Batman and Robin Post DC Reboot
August 9, 2011
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There has been a great deal of confusion regarding DC Comics and the line wide reboot/relaunch of all their published comics. One of the biggest points of confusion is that in the comics everything has only moved 5 years forward from the origin.
Here’s how that gets confusing for Batman fans. In 5 years Bruce Wayne has had four, maybe five Robins.
- Dick Grayson
- Jason Todd
- Tim Drake
- Stephanie Brown (maybe)
- Damien Wayne
That’s a new Robin each year which really doesn’t make sense when you consider that fact that pre-reboot Dick was Robin for many years before developing his Nightwing persona. How does DC explain the fact that there has been a new Robin nearly every year? Simple just check out the ‘New 52 FAQ‘ that has been made available to comic book retailers. Here’s how the FAQ explains the existence of so many Robins in such a short timeline.
Q: If super-heroes have only existed for five years, how has Batman gone through so many Robins?
A: Robin is an intern program -and a very intensive one at that.
What the hell? An internship? We are supposed to expect that the bat family that has formed against all odds is instead an internship that brings in employees? If this is an internship what has happened to the father/son relations ship between Bruce and Dick not to mention Bruce and Tim? Is that just going to go away? The sense of family that formed between these men with such troubled pasts is part of what makes their story so compelling. To get rid of years of history and family for this reboot is ridiculous.
Look at all the animated Batman products there is always a familial relationship between Batman and his sidekicks, just as it has been in the comics. That is all being thrown out the window right now and for what? To try and make more money and bring in new readers? The fact that DC is so willing to get rid of this back-story and history is upsetting to say the least. I don’t know what DC is doing but its not looking good right now. This reboot/relaunch might backfire horribly.