John Grayson
John and Mary Grayson
General Information
Real name: John Grayson
First Appearance: Detectove Comics #38
Created by: Bill Finger
Bob Kane
Affiliations: The Flying Graysons
Abilities: Skilled acrobat
Portrayed by: Larry A. Lee (Batman Forever)

John Grayson is a flying trapeze artist, father to Dick Grayson, and husband to Mary Grayson.


In the comics, John Grayson and his wife were performers in Haley's Circus with their son, Dick Grayson, while preparing for a performance, Dick overhears Anthony "Boss" Zucco, a well-known and feared crime lord, threaten the performers unless the circus' owner pays extortion money. The owner refuses, and that night young Grayson watches in horror as his parents' high wire snaps, sending them hurtling to their deaths, all while many of Gotham's elite watched on. Dick felt responsible, because he hadn't warned his parents in time.

Shortly after the tragedy, the billionare philanthropist Bruce Wayne rescued Dick from an uncaring juvenile services system. Frustrated by the lack of attention from his new guardian and the mystery still surrounding his parents' death, Grayson sneaks out of Wayne Manor one evening to solve the crime on his own - only to stumble into Batman, who is also investigating the murder. They succeed in revealing Zucco's complicity, but he seemingly dies of a heart attack before his arrest (it was later revealed that he was still alive, but had been confined to a ventilator for decades.) Seeing a reflection of himself in Dick, Batman not only reveals his identity as Bruce Wayne to the boy, but also makes the young orphan the offer of a lifetime: the chance to become his crime-fighting partner. Dick chooses the name Robin, and his training begins.

Before John and Mary's deaths, they, along with Dick, were known as The Flying Graysons - the acrobats of Haley's Circus. John is survived by a brother, George.

In other mediaEdit


Batman ForeverEdit

See Mr. Grayson

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