'Titans' season 2 star Esai Morales teases the reason behind Deathstroke's vendetta: 'It's personal, don't mess with a man's family'
From what we know so far, it seems the original line-up of the Titans was forced to break up after a tragedy caused by none other than season 2's main villain Slade Wilson/Deathstroke the Terminator, played by Esai Morales
The first season of 'Titans' brought together Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Koriand'r/Starfire (Anna Diop), Rachel Roth/Raven (Teagan Croft) and Garfield Logan/Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) to form a dark and edgy version of the Teen Titans. Now in the second season, we find out this is not the first time Dick has put together a team of crimefighters. In fact, they're not even the first team to be called the Titans.
Judging from the trailers released for the season, we will be seeing some more of the Titans' past in season 2 and learning what exactly happened to the original team that consisted Robin, Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker). There are hints that the original line-up of the Titans was forced to break up after a tragedy caused by none other than season 2's main villain Slade Wilson/Deathstroke the Terminator, played by Esai Morales.
Morales revealed in an interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) that the season will begin with Wilson living in a self-imposed exile. He is motivated to return to his violent ways by the news that the Titans have gotten back together and the actor hinted the heroes may have caused harm to Wilson's family, triggering his vendetta against them.
"He is in self-exile after the accident which almost killed his son Joseph," Morales explained. "And he happens to see the news report when they're just going into town for some provisions and that's where he sees young Jason Todd or Robin 2.0 or whatever you want to call him. I call him Dirty Bird," Morales laughed. "So yeah, when my character sees him on TV saying 'Titans are back, b*tches!' it triggers him and he can't believe he now has to go take care of this unfinished business."
"I don't want to give too much away but I will tell you this," Morales added. "For Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, it's personal. Because you don't mess with a man's family." All the evidence points to a major incident in the team's past that may have started this bloody vendetta and chances are Dick may have had a part to play in it. From the trailer, we already know Deathstroke has possibly killed at least one Titan and Morales's comments make it clear he would be more than willing to do it again. The way things are looking right now, it seems this season is going to be all about the sins of the past and how the new Titans will deal with the consequences of Dick's actions with his first team.
'Titans' Season 2 will be available for streaming exclusively on DC Universe starting Friday, September 6.