DC Universe, the highly successful streaming app, has brought us a lot of amazing content. From renewing canceled series like “Young Justice” to giving us the most obscure live-action series like “Doom Patrol”, DC Universe has something for every fan. Their most successful series, for now, is “Titans”. The Live-Action series that shows what happens when sidekicks and “B Team Members” work together and form a one of a kind family.
The hesitant leader of this series is none other than the boy wonder himself, Dick Grayson AKA Robin AKA Nightwing. Most famously known for being Batman’s protégé, “Titans” shows us that he is so much more.
The Backstory of Dick Grayson
Born as the son of Haley’s Circus trapeze artists, John and Mary Grayson, Dick was born Richard John Grayson and practically lived and breathed aerobatics.
When he was young, Dick overhears crime boss Tony Zucco threatens the boss of the circus. When the circus boss refused to pay Zucco his money, the crime boss took revenge and had the Graysons’ trapeze sabotaged. Dick was forced to watch as his parents fell to their deaths.
After his parents’ murders, Dick was placed into the uncaring foster system. He was treated poorly. Though was soon rescued by none other than Bruce Wayne. Despite being saved from a cruel fate in the Orphanage, Dick quickly became frustrated when Bruce would give him even the smallest of attention. Deciding enough was enough, Dick decided to investigate his parents’ murders on his own, regardless if he had Bruce’s help.
The first place Dick went was back to the scene of the crime, Haley’s circus. However, he gets ambushed by one of Zucco’s associates, Eddie Skeevers and is almost killed. Dick awakens in the Batcave, discovering Bruce is Batman. Together, the unlikely pair work together to work out, exactly what Zucco is up to.
After a while, Bruce comes to the realization Dick is a lot like him and offers him a chance to prove himself. He asks the boy to take on the mantle of his sidekick and to do some good in the world. Dick accepts and becomes the first in a long line of Robins.
Relationship with Batman
No matter what comic book era you’re reading, Dick’s relationship with his adoptive father is almost always the same: tense. It should be noted that Bruce was always tough on Dick which was why young Grayson always went to Alfred for fatherly advice instead of Bruce. This came when Alfred realized his mistake upon raising Bruce after the deaths of his parents. Bruce was raising Dick the same way Alfred had raised him: with tough love.
When Bruce discovered he had fathered a child with Talia Al Ghul, Dick was brought in to help train the heir to the demon and was often forced to play babysitting, big brother and sparring partner to the boy. Despite his own upbringing, Dick certainly didn’t like the idea of playing babysitter, but he did it because Damien was now his family and his little brother.
It’s evident in every piece of media he appears in that Dick is the polar opposite of Batman. When he was Robin, he was a cheery lad who followed his mentor’s rules and often broke them when he saw fit. As he grew, Dick found he didn’t deserve to be in Batman’s shadow and decided to venture out on his own.
After a huge falling out with Batman, he leaves Gotham and becomes his own man as a Detective in Detroit. This leads to him meeting Raven and beginning a whirlwind of supernatural events that took place in season 1. We find out that the Titans were already a team and that they too had a “breakup”, for lack of a better term.
In the midst of learning more about Dick/Robin, we meet legendary heroes from the comics and cartoon series. Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire, Hawk, Dove, etc. They stick together, Robin begins training the team, and we dive more into what exactly lead them all to this point.
At the end of season 1, we get a glimpse into Dick’s inner demons and his issues with Batman. It was a dark and heavy episode, but it all ended up being a hallucination. It was arguably a huge cop-out, but it’s not like we could have a REAL Batman Vs. Robin fight that leads to… someone’s “death”.
In season 2, we see Robin become a true leader. He sheds his boy wonder persona and becomes the fan-favorite, “Nightwing”. With additions like Aqualad, Deathstroke, Bruce Wayne, and more; season 2 has truly brought what we love about the comic books to life.
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