The fourth season of Titans it seems to bet everything on the supernatural. From Lex Luthor which embraces the occult to the increasingly lycanthropic transformations of Beast Boy, the first two episodes were rich in this theme. Also Brother Blood officially enters the first season and, in fact, the limited series of comics DC vs. Vampires was released in trade paperback format a few weeks before the start of the new season (featuring an undead Dick Grayson).
As it turns out, Halloween has received a significant extension into the Titan universe. This includes a very unusual supporting character introduced in season 4, episode 1, “Lex Luthor“. Arthur Holmwoodwho appears here as a mysterious “medical expert”, has roots in the novel Dracula from Bram Stoker. With the greatest vampire in the world officially a character of the A.DHolmwood’s presence could speak to the nature of the new season’s big villain, and in any case it makes surprising sense.
Who is Arthur Holmwood in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
In the original novel by Bram Stoker, Arthur Holmwood is a noble who is engaged to Lucy Westenra, winning his hand over a pair of friendly but committed romantic rivals. Count Dracula seduces Lucy shortly after her, draining her blood and turning her into a vampire. Holmwood participates in her destruction, then joins the other vampire hunters led by Dr. Van Helsing to hunt down Dracula himself. Being a wealthy aristocrat, he provides the team with the necessary resources to chase the vampire to his castle in Romania and defeat him for good.
Holmwood has a surprisingly patchy track record across Dracula’s various film and television adaptations. Lucy’s courtship subplot has often been abandoned for the sake of convenience, and Holmwood has been eliminated or paired with other characters. His most memorable on-screen appearance was that of Cary Elwes in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula: a film that strove to stay true to the novel. Michael Gough interprets a version amalgamated in Horror of Dracula in 1958, alongside the legendary first appearance of Christopher Lee in the role of the Count.
What Arthur Holmwood could mean for the Titans
“Lex Luthor”Features a mysterious medical figure who bears the name of Arthur Holmwood: the world’s leading expert on kryptonite poisoning. Apparently, this is a coincidence. The figure is linked to Lex Luthor, who is dying from repeated exposure to kryptonite and consults Holmwood for a cure. But the doctor’s methods signal something more. Starfire cites one of Holmwood’s theories known as “mass radical transfusion,” which involves the transfer of blood and vital organs to a host. Episode 2 of Season 4, “Mother Mayhem,” involves him in the shocking murder of Luthor, which means he will almost certainly be back. Considering the overtly supernatural content of Season 4, a direct connection with the Stoker figure is not out of scope.
Count Dracula even has a version DC Comicsofficially created in Beowulf # 4 (by Michael Uslan and Ricardo Villamonte) in 1975. The vampire became public in 1962 and, with the rise of horror comics in the 1970s, it was easy enough to tell stories about him. His incarnation A.Dhowever, he struggled in the face of a version Marvel best received, and only appeared a handful of times before meeting her fate in Superman # 180 (by Jeph Loeb, Geoff John, Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund, Tanya Horie, Richard Horie and Comicraft) in 2002.
Regardless of Holmwood’s true identity, her appearance speaks volumes about the new season. It’s clearly part of the season’s purpose, drenched in blood, and with Luthor diving head first into the occult, the “kryptonite poisoning expert” becomes a likely thread of something much bigger. Time will tell if the name means more than just a spearhead, or if even Dracula, or a stunt double, is on the way. For now, however, Holmwood is a quietly clever way to signal the significance of the new season.