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.
* This is a randomness. I often compare things to burritos. Once I ate a doodlebug. This will be neither consistent nor thorough.
It’s already nicely dark. Good going DC! The light is so not there you can barely see the screen, and Raven’s face looks like a marshmallow. You can already tell something terrible is going to happen.
Wonder Woman was a one-off. Frank Miller created the Dark Knight, it was a hit, and we were all doomed.
Tights! Everyone’s in tights! Who doesn’t love tights combined with dark foreboding music? Certainly not me! Especially when those tights are falling to the ground in a bone-crunching crash!
Raven screams a lot and her mother wears a really bad wig.
Nightwing gets some funky fight music.
It’s like you’re in a video game boss fight.
He’s listening to vinyl in his industrial loft apartment. He’s a secret hipster.
It goes nicely with Raven’s baby goth look.
Raven’s look doesn’t work for her age or circumstance or anything. It’s more runway then runaway.
Ooh, upbeat disco music!
And some blood!
Ooh, she’s pretty.
And she deserves this disco song.
She successfully hid in scrub woods with bright pink (red?) hair! That’s a superpower!
Kory Anders is her name. Is it a joke?
She likes herbs and spices.
Oh my burrito, she speaks German, Russian, and just glassed a random dude she found in her closet. My bisexual heart is a-thumping.
Man, Raven has a tough life. Sucks to be her. Dick Grayson feels guilty for acting like Batman With the Anger Management Issues, so he’ll rescue her.
And Starfire with the disco again! Every song is her theme song, so long as it has a banging beat and flashing lights!
Starfire faces off the scary Russia mafia types. She might not know who she is right now, but she’s definitely fabulous! She’s wearing sequins!
My long lost lust for the 70s has revived, apparently.
I’ve added ‘Grayson,’ ‘Starfire,’ and ‘Nightwing’ to my browser dictionary because obviously I’ll be using them a lot in future.
OOPS. Russian mafia dude was her lover and she betrayed him for Raven. WHO KNEW. Starfire didn’t. He loves her. She doesn’t love him. He’s hurt, verra verra hurt. Deep in his soul. He wishes to patch his soul with a bullet in Starfire’s heart.
I admit to not being familiar with Starfire as a character before. Apparently her superpower is to be a combination grenade/flamethrower. In a fabulous disco glowing fashion. It’s 9am and after I’m finished with this I’m going to be hunting for Starfire fanart. I shall ask of the Tumblr and I shall receive.
Back to Raven. Dark room, candles, bondage, knives, dire man with cryptic words. Poor Raven. She is fecund and damned. Her life is really NOT going well.
Nightwing and his tight butt have arrived! Huzzah!
Raven just went full-on Exorcist on dire man. Oh dude. Nasty.
Nightwing and his butt weren’t needed.
Now he’s being hugged by a traumatized 13-year old girl and it’s the toughest things he’s ever faced. EMOTIONS. TEARS. AUGH.
Beast Boy is green.
(I failed to deliver on the burritos. That is because very few people in this show are soft and round.)
The Titans cast were harassed on online for months after that badly edited trailer, and now Titans reviews are pouring in and suprisingly, they’re overwhelmingly positive.
Furthermore, after people complained about Starfire’s darker skin and called her a “cheap hooker” for months (causing the actress, Anna Diop, to have to turn off her instagram comments), she’s been praised as one of the best characters on the show.