The Season 1 finale of Titans ended with mind games galore.
[Please be advised this post contains spoilers for Titans Season 1 Episode 11: Dick Grayson]
Continuing from last week’s episode, the situation with Rachel and her parents has Dick in a mind daze. In this reality, he’s married to Dawn and they have a son, John, with a second child on the way.
Gar and Rachel are now college students and surrogate siblings for young John. When Jason arrives at the Grayson house in a wheelchair, things go from bad to worse. He tells his adoptive brother he was paralysed by The Riddler, who now shoots people.
Jason reveals Bruce has gone psycho. Commissioner Gordon has been murdered, and his daughter, Barbara, is missing. Even Alfred is dead. Something in Bruce has snapped, and he’s going on a murder spree.
Dick is reluctant to leave his family, but Dawn convinces him to help his adoptive father. Arriving in Gotham, Dick stumbles across a murder scene where Joker is lying face down on a car. A detective approaches Dick asking why he’s at his crime scene. Grayson explains he’s a detective with the LAPD. They conclude Batman is responsible and not in his right mind. When Joker’s body suddenly moves, Dick heads to Wayne Mayor for answers.
When the Bat Won’t Come Quietly
Dick unsuccessfully tries to coax Bruce out of hiding. After this, he then heads to the hospital. He runs into Kory, who is a Federal Agent in this mind-warping reality.
Alarms sound and Dick hurries to the Joker’s room where he finds the villain with a Batarang protruding from his chest. Batman looms over him, still not in his right mind.
Dick rings home and tells Dawn Bruce killed Joker to spite him. He then hears Hank’s voice on the other end. Pissed, he takes his anger out on his wife. Dawn pulls him up on it. She tells him Hank offered to help paint the nursery.
Arkham Mind Tricks
At Arkham, Dick finds the FBI there, the place in a state of chaos. Inmates lay slain in their cells and staff are dead or injured. Batman has struck again and has officially become unhinged. Kory explains Bruce didn’t stop at Joker or the o
At Arkham, Dick finds the FBI on standby and the place in a state of chaos. Inmates lay slain in their cells, and staff are dead or injured.
Batman has struck again and has officially become unhinged. Kory explains Bruce didn’t stop at Joker or the other inmates. She continues explaining that the warden was found inside his office disfigured. Kory finishes and says Bruce needs to be stopped.
With no other options, Dick rats Bruce out to the police. Wanting to help bring his adoptive father in, he tries to get him to surrender but this attempt fails.
Bruce comes up against Kory who attempts to use her powers on him.
After seeing Kory get cut down, Dick has no choices left and decides to take matters into his own hands.
Finding Bruce under rubble, Dick gives him a talking to before he steps so hard on his mentor’s throat that he kills him.
After he kills Bruce, the reality around Dick changes back to the present. Trigon tells his daughter Dick chose to embrace the darkness.
So, what do we learn?
- The Gordons exist.
- The Joker, and Riddler are in Arkham Asylum.
- Superboy and Krypto are coming.
- Superman, Barbara, and Alfred believe Dick is the true Robin.
- Batman doesn’t talk.
- Dick and Hank still have animosity towards each other.
- Dick still loves Dawn.
- Jason suffers the same fate Barbara does in the comics, but his assailant is Riddler instead of Joker. This only occurs in the fake reality
- In the fake reality, Dick and Dawn’s son’s name is John. He was named after Dick’s late father. Also, in the comics, Dick has a son with Barbara named John.
Titans returns to DC Universe sometime in 2019.