Titans Season 3 Updates: Season 3 of Titans saw the return of The Joker to DC television, but only from afar or abstractly – here’s why he wasn’t permitted to make a real appearance.
Story information that may have been huge shocks or comics-inspired surprises in Titans season 3 were made public in the lead-up to its HBO Max release. For openers, Jay Lycurgo will play Tim Drake (a.k.a. the third iteration of Robin) in his live-action debut, while Vincent Kartheiser will play Jonathan Crane (a.k.a. Scarecrow).
Since the news broke, fans have been wondering how true Jason Todd’s terrible fate will be to the original material. The answer was confirmed to be very with the official release of Titans season 3, episode 1, “Barbara Gordon.” Jason located The Joker’s position in the first few minutes of the film and, against Bruce Wayne’s (Iain Glen) orders to stand down, went on a solo mission to arrest him.
Fans of the Clown Prince of Crime looking for a new iconic (or controversial) take on the character was bound to be disappointed. Instead of a complete performance, audiences were treated to a slew of references to The Joker. The first episode of Titans season 3 came the closest to giving viewers a full view of Joker’s frightening face, thanks to a grotesque puppet designed to distract Jason.
Titans Season 3: Joker
The major reason for the pattern was DC Entertainment’s continuing worry about oversaturation, which fit with Titans season 3’s theme of dread. In recent years, The Flash has demonstrated that not only can TV and film versions of a superhero coexist in a satisfying manner, but that they can also cohabit in a unique way.
Regardless, while there has been some leeway in select situations, DC has mainly avoided bringing Batman and the Joker to the small screen. As a result, the assumption has remained that the film versions will seem more unique and that the individual series excursions will continue to be a box office attraction.
That’s why, in shows like Smallville, Batman was never included among the DC heroes. That’s also why the writers on Gotham had to skirt around formally referring to Jerome or Jeremiah Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) as The Joker.
The focus of Titans season 3 will be solely on the titular heroes, with an examination of the many scars that Batman and Joker have left behind.