LET ME EXPLAIN THIS FIRST WHAT I MEAN BY "CANNOT BECOME BATMAN" IS DICK GRAYSON CANNOT BE TURNED INTO A CARBON COPY OF BRUCE WAYNE. DICK GRAYSON IS AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT PERSON AND DOES NOT NEED A COWL TO BECOME GOTHAMS HERO AFTER BRUCE. HE "CANNOT" BECOME BATMAN BECAUSE GRAYSON HAS HIS OWN LEGACY TO FILL NOT JUST A SIMPLE CONTINUATION OF BRUCE. DICK GRAYSON SHOULD EVENTUALLY TAKE OVER IN THE MANTLE HE CREATED: NIGHTWING, NOT TURNED INTO BATMAN II
and here is why, enjoy your read
The Dick Grasyon one day becoming Batman debate is one that most if not all Nightwing fans have had at one point or another. I am certainly no exception to this and have let it run through my mind multiple times and the answer is always No. to understand why the answer must always be No, one must first understand who Batman is.
Batman is one of the oldest comics in existence and has obviously been around a very long time.
Batman's story is a tale of a young boy named Bruce Wayne that sees his parents gun down at a very young age (usually eight) and decides that for the rest of his life he will seek vengeance on all criminals and stop them from committing crimes by force.
If one were to describe Batman in three words it would most certainly be "obsessed with Vengeance" Bruce Wayne's life is not about anything but the oath he made to bring vengeance upon the criminals of Gotham in a never ending struggle.
second one must understand Dick Grayson
like Batman Dick Grayson has been around a very long time, only behind Batman and Supes in comic book appearances.
Dick Grayson's story is the tale of a young acrobat that witnesses his parents fall to their death because the circus would not pay protection money. however Dick Grayson's back story is different than Bruce's in multiple ways. the first is Dick is always older than Bruce was when his parents died thus is better able to comprehend the situation. second Dick Grayson is removed from the place that connects him to his parents while Bruce always lives in Wayne Manor. thus Dick is allowed to heal whereas Bruce is constantly reminded of his parents. the third thing being that Dick Grayson has always been portrayed similar to Batman but always having different view points and means to accomplishing the same goal.
If one were to describe Dick Grayson in three words it would be " Healing the World." as you can see Dick Grayson is very different from Bruce whereas Bruce believes he needs to shoulder the burden and relentlessly pound criminals down but Dick Grayson moves past that and has one thing that Batman doesnt and that is hope. Dick Grayson believes that world can heal and that people will eventually do the right thing. Batman believes that he is the only thing stopping evil from overtaking Gotham City, Dick Grayson has always been seen by the DCU as a likable character. one that anyone could lean on and have a shoulder to cry on and most importantly trusts them and therefor he is deeply trusted back. that is simply not Batman. Nobody ever considers crying on Batman's shoulder and Bat's certainly does not play well with others.
now we move on to why Dick Grayson cannot be Batman
first of all you cannot simply become Batman. Batman is an iconic character that has one constant theme. Batman has such clout that as Superman says Batman is the real person and Bruce Wayne is secret identity. that is not Dick Grayson, Dick is the real person regardless of him wearing a Robin, Nightwing, or Batman costume. No matter what happens Dick will always be Dick and there is nothing that can be done to force him to be Batman. they are dramatically different people. Batman is Dark and in the shadows where Grayson is bright and is seen artistically flipping through the air.
second even if Dick Grayson was to put on the Cowl he would certainly not be Bruce. He would do things dramatically differently and would never ever turn into the dark brooding loner that Batman is. The JLA would be different and more co operative. I mean in YJ Nightwing willingly gave us his leadership position to Aqualad, Bruce would never do that. then if Dick had Bruces resources he would use it to bring JOY like he attempted to with amusement mile not like bruce with Batman Inc that was developed to stop crime.
Third , Batman is a great character and so is Dick Grayson. and I do not believe putting on a cowl will make him Batman. He will not suddenly become dark and brooding. he will not be obsessive. I mean look at Damian's Death. Bruce is obsessed and relentless trying to force things to happen but Dick is not Dick is trying to heal and in time he will come to peace with it.
. not saying he is a better detective or h2h fighter or anything. But Dick is transcends Batman because he has hope. he has this ideal that by working together we can make everything ok. sure times will be rough but together people can accomplish anything. it is that belief that makes Dick better than Bats because when Batman dies there will never be another Bruce. But when Nightwing dies there will still be all those that he helped and lead to make better. mentored the other robins in becoming there own and setting on there own mission. as well as his fellow titans that he led and established connections that will last generations. Batman's legacy is vengeance, Grayson's legacy is hope and cooperation. Grayson is and always will be Grayson and no costume can change that. a costume will not make Grayson any better or more feared or more repected. what will is dick grayson's legacy and I do not believe he has to become anything to make that happen.