The second season of the popular DC Comics TV show Titans is nearly here. Titans is based on the Teen Titans group, which includes Robin and a group of other young superheroes and sidekicks (in this instance Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy) teaming up to fight crime. 

Titans is a grim 'n' gritty take on the material (arguably better known for its light-hearted cartoons), and was the debut original show for DC Universe - the company's dedicated streaming platform. The second season will be airing on DC Universe, which unfortunately is currently only available in the US at the moment. 

But there is a way to watch Titans in the UK and the rest of the world, and it's even possible to watch Titans without a DC Universe subscription in the US. Here's how, along with all the news, casting info, and trailers for the show so far.

When does Titans premiere?

Titans season 2 will launch in the US on 6 September on the DC Universe streaming platform, which costs $7.99 per month, and also includes a selection of classic DC TV shows and films along with digital comics and bonuses like store discounts and special giveaways.

You can't get DC Universe outside of the US, but don't worry: Netflix has the global rights to Titans outside the US (and China) so as long as you have a Netflix subscription you can still watch it if you're not American. The only thing we don't know is when the show will air. However, season 1 of Titans first dropped on Netflix UK in December, so we'll likely see season 2 come out around a similar time. 

If you're worried about waiting and want to be sure to watch the show immediately, but you're not in the US, check out our guide to accessing DC Universe from outside the US.

How many episodes are there?

The first season of Titans will include 13 episodes, each of which will release weekly on DC Universe, rather than the whole season arriving at once.

What is Titans season 2 about?

Spoilers for Titans season 1

The season 1 finale of Titans left us on a cliffhanger when Dick Grayson/Robin was shown to be completely under Trigon's control after putting him through a series of hallucinations. No doubt that the second season will pick up here, and we'll probably learn more about the backstory of Trigon. 

According to the latest trailers for Titans season 2, it looks like we'll be seeing a big expansion to the current team - see below for full details. We'll also be getting a brand new villain in the form of Deathstroke - a DC fan favourite. 

Watch the trailers

There have been three trailers for the show. First up, here's the teaser trailer, revealed on 6 August. 

Then there's the first look trailer, put out by DC on 8 August.

Finally, here's the full trailer from DC, which debuted on 27 August. 

Who's in the cast?

The main cast from the first season will be making a return: Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Teagan Croft as Raven, Anna Diop as Starfire, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy and both Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove. We'll also be seeing the return of Curran Walters as Jason Todd, Conor Leslie as Donna Troy and Seamus Dever as Trigon.

In terms of new faces, we'll be seeing Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne, Joshua Orpin as Superboy and Drew Van Acker as Aqualad. Finally, we'll be seeing Esai Morales as Deathstroke, along with his children - Chella Man as Jericho and Chelsea Zang as Ravager.  

How to watch Titans without DC Universe

If you're in the US you might want to watch Titans season 2 but balk at the $7.99 monthly fee - which you'll have to pay for three full months if you want to watch the full show as it airs. The good news is that you can watch Titans without a DC Universe subscription - you'll just need a VPN and a Netflix account.

Since Netflix is distributing the show outside the US, anyone with a Netflix account can watch it - though you'll have to wait a bit, as it hasn't reached Netflix just yet. You just need to use a VPN and set the server to a country that has the show on Netflix - you might as well use the UK - and then you can access UK Netflix and watch Titans without paying extra for DC Universe.

Check out our guide to the best VPNs for streaming video if you want a VPN recommendation - or just go straight to NordVPN, currently our top choice.

Note that while this isn't illegal, it is against Netflix's terms and conditions, and so the company technically could revoke your account - but it's very unlikely to. Proceed at your own risk.