The reason why I have such a hate on for Damian Wayne is because he is a character that is supposed to be the one that kids can relate to; by making him be a former killer and murderer, it sends a bad message to other kids saying that if they want to be like their heroes they have to become a former killer and murderer.
Now sure, you may not agree and that’s fine. If you love Damian then great. Stop reading and go about your life….but for some of us who actually care what a Robin is supposed to mean to Batman, then continue.
When Tim Drake offers a welcome hand, Damian is the most smug, arrogant, disrespectful brat even going as far coming to blows with Tim on more than one occasion.
Well into the series its a child who is the brooder than the Batman he’s partnered with. He’s undeserving of the Robin mantle.
The mantle is more than just giving Batman a partner to back him up on the streets. Robin is a contrast to Batman’s Darkness. And the darkness consumes like a fire. Batman braves the darkness on a daily basis, but although no matter how many people he is surrounded with the loss of his parents exploded into an abyss of a black hole which explains why he is distant from others.
Dick Grayson is significant and very important because it is his roots as a former circus performer that fills the emptiness in Bruce’s life that fills that darkness with a light of hope. There’s a reason why DC had Dick’s birthday be in springtime; why Robin’s colors are that of red, yellow, and green. All opposites from Batman’s darkness.
There’s a specific reason why Robin is so important into Batman’s mission. The boy is Batman’s tie to humanity; if you put a grim and glum person in that costume, then you’re teaching that the world is essentially grim and glum wrapped in a shell of hope.
Jason Todd was just as important during his time in the suit. Even though he was originally Dick Grayson’s origin twin; (grew up in a circus, parents died, taken in to become Robin) until DC redid his origin by him becoming a street kid, orphaned and taken in by Batman. It was during this incarnation that DC let a Robin kill. But ironically enough; Jason dies shortly after.
Yet without Jason’s death at the hands of the Joker, we never would have had fellow comic-fan and every day person Tim Drake who had a healthy respect for the Batman and Robin legend that he tried to recruit Dick Grayson to return to the Robin mantle for the sake of Batman’s sanity. But rather than undo Batman’s training in him in preparing him to be a man; Dick agrees to help his former mentor but as Nightwing. It was at this time that Tim Drake donned the Robin suit and played a part in the recapture of Two-Face Harvey Dent. It was with this character that underwent top notch training from Alfred, Dick Grayson, Clyde Rawlings, Lady Shiva, The Old Master, until finally Bruce Wayne himself. He was also the very first Robin to have his very own comic book series, even if Dick Grayson mainlined several adventures based during his college years in Hudson University in several Batman comics, the comic was still titled “Batman”. Tim Drake was the comic fans Robin. Unlike his predecessors Tim’s father was still alive and on an unfortunate circumstance learned that his son was Robin and ordered him that he cannot continue. It was through this that led to Stephanie Brown to become Robin, DC’s 2nd female partner to Batman.
After a brief stint, Tim had to reclaim the mantle after Stephanie was killed. Sadly though, this Robin couldn’t endure. When DC released the Batman and Son story line, Tim’s time as Robin was taken from him. Forcing him to garb the Red Robin identity created by Alex Ross for the Kingdom Come series.
Now I know that Tim could never be Robin for long, that he needed to grow up which is fine and how it should be. What is wrong is for all of his adventures and works to be dismissed; hell I wouldn’t mind about the name change if they printed it during the time when it was supposed to be. But to call him “Red Robin” AFTER the series ended doesn’t mean that that’s what he was called during the series. In the series, he was ROBIN….not RED ROBIN as if that’s what he was called in those issues.
I had no problem with Damian Wayne being part of the group. But if DC wrote him as if he was the ultimate ten year old assassin, then sorry Robin is not the right identity for him. Call him Kid Redrum if you want to highlight his violent background. But tainting the integrity of Robin; changing Tim Drake’s title from Robin to Red Robin; undoing all that was there still seems like a big waste.
Robin is a relate-able comic book character for kids. It allows little boys and girls whose faced with a hard childhood, dealing with violent parents, an abusive environment and is a means of escape of dealing with their reality.THERE ARE NO BELIEVABLE 10 YEAR OLD ASSASSINS WHO RUN ASSASSIN CLANS. Right now, DC killed off Damian, and as much as I’ve loved the little shite get his karma-rewards; I’m not going to assume that DC will keep the little shite dead. Hell they brought back another shite Bart Allen So sadly the bastard will be back, all the little sheep will cheer, then DC will strip Dick Grayson of the Nightwing identity and give it to Damian claiming that Damian was born to be Nightwing…..before becoming Batman. With the events that Nightwing faces now being beaten and held by the Crime Syndicate, and being unmasked for the whole world to see, it seems his days as the Nightwing we loved is close to an end.
Damian is the AZRAEL Batman to Bruce. Only instead of him being very religious to a St. Dumas or having something called the System in him; they just exploited Ras al Ghul and Talia and tried to excuse his efficiency by being a kid assassin. (ugh)
Sigh, Too Bad DC lost sight of the what it means to be a Robin.
The world doesn’t need a former killer as a Robin; it needs a Robin who personifies HOPE in the sacred mission of Batman again.