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Dick Grayson
Dick
Aliases: Robin
Occupation: Circus performer (former)
Vigilante (in secret)
Appeared In: Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Played by: Chris O'Donnell
Dick Grayson-Still
"I need a name, Batboy? Nightwing? I don't know, help me out, what's a good side-kick name?"
―Dick Grayson[src]

Dick Grayson is the young vigilante known as Robin. Grayson is the partner of crime-fighter Bruce Wayne.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Dick Grayson was raised as a circus performer. His entire nuclear family performed in an acrobat act called the Flying Graysons.

TragedyEdit

Psychotic gangster Two-Face murdered Dick's family when they acted against his attempt to bomb the circus. Commissioner Gordon took him to Bruce Wayne's house so they could sulk together.

RobinEdit

Eventfully Dick found the entrance to the Batcave and joined Bruce as crime fighter. This lead to confrontation between Dick and Two-Face, which he found somewhat satisfying.

A family in conflictEdit

Dick eventually found working Bruce aggravating, claiming that everything was "his way or the highway." Affected the pheromone of Poison Ivy, he grew further apart from Bruce.

Eventaully he got over this and began to develop a romantic interest in Barbara Wilson, niece of the butler. She also became costumed vigilante. Dick continues to fight crime with two partners.

Background Information and NotesEdit

Early attemptsEdit

Robin was set to appear in the original film. Irish child actor Ricky Addison Reed was cast in role. The release of the 'Death in the Family' storyline which featured the death of the current Robin, helped convince Warner Brothers that Robin wasn't important. Tim Burton and Sam Hamm were happy to eliminate him from the script. However, Warner Brothers executive Mark Canton would mutter at dailies "Where's Robin? Where's Robin?"

AdamsRedesign

Robin's redesigned costume by Neal Adams, with the intended to be worn by an actor.

Robin was also considered to be in Batman Returns, and had been written in the original script, but was later removed by Wesley Strick. Burton asked to DC to change Robin's costume, because they couldn't use it as it was. DC managed to get over ten artists to submit new costume designs. None of them were aware it was intended to be shown to the film company, except for Neal Adams because of some skeptical negotiation communications. With this in mind, he addressed what be considered problematic to filmmakers. The main innovations were turning the yellow cape black on the outside, and green tights to cover his legs instead of being bare legged. According to Adams, this solved all of the production teams problems, but they wanted him to go one step further and design at darker Robin. Adams submitted a design like this to DC but advised not to show it to film company because it would ruin their brand recognition. Though this design didn't make to final pre-production phase, the costume was used on a Robin figure in the Batman Returns toyline. The figure had flat top hairdo, like Marlon Wayans as opposed to the current Robin in the comics wearing the new costume.

In the later script, he was portrayed as a technologically savvy street kid who would help Batman following his narrow escape when The Penguin tried to kill him. He would later play a crucial role in Batman's final confrontation with The Penguin. He was simply called Robin, has no known real name, and was to be played by Marlon Wayans. Wayans screen tested in mechanic jumpsuit with an R on it. It was decided there were "too many characters" and Robin was written out once again.

Batman ForeverEdit

RingwoodRobin

Very early concept by Carlos Huante, similar to Neal Adams' effort.

By the third film, there was a greater desire to please children after their reaction to the second film. Robin went through a number of designs, now the would definitely be included in the series. Bob Ringwood designed a costume based on the Neal Adams design, the traditional suit only made its way into the film as circus costumes. Much like the storyboards for the first film.

Later a black costume, closer to what Batman wears considered but discarded. most like due to brand recognition related problems.

The final design in film incorporated from both designs. It retained black/yellow cape and green tights covering the legs, but costume itself was closer to what Batman was wearing in the film.

Batman & RobinEdit

In the fourth film, the costume is based on the character's Nightwing costume from the modern comics. The main difference being the chest emblem being red instead of blue. At the end of the film a silver version is used as a kind of Arctic Armor.

TriviaEdit

  • Before beong cast as Batman in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, Christian Bale audition for Robin in the third film.

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