The release date for HBO Max’s Titans season 3 has been revealed.
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Back in September of 2014, it was revealed that WarnerMedia’s TNT network was developing a television series based on the Teen Titans superhero team from DC Comics. The show would center on Dick Grayson, the former Robin who emerges from Batman’s shadow to become Nightwing and the leader of a fearless band of heroes who include Starfire and Raven. The pilot was penned by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, who would serve as executive producers and co-executive producers respectively, with Warner Horizon Television producing.
A few months later, executive producer Geoff Johns announced his involvement with the project, while also revealing that production on the TNT series pilot was set to start in 2015. You can view the tweet below:
@kyler416 We shoot the pilot next year!
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) December 8, 2014
Unfortunately for fans who were looking forward to the tv show, the project died in 2015. That was until 2017, when it was announced that, not only is the series coming back, but Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are now attached as producers! Fans theorized that this could imply a connection to the Arrowverse, though those theories didn’t last long as it was revealed that the series would not air on The CW. It was picked up by an upcoming new streaming service called DC Universe.
This brings us to the series that we know today. Titans is a superhero television series created by Greg Walker, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti. The current cast consists of Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Joshua Orpin, Savannah Welch, and Jay Lycurgo. The series is based on the Teen Titans comics, most notably writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez’s “New Teen Titans” comics and Geoff Johns Teen Titans run that started in 2003.
Walker: The idea was to take the, you know, Perez-Wolfman comics and really.. We live in a world where there has been 25-30 years of superhero movies since then. The world has changed. We wanted to put this in a really psychologically and emotionally grounded universe.
The tv show premiered on October 12, 2018. The first and second seasons were released on DC Universe; a third season has also been announced, which will be released on HBO Max. The series has already been renewed for a fourth season.
Production on Titans season 3 began on October 14, 2020, in Toronto and will wrap up in June. No premiere date has been set yet, though the season is expected to premiere in July.
Seasons 1 and 2 are now available to be watched on HBO Max in the United States and Netflix internationally.
The series follows the young superheroes of the eponymous team as they combat evil and other perils. Disbanded when the story begins, the series sees the team return when the original and new members reform the Titans. The team fights crime throughout various locations, including Detroit and San Francisco.
In the first season, Rachel comes to Dick for protection from dangerous forces pursuing her, which leads to them meeting and teaming up with Kory and Gar. The heroes eventually learn that Rachel is being targeted by her demon father Trigon, who seeks to enslave the world. The season also depicts Dick’s efforts to distance himself from his mentor and his Robin persona, while Kory struggles with a bout of amnesia that leaves her unaware of her true identity.
The second season focuses on the official reformation of the team as Dick leads a new team composed of Rachel, Gar, and Jason. The Titans’ return, however, leads to the reemergence of feared assassin Deathstroke, whose prior conflict with the original team caused their disbanding. As Deathstroke attempts to eliminate the heroes, the original Titans are forced to face him again, while other threats emerge from the malevolent Cadmus Laboratories and Kory’s sister Blackfire.
Titans Season 3 Production Status
The third season started production on the 13th of October, 2020, and is set to finish production on the 10th of June, 2021.
At the Titans DC FanDome panel in September, showrunner Greg Walker stated the following about Hank and Dawn’s relationship in season 3.
There’s been a change in the relationship between Hank and Dawn. They are now trying to be consciously uncoupled. How are they going to function as exes in this new world? They asked themselves a question at the end of Season 2. What if we give it another shot? I think Hank and Dawn are over. What about Hawk and Dove? We answered that question, uh, early on.
Donna Troy actress Conor Leslie was present at the panel, which raised some questions between fans and the host of the panel, Damian Holbrook from TVInsider. Naturally, Holbrook asked about her presence at the panel and what this could mean for Donna Troy.
Walker: Oh. I mean, a lot of times when someone’s being killed on the show, they don’t come back for the panel. It’s true but there are ways that we can kind of skirt the normal life and death rules, uh, you know, for those of us who are kinda more, you know, human-bound. So, we’ve got some exciting opportunities and stories ahead for Donna Troy and for Rachel and perhaps the whole underworld, we may, like, go into and see what it’s like as a transition stage.
Host: DC Comics loves the Lazarus Pit.
Croft: [chuckles] Yeah, they really do. They really do.
Walker: I have no comment about that.
Host: Okay, well, then I wanna ask, is the way Donna died going to affect how she might live?
Host: Okay, all right. I thought it was a very specific choice to kill her off that way.
Walker: Conor, what were you gonna say?
Red Hood was also talked about at the panel. You can view the quote below:
Walker: This season, we’re gonna bring up a new villain. It’s a villain, you know, if you watched the show, you know that Jason Todd’s had a rough run and he had a falling out with the Titans. And it didn’t end well. And even the Titans, as they reunited as a team, were absent one member at the end. Who rode away on a motorcycle. And had a fallout. And, you know, there’s that African proverb, if, um… something along the lines… You know, the child who is… not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth. And, um, that child comes back in the form of Red Hood.
Host: All right, Curran, how do you feel about that?
Walters: Yeah, I’m very excited obviously… and I feel some pressure, but I’m ready to take it on. A hundred percent, so… I’m very excited, I’ve been wanting this for a while now, so…
A month later, HBO Max revealed a special first look at Curran Walters’ Red Hood, who is set to appear in season 3 of the show. The suit is the first image seen of Jason Todd’s “Red Hood” persona, after his stint as the new Robin in seasons 1 and 2. This will be the first time the individual Red Hood costume has ever been seen in a live-action production. The costume was created by costume designer Laura Jean (“LJ”) Shannon.
A month after that, HBO Max revealed the new super-suit of Anna Diop’s Starfire. Created by costume designer Laura Jean Shannon, the suit follows the previously announced “Red Hood” costume reveal. With Diop playing the first-ever live-action Starfire, Shannon’s latest super-suit represents the first-ever physical suit created for the character.
It was announced in January that actress Savannah Welch will be playing Barbara Gordon on Titans. In Season 3, Gordon is the GCPD’s Commissioner and uses a wheelchair, because she was shot and paralyzed by the Joker. She has a combative relationship with Bruce Wayne. Her life gets more complicated when Dick returns to Gotham, rekindling their old romance and starting a new crime-fighting partnership.
Roughly a week after the Barbara Gordon report, we learned that The Batman actor Jay Lycurgo is going to play Tim Drake in Titans season 3. This announcement was made after several exclusive reports from The Vulcan Reporter about the character. We revealed back in August that a Teen Titans spin-off was in development, and that Tim Drake, who will be introduced in season 3, is set to lead the team.
HBO Max revealed on the 25th of February what the super-suit for of new highly anticipated character Blackfire (played by Damaris Lewis) looks like. This costume was also created by costume designer Laura Jean Shannon.
This announcement follows the previously revealed Starfire and Red Hood costumes. Lewis plays the first-ever live-action “Blackfire” and was introduced to fans at the end of season two. This is what Lewis had to say about the main antagonist of the season at DC FanDome:
Lewis: It’s funny you say that because the villain, you know… I think the villain is generally always my favorite character in a lot of movies because there’s a reason why, that they’re a villain. And I’m excited to see, especially what gets cooked up, uh, for our duality, I would say, especially like with Kory being of the same, I guess blood, or whatever we have on our planet. But with different abilities. So I think it’s going to be really interesting, seeing what happens. I think the good sister, bad sister relationship will have a microscope put on it, and it will start to reveal complexity that we didn’t know about.
Titans Season 3 Release Date
The Vulcan Reporter has learned that Titans Season 3 is currently planned to premiere on the 15th of July, 2021.
The show officially premiered on October 12, 2018. The first season comprised eleven episodes and each episode was released weekly on DC Universe until the season finale aired on December 21, 2018. Outside the United States, the first season became available for streaming via Netflix on January 11, 2019.
The second season premiered on September 6, 2019, and concluded on November 29, 2019, comprising 13 episodes. Outside the United States, the second season became available for streaming via Netflix on January 10, 2020.
The third season is currently targeting a July 15 premiere. The season consists of thirteen episodes, which you can view below:
- Episode 1: Barbara Gordon (Written by Richard Hatem & Geoff Johns, directed by Carol Banker)
- Episode 2: Red Hood (Written by Tom Pabst, directed by Carol Banker)
- Episode 3: Hank & Dove (Written by Jamie Gorenberg, directed by Millicent Shelton)
- Episode 4: Blackfire (Written by Stephanie Coggins, directed by Millicent Shelton)
- Episode 5: Lazarus (Written by Bryan Edward Hill, Directed by Boris Mojsovski)
- Episode 6: Lady Vic (Written by Joshua Levy & Prathi Srinivasan)
- Episode 7: 51 Percent (Written by Kate McCarthy)
- Episode 8: Home (Written by Richard Hatem, Directed by Larnell Stovall)
- Episode 9: Souls (Written by Tom Pabst, Directed by Boris Mojsovski)
- Episode 10: Troubled Water (Written by Melissa Brides, Directed by Larnell Stovall)
- Episode 11: The Call is Coming from Inside the House (Written by Stephanie Coggins)
- Episode 12: Prodigal (Written by Jamie Gorenberg & Bryan Edward Hill)
The first three episodes of the season are set to be released at the same time, on July 15. The other episodes will be released weekly, leading up to the season finale which will be released on September 30, 2021. HBO Max frequently uses this release schedule for their originals, as this is also how Doom Patrol season 2 was released.
While it is currently unknown when season 3 will be released on Netflix, a safe assumption would be somewhere in January 2022, based on when previous seasons were released on the platform.
UPDATE: The release date of Titans Season 3 has been delayed. Season 3 will now be premiering on the 12th of August, as we reported in May.