Titans’ Dawn Of The Dead Nod brings DC zombies into live action

Warning: SPOILERS for Titans Season 4.DC Zombies made their live-action debut in Titans Season 4 Episode 4, “Super Super Mart” which contains multiple references Dawn of the Dead. The Super Super Mart in the episode title refers to the mall in Dawn of the Dead where the characters barricade themselves inside to survive the onset of a zombie apocalypse. Zombies have appeared in DC stories before, including the DCeased series of comics, but bringing them into live action is a pleasant addition to the Titans Universe. referencing Dawn of the Dead In particular, it also allows for a playful comparison between the different approaches to a group of heroes fighting a horde of zombies.


Titans In Season 4 Episode 4, the characters return to the Agnews Asylum that burned down in Season 1, only to find that it has been converted into a Super Super Mart. As Mother Mayhem investigates the lower levels, she summons an army of zombies from inside the mall, including a revived zombie Deathstroke after his death in season 2. Forced to fight their way out while protecting Sebastian, the Titans give up it a lot Dawn of the Dead Easter eggs thrown in as an encore. This scene opens up many opportunities for other DC characters to appear in zombie form, and it also allows for it Titans to distinguish itself from the film to which it refers.

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How the Church of Blood zombies compare to DOTD

Dawn of the Dead

The zombies in Titans Season 4 Episode 4 have some similarities to those seen in Dawn of the Dead. Both center around a mall where the characters must fight for their lives, and the only way to permanently take them down is to aim for the head. This leads to one of the biggest Dawn of the Dead References where Raven uses a chainsaw to decapitate one of the attacking zombies.

However, there are a few differences between Titans‘ Zombies versus Dawn of the Dead. The zombies shown in Titans are the result of dark magic, but in Dawn of the Dead, the outbreak is caused by a mysterious plague of unknown origin. Mother Mayhem also summons the zombies out of the mall as the zombies go inside Dawn of the Dead try to approach people from the outside. The zombies in Titans are also the ones who gear up and take up arms, which is the opposite of most zombie movies. Finally, while the head is still the weak link, Titans‘ Zombies can put their heads back on, which is what Deathstroke does when fighting Superboy.

DC Zombies make Titans Season 4 even wilder

Zombie Deathstroke in Titans Season 4

Titans has explored some pretty wild concepts in previous seasons, but the introduction of DC zombies takes the show to the next level. Mother Mayhem and the Church of Blood can now summon an army of the dead and even bring back the Titans’ deceased enemies. Now it remains to be seen which villains will return, or if the titans will be forced to fight their dead friends as revived zombies. This could entail further references dawn of the dead, or other popular zombie franchises.

All of this also raises the question of what other supernatural elements will appear in as well Titans Season 4. There has already been an abundance of dark magic, possession and even death from blood snakes. With all that they have at their disposal, there’s no telling what horror Mother Mayhem and the Church of Blood will unleash next. Now that the red moon has appeared and Mother Mayhem’s plan is in place, it looks like the Titans will find out soon enough.

New episodes of Titans Premieres Thursdays on HBO Max.

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