When the Titans trailer debuted during July’s San Diego Comic-Con, the one thing that everyone was talking about was Brenton Thwaites’ Robin uttering the phrase “F*** Batman” – however, the actor said that the line didn’t originally appear in the scene.
It turns out that the now-infamous line was “thrown in” in reshoots that took place after most of the season’s filming had been completed.
Thwaites told Entertainment Weekly, “We’d already shot that alley fight scene before, and there was no punch to it. There was no real exclamation mark. I think the producers wanted something that would kind of set the tone for the whole show.”
The actor believes that because the series is about the Titans, and not Batman, the line is entirely justified, “It’s a show that isn’t about Batman, and I think it’s important for people to know that and maybe not be disappointed that they’re not going to see Batman jumping from the ceiling and beating up a hundred guys, because it’s not Batman, it’s a story about the Titans, essentially. I feel like ‘F— Batman’ says that in two words.”
As well as setting the tone for the show, the line also shows the audience where Robin’s at when the series opens – because this Dick Grayson isn’t the balanced and stable character who is currently the comics’ Nightwing. Working as a detective and trying to distance himself from the violent life he lived with Batman, this Dick Grayson is lost and struggling with the darkness within him.
Executive producer Geoff Johns added, “It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that’s more violent than people are used to. It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that is struggling more than I think people are used to. […] It’s only by opening himself up to these new people, including [Raven] most of all, that he’s really gonna be able to start acknowledging [what his life with Batman did to him].”
Spin it however you like guys, no one is going to agree with “F*** Batman” – especially not when the Boy Wonder is the one saying it.
Titans premieres on DC Universe on October 12th.