Thought I would bring back an old favorite. About two years ago, I had come up with two different series detailing attributes that I loved about fictional characters. Fangirling survived and became a very popular series on Her story Arc, all about fictional female role models.
The second series, Wish He Was Real, kind of fell into the ether. Don't worry though, because I'm bringing it back with one of my favorite male fictional characters, the first one I did was about Dr. Spencer Reid, you can read that here. Without Further Ado, let's get started.
Dick Grayson is not a new name to the blog, I've talked about him several times. His Nightwing series, He's got his own video, and he's mentioned several other times in various other posts that aren't all about him. This time I thought it would be fun to give him his own full post and character write up and really let you guys know just why I'm so keen on him.
I guess we'll start at the beginning, I think the first time I saw Dick Grayson was as Robin in Batman: The Animated Series. My dad was always bringing home DC animated cartoons and films for us to look at, he was my gateway into the comics that have become such an important part of my life. Batman has stayed a part of my life and although there have been lots of Robins, there has only been one Dick. None of them ever lived up to Dick, and quite a few of them has fallen flat.
Dick Grayson, born to a family of amazing acrobats, becomes an orphan when a gangster kills his parents. Batman takes him under his wing, trains him, and helps him track down his parent killer. The ability to choose whether or not Dick kills the gangster is one of the rare defining moments of Batman's tutelage. Dick is bound and determined to rid the earth of this scum, but he begins to think about what would happen if he took a life, how differently Batman would be if he had killed his parent's killer, and he decides not to go through with it.
Dick Grayson really came into his own once he became Nightwing. Although my Friend Emily and I fight about it all the time, I still think that Barbara and he should be together, even though thanks to the animated DC films, He and Kor'i are growing on me. I think it's really just because I grew up with him. Granted he came out a long time before I was born and was technically an adult, and yes they moved onto other robins. But for Me, Dick will always be the Robin that I grew up with. He was the first, and he just has a super special place in my heart.
Originally, I only liked him as Robin. Once he became Nightwing, it really took me some time to come around to him being something different. I'm currently reading the Tim Seeley Series, and I am so in love. This is the Dick that I knew and loved! So I read his New 52 and I was intrigued although I did not go on to read Grayson, and then I picked it up again when DC Rebirth began Nightwing, and Seeley is definitely not disappointing me.
I think one of my favorite things about Dick is that he is the only Robin to become Batman. Yeah, let that sink in, in the battle with Bane, that literally broke Batman's back, Dick dressed as Batman until he recovered. This story arc is still extremely popular, and garnered great response, as it gave way to a more light-hearted Batman and a more brooding Robin, with Damian. I love that Dick is smart, not just bookwise but streets as well. His technological prowess and his ability to lead not only made him a great Batman but a great Titan as well.
One of my favorite renditions of the character would have to be the Batman Tv series. Burt Ward graced my walls as a girl, even though most girls my age, didn't know who he was. That sho is just something special. Adorable 60's Dick, in his sweaters, and collared shirts, exclaiming about how he didn't want to learn more French, or how he hated calculus, and his puns! Holy How Could You Not Love Him, Batman?