DC Universe’s Titans: Batman cast as recurring character for season 2


A new Batman is in town. Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen will star as the Caped Crusader in the second season of the Titans.

Rejoice Titans fans! Batman is finally appearing on the show. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Iain Glen has been cast in the recurring role of Bruce Wayne for the second season of the DC Universe show.

Glen is another surprise choice for Titans, after Esai Morales was cast as Deathstroke. He has several decades of stage and screen experience under his belt, including appearing as Jorah Mormont on HBO’s Game of Thrones. It appears that Glen will play an older version of Bruce, perhaps allowing the showrunners to encapsulate some elements from Frank Miller’s legendary The Dark Knight Returns comic book.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 01: Iain Glen of the television show “Mrs Wilson” speaks during the PBS segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

It isn’t clear yet whether Glen will don Batman’s iconic suit since the character description shared by Deadline suggests the showrunners will focus more on Bruce Wayne rather than the Dark Knight:

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"“After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”"

We noted several times during our coverage of the first season of Titans that Batman’s absence hampered some of the show’s storytelling. Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne’s relationship in the comics is complex and long-standing, and while Bruce can work as a standalone character (as he has in recent DCEU films), Dick Grayson’s characterization feels incomplete without his mentor/ father figure.

The first season struggled to give its cast balanced screen time, which adds to the concern that Titans has too large a cast for its second season. Along with the Wilson family, Superboy has been added to the cast, while Jason Todd has been promoted to a series regular. Additionally, Minka Kelly shared an image of herself as Dawn Granger, meaning Hawk and Dove will also appear in the second season. Now we have Bruce Wayne as well.

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Since the second season of the show has already begun production for its fall release, this may be the last casting news for a while. Titans improved immeasurably over the course of its debut season, and with such a diverse cast of characters, fans can expect quite a spectacular return to form.