‘Titans’ Red Hood Spin-Off Series in the Works at HBO Max

‘Titans’ Red Hood Spin-Off Series in the Works at HBO Max

The HBO Max streaming service is developing a Red Hood solo series, this show is supposed to be a spin-off of Titans. Red Hood is what the character of Jason Todd (played by actor Curran Walters) becomes in the third season of Titans.

Topics:

  • Who is Red Hood?
  • A Live-Action Red Hood Television Series?
  • What Other Characters Could Appear In The Red Hood Show?
  • Is Titans Canceled In Favor of the Red Hood Series?
  • Are We Getting Any Other Titans Spin-Off Shows?

Who is Red Hood?

Jason Todd DC Comics

Jason Todd is the second character to assume the role of Robin, and the second character to take up the Red Hood alias. First appearing in DC Comics’ Batman #357 (March 1983), Jason Todd is generally depicted as an orphaned street delinquent, whom Batman attempts to reform and mentors rigorously. The character was not well received by fans following the revamping of his origin in Batman #408–409. This negative reception led to DC Comics killing the character off at the hands of the Joker, Batman’s nemesis. Jason Todd was resurrected in 2005’s “Under the Hood” story arc and became the new Red Hood, an antihero with a willingness to use lethal force and weapons. Since his return, he operates as the Red Hood in current DC Comics continuity.

Curran Walters made his hit debut as Titans’ Jason Todd in the fifth episode of the first season. While Walters joined the production as a guest star, he was quickly upped to a series regular in the second season of the series. Walters has been playing the character for two seasons now, with it having been confirmed that Jason Todd will be taking on the mantle of Red Hood in the third season of Titans. Our last look at the ex-Robin in season 2 features Jason Todd paying respects to his former teammate Donna Troy, who passed away in an attempt to prevent a damaged transmission tower from landing on civilians. Jason soon leaves the airport, implying that he has given up on being Robin and a Titan.


A Live-Action Red Hood Television Series?

While this announcement might be very exciting news for Titans fans, it should not be that surprising. In an interview with ComicBook.com’s Chris Killian, Curran Walters states he is ready and willing to play Jason Todd in a spin-off about the Red Hood:

Yeah, I mean, that would be pretty cool. I mean, it all depends on what the team thinks and where the Titans writers decide to go so. It’d be cool if we even got to the storyline on Titans someday. We’ll definitely see.

The actor has also teased the characters of Red Hood, The Joker, and his crowbar, multiple times. You can view one of these teases below:

Back in 2018, Walters actually wore a jacket with a Red Hood design. I was not able to find the source of the video, though you can still watch it below:


What Other Characters Could Appear In The Red Hood Show?

The potential series is currently titled “Red Hood.” While that might be the case, the series could still feature the other outlaws from “Red Hood and The Outlaws.”

In the comics, Red Hood, Starfire, and Arsenal formed the Outlaws, a group of underrated heroes who use their powers, skills, and weaponry to fight against evil. The team changed members through times with Jason Todd staying as the core-member and team leader. Jason Todd and Roy Harper were briefly joined by the Joker’s Daughter, who ultimately betrayed the team. Recently, Arsenal left the team, which lead to Jason Todd joining forces with Artemis, an Amazon, and Bizarro, an attempted clone of Superman.

These are some characters that could appear in the spin-off show:

  • Rose Wilson (played by Chelsea Zhang) was introduced in the second season of Titans and set up as a potential love interest for Jason Todd. Rose Wilson is the daughter of Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) and the half-sister of Jericho. With her father’s training, Rose became a skilled assassin. She donned a supersuit, similar to Slade’s, and took on the name Ravager.
  • We also finally got to see Batman in season 2. Bruce Wayne (played by Iain Glen) is the billionaire philanthropist alter-ego of the vigilante Batman. This version of Bruce Wayne has already gone through several Robins including Dick Grayson and Jason Todd, with Tim Drake being next, in the third season of Titans.
  • Season 3 is also set to introduce Barbara Gordon. When we meet Barbara in season 3, the former Batgirl will be serving as the commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department (like father, like daughter). Although she has a past relationship with Dick Grayson, she is wary of the Titans now being in Gotham.
  • Scarecrow is another character that will be introduced in the next season. The fear-toxin-loving Scarecrow, a.k.a. Dr. Jonathan Crane, is an inmate at Arkham Asylum, who moonlights as a profiler for the GCPD.

Is Titans Canceled In Favor of the Red Hood Series?

No, Titans is not ending anytime soon. The series has actually already been renewed for a fourth season! The Red Hood show is supposed to be a spin-off that airs alongside Titans, kind of like Doom Patrol.

Red Hood actually has a big role in season 3. He is set to be the main antagonist of the first half of the season. The process of Jason Todd’s transformation into Red Hood is still being kept under wraps, though I have learned that the Joker is involved in the process, unlike what was previously speculated by fans.

 Jason Todd Red Hood DC's Titans

It’s currently also unclear how Jason Todd’s journey as Red Hood will continue from Titans to his own solo series. It is likely that the gun-swinging vigilante gets incapacitated in some way on Titans, only to return around a year later in his own spin-off show. The DC Universe series writers have always tried their best to have their shows take place in the modern-day. The Red Hood series will still need to go through production before it can be released on HBO Max. Due to this, you should not expect the Red Hood show to air (or take place) right after Titans season 3. That is also why I suggested the possibility of a year-long time jump between Titans season 3 and the Red Hood series.


Are We Getting Any Other Titans Spin-Off Shows?

While the Teen Titans spin-off series that I scooped months ago was originally in development at DC Universe, the project has since moved to HBO Max together with Titans and the rest of the DC Universe original series library. If fans react well to Tim Drake in the third season of Titans, Tim will get to lead a new team of younger heroes in his own spin-off series on HBO Max.

Teen Titans DC Comics

Additionally, I’ve heard some interesting things about an anthology series being in development. This anthology series would take place in the same universe as Titans. It would follow certain Titans on their journeys that took place between seasons of Titans. Examples of episodes this anthology series could feature are; an episode dedicated to what Donna and Kory were up to between seasons 1 and 2, and an episode following Jason Todd’s journey as Robin before he met Dick in the fifth episode of the first season of Titans.

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, Chelsea Zhang, and Joshua Orpin. Production on the third season began on October 14, 2020, in Toronto and will wrap up next June. No premiere date has been set.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Titans are now available to be watched on HBO Max in the United States and Netflix internationally.