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Batman and Robin Post DC Reboot

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.

  1. Dick Grayson
  2. Jason Todd
  3. Tim Drake
  4. Stephanie Brown (maybe)
  5. 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.

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4 responses to “Batman and Robin Post DC Reboot

  1. Jon Hayes August 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Now now, calm down 🙂 I think we need to look at the DC answer a bit. I think they forgot to insert one word, publicly, Superheroes have only publicly existed for 5 years. Clearly Superman didn’t grow up in 5 years. So if you think about how Batman no doubt operated in the shadows for say 5 years before going public then it would make sense.

    • Chris August 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

      I hope that it does end up making sense. I just am slightly concerned about how this is all panning out right now. I’m expressing concern but am taking a wait-and-see approach. I’m very curious to see how Batman post DC Reboot works out.

  2. fawcettu August 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Yeesh, it still sounds stupid.

    I’m not going to bother with this. As far as I’m concerned, my DC went out of business when Warner Brother’s forced Jenette Kahn to retire.

    • Chris August 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

      I think the Batman books are the only ones I’m going to bother with. I’m very curious to see the return of Nightwing and how they make Barbara Gordon Batgirl again.

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