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Who's the best Robin?

A comparison of characterization, compatibility, and narrative function of the Robins within the Batman and greater DC universe.

The writer has five potential options to choose from, Dick Grayson a.k.a Nightwing, Jason Todd a.k.a Red Hood, Tim Drake a.k.a Red Robin, Stephanie Brown a.k.a Spoiler, and Damien Wayne.

Each served as Robin for an extended period and all contrast Batman in their own ways. The writer can present a case for and against each of them both from the text and metatexually such as referring to sales or fan receptions.

  • Good start. Rather than just "who's the best," however, consider going deeper and doing a full compare/contrast between the five incarnations. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of everyone, and when you choose an overall "winner," explain why their strengths rise above the others', while their weaknesses are less egregious or more humanizing/endearing. – Stephanie M. 7 months ago

Absence of Robin

Robin has become a very popular character in the comic book medium, but for some reason, directors and script writers stay away from him. We have a older man literally named Robin in the final Batman movie but he never became the young sidekick we know and love. Why do directors stay away from him? Would the DC cinematic Universe be well advised to add him as Batman’s sidekick? Is he best left in the comics? Why or why not?

  • I feel as though one of the reasons being how delicately the right choice must be made. Even if they went with the first Robin, Dick Grayson, some people may argue in wanting a different of the various Robin incarnations. No matter what they may get pummeled with complaints. But I do agree that it is strange that they haven't included Robin in any of the recent Batman live-action films. – Kevin Mohammed 8 years ago
  • Perhaps movie studios are wary about film quality/box office totals. – JDJankowski 8 years ago
  • This is an interesting idea for an article. As I'm pondering this, I realize that I can't really recall any sidekick characters appearing in any superhero movie as of late--perhaps there's a reason for that? Perhaps including a sidekick character would shift some of the focus from the lead superhero, causing him/her to be less developed. – ericg 8 years ago
  • I wonder if it doesn't have something to do with the campy image most people conjurer when thinking of Robin. Clearly, the latest Batman films have tried to play up the darker aspects of the character, and including any sort of sidekick may distract from Batman's "lone-wolf hero" image. – dtrott 8 years ago