When Damian Wayne and his mother, Talia al Ghul, showed up in Gotham City, I never would have imagined he could become Robin. Batman already had a great Robin with Tim Drake. Damian was an annoying and deadly brat that felt he was above everyone else. Raised by the Assassins Guild, a future as part of the Dynamic Duo didn't appear to be likely.
Yet, Damian started showing a desire to play that role. As the true son of Batman, he felt it was a role that belonged to him, especially over an adopted child of Batman's.
When Batman appeared to have died before Battle for the Cowl, Damian took over as Robin as Tim Drake moved on to Red Robin.
Partnering with Dick Grayson, Damian's career as Robin started off a little shaky. As the two worked together, it was clear just how good of a Robin Damian could be. Now that Bruce Wayne is back as Batman and the changes in the 'New 52,' could it be that Damian's time as Robin is coming to an end?== TEASER ==
Being Robin is a role many want to have but for some reason, they don't stick with the identity permanently. Dick Grayson needed to separate himself from Batman and became Nightwing. Jason Todd was 'killed' by the Joker. Tim Drake moved on to become Red Robin. Stephanie Brown almost doesn't count since she barely held onto the position. With Damian being so young (ten years old), you would think he would have many years ahead of him as the Boy Wonder.
When Damian first was handed over to Batman, he was impossible to deal with. He immediately felt he was above the others and his training with the Assassin's Guild didn't teach him how to get along with others. He made it clear that he was given to Batman against his will, he didn't want to be there. Yet he immediately started forming respect for his father. He might not have approved of their crimefighting ways but he still wanted the role of Robin as he felt he was the only one worthy to be his father's partner.
In the pages of the current Batman and Robin series, Damian is going through some changes. When Bruce first returned from being 'dead,' Damian was completely respectful. Now, partnering with his dad, Damian has fallen into the ways of an ungrateful child.
No matter how great of a relationship a father and son have, there's always going to be some tension at some point or another. The fact that Bruce isn't exactly used to being the father figure of a young child, he might not be able to give Damian the emotional response he would need. Then again, Damian never really had a healthy relationship with his mother either. It's possible he might be a little upset over not being partners with Dick anymore. They butted heads in the beginning but developed a great relationship as the Dynamic Duo.
Maybe Damian's going through puberty but he seems to be lashing out against his father. He should know by now that Batman and Robin do not kill. There are other ways to deal with opponents. His time alone in the Batcave was pretty scary as well.
The role of Robin almost seems cursed. Other heroes tend to stick to the superhero identity they take on. Robin almost has a revolving door attached to it. Being Robin has resulted in ridicule among some readers but Tim Drake helped to make the identity cool. Damian has been doing great things as well, being able to take on enemies with little effort.
Damian may be Batman's son but if he can't get on the same page as Bruce, he won't be Robin for much longer. Damian might not want to admit it, but being Robin means something to him.
If Damian leaves the post of Robin, where would that leave him? Going back to Talia and the assassin's guild doesn't seem to be an option, at least not with the way she used him against Dick Grayson (as Batman). Damian is a tough little kid and has that 'love-to-hate' vibe going for him but it looks like there's some writing on the wall and that writing doesn't look too favorable for him.
Then again, with Batman and Robin getting a fresh start in the 'New 52,' it's not like the series will end any time soon. Maybe it'll change to "Batman and Red Robin" or there'll be other changes. It falls on Damian whether or not he wants to continue to be Robin. Batman, as his father, can try to steer him in the right direction, in terms of doing the right thing and not killing. It's Damian that has to do his part in order to have the right to be Robin. Damian is young and it'd be a shame to see his career as Robin end so soon.