One thing always leads to another and with the possible reveal of Danny Chase in the third season of Titans, we explore how that could lead to a live-action Red Hood.
Last week, we broke down a casting call for Season 3 of Titans. To recap, they were looking for a South East Asian actor aged 18 or older, to play a 16-17 year old named Daniel. The casting call describes this character as a youth who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but never lost his belief in heroism. His laid-back persona is balanced by a near genius intellect. He has innate detective skills with a perception of detail that is way beyond his years. Despite his rough upbringing, he’s motivated by the opportunity to do good in the world instead of dwelling in the pain and tragedy.
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This character would start out as a guest star, with either a 7 or 13 episode option for future seasons of the DC Universe tentpole.
Although the character description does not match Danny Chase AKA Phantasm’s description perfectly, it’s quite plausible that the writers are retooling nobody’s favorite Titan, in order to make him more palatable. He falls more in line with the character description more than any other noteworthy Titan from the source material. If Danny Chase is coming to Titans, it could mean that Jason Todd’s evolution into fan favorite character Red Hood is imminent, or at least in the long term plans.
TITANS HAS ALL THE PIECES IN PLACE
Much like Daniel Chase, Jason Todd received more than his fair share of hate from fans. The DC lover’s distaste for Robin 2.0 was so strong that when DC opened a call-in poll to determine the fate of Mr. Todd, the fans actually opted to have Jason killed. Joker beat him to death with a crowbar. Years later in the beloved “Under The Red Hood” arc, Jason Todd returned from the dead as a violent anti-hero, who no longer cared about Batman’s precious rule against taking lives.
As a promotional stunt, DC Universe actually setup a similar poll during Titans Season 2’s syndication. Episode 5, “Deathstroke.” left audiences on a cliffhanger as Jason Todd plummeted off of a skyscraper to a seemingly certain doom. Once again, fans of the second Boy Wonder were able to cast their vote as to whether he should live or die. Unsurprisingly, Jason Todd lived to fight another day, although he walked close to death once more not shortly afterwards.
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In “Bruce Wayne,” the seventh episode of Season 2, we see Jason experiencing some very intense PTSD. When the other Titans turn on him, blaming him for a series of strange occurrences around the tower, his mental state deteriorates nearly to it’s breaking point. In one of the most emotionally resonant scenes of the series, Jason stands on the edge of the roof and seriously contemplates suicide. Dick Grayson is ultimately able to talk him down, but it’s obvious that Jason wasn’t quite the same afterwards.
So Jason Todd has come close to death twice already, and DC has repurposed the very same poll that was used before his demise in A Death In The Family. Joker exists in the Titans universe (Earth-9) and the actor who plays Todd tweeted the image below back in July of 2019. The stars were already beginning to align, and the addition of Daniel Chase to the Titans canon may just be the final piece of the puzzle.
[Click on Page 2 BELOW to find out How Daniel Chase fits Into Red Hood’s storyline.]