Don't get me wrong, Dick Grayson is one of my favorite characters in DC and I absolutely loved him as Nightwing. The Battle for the Cowl is one of my favorite stories and with Bruce out of the picture, among the other candidates to become Batman, Dick seemed like the most logical choice to become the Dark Knight.
However, it's been too long and I just can't see him as Batman anymore. I mean I loved Batman since i was a child and during this time I had always known the Bruce Wayne IS Batman and there can only be ONE Batman. When Dick first decided to become Batman he was reluctant of course but then Alfred told him to make the mantle his own.
If Dick had used like another costume and called himself Batman I would have been okay with it but he's using the exact same costume (before Bruce returned). The only this he changed was adding a bat symbol to his belt and weapons which isn't much of a change.
I mean, I didn't have a problem with Bucky Barnes becoming Captain America in Marvel. Sure I was annoyed a bit at first because to me Steve Rogers IS Captain America but in time Bucky grew on me. Maybe it's because Bucky travels a different path from Steve. Bucky uses a gun, a bionic arm giving him super strength and a new cool costume. Also, Bucky wearing the costume and carrying the shield has served some purpose. I mean he used to be the Winter Soldier, a cold blooded assassin who hurt a lot of people, but by becoming Captain America, he is redeeming himself and trying to do what he always wanted to do since WWII, serve his country and accomplish some good
As for Dick, his only purpose in becoming Batman was basically to replace Bruce because Gotham still needs a Batman. I get that. I also get that Dick becoming Batman has marked a huge evolution in the character, he went from being Robin the Boy Wonder to a self-titled Nightwing to finally reach the rank of Batman. But you know, to become Batman, shouldn't he be at least a match for Bruce himself, and I think that a lot of people agree with me when I say that Dick is not on Bruce's level (yet). There's also one more thing that is bothering me about Dick is this
.Maybe the artist meant to have him grin or something but seriously in all over Batman's years I've rarely seen the Dark Knight smile. I'm not pessimistic or anything but for a guy who wants to strike fear in the hearts of criminals, which is kinda what Batman is all about, Dick's not gonna be so intimidating when he's SMILING! He was shown on numerous instances showing a big smile on his face. There's also the thing about his voice. I'm sure that most, if not all of you, imagine Bruce Wayne's voice in the comics being the one used in the classic animates series. Dick and Bruce have really different voices and my favorite one for Dick was Niel Patrick Harris's voice from Under the Red Hood animated movie and although it felt right for Nightwing, it really doesn't suit someone wearing a Batman costume.
Because of this I am unable to read any story regarding Dick as Batman. As much as i love Grayson, to me he's no Batman. To make matters worse for me, Dick is the Gotham's Dark Knight while Bruce is "saving the world". I'm giving Detective Comics a chance and i'm reading the Black Mirror story which is pretty strong so far but I am unable to read the main Batman series which features Dick as Batman.
What do you Batman fans think? Should I give Dick the same chance I gave Bucky? Did he grow on any of you? Do I make a point in not accepting Dick as Batman or am I just being obnoxious? Are Dick's stories in the main Batman series worth reading? tell me what you think!