How Titans Explores Trauma With Hawk and Dove

Aaron Sagers Dec 9, 2018

Alan Ritchson told us about what motivates Hawk on Titans, and the importance of the themes explored in "Hank and Dawn."

This article contains spoilers for Titans episode 9.

DC Universe’s Titans has evolved into an enjoyable stand out in the crowded super-tv arena by balancing violence, dark tones, humor, and interesting character interactions. But as good as the show has become, the ninth episode of the first season takes the series in a shockingly mature direction with a raw, unsettling origin story of sexual violence that is rare for the genre.

The Hank Hall of Titans - aka Hawk and one-half of the Hawk and Dove vigilante duo with Dawn Granger – was introduced in the second episode as an alcoholic brawler, and poster boy for aggression and toxic masculinity. But “Hank and Dawn,” an episode set largely in flashbacks, reveals Hank (Alan Ritchson) was sexually abused
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