Richard John “Dick” Grayson (Robin)

robinfilmWell, in Injustice: Gods Among Us it has been confirmed that Dick Grayson will be a playable character, but under his Nightwing persona. Unfortunately, Nightwing never had a live action appearance, so, to be strict to my “rule”, I’ll just speak of his Robin identity, this way covering his origins too. casualgamer, I hope you won’t be too disappointed! Anyway, Robin has been a part of Batman‘s mythology from his very first live action appearance, being played in the first 1940s serials by Douglas Croft and Johnny Duncan. He reached some sort of popularity with Burt Ward‘s camp version in the Batman 1960s tv series, where he became famous for his unlikely one-liners (“Holy haberdashery, Batman!”). In the most recent adaptations, Chris O’Donnell took up the mantle of Robin in Joel Schumacher‘s movies, in a less silly version of the character. Joseph Gordon Levitt‘s Robin in The Dark Knight Rises appears to be a totally original character, not related to Dick. Let’s see who the Boy Wonder is in the comics.

Richard John Grayson, called simply Dick, was born of the first day of spring, son of John and Mary Grayson, the members of the acrobatic team The Flying Graysons. Since an extremely young age, Dick was trained in gymnastics and acrobatics, becoming the youngest member of his family’s show. They were the greatest attraction in Haley Circus, and made a name for themselves as the robincomics1greatest circus performers ever seen in Haley’s. While on tour, the Circus arrived in Gotham City, and business was fine as always. One of the first nights in the city, anyway, Dick, while training, overheard a conversation between the circus’ owner and some spiteful people, thugs from the local criminality. They were threatening the owner and trying to force him to pay them a percentage of his takings, but he forcibly refused, sending them away. Dick didn’t fully understand in that moment what the consequences of that act of rebellion could have been, but he would have soon. He didn’t even warn his parents about what was going on in the circus, not giving too much importance to the episode he witnessed. That same night, the Flying Graysons performed as always, with much of Gotham’s elite watching and applauding. Among the audience, there was also billionaire Bruce Wayne. Without being seen, the thugs had sabotaged the wires with acid, and Dick could only watch in horror as John and Mary fell to their death. Crying over their dead bodies, he felt responsible for the incident, since he didn’t tell anybody what he saw before the show. Orphaned, Dick was sent to an awful juvenile services house, where he was often beaten by other inmates. He was later sent to a Catholic orphanage, where he surely was safer, but alone nevertheless. And that’s when Bruce Wayne came into his life.

Wayne, for a reason Dick didn’t fully understand, chose to adopt him, and brought him to his own mansion. In here, Dick asked to be considered as a ward, since he didn’t want to replace his father. Wayne agreed, and allowed the child to go wherever he wanted inside the manor, under the caring attention of Alfred Pennyworth, his butler. Despite being the ward of one of the richest person in America, Dick felt more and more uncomfortable and frustrated because of the lack of attention his “benefactor” addressed to him, and decided to make something with his life by solving the mystery around his parents’ death. Escaping from Wayne’s Manor, Dick started to investigate on his own, but, during his personal hunt, he was found and stopped by Batman, the masked vigilante: he told the boy that the men who killed the Flying Graysons were on crime boss Tony Zucco‘s orders, and tried to convince him to let him do all the job. Clearly, Dick didn’t listen to him and went robincomics2alone to the circus, where he met Eddie Skeevers, one of Zucco’s associates who killed his parents. He tried to confront him on his own, but, after knocking down two of the mob’s henchmen, he was defeated and almost killed: only Batman’s intervention saved his life. Dick woke up in the Batcave, where Batman revealed him to be his adopter Bruce Wayne. Together, the two of them managed to frame Zucco for the Graysons’ murder and to send him to Blackgate Prison. After Zucco’s arrest, Bruce, seeing himself in the young orphan he had adopted, offered him to become his partner in crime fighting, an offer that Dick never thought to refuse. After an intense training, Dick became Robin the Boy Wonder, Batman’s sidekick and the second member of what would have been known as the Dynamic Duo. After two hard on-field exams, the first, unpredictable one that put him against The HangmanTwo-FaceThe Joker and many other deranged villains, and the second one, his final test, that saw him successfully eluding Batman for an entire night, hiding in Gotham’s streets, Robin eventually became a skilled vigilante and crime-fighter, the perfect ally for Batman’s not-anymore lonely crusade. With the years, he gained respect from the entire superhero community, becoming the leader of the Teen Titans, a group of teenager heroes.

Dick Grayson is a skilled athlete and hand-to-hand combatant, and a brilliant strategist, trained under the direct surveillance of Batman, one of the greatest martial artists in the world. Dick also learnt detective skills, chemistry, physics and many other useful abilities from his mentor. As Robin, he has complete access to Batman’s non-lethal arsenal, and disposes of his own themed gadgets. Dick is a mirror of Bruce Wayne: having witnessed like him his parents’ murder and having taken a deep thirst for justice out of it, he shares a bond of deep comprehension and understanding with his master and best friend, but is more than able to seek his own past out of Batman’s shadow.



  1. […] kept performing with her husband as long as her body allowed her to. When she gave birth to a son, Richard, the Flying Graysons gained a third member, and John and Mary knew true […]

  2. […] and with a new, experimental cure he was let out. Amygdala eventually became friends with Dick Grayson, the hero known as Nightwing, and started a brand new life: he lived in the same building as Dick, […]

  3. […] unexpectedly was able to disarm him: escaping from the Manor, Black Mask was followed by Robin, and soon enough also Batman arrived to his hideout. As the Dynamic Duo fought the False Face […]

  4. […] fatale who formed an alliance with Mr. Freeze to conquer Gotham City and destroy Batman and Robin. She’s defeated by Batgirl at the end of the movie, along with her slave, a brainless Bane. […]

  5. […] behavior, Alfred stayed loyal to him, and also welcomed in the “family” the orphan Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who he became a father figure for as well. Beyond the military and the stage, […]

  6. […] enhancing his already impressive cybernetic implants. He fought many heroes, among which Robin, the Huntress and King Snake, and he arrived to threaten the entire continent with an atomic […]

  7. […] violent and mean campaign of false information, mediatic traps, tricks, setups and so on that put Robin and his team on their knees: they arrived to the point of being unable to battle one of their most […]

  8. […] Justice League of America who helped her with her search. Finally, thanks to the help of Batman, Robin, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Elongated Man and Green Lantern, Allura’s spell was broken, and […]

  9. […] he himself wasn’t safe from this new, deadly kind of criminals. When Batman trained Robin, a partner in crime-fighting, Gordon was more than unpleased at the idea of a kid jumping from roof […]

  10. […] in Brion’s life when the Outsiders teamed up with the Teen Titans, the supergroup led by Robin. In the fellow superheroes’ ranks, Geo-Force recognized Terra as his long time lost […]

  11. […] fight, however, Killer Moth had the upper hand, and Barbara was saved only by Batman’s and Robin‘s intervention. Killer Moth and his men escaped because of Batgirl’s unwilling […]

  12. […] who had disappeared; the heroine also allied herself with the new Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark, Robin and Agent Prince (an alias under which Wonder Woman was hidden) to battle Giganta and her […]

  13. […] Green Arrow became a member of the Justice League of America, Speedy, along with other sidekicks (Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl) founded the Teen Titans, a group of teenager superheroes. […]

  14. […] immediately after, and he’s driven by the insane necessity of leaving hints for Batman and Robin about his activities, something that makes him clash with his fellow criminals more than once. His […]

  15. […] in facing his new condition. His wish was granted, and he found many unique friends, starting from Robin, the group’s leader, who became a moral guidance for him. Besides his superhero activity, […]

  16. […] to his skills, he faked a fire in a theatre hoping to rob it, but was stopped by Batman and Robin, who thwarted his plan. He escaped in the darkness, with Batman chasing him (not a pleasurable […]

  17. […] and trained many disciples and partners in his crusade, the first of them being Dick Grayson, aka Robin, another orphan with a thirst for […]

  18. […] butler and tutor, Alfred, had been fooled), and she warned her boyfriend’s protege, Dick Grayson, that something was wrong with Wayne. The moment Grayson realised Silver was right, he donned his […]

  19. […] the villain was too powerful for him to face alone, and he allied with other two sidekicks, Robin and Aqualad: the trio defeated Twister, and they also became friends. Their frienship came in […]

  20. […] her side. This, of course, was something that Ra’s had to be sure in person. Ra’s had Robin kidnapped, then he presented himself in the Batcave, revealing to Batman that he knew his secret […]

  21. […] his scheme, Karlo was stopped by Gotham’s two new masked stars, the vigilantes Batman and Robin, who identified him, tracked him down and defeated him, bringing him to jail. The movie star […]

  22. […] passed from the day Barbara Gordon decided to don the costume of Batgirl and to aid Batman and Robin in their crusade against crime; with time, however, Barbara had grown more and more disillusioned […]

  23. […] Tweedledee and Tweedledum managed to fool both GCPD and Gotham’s protectors, Batman and Robin, into thinking there was but one criminal mastermind, and by striking more places at once, with one […]

  24. […] to augment its wearer’s strength, once used by Frank Reynolds, a high-school friend of Robin; the other one was the costume of Golden Age hero Guardian, Speedy‘s grandfather, along with […]

  25. […] In the show, he’s the first supervillain Batgirl faces, managing to put both Batman and Robin in a situation so bad that meek Barbara Gordon is forced to intervene to save the day. A guy […]

  26. […] to use her as a hostage: a tougher cookie than she looked, Vicki eventually helped Batman and Robin arrest the Mad Hatter, but she had no evidence of her theory. While she kept trying to prove Wayne […]

  27. […] to help people, so that nobody would experience her same pain: along with other teenager heroes, Robin, Speedy and Aqualad, she founded the Teen Titans, a “junior Justice League“, thus […]

  28. […] two couldn’t be more different, and as he introduced himself to Bruce’s friend, young Dick Grayson, Vanderveer couldn’t help boasting his superiority to both his cousin and the kid. Much to […]

  29. […] Adrian and to her children. What happened next, proved that she was wrong. Working toe to toe with Robin, Adrian Chase and his office started to take on the Scarapelli family, one of the most influent […]

  30. […] helped escape, sure they would have never known what happened to them once out of jail. Batman and Robin understood there was something behind the Executioner’s incredible ability of hunting down […]

  31. […] as an athlete and gymnast under her parents’ tutorship. She even became close friends with Robin, who she now saw as some sort of older brother. Her life was simply perfect…until one night, […]

  32. […] is approaching, and we’re getting official images of the protagonists one by one. After Robin, it’s the turn of a pair of crime fighters who won’t be members of the Teen Titans, but […]

  33. […] when he brought to her a wounded man to treat. The man was also amnesiac, and just as Batman and Robin were investigating on him, a group of gangsters attacked them: Linda was once again saved by the […]

  34. […] brainwashed supervillains: this time, it was O’Hara the one who coordinated with Batman and Robin to reverse the process and save the day. He even led the GCPD against the Swamp Thing as he […]

  35. […] in the series. Portrayed by Madge Blake, she’s better known as Aunt Harriet, as she’s Dick Grayson‘s aunt and a constant presence in the first two seasons. In the comics, she maintains her […]

  36. […] games and vices like her Bruce. Karlo tried to kill her another couple of times, but Batman and Robin were always there to save her. Finally, choosing her priorities, Julie decided to leave Bruce and […]

  37. […] the following fight, as the goons were been beaten, Eivol tried to intervene in first person, but Robin locked him in the Egyptian sarcophagus, keeping him there until the police arrived. Sum of all […]

  38. […] and incidents. She was helped in understanding Earth’s way by the Titans’ leader, Robin, who taught her and followed her in her progresses… and who even became her first romantic […]

  39. […] of Titans: Raven, the goth girl portrayed by Teagan Croft. She’ll be the one looking for Dick Grayson to warn him about an incoming threat, and whose pleads will eventually lead to the formation of the […]

  40. […] a kid. In the series, of course, he’s alive and well, and he comes to meet his predecessor Dick Grayson for unknown reasons. Arguably, the original Robin isn’t exactly happy to see that Batman […]

  41. […] a new one: Detective Amy Rohrbach, portrayed by Lindsey Gort. Detective Rohrbach is introduced as Dick Grayson‘s new partner at Detroit Police Department, but she isn’t exactly welcomed by one […]

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