The Red Hood, Jim Gordon’s little girl, and the professor of fear are coming to Titans Season 3.
The Titans panel during DC Fandome generated fan excitement last week with a major cast and plot announcement. The third season will see Jason Todd make the leap to Red Hood, while Jonathan Crane will cast his fearful shadow on the team as The Scarecrow. Lastly, Barbara Gordon will also make her debut on Titans in her guise as Batgirl.
The Red Hood – How and Why Does Jason Make This Change?
In the comics, Jason Todd, the second Robin, had been brutally murdered by The Joker in “Death in The Family.” He was later brought back in the early 2000s after having been resurrected by cosmic events. Enraged that Batman had failed to properly avenge him by killing the Ace of Knaves, he retrained himself and took on the guise of a more lethal version of The Red Hood, the Joker’s pre-acid personna. Jason Todd made his debut on the live-action series in the first season, played by Curran Walters. His personality problems and violent tendencies were immediately evident in his first appearance. The second season saw Bruce Wayne send Jason to train with Dick’s newly-formed Titans to smooth those rough edges. Sadly, the experiment failed, and Jason fell out hard with the team. Executive Producer Greg Walker confirmed Jason will become Red Hood as a response to this falling out. Further, he will seek to revenge his disgrace on the team.
Then there is Barbara Gordon, who has not yet been cast. Surprisingly, for Titans Season 3 she has been written in the role of the new Gotham City Police Commissioner replacing her father. According to an official character description, “Although she has a past relationship with Dick Grayson, she is wary of the Titans in Gotham.”
Walker elaborates on this new generation of an age-old partnership in comics. “There was originally Batman and Jim Gordon, and now we have Nightwing and Barbara Gordon trying to kind of deal with the mistakes of their parents and it turns out to be a lot more difficult than anybody thought.”
As for Jonathan Crane, another distinction from the comics. Instead of a disgraced psychology professor, he is an Arkham inmate that moonlights as a criminal profiler. This is Scarecrow’s second live-action portrayal after Fox’s Gotham.
Titans season 3 debuts on DC Universe in 2021.