The first episode of the new Titans series is available for streaming now on the DC Unlimited app; but just what questions did it leave unanswered? The purpose of a pilot is always to introduce the key players, to set up the themes and to raise a few mysteries that will be solved as the series continues. In the case of Titans, the series does a credible job, although we don't exactly get to spend much time with Beast Boy.
Given this is a pilot, then, it's no surprise that there are a whole host of unanswered questions. Sometimes those are innocuous ones; it's hard not to wonder just what Robin keeps in his utility belt, for example. Others are massively important, though, and clearly crucial to the plot of the entire series.
Here, we're going to take you through our top questions. Hopefully (almost) all will be resolved in later episodes, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see a few of them saved for the already-confirmed Titans season 2. Let's take a look!
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1) Is Raven the Key, or the Threat?
It's pretty clear that the entire first season revolves around Raven. In the comics, Raven is the daughter of Trigon, a powerful demon who seeks to conquer the Earth. It looks as though Titans is keeping that part of Raven's backstory, but tweaking it a little. The first episode teases that Raven's soul-self is a demon in its own right, and that Raven could serve as a "doorway" that would allow her father to attack Earth. But it's important not to take those claims at face value; after all, they're made by a man who believes he has no choice but to kill Raven in order to save the world.
It seems likely the overarching plot of Titans season 1 will see the Titans discover Raven's monstrous heritage. However, she's a hero in her own right, so we can safely assume she doesn't like the idea of bringing Hell to Earth. Trigon may not have realized that his daughter has a mind of her own.
2) Who Wants Raven, and Why?
That leads us inevitably to the second question: just who are these mysterious organizations who are pursuing Raven? It looks as though there are two forces attempting to get to her, both with a very different goal. On the one hand, you have people who've sided with Trigon, who are presumably attempting to open the "doorway." On the other, there's a group that knows who she is and want to kill her and seal that doorway shut. It looks as though they believe that can only be accomplished through a twisted ritual murder, extracting her heart and burning it next to two others.
3) Who Is Trying to Protect Her?
Then we have Raven's mother. It's unclear whether she's alone, or working as part of a group who are dedicated to keeping Raven safe. She seems to believe that it's possible to restrain the demon inside Raven, although her methods - which focus on reciting the Lord's Prayer and putting religious iconography around the house - don't seem to have been particularly successful. But was Raven's mother the only one who knew of the threat and yet chose to protect the girl and try to restrain the demon? If not, the Titans may well find they have allies.
4) Were Dick Grayson's Parents Murdered?
The Titans pilot opens with Raven entering Robin's dreams, and seeing his darkest memory - the moment his parents died. At first Raven relaxes and enjoys the beauty of the acrobat show, and then she screams in horror as the show goes wrong when a rope snaps. But was that an accident, or were Dick Grayson's parents murdered? In the comics, they were killed by a Mafia boss named Tony Zucco. It's not hard to imagine a sub-plot in which Dick learned his parents' deaths had been orchestrated by a villain, and he went off seeking revenge. That kind of plot could even be held back for a second (or third?) season.
5) Just What Does Robin Keep In His Utility Belt?
Batman is famous for his utility belt, and it's interesting to see how much focus Titans places upon Robin's version. So just what's in it? It seems there are Robin's equivalent of the Batarangs, distinctive R-shaped weapons that he can toss at his enemies with unerring accuracy; and there are definitely smoke pellets too. What else will Robin pull out of his utility belt over the course of the season? Hopefully not some "Robin-shark-repellent."
6) Why Did Dick Grayson Stop Being Robin For A Year?
The pilot teases a growing philosophical divide between Batman and Robin, although at this stage it's unclear what inspired it. In one powerful scene, Dick told his new partner about the Dark Knight, albeit in very circumspect terms. He implied that he used to revere the Batman, but has come to question his methods. Curiously, that seems to have caused Dick Grayson to hang up his tights for a whole year. It's apparently only when he heads to Detroit that he pops the trunk and suits up. Why did Dick stop being a vigilante for so long?