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After months of waiting, fans finally got a good look at Robin and the other main heroes of Titans in action when the trailer dropped. But, some were surprised by the big F-bomb that came from that character in the spot. Now, though, how that moment relates to the comics has been revealed. According to former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, it has everything to do with a group of lost souls finding each other when they're at a difficult place in their journey. Here's what he had to say:
The trailer shows a piece of the tone of the show --- the show's not all that. But it does make you go, 'Why is he saying [Fuck Batman?]' If you look at when Robin first left Batman in the comics, there was a lot of uneasiness and him being lost. Titans is really a series about these different characters that are all lost in their lives; just like the greatest comic book Titans run ever, by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, it's about all these lost characters find[ing] one another. And they're all struggling with something, and Robin is clearly struggling with his past with Batman. And we'll learn a lot more about it and what that is and why he is the way he is.
In case you haven't watched the awesome trailer for Titans yet (which is a situation you really should remedy soon), the F-bomb in question happens right after Robin has taken on a gang of baddies in a dark alley one night. Before the fight begins, one of the criminals asks a waiting Robin, "Where's Batman?" and, after Robin easily beats all of their asses into nothing, he responds with a stern "Fuck Batman." So, yeah, Geoff Johns, who's serving as writer and executive producer on Titans, is clearly correct when he says that Robin is going to be going through some things with regards to his former mentor when we first meet him.
Some of this struggle with his past with Batman is likely going to explain why Robin has relocated to a new town and appears to now be a cop along with continuing his vigilante activities on the side. It seems like he figured that trying to fight crime from inside the system as well as outside of it is a better way to get things done.
In his talk with Polygon, Geoff Johns also noted that this team of misfits (which will also focus on Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven) will use each character as a way to take Titans into another genre, with Season 1 paying special attention to the supernatural and horror elements brought in by Raven's particular set of powers.