The third season of Titans is nearly upon us, and HBO Max have released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming season. It features Jason Todd (Curran Walters) walking through an abandoned amusement park and encountering a corpse with a distinctive grotesque grin on its face. We then hear a sinister cackle and later see a shadowy figure beating someone (possibly Todd) with a crowbar. This does seem to be a reference to the Death in the Family storyline from the comics, which found the Joker kidnapping, torturing, and then killing Jason Todd.
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We already know that Jason Todd will be taking on the mantle of Red Hood in Titans season 3 as he seeks revenge against his former teammates. “In terms of Jason Todd relationship’s the Titans, his heart was broken by the Titans in season 2,” showrunner Greg Walker told Entertainment Weekly. “There is a real clear departure when they see him last. He’s not part of the Titans. He’s been cast away. And this notion of, ‘Be careful who you cast away because they will come back to haunt you,’ comes true on our show. And I think if he had to talk to the Titans as if they were real people, I don’t think they handled themselves well in terms of Jason’s breakdown and Jason’s torturing at the hands of Deathstroke and betrayal by Rose, the woman he loved. If you’ve been trained to be a warrior by Batman, you’re necessarily over-trained in violence and under-trained in emotional connection. And so when this emotional tsunami hit him, the Titans didn’t step up in a way to help him out of it and that plays out this season, the consequences of that.“
The first three episodes of Titans season 3 will premiere on HBO Max on August 12, 2021, with subsequent episodes dropping weekly every Thursday.