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.