Monday, October 21, 2019

Titans - Bruce Wayne

Iain Glen makes another appearance as Bruce Wayne in the latest episode of Titans, but only inside of Dick's (Brenton Thwaites) conflicted mind. As tensions at the Tower continue to raise, it becomes obvious that someone is gaslighting various Titans. Although many are quick to point the blame at Jason Todd (Curran Walters), though not for being tortured and possibly mind-fucked by Deathstroke (Esai Morales), it is notable that not one member of the tower suggests an obvious alternative. Meanwhile, Dick goes in search of Deathstroke while ignoring the vision of Batman talking to him throughout the episode offering the simplest advice on how to begin repairing the damage being done to the team. Dick's admission to Jason in the final moment should finally set-up the story of what happened between the Titans and Deathstroke five years ago, and reveal how Deathstroke's son died.

"Bruce Wayne" works better than the dream-like episode that ended the show's First Season (without wrapping up the season-long arc). Glen showcases a wide range of Bruce Wayne (although not one in a cowl) and the show's writers have a bit of fun playing on the actor's resemblance to a previous Batman by even referencing the Batusi. A couple of scenes build on Conner's (Joshua Orpin) episode with Dr. Eve Watson (Genevieve Angelson) and Koriand'r (Anna Diop) helping to save Superboy from the Kyrptonite poisoning (and reunited him with his dog). As for Dick, it appears time for him to put down a burden he's been carrying for half a decade (and in doing so, hopefully help him lay to rest some of his personal demons).

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