Deadpool 2 claimed DC properties are "so dark," and now it's DC Universe's Titans series that is responding. One of the criticisms that the DCEU has received in recent years is the dark nature of their movies. The grounded take was built by Zack Snyder off the success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, but audiences didn't respond in the same way. Many believe they've lost sight of who these characters are, and a darker approach is sticking with DC as they launch a digital service full of original content. They aren't even shying away from it, as the first trailer for Titans showed Robin brutally beating criminals and saying, "F*** Batman."
Even though this is the style DC has operated with recently, other superhero movies have gone in the opposite direction. This is especially true with Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool franchise, which has repeatedly made DC the butt of his jokes. This continued in Deadpool 2 when, following a jab at dubstep from Cable (Josh Brolin), the Merc with a Mouth says, "You're so dark. Are you sure you're not from the DC Universe?"
Well, DC Universe is finally responding to Deadpool's comments by using them in the latest promo for Titans. The video starts by quoting D. Pool's remark, referring to him as an American philosopher (even though he's Canadian). It then shows a montage of the violence that Robin (Brenton Thwaites) will be dishing out to criminals and cops alike, before saying "Suck it, Mr. Pool." They do sign the statement "with love" but then immediately show Dick Grayson smashing a guy in the face as blood splatters on a nearby window.
This is a pretty great response on the part of Titans, as they're embracing Deadpool's concern instead of turning away from it. This also makes Titans the latest DC entity to mock Deadpool. The recently released trailer for the animated Harley Quinn series commented on Marvel's canceled Deadpool animated series from Donald Glover. Warner Bros. even responded to Deadpool 2's post-credits scene where Deadpool travels through time to assassinate Ryan Reynolds before he could star in Green Lantern, but it was Reynolds who got the last laugh.
Even though DC has received criticism for the approach, it is one they are changing. Wonder Woman was the first true sign of this, and the reception only further encouraged Warner Bros. to meddle with Justice League's tone, just as they did with Suicide Squad. Aquaman looks to be a giant, fun adventure film based on the new extended trailer. There's also Shazam! coming out next year, which made it abundantly clear in its first trailer what tone it's going for. DC will still have some darker properties like Joaquin Phoenix's Joker and maybe Birds of Prey, but the future appears to be more balanced, tonally, even if Titans will stay in a darker one to start.
Titans season 1 premieres Friday, October 12, on DC Universe.