When Barbara Gordon first ends up in Titans season 3, she’ll have a decidedly anti-superhero stance. The live-action Teen Titans series is finally coming to the conclusion of its longer-than-expected hiatus, season 2 having come to an end in November 2019. Titans was expected to return last year, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed production. Now, season 3 will probably arrive on HBO Max (rather than original service DC Universe) on August 12, and it is going to bring the titular group, headed by recently named Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites), to a brand-new location: Gotham City.
Titans Season 3 is poised to introduce numerous new personalities, starting with Barbara Gordon. Savannah Welch was cast as Barbara in January, and a couple of details about her role were shown at the moment. To begin with, this version of Barbara has already been Batgirl, although her tenure ended when she had been paralyzed from the Joker. Now she’s the Gotham City Police Commissioner, and she’s got a background with Dick Grayson. Fans got his first appearance at Barbara on Thursday morning, and that came fresh teases about Titans’ iteration of their character.
Titans showrunner Greg Walker spoke to EW about highly-expected newcomers Barbara and Jonathan Crane (Vincent Kartheiser), previewing both of the debuts. If it comes to Barbara, Walker revealed she has a very interesting take on superheroes, which stems from Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen) and her dad Jim Gordon. As Walker said:
“Barbara is going to be conflicted by Dick’s arrival. Barbara’s feeling is that the heritage of Bruce and Jim has been this idea that she believes is antiquated and inefficient: the God syndrome, meaning superheroes make the scenario where they’re the heroes. They fall in on a circumstance, fix it, and then they depart. And she believes that disempowers people from solving their particular problems and the people of Gotham need to determine how to solve their problems rather than be passive victims waiting for a superhero to save the day.”
Barbara and Dick are set to team up in Titans season 3, although their venture (and rekindled romantic relationship) is certain to be complex by Dick’s newfound role as Nightwing. He is very much a superhero, while she disapproves of this idea. Seeing as this Barbara was once Batgirl, it’ll be interesting to see what made her view change. Based on Walker’s remarks, it could be that Barbara grew frustrated with constantly needing to rescue people when they could have maybe aided themselves.
The concept that superheroes disempower regular people is not a new person, having been increased by more than a few critics over the years. That a comic book show like Titans intends to tackle this head-on will give season 3 a unique perspective. As epic as they are, do superheroes help people? Barbara and Dick’s differing opinions could make for quite the lively debate, and enthusiasts will likely have their own opinions also. As for whether Barbara might change her thoughts on superheroes by the conclusion of the season, fans will just have to wait and see. Maybe working together with the Titans provides her a new perspective.