Report: Titans Renewed Early For Season 4 At HBO Max While Season 3 Still Filming
Since the debut of the DC Universe streaming service, the live-action series based on the Teen Titans characters was the flagship title. They’ve had more success with Doom Patrol and the Harley Quinn animated series, yet this R-rated, hyper-violent superhero show clearly means something to the producers and the company. So, that’s why we’re taking a new report that Titans will be renewed for season 4 at HBO Max seriously. It does deserve a grain of salt, however, because it’s possibly Warner Bros. and HBO Max aren’t even sure about it yet. The third season of Titans is only about halfway through production. Like many projects, it ended up delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Yet, as DC Universe’s streaming service is phased out in favor of HBO Max, essentially all of the original series found new life on HBO Max. Save for Stargirl, who is going to the CW.
Still, we know from DC FanDome that Titans is continuing to expand its corner of the DC multiverse. They announced that Curran Walters’ Jason Todd will adopt the Red Hood identity, and there has been talk of a spinoff for that character since his first appearance. We also know that other members of the Bat-family are making their debut as well. Also, as we mentioned in our report about Warner Bros. 2021 film slate debuting on HBO Max, the streaming service needs new content that will entice subscribers to it, even those who just opt for HBO proper. So, while it could be a signal that HBO Max is in the Titans business for real, it also might signal the end for this particular series.
Let’s dig into this rumor, and see how Titans being renewed for season 4 so early could be either good for the show or very bad.
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One thing that Titans has going for it that fits in with the HBO model is that it is not at all like the Arrowverse. There are very few costumes, few standalone episodes, and the characters swear with abandon. Thanks to films like Joker and series like Doom Patrol, audiences proved they would show up for these not-so-family-friendly projects. However, like Arrow, Titans could be the perennial launchpad for the Next Big Thing™ in DC Comics television. They could spin off the Red Hood, Superboy, Deathstroke, and any number of characters who appear in the series. It can be an incubator for talent and characters to create HBO Max’s own shared universe of DC stories. (Technically, Doom Patrol is a Titans spinoff as well.)
Of course, HBO Max reportedly has an entire slate of new series and DC projects not aligned with Titans. There is the series of Greg Berlanti-produced shows supposedly coming to the network. There is also J.J. Abrams’ Justice League Dark and Rose & Thorn coming to the streamer. In short, they are not necessarily hurting for options when it comes to exclusive superhero stories. So, there may be another reason for the early renewal.
After the finale of 12 Monkeys’ second season, fans waited for news that the show would continue. Eventually a report broke that the series would run TWO MORE seasons. However, this was so the show could gracefully end and tell a complete story. This could perhaps be the strategy here. If Fandomwire.com is right and Titans is renewed for season 4 this early, it could be so that the storytellers can finish their up their stories. Either way, fans can look forward to at least two more seasons of this very enjoyable show.
Titans season 3 premieres on HBO Max sometime in 2021
What do you think? Do you think Titans is renewed early for season 4? Do you think it means HBO Max likes the show or is giving it a graceful exit? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories in the comments below.
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