Warning! Spoilers ahead for Titans Season 3, Episode 12, “Prodigal”.
From HBO Titans season 3 finally sees Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) getting a new animal transformation, and ends up recreating a classic Batman villain in the process. While Gar Logan is still struggling to control his transformations (beyond turning into a tiger), a traumatic scene triggers a new transformation in season 3, episode 12, when Beast Boy and Raven are trying to help Nightwing. Also, because the Titans have been operating in Gotham for most of the season, Gar’s transformation makes perfect sense.
With Bruce Wayne having left Gotham in the wake of Jason Todd’s death and the Dark Knight’s own assassination of the Joker (Robin’s former killer), Dick Grayson brought the Titans to Gotham to serve as his new protectors. However, the Scarecrow had resurrected Jason, ushering in Todd’s transformation into the darkest and most corrupt Red Hood when his plans for a Gotham takeover began. During that time, Beast Boy’s limited ability to transform into animals It has been something that he has been struggling with while helping the Titans, as he has only been able to turn into a tiger when commanded.
Nevertheless, Titans In Season 3, Episode 12, Beast Boy and Raven find Nightwing after his most recent battle with Red Hood. Having decided to go alone, Dick Grayson ended up being killed by Little Red Riding Hood. Todd also had the support of the citizens of Gotham, as he and Scarcrow had contaminated the city’s water supply with fear chemicals while also controlling the public narrative for make Red Hood appear to be the hero and the criminals of the Titans. Upon finding Nightwing dead, the traumatic scene triggered a transformation within Beast Boy that saw him turn into a bat. However, half the process saw him looking very much like the Man-Bat of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a classic Batman villain turned into a monstrous man-bat.
Kirk Langstrom, one of the Dark Knight’s most tragic villains, was trying to create a cure for deafness using bat DNA, hoping to unlock his echolocation ability. However, the experimental tests he did on himself resulted in his transformations into the Man-Bat. As such, it’s quite fitting that Beast Boy resembles Langstrom (even if it was only for a moment) when he became a complete bat in Gotham City.
By joining the cloud of bats that had formed in response to Gar’s transformation, Beast Boy was apparently able to direct the nocturnal creatures into his new form. Guiding the bats to pick up Grayson’s body and carry it to the Well of Lazarus that he and Raven had found, they hoped that he would resurrect Nightwing just as he had with Little Red Riding Hood. While Beast Boy eventually transformed back to his normal human form, it will be interesting to see if turning into a bat will be a new animal form that he can now harness as Titans continues, or if it was a unique transformation in response to the pain of seeing Nightwing dead in this particular episode. Either way, Beast Boy The recreation of one of Batman’s classic enemies makes for a pretty fun Easter egg anyway.
Titans releases new episodes Thursdays on HBO Max.
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