How good was he at being Batman?
Pretty much agree with the above, better as Justice League Batman due to the amazing leadership qualities he has/had, as well s his ability to fully trust people. Great as Gotham Batman, but I don't know if i'd say he was equal, because quite simply there wasn't enough time for him to deal with some of the problems Bruce has had to deal with in Gotham, or to see how Dick would've reacted to similar problems that Bruce had. The situations during Knightfall, No Man's Land, and War Games for example, where Gotham was on the brink of collapse, or did actually collapse and Bruce had to rally the troops and bring it back from the edge. However, Dick did take a different approach to defending Gotham which was well received and allowed him a bit more freedom in the city. He worked closely with the police, while at the same time having his base of operations closer to all the action as it were. Some of the ideas he had i'd say were better than those Bruce has had in the past. While he wasn't the same type of crime fighter as Bruce he aptly handled every situation he did have to deal with, and in doing so upheld the legacy of his mentor.
I actually wanted him to stay as batman more i feel his tenure ended very quickly.
I agree. I feel they didn't put a lot of thought into the idea of Bruce Wayne "dying". Unlike with say Jason Todd or even Superman, outside of the actual comic universe it wasn't treated as a big deal. It was really obvious that Bruce was going to return. I mean, leading up to Dick's time as Batman writers were already talking about it, you already knew a Return of Bruce Wayne arc was being worked on and such, and I feel that it just took a lot of enjoyment out of the entire thing. And putting that aside it still feels like they only had Bruce "die" to give Final Crisis some kind of importance as an event, and then just brought him back shortly afterwards. I feel if they're going to kill a character off, and let his mentee/son take over, it should be for 5 years at the least. This is one of the reasons I really do think Wally West as the Flash was handled so well. We saw him struggle with it, grow into the role, and eventually surpass his mentor, while always being sure to honor him. We didn't get the same for Dick. It's like he was Batman for a short year and then that was it.
I've only read Morrison's B&R....in that time he was an 'alright' Batman, I guess. Not particularly memorable, but not bad either.
Dick's great and all but only Bruce can pull off Batman IMO. Unless its an alternate universe or one-shot.
Agree with this.
He did extremely well.
The fact he's not in the same class as Bruce shows just how damn good Bruce is.
Agree with this. Though honestly I think he was also a little underated in general, but he came up against some strange things and did rather well. Also no shame in being second only to Bruce Wayne.
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