Looks like DC finally got tired of people saying that Dick Grayson was too angry in Titans, and they wrote a whole article breaking down both Dick Grayson’s history and why Dick’s personality is more complex than just a happy-go-lucky, guy.
You can read the whole article here titled “Robin’s rage is nothing new” which is a pretty good read that goes over the various developments in Dick’s personality and presence in comics over the years. It’d recommend giving it a go, but anyways, here’s a quick overview!
- During the Golden age, Dick/Robin was originally created to 1) allow Batman to have someone to talk to (because writers at the time were still figuring out the medium, and they needed a secondary character for Batman to be able to talk about parts of cases to aloud), and 2) he was introduced as a kid to bring in younger readers
- It was around the time of the campy/silly Batman ‘66, with Burt Ward portraying Robin, that he began to be a bit of a lighter presence in comics also. However,
- right before Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dick dropped the campy routine, and became a more grounded persona. He had a falling out with Batman after he was fired and replaced by Jason Todd, and over this period he was quite angry in general.
- Dick of course dosn’t stay angry for long, and he repairs his relationship with Batman after Jason dies/Tim becomes Robin, but the article really sums up he connection between his anger and what drives him to be the more light-hearted Nightwing that we know with this quote:
- “One of the biggest foundational elements of his modern personality was a constant tug-of-war between the optimism he wanted to represent and the bleak pragmatism Batman had instilled in him growing up.”
- It also goes on to talk about Dick’s time in The Outsiders and a couple of other times when he had to completely cut himself off from others and gone lone-wolf.
But basically, the point of this post is that if you’re wondering why the Dick Grayson/Robin of the tv series isn’t quite the person you’re familiar with yet, it’s not because Robin is written out of character, it’s because he’s in a transitional period marking his development into a more optimistic one.