“Tensions are running high at Titans Tower after their most recent encounter with Deathstroke. Kory attempts to learn more about Conner Kent, and Rose tries to help Jason cope with his near-death experience, while the old Titans keep getting mysterious reminders of a past they’d rather forget. As Dick sets out alone to track down Deathstroke, a familiar voice begins to haunt him – taunting him and attempting to guide him back to being the leader the Titans need. With all the strange ongoing happenings and Dick’s continuing to keep the team in the dark, both Jason and the Titans reach a potential breaking point.” – TITANS season 2, episode 7 ‘Bruce Wayne’ Synopsis
This is a non-spoiler review for the seventh episode of TITANS Season 2 ‘Bruce Wayne’. Check out our spoiler review on our YouTube channel HERE or catch up with our review of the sixth episode, ‘Conner’, HERE.
‘Bruce Wayne’ covers Dick Grayson’s mental stability after the rescue of Jason by Conner in the last episode. We see him with a conscience on the edge of his shoulder, but instead of Jiminy Cricket, he gets Bruce Wayne. Honestly this showcases the backstory behind the “F*ck Batman” quote in the very first trailer for TITANS. Dick feels like Bruce Wayne is antagonistic towards him. Always putting him down, even though Dick has had success. Batman haunts Dick Grayson, and it shows.
It is highly impressive how much Iain Glen changes the typical perspective of Batman. A typical stoic man, in this case Bruce Wayne is highly energetic in this episode, almost to the point of insanity. It’s a take on an iconic character that almost doesn’t seem passable, but in this case works brilliantly. Iain Glen rocks this episode’s socks off with the portrayal.
As for the rest of ‘Bruce Wayne’, the cast works well. Kori speaks Kryptonian which is highly impressive. She continues to be the mom of the group, and it’s great. Dick seems to be going off the rails, but Brenton Thwaites carries the performance to a T. This is most definitively a highlight episode. The only regret this episode carries, as well as previous episodes is the lack of development into Raven and Gar. But that is a hazard when carrying such a large cast.
The second season of Titans is streaming on the DC Universe app now. Season 2, Episode 8 ‘Jericho’ will be available on the application October 25th at 9 am EST.
The show stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Chelsea Zhang as Rose Wilson/Ravager and Esai Morales as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.