen if she started killing people almost as soon as she walked on screen. In her defense, “Kory Anders” doesn’t really know who she is when she comes to in the first episode of Titans, so it wouldn’t be fair to expect her to know how she feels about killing, either. But when the situation calls for it – like when a strange man locked up in her Vienna hotel room claims she’s a dead woman for her betrayal – Kory doesn’t pull her punches.
In fact, she punches that man clear across her hotel room with force surprising even her. After promising to get the man help for his injuries if he tells her the “girl” she was apparently looking for, she does. If you call grabbing hold of his head and snapping his neck “help.”
Starfire Incinerates Her Enemies
The second bit of killing from Starfire is sure to get far more attention, even if she doesn’t actually intend to kill everyone else in the room. After discovering that she betrayed her “lover” to get the location of the mystery girl she’s seemingly searching for, he channels his anger into a bullet. For her part, Kory does tell him to “Wait!” before he fires his gun, sending the bullet towards Kory in slow motion… before disappearing on impact with the force field surrounding her body.
At which point Starfire’s body erupts into an orange glow (green from her eyes), and fire emanates from her hand. Enough fire to engulf the entire room in flames, burning her former lover and his two guards to columns of ash when the fire subsides. Setting the bar fairly high for just how many ways people will be gruesomely killed as Titans continues.
The first episode of DC’s Titans is available now exclusively on DC Universe, soon coming to Netflix in international regions.