DC - Boy Wonder /tags/boy-wonder en Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder /blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>All Robins are good Robins. From the classic Dick Grayson, to the lesser-recognized alternate timeline Robins like Carrie Kelley, Matt McGinnis and Helena Wayne. From Stephanie Brown finally getting to work at Batman’s side after years of struggling for recognition, to Damian Wayne learning from the first Robin how to truly earn the title he once considered his birthright. From Tim Drake accepting the mantle to bring Batman back from the brink of despair, to the entire flock of Robins led by Duke Thomas in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/we-are-robin-vol-1-the-vigilante-business" target="_blank">We Are Robin</a> </em>operating without Batman. But we’re here today to express a controversial opinion.</p> <p>All Robins are good Robins. But Jason Todd was the best.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason5_5f865274163498.22651662.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>That’s right. You may have heard the rumors about Jason’s run as Robin. You may have heard that he was “angry” and “violent,” that he was “disobedient” and “reckless” and had a “mean streak.” You may have even heard that he was in some way responsible for his own death since he was the one who arrogantly went after the Joker alone! Well, you’ve been misinformed. We’re here to set the record straight, with our top five reasons that Jason Todd was the best even well before his return as Red Hood.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason3_5f865310658696.57336819.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 627px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/01_numbers2016_5f6e9f86b414e6.12790417.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Street Punk</strong></h2> <p>Quick! What’s Batman’s defining aspect? No, not the dead parents, the other thing? It’s that he’s filthy, stinking rich. Batman is loaded. Batman has not just money, but Money™. Debuting as a millionaire playboy, Batman’s wealth has only grown over the years, even first graduating to billionaire in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/the-dark-knight-returns-1986/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-0" target="_blank">The Dark Knight Returns.</a></em></p> <p>It was a fine enough origin for the Golden and Silver Age, as a quick explanation for how he can afford those wonderful toys. But as the 1980s loomed, comics entered a strange and tumultuous time as they reckoned with the social issues of the era. Stories like the aforementioned <em>Dark Knight Returns</em> and <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-year-one-deluxe-edition-0" target="_blank">Batman: Year One</a></em> were giving us a new, darker Batman. Dick Grayson was striking out on his own as Nightwing. And Jason Todd was getting a new origin, one which made him a perfect counterbalance to Batman. Originally a circus acrobat cut from the same cloth as Dick Grayson, the Jason Todd of post-Crisis continuity would take on a new origin more suited to his times as a homeless kid living on the streets of Crime Alley, stealing to survive after losing his parents to drugs and crime. These elements of poverty, addiction and wealth disparity made him perfectly suited to the issues of the 1980s—and, perhaps, today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason6_5f86535c3aba05.94873903.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 513px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/02_numbers2016_5f6e9f97f08740.22587295.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Made Batman Laugh</strong></h2> <p>You all know this story. When Batman first met post-Crisis Jason Todd, Batman caught him in the act of stealing the tires off of the Batmobile. Many forget what came next—namely, Batman getting hilariously punked by his soon-to-be adoptive son. But what’s also forgotten is that even before that, Jason made Bruce LAUGH. No mean feat in general, but even more impressive considering that it was in Crime Alley, on the anniversary of his parents’ deaths.</p> <p>That’s right! While you may have heard that Batman took Jason in to keep him from growing up to “do wrong,” Batman’s true motives were far less Billionaire Savior of the Downtrodden, and far more relatable: Bruce just liked having the kid around.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason1_600_5f865399d48ff8.95130236.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 451px;" /></p> <p>Imagine that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason2_5f8653d5540f53.11483868.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 447px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/03_numbers2016_5f6e9fa9cc4d24.45270085.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Feminist</strong></h2> <p>When people think of Jason as the “violent Robin,” they’re mostly thinking of a few specific incidents from Jim Starlin’s run on <em>Batman</em>. What people often forget, though, is the common theme uniting these incidents: Jason specifically lost it on men who were abusing women. From a serial killer who targeted women to a pimp abusing a sex worker to a serial rapist wielding diplomatic immunity to drive his victim to unimaginable ends, it’s clear what most pushed Jason’s hot buttons: abuse and violence targeted at the vulnerable and disenfranchised.</p> <p>In fact, this aspect of Jason’s characterization is so ingrained that, aside from his name and the codename he would later bear, it’s one of the few aspects of post-Crisis Jason that was established as far back as his pre-Crisis incarnation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason8_5f865416d8d4d2.00196986.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 578px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/04_numbers2016_5f6e9fbb783a12.36463714.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Disobeyed Batman</strong></h2> <p>You read that right. Jason disobeyed Batman…just like every other Robin! Why? Because otherwise, the story is boring! Who wants to read a story where Batman is right about everything and Robin is some gormless flunky who hangs around obeying every command? Conflict drives action, and allowing Batman to be wrong and Robin right in defying him, adds interest.</p> <p>And besides, Jason had reasons for his defiance, even when it ended poorly...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/mother_5f865431ea7786.77842518.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 749px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/05_numbers2016_5f6e9fcc8ee242.25874500.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Loved His Mother</strong></h2> <p>With all the flashbacks and retellings of Jason’s death in the years since 1988, it’s easy to forget one key factor. When Jason went after the Joker alone, he was rushing in for a reason that’s all too understandable—to save his own mother.</p> <p>Unfortunately for young Jason, his mother didn’t return that unconditional love. Seeking to cover her own criminal activities, Sheila Haywood, after finding out that her son was Robin, lied to him and told him that the Joker was gone in order to lure him into a trap. Jason’s death, though at the Joker’s hands, ultimately came from the cruelest source of all—a mother’s betrayal. And yet even after all that, Jason might have survived had, seconds before the detonation of Joker’s bomb, he not thrown himself in front of his mother, trying to shield her from the blast.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bomb_5f8654d8103948.80309651.jpg" style="width: 696px; height: 1001px;" /></p> <p>Jason was a teenager, and like any teenager, prone to occasional recklessness and fits of temper. But in the end, it was love that ran Jason afoul of the Joker, and love that led him to sacrifice himself for the same mother who betrayed him. Jason died the same way he lived—a true hero.</p> <p>(Anyway…you all loved him in <em><a href="/tv/the-new-batman-adventures-1997-1999" target="_blank">The New Batman Adventures</a></em> when they changed his name to “Tim Drake.”)</p> <p>But if you agree that Jason Todd deserved better than Death by Joker, you’ve got a chance to set things right. Save his life in <a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">the new interactive <em>Batman: A Death in the Family</em> movie,</a> now available in stores everywhere!<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" style="color: rgb(119, 218, 245); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/let-robin-live-5-reasons-jason-todd-was-best-boy-wonder/" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/is-jason-todd-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">is jason todd the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/why-jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">why jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of robin</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-a-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: a death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family interactive movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animated-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animated movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animation</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466158 at /blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder#comments Harley Quinn - DC Universe - Episode 4 Preview /videos/harley-quinn-dc-universe-episode-4-preview <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Harley Quinn - DC Universe - Episode 4 Preview</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Harley and Robin sitting in a tree – N-E-M-E-S-I-S. Watch this adorable duo go toe-to-toe in <em>Harley Quinn</em>.</p><p>New to DC Universe? Start your free trial today: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&amp;v=0Mn5xPwmiP4&amp;redir_token=FTv1JgWGyQv6Rj1QJpRCa5ltxvJ8MTU3NjcyMDE0MUAxNTc2NjMzNzQx&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fyourdcu.com%2FHarley104nextonrb" rel="nofollow" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://yourdcu.com/Harley104nextonrb</a></p><p>Episode 104 - “Finding Mr. Right”<br />Air Date: December 20, 2019</p><p>Now that she’s got a crew—including newest member King Shark (RON FUNCHES)—up-and-coming supervillain Harley Quinn needs a nemesis. Although she goes after Gotham’s big fish, Batman (DIEDRICH BADER), she ends up with an adolescent Robin (JACOB TREMBLAY), making her the laughing stock of the criminal underworld. </p></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/harley-quinn-dc-universe-episode-4-preview" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Harley Quinn - DC Universe - Episode 4 Preview" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 01:57:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 449677 at /videos/harley-quinn-dc-universe-episode-4-preview#comments Breaking 24ֱ: Meet TV's New Dick Grayson! /blog/2017/08/31/breaking-news-meet-tvs-new-dick-grayson <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Breaking 24ֱ: Meet TV&#039;s New Dick Grayson!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:15</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Holy casting news, Batman!</p><p>After announcing who would be playing <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/08/03/breaking-news-titans-tv-show-gets-its-raven" target="_blank">Raven</a> and <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/08/23/breaking-news-starfire-takes-flight-on-titans-tv-show" target="_blank">Starfire</a> earlier this month, it was revealed today that <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4154798/?ref_=nv_sr_1" target="_blank">Brenton Thwaites</a> (<em>Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales</em>) has been cast in the much anticipated role of Dick Grayson in the upcoming <em>Titans </em>series.</p><p>Along with his role as Henry Turner in the latest installment of the popular Pirates franchise, Thwaites has also been seen in <em>Maleficent, The Giver </em>and <em>Gods of Egypt, </em>where he certainly proved that he has the physical chops to tackle the former Boy Wonder.</p><p>"Dick Grayson is one of the most important and iconic heroes in the DC universe, and it wasn't easy to find him but we have,” says <em>Titans </em>Executive Producer Geoff Johns. “Brenton has the emotional depth, heart, danger and physical presence of Batman's former protege and the Titans future leader. We're extremely lucky he's chosen to bring his talents to this project and this character.”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/08-AUG/GraysonCasting_59a85198ebe9d4.98541425.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 905px;" /></p><p>While most readers need no introduction to Dick Grayson, he’s described by the show as having once been Batman’s famous sidekick, Robin. After Dick’s parents were murdered during their high-flying circus act, Bruce Wayne became Dick’s legal guardian and trained him to fight crime beside him. But after years as part of the Dynamic Duo, Dick struggled to find his place outside the Dark Knight’s shadow. Finally striking out as his own man, he emerges as a leader, mentor and father figure to his new family, the Titans.</p><p><em>Titans </em>will air exclusively on DC’s upcoming direct-to-consumer digital service. On the show, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others. Written by Akiva Goldsman (<em>Star Trek: Discovery</em>), DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns (<em>The Flash, Arrow</em>) and Greg Berlanti (<em>Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl</em>), the show was first announced earlier this year.</p><p>While we’ve seen a live action Dick Grayson on the small screen before, it’s been a while. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to 1966’s <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/tv/batman-1966-1968" target="_blank"><em>Batman</em></a> television series, in which the incomparable Burt Ward took on the role (and recently returned to it in the upcoming animated movie, <em>Batman vs. Two-Face</em>). Since then, we’ve seen numerous animated iterations of both Robin and Nightwing, and an appearance by Dick Grayson’s parents on <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/tv/gotham" target="_blank"><em>Gotham</em></a>, but the Boy Wonder himself has been MIA from prime time.</p><p>Let us know your thoughts on this exciting bit of news below! And remember, for all of the latest on <em>Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders </em>and the new DC digital service, sign up for updates at <a href="http://www.dcfanupdates.com/" target="_blank">www.DCFanUpdates.com</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans casting</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson casting</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson-titans-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson titans casting</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing casting</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing-titans-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing titans casting</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robin casting</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-titans-casting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robin titans casting</a>, <a href="/tags/brenton-thwaites" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brenton thwaites</a>, <a href="/tags/pirates-of-the-caribbean" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Pirates of the Caribbean</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv news</a>, <a href="/tags/casting-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">casting news</a>, <a href="/tags/breaking-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Breaking 24ֱ</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2017/08/31/breaking-news-meet-tvs-new-dick-grayson" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Breaking 24ֱ: Meet TV&#039;s New Dick Grayson!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:15:33 +0000 Tim Beedle 434235 at Robin 101: One Name, Many Heroes /blog/2015/06/24/robin-101-one-name-many-heroes <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Robin 101: One Name, Many Heroes</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>In the just released <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/we-are-robin-2015/we-are-robin-1">WE ARE ROBIN #1,</a> Gotham City teenagers band together to fight crime on the streets in the name of Batman’s iconic sidekick, Robin. Intuitive, smart and resourceful, but largely untrained and completely unsanctioned by Batman, these would-be heroes succeed due to street smarts and simple strength in numbers. Rather than one Robin, there are now hundreds of them, each with his or her own unique set of skills and traits, as well as their own particular chip on their shoulder.</p><p>While a handful of these new Robins will undoubtedly come to the forefront as the series unfolds, We Are Robin envisions the Boy Wonder as a movement rather than an individual hero. It’s a wholly new take on a now 75-year-old character, but perhaps not such a surprising one when you consider how many Robins have preceded it.</p><p>If you’re new to the world of comics and largely know Batman and Robin from TV and film, this may actually be a surprise to you. Yes, there have been multiple Robins. There have been four in current DC Universe continuity alone. Can you name them?</p><p>Well, if you’re unfamiliar with our family of Robins, you’re in the right place. With We Are Robin hitting the racks today and Robin’s 75<sup>th</sup> Anniversary now in full swing, we thought the timing was perfect to look back on one of the more enduring, popular and beloved characters in all of comics and revisit some of the boys and girls who have worn the red and green. If you’re a regular reader, enjoy this journey through Robin’s legacy. If you’re brand new and don’t know your Graysons from your Todds, consider this your Robin 101.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/DTC38_DECC_DCB_558a02aec1c614.74712608.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 849px;" /></p><p><strong>Dick Grayson</strong></p><p>The original and arguably most famous Robin, Dick Grayson was first introduced by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson in 1940’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-38/digital-comic/0039000385001">DETECTIVE COMICS #38</a> as a way to make Batman a more accessible character to kids and grow young readership. It worked, nearly doubling the sales of Batman comics at the time.</p><p>Dick Grayson was an acrobat who along with his mother and father performed as part of Haly’s Circus under the name, “The Flying Graysons.” Sadly, both of his parents were killed during a performance when their rig was sabotaged by a gangster, “Boss” Zucco, after the circus owner refused to pay his extortion money. Bruce Wayne was in the audience to witness it, and feeling a kinship with the now orphaned Dick Grayson, took him under his wing, building on Grayson’s acrobatic skills to train him as his sidekick. Robin, the Boy Wonder was born.</p><p>Over time, Batman and Robin became almost synonymous with each other, collectively earning the moniker of the “Dynamic Duo.” Dick served as Robin for over forty years, by far the longest stint behind the mask. Throughout that time, his role within the comic world expanded. Solo adventures were produced, and eventually Dick moved from a simple sidekick to the leader of his own team—the Teen Titans.</p><p>Still, nothing last forever. As comics got darker and more sophisticated in the 1970s, Robin was used less frequently. Dick Grayson was allowed to age, attend university and eventually spread his wings. In 1984, he became Nightwing, which left the now abandoned Robin persona open for someone new.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/JasonTodd_BM_368_C1_558a02c52cf783.29535944.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 638px;" /></p><p><strong>Jason Todd</strong></p><p>Jason Todd was the second Robin, and historically one of the most interesting ones considering everything that’s happened to him since his initial introduction in 1983.</p><p>Dick Grayson was created during the Golden Age of 24ֱ, and his demeanor, at least at the time, was very light and innocent. Jason Todd is almost a complete contrast to this. Or rather, he is <em>now. </em>But what you might not know is that this wasn’t always the case.</p><p>When Jason was first introduced in <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-1940-2011-357/digital-comic/0037603575001">BATMAN #357</a> (which also marked the first appearance of Killer Croc), he was shockingly similar to Dick Grayson. Like Dick, Jason was the son of circus acrobats who were tragically killed by a criminal. He was good-natured and largely obedient. In fact, the biggest change may have been his red hair, which Jason dyed dark after he became Robin.</p><p>However, all of this changed after 1985-86’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, which rebooted much of DC’s continuity. In <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-1940-2011-408/digital-comic/0037604085001">BATMAN #408,</a> writer Max Allen Collins (<em>The Road to Perdition</em>) wrote a new introduction to Jason Todd. In this take, Jason was a street kid who first met Batman when he literally tried stealing the tires off of the Batmobile. Troubled, rebellious and difficult, this was a very different take on Robin and was pretty divisive among fans, something that became apparent when in 1988 they famously voted in favor of Jason’s death during the <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-A-Death-in-the-Family/digital-comic/1029100018301">A DEATH IN THE FAMILY</a> storyline. As a result, Jason Todd was the first and for many years only Robin to die on the job, at least until he was resurrected in 2005 as the gun-toting antihero Red Hood.</p><p>While many were critical of the death of Jason Todd at the time, it’s proven to be a seminal event in Batman’s history. The grief and guilt Bruce Wayne felt over Jason’s death drove or played into Batman storylines for many years to come. However, it wasn’t too long until another Robin emerged. We’ll get to him in a moment, but first we need to pay tribute to one of the most iconic Robins ever created, as well as the first female hero to strap on the green boots full time.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/CarrieKelley_114-BDKT001_2400_558a02dcadc944.68358310.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 606px;" /></p><p><strong>Carrie Kelley</strong></p><p>While Carrie Kelley has never been Robin in official DC Universe continuity, she was Robin in arguably the single most popular Batman comic ever created, so of course she deserves to be mentioned here! Created by legendary writer and artist Frank Miller, Carrie Kelley made her very first appearance in <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Returns/comics-series/5098">BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.</a> After being rescued by Batman, Carrie comes to greatly admire the now-aged (and Robin-less) hero. She creates her own Robin costume and ultimately returns Batman’s favor, saving him from a beatdown by the brutal Mutant Leader.</p><p>Despite no real training, Carrie proves pretty adept in the role of Robin. Fighting with little more than a slingshot, she nevertheless manages to hold her own. She’s the only Robin to not wear a mask, instead relying on a set of distinct, futuristic sunglasses to obscure her identity. Also, much like most of the other Robins, Carrie eventually graduates into a more adult role, becoming Catgirl in Miller’s follow up series, <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Strikes-Again/comics-series/9153">BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/TimDrake_DTC-829.09.COLOR_558a02f075da92.17957983.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 605px;" /></p><p><strong>Tim Drake</strong></p><p>Tim Drake was the third Robin within official DC Universe continuity, adopting the mantle after the death of Jason Todd. However, the transition wasn’t immediate. Tim made his debut appearance in a flashback within 1989’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-1940-2011-436/digital-comic/0037604365001">BATMAN #436</a> where readers learned that as a very young child, he had been in the audience during the Flying Graysons’ fateful performance that ended with the death of Dick’s parents. Afterwards, he witnessed Bruce Wayne comforting the shocked and grieving Dick, something that helped him eventually piece together the identity of both Batman and Robin. When he noticed that Batman was becoming more and more unhinged after the death of Jason Todd, Tim himself approached Batman about becoming his newest Robin, a request that the Dark Knight eventually fulfilled after Tim’s mother was murdered and his father was crippled by a villain’s poison.</p><p>Boasting an updated costume and a personality that seemed to balance a bit of Jason’s edge with Dick’s devotion and dedication, Tim proved to be a popular Robin and in 1993 became the first (and until very recently only) Robin to anchor <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Robin-1993-2009/comics-series/344">his own ongoing comic book series.</a> While Tim became a skilled martial artist under Bruce Wayne’s tutelage, he was in many ways more of a thinking man’s Robin, using his computer skills and natural detective skills to outsmart his opponents almost as often as he defeated them at combat.</p><p>Tim retired from his duties as Robin for a stretch, and eventually graduated to the role of Red Robin. This allowed our final two Robins to step up into the role.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/StephanieBrown_RB-Cv126.r2_558a032f444012.24700201.jpg" style="width: 603px; height: 542px;" /></p><p><strong>Stephanie Brown</strong></p><p>The daughter of the villainous Cluemaster, Stephanie Brown is probably better known for her two other heroic identities, the Spoiler and Batgirl, than for her brief stint as Robin. In fact, of the “in universe” Robins, only Stephanie Brown was dropped as a former Robin when DC rebooted their universe in 2011 with The New 52.</p><p>Debuting in <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-647/digital-comic/0039006475001">DETECTIVE COMICS #647</a>, Stephanie Brown, unlike her predecessors, wasn’t created to be a Robin. In fact, originally her purpose was simply to foil her father’s criminal plots, leaving telltale clues for Batman and the GCPD so that they’d eventually capture him. Stephanie proved to be popular, however, leading writer Chuck Dixon to use her in his ongoing Robin series. Eventually, she began dating Tim Drake and for a short while replaced him as Robin before Batman fired her due to her lack of experience.</p><p>While this may have seemed harsh, it was probably necessary. Dick and Jason had acrobatic and combat skills and Tim was put through rigorous training, but Stephanie had none of those and often made mistakes. While this lack of finesse was part of her appeal, it proved costly when she was tortured and seemingly killed by the villain Black Mask. However, her death was later revealed to have been faked by Dr. Leslie Thompkins.</p><p>In current DC Universe continuity, Stephanie Brown recently debuted in the weekly series <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-Eternal-2014-2015/comics-series/15969">BATMAN ETERNAL</a>, which ended with her once again adopting the Spoiler identity as a way of taking revenge on her criminal father.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/DamianWayne_BMROB_Cv1_R1_558a0347766b53.60104571.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 408px;" /></p><p><strong>Damian Wayne</strong></p><p>Perhaps the most unique Robin, Damian Wayne inherited the mantle after Tim Drake graduated to Red Robin. Drawing inspiration from earlier Ra’s al Ghul storylines, writer Grant Morrison introduced Damian Wayne in <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-1940-2011-655/digital-comic/0930906550101">BATMAN #655</a> as a part of the acclaimed “Batman and Son” storyline. While Dick, Jason and Tim can all be seen as figurative, and at times adopted, sons of Bruce Wayne, Damian is the only one who’s actually Bruce’s biological child.</p><p>Mothered by Talia al Ghul, genetically perfected and trained since birth to be an assassin under his grandfather, Bruce had no knowledge of Damian’s existence until Talia showed up with him and left him in Bruce’s custody.</p><p>Calling Damian something of a problem child is a lot like saying Batman prefers dressing in blacks. Spoiled, angry and shockingly violent, Damian wanted to become Batman’s newest Robin from the start, it didn’t matter there happened to be someone else in the role (Tim). However, it wasn’t until Bruce Wayne seemingly died and Dick Grayson became Batman for a brief, memorable run that Damian finally was given the costume and officially became the fifth and still technically current Robin.</p><p>With his occasionally brutal tendencies and constant internal struggle to take the heroic, non-lethal path of his father rather than the violent one demonstrated to him by Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins, Damian has proven to be a volatile and exciting Boy Wonder. Continuing as Robin after the launch of The New 52, Damian made headlines when Morrison chose to kill him off at the end of his <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-Incorporated-2012-2013/comics-series/7878">BATMAN, INCORPORATED</a> series. However, much like with Jason, the death didn’t last and Damian returned to life in 2014’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Robin-Rises-2014/comics-series/21268">ROBIN RISES</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/BMROB_12_16_600%2B900_558a035a943f45.66920474.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 767px;" /></p><p><strong>Far More Than a Sidekick</strong></p><p>Looking back at the past Robins, what’s perhaps most remarkable is how relevant all of them remain. While it’s not unusual for super heroes to go through various iterations (<a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/10/02/flash-101-catching-up-with-the-flashes">just look at The Flash,</a> for one well known example), rarely do all versions continue to thrive even after they’ve moved on from their more famous identities. Yet, all of the above mentioned characters are still extremely active in DC comic books, both making regular appearances in the Batman series of books and boasting their own solo or team-up comics.</p><p>After anchoring the Nightwing ongoing for years, Dick Grayson has now entered the world of international espionage in the excellent <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Grayson-2014/comics-series/21248">GRAYSON</a>. Jason Todd can be seen teaming up with Roy Harper’s Arsenal in new series <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Red-Hood-Arsenal-2015/comics-series/44181">RED HOOD/ARSENAL</a>.  Tim Drake leads the monthly <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Teen-Titans-2014/comics-series/24645">TEEN TITANS</a> series and (through some clever timeline rejiggering) is also the current identity of <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-Beyond-2015/comics-series/44097">BATMAN BEYOND.</a> Stephanie Brown, along with her role in Batman Eternal, also was revisited in last spring’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Convergence-Batgirl-2015/comics-series/39393">CONVERGENCE: BATGIRL.</a> Meanwhile, Damian Wayne just became the second Robin to land his own ongoing Robin series, the brand new <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Robin-Son-of-Batman-2015/comics-series/44187">ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN,</a> which finds him atoning for his past sins by way of a rip-roaring travel adventure. And of course, there’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/We-Are-Robin-2015/comics-series/44205">WE ARE ROBIN,</a> which will likely add enough new names to the Robin legacy that we may have to write a follow-up post to this one in the not-so-far future.</p><p>What does it mean? Simply that at 75 years, the eternally youthful Boy Wonder has a lot more life left in him. Happy anniversary, Robin!</p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-75th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robin 75th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-75" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robin 75</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/carrie-kelley" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">carrie kelley</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-drake" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim drake</a>, <a href="/tags/stephanie-brown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">stephanie brown</a>, <a href="/tags/damian-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">damian wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/we-are-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">we are robin</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2015/06/24/robin-101-one-name-many-heroes" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Robin 101: One Name, Many Heroes" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 369926 at "YOU Are Robin. Download a Free Robin Mask and enter the sweeps to win a Robin prize pack! /blog/2015/06/18/you-are-robin-download-a-free-robin-mask-0 <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>&quot;YOU Are Robin. Download a Free Robin Mask and enter the sweeps to win a Robin prize pack!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Grayson Wolfe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 08:42</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><h5><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Did you know that Robin has been around for 75 years!  That’s pretty cool, right?  We’re celebrating by calling all Robins to put on the mask and join Batman! We're also giving away a Fan Family Robin prize pack!  </span></span></span></h5><h5> </h5><h5><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">To get the mask, simply click on the image below to download a PDF. Then print it, cut it out and attach it to your face and you're ready to take back the Gotham City streets! </span></span></span></h5><p><a href="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/ROBIN_MASK_DCFF.pdf" style="color: rgb(119, 218, 245); outline: 0px; letter-spacing: 0.389999985694885px; text-align: center;" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/06-JUN/robinmask_5578ce689d75a4.78231872.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 317px;" /></a></p><p> </p><h2 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:20px;">To enter for your chance to win the Fan Family Robin prize pack including:</span></span></h2><ul><li>DC Super Heroes Five Riddles for Robin</li><li>DC Super Heroes Robin’s First Flight</li><li>DC Super Heroes Arctic Attack</li><li>DC Super Heroes Catwoman’s Classroom of Claws</li><li>DC Super Heroes Batman</li><li>DC Super Heroes Batman Joker’s Dozen</li><li>DC Super Heroes Batman Science</li><li>Justice League Robin Wind up Toy</li><li>Kids Robin Outfit (24 Months).</li></ul><p> </p><p><span style="font-size: 20px;"><b>This offer has ended.  Please check back for other great deals.</b></span></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/mask" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Mask</a>, <a href="/tags/printables" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Printables</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2015/06/18/you-are-robin-download-a-free-robin-mask-0" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="&quot;YOU Are Robin. Download a Free Robin Mask and enter the sweeps to win a Robin prize pack!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:42:51 +0000 Grayson Wolfe 369576 at