Why none of the Robin's should be Batman

#1 Posted by batshrine (1001 posts) - - Show Bio

Many people like to speculate if anything were to happen to Bruce (permanently) who would be the one to take over as Batman? I argue that it shouldn't be any of the Robins and here is why...

Dick: By becoming Nightwing I feel like he has transcended the need to become Batman. He has become his own superhero and honeslty I feel making him Batman confines him, and doesn't make him true to his character.

Jason Todd: Too violent, might have a better sense of boundaries but he would lack self control all the time, and Batman needs self control. Plus besides being good at fighting, what other Batmanish trates does he have...

Tim Drake: The most well suited for the job being the most similar. I feel like he lacks similar motivations, and his idolization of Batman and Bruce would stop him from picking up the mantel. Hey if he couldn't pick up the name Robin out of respect, how could he do Batman ;)

Damian: Although he seems to be grumpy all the time, thats not what Batman is all about. Batman deep down is a very caring family oriented guy, and I feel that Damian just lacks that aspect. Plus concerns of violence comes up like Jason Todd, and Im pretty positive he has killed more people too. I think they make a better Wingman and Redbird anyway!

#2 Posted by Selinaky (677 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think anyone could be Batman the same way Bruce is. He IS Batman, Bruce Wayne is a mask.

#3 Posted by batshrine (1001 posts) - - Show Bio

@Selinaky: yeah i totally agree

#4 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (12637 posts) - - Show Bio

Robin John Blake count as Robin?

#5 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (7568 posts) - - Show Bio

Dick was Batman for a while and I thought he held his own

#6 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1389 posts) - - Show Bio

Bruce Wayne tops them all, hands down...i hope nonody takes the mantle permanently

#7 Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher (1688 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Dick did the role justice while Bruce was gone, but it was a key element at first that Bruce didn't tell him to take up the mantle because he didn't think needed to be Batman. He thought the Nightwing role was fine. Dick was forced to take it up because of some random dude sullying it (Jason Todd).

#8 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

Bruce Wayne will always be Batman same as Clark Kent will always be Superman and Popeye will always be Popeye and Mickey Mouse will always be Mickey Mouse. As for Robin, I prefer Dick Grayson to be Robin forever.

#9 Posted by BlackReaper (595 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, they're not supposed to be exactly like him. A new Batman literally means a NEW Batman. Although, I think if Dick, Damian, or Tim took over the role, the suit and Gotham would mold them into Batman.

#10 Edited by fodigg (6136 posts) - - Show Bio

I think any of the Robin's could be Batman, they'd just emphasize one aspect of his skill-set:

  • Bruce Wayne - The full package
  • Dick Grayson - Athleticism
  • Jason Todd - Toughness/Brutality
  • Tim Drake - Detective skills
  • Damian Wayne - Martial training

Nothing wrong with any of that. It's not like they wouldn't have skills outside their area of expertise.

#11 Posted by BlackWind (7243 posts) - - Show Bio

I fully agree. Someone can take the mantle for a while, but at the end of the day, Batman is Bruce Wayne. Out of canon, Terry is the only other I accept as Batman, and even then he's not just Batman, he's Batman Beyond.

#12 Posted by Jack Donaghy (1168 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with you OP, sure Dick did a good job filling in for Bruce while he was gone but he isn't Batman. I don't like the idea of anyone replacing Bruce as Batman for a permanent amount of time, it'd be like Conner Kent replacing Clark as Superman or Miles Morales replacing Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the main Marvel continuity. The only time I'll accept anyone but Bruce is when it's a future scenario where Bruce is physically unable to do the job, like in Batman Beyond.

Other than that Bruce Wayne IS Batman.

#13 Posted by havoc1201 (522 posts) - - Show Bio

@DeathpooltheT1000: Never that dude couldnt even break free from a bad guy in TDKR.

#14 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (12637 posts) - - Show Bio

@havoc1201 said:

@DeathpooltheT1000: Never that dude couldnt even break free from a bad guy in TDKR.

It was a joke.

#15 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (8107 posts) - - Show Bio

I might be missing something but.... If Bruce intended John Blake to become Batman in Nolans movies... what about all the training needed that comes with it? leave a note of some good ninja masters references he's heard of?

#16 Posted by Mbecks14 (2029 posts) - - Show Bio

While Dick was a great placeholder for Batman, i agree with the OP that Dick's role as Nightwing was him forging his own path. I don't think Dick wants to be Batman. He's definitely the most qualified and was raised to be Batman, but he just isn't Batman. Jason is too much of an asshole. He doesn't have the discipline to be Batman. Tim Drake is certainly the most capable detective of his "brothers" but he isn't Batman. He doesn't see himself as the heir to the mantle, and I don't think he would want to be either. He wants to be the world's greatest detective and a hero but he doesn't want to be like Bruce.

The most worthy Robin of inheriting the mantle is Damian. Being Bruce's biological son, it is definitely most fitting that he don the cape and cowl. He is also not only physically and mentally capable but has the psychology for the role too. He is still young, and Bruce is helping him learn to be compassionate. I think realistically, Damian would be the best choice to be Batman.

#17 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (6522 posts) - - Show Bio

Watch when Jason becomes the best batman besides Bruce, better than dick, better than tim. He'll show you all BELIEVE IT

#18 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (12637 posts) - - Show Bio

@ULTRAstarkiller said:

Watch when Jason becomes the best batman besides Bruce, better than dick, better than tim. He'll show you all BELIEVE IT

HE WOULD BE THE GODDAMN BATMAN!!!

#19 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1389 posts) - - Show Bio

NO! WILL NOT

#20 Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher (1688 posts) - - Show Bio

LMFAO, Jason Todd will never be Batman. He's the one member of the family who's not even in the running for the position. Every other Bat kid would have to die for him to even have a shot.

#21 Posted by gotwillpower (679 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mbecks14 said:

The most worthy Robin of inheriting the mantle is Damian. Being Bruce's biological son, it is definitely most fitting that he don the cape and cowl. He is also not only physically and mentally capable but has the psychology for the role too. He is still young, and Bruce is helping him learn to be compassionate. I think realistically, Damian would be the best choice to be Batman.

This, I think Damian makes a great Batman.

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