Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed a first look at Vincent Kartheiser as Scarecrow and Savannah Welch as Oracle. in Titans season 3. When the HBO Max superteam drama returns on Aug. 12, the Mad Men alum checks in the fear-toxin-loving Batman rogue who now moonlights for the Gotham City Police Department while incarcerated in Arkham Asylum.
While talking to EW about the third season, showrunner Greg Walker said the following regarding Scarecrow:
Think Hannibal Lecter. He’s been given the opportunity to opine on ways to stop villains, and a villain breaks out in Gotham and it draws [Dick Grayson] to work with him. So much of our show is about becoming a family and the fears that people have as they grow older and get older. Crane seems to be, in many ways, a perfect villain in that he exploits fear. The human mind and heart becomes the battlefield. This is someone who’s working off your feelings, and your emotions, and that’s where we want to live. This is a learned psychologist who understands the human mind but also has a deep, dark vendetta to destroy people in a way that you need to be able to manifest as an actor – to find the broken and the mania. And [Kartheiser] handles both very well.
Crane’s introduction into the world of Titans arrives as the titular squad of young capes, led by Dick, a.k.a. Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites), relocates from San Francisco to Gotham City. When Dick returns to his bedeviled hometown, he rekindles his romance – and strikes up a new partnership – with Barbara Gordon (Savannah Welch), Batgirl-turned-GCPD Commissioner. Teaming up forces the couple to reckon with Batman and Jim Gordon’s messy crime-fighting legacy and hopefully find a better way of protecting the city. Check out the first look at Scarecrow below.
When talking about Barbara Gordon in Titans season 3, this is what Walker had to say:
In our story with Dick returning to Gotham – and Gotham is a huge character this season – it’s about sons and daughters, [and] stepping into the shadow of your parents. Barbara is going to be conflicted by Dick’s arrival. Barbara’s feeling is that the legacy of Bruce and Jim has been this idea that she thinks is antiquated and inefficient: the God syndrome, meaning that superheroes create the situation where they’re the heroes. They drop in on a situation, solve it, and then they leave. And she feels that basically disempowers people from solving their own problems and that the people of Gotham need to figure out how to solve their own problems and not be passive victims waiting for a superhero to save the day.
Walker also briefly talked about Nightwing and his role this season:
Gotham brings out leadership qualities that [Dick] has to assess to see whether they’re his own – true Nightwing – or are they patterns [inherited from] a father who he needs to differentiate himself from? The diversity of our cast and the diversity of our characters really comes into play in the end, about how we’re able to conquer what seems to be the unconquerable.
Titans hails from showrunner Greg Walker and producers 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, Damaris Lewis, Jay Lycurgo, Savannah Welch, and Vincent Kartheiser.
The series has already been renewed for a fourth season. Production on Titans season 3 began on October 14, 2020 and ended on the 17th of June. The Vulcan Reporter has exclusively revealed that the upcoming third season is currently planned to premiere on the 12th of August on HBO Max.
A Teen Titans spin-off series is currently in development. Tim Drake actor Jay Lycurgo is expected to lead the spinoff, with other members including Raven actress Teagan Croft, Beast Boy actor Ryan Potter, and Superboy actor Joshua Orpin. In addition to the Teen Titans spinoff, a Red Hood series is also in development at HBO Max, with Titans’ Curran Walters being expected to reprise his role as Jason Todd/Red Hood in the spinoff.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Titans are now available to be watched on HBO Max in the United States and Netflix internationally.