Titans Season 4: Release Date, Cast, And More For The Returning DC Comics Show

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If there is one superhero show that has outlasted its expiration date, it may be "Titans." After three seasons, it seems the gritty affair will indefinitely struggle to land its lofty ambitions in a satisfying way. Despite some great ideas and themes, I've found myself wanting a lot more out of the series by the time the credits roll in each season finale. But here we are, another season is well on its way and approaching quicker than ever (or at least it feels like it).

Judging by the recent trailer, "Titans" may just be finding its stride in balancing zany superhero stuff and a horror-tinged storyline. However, I know what promises are worth. Expectations aren't sky-high this time around, but there is a lot to be excited about in the upcoming season. From supernatural cults to the long-awaited introduction of Lex Luthor, "Titans" has a lot on its mind yet again and is not afraid to show it.

Watch the trailer for Titans season 4

To catch you up to speed, the previous season had the Titans face and eventually defeat Red Hood and Scarecrow (in that order) in Gotham City. The latter got his redemption, but does not appear to be in the next season. Thus, the team left to head back to San Francisco with a new crew member in tow: Tim Drake. It was not clear what was in store for the Titans, but we now know they'll be making a pretty drastic pit stop in another DC Comics location.

As the trailer reveals, the titular superhero team will be facing all-new villains on their trip to Metropolis. After being teased since the second season, Lex Luthor makes his debut in "Titans" in a particularly strange circumstance. The evil genius joins forces with the Cult of Blood, spearheaded by Mother Mayhem. Of course, Brother Blood is in the mix, but does not seem to have taken on his supervillain persona just yet. Plus, we get confirmation that Deathstroke will be returning after being killed in the second season (proving no one really dies even in the grittiest of superhero universes).

You don't have to take my word for it, either. Check out the official synopsis below:

Having saved Gotham, the Titans hit the road to head back to San Francisco. But after a stop in Metropolis, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a supernatural cult with powers unlike anything they've faced before.

Where and when you can watch Titans season 4

The former DC Universe original is no longer on that nonexistent platform, thankfully. After debuting on the streamer last year, "Titans" season 4 premieres on HBO Max on Thursday, November 3, 2022. It's not clear how many episodes will drop on the given date, however, there is a possibility we'll be getting a handful at once before reverting to a once-a-week basis. 

Another detail of the official announcement may complicate things — in a good or bad way, depending on your opinion of the long-running series. Unlike previous seasons, this one is officially referred to as "Part 1." The subtitle suggests the season could be separated into different installments, which means there will be a break in between certain episodes. This is odd, considering this will be the shortest season since the first. Season 4 will consist of 12 episodes according to "Titans" director Boris Mojsovski, one episode short of the typical number. But the plot alone may warrant the extended schedule, as it juggles several all-new villains and returning plotlines from previous seasons.

A bigger, better cast and crew

Among the new antagonists, Titus Welliver ("Bosch") will be playing Lex Luthor, while Franka Potente portrays Mother Mayhem, and "The Originals" star Joseph Morgan is set as Brother Blood, aka Sebastian Blood. The supporting cast also adds Lisa Ambalavanar ("The A List") as the villainous Jinx and James Scully ("YOU") as Bernard, a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs and potential love interest for Tim Drake. All are featured heavily in the trailer, but it remains unclear if they'll be showing up in other "parts" of season 4.

Meanwhile, the main cast sees the return of Brenton Thwaites as Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy (who finally sports a proper superhero costume), and Jay Lycurgo as Tim Drake. The return of Deathstroke raises questions abuut who is portraying him, as Esai Morales has not been officially announced yet. However, there is a possibility that Slade Wilson's daughter Rose (Chelsea Zhang) could make her return. Behind the scenes, Greg Walker returns as showrunner, and Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, and Geoff Johns remain executive producers after creating the show back in 2018.

"Titans" season 4 premieres November 3, 2022, on HBO Max.