|Real name:||Richard John Grayson|
|Aliases:|| Dick Grayson|
|Affiliation:|| John Grayson (Deceased Father)|
Mary Grayson (Deceased Mother)
Mitch Grayson (Deceased older Brother)
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Friend, mentor and partner)
Alfred Pennyworth (Friend)
Barbara Wilson/Batgirl (Partner and love interest)
|Characteristics:|| Gender - Male|
Hair - Brown
Eyes - Blue
|Portrayed by:||Chris O'Donnell|
|Appearances:|| Batman Forever|
Batman & Robin
- "My brother's wire broke once and I swung out and grabbed him. My father said I was his hero. I flew in like a Robin."
- ―Dick Grayson to Alfred Pennyworth.[src]
Dick was the youngest son of John and Mary. They were a team of acrobats who were called The Flying Graysons who worked in a circus along with his elder brother, Mitch. They went all across the world with the rest of the circus with their astounding acts.
While they were on tour in Gotham City, the Flying Graysons' show was interrupted by a psychopathic villain who was named Two-Face who, along with his Thugs, held the audience and entertainers hostage with an orb that hung from the top of the tent that was filled with two hundred sticks of TNT, and was controlled with a radio detonator that was set to go off in two minutes, but would disarm in exchange for Batman's life. Bruce Wayne, who was in attendance at the circus with Dr. Chase Meridian, tried to sacrifice himself, but due to the screaming of the terrified audience, Two-Face was unable to hear him.
The Graysons selflessly decided to help everyone by destroying the explosive device themselves. While Dick successfully disposed of the orb, Two-Face flipped his coin to decide the fate of Dick's family; and the coin landed on the scarred side. As a result, Two-Face shot apart one of the harnesses that kept the rest of Dick's family hanging, and caused them to fall down to the hard ground below, and they all died on impact.
Dick returned and was greatly heartbroken to see the corpses of his whole family. He never slept, spoke to anyone, or even ate because of that terrible tragedy and gained a great hatred for Two-Face.
Sometime later, Commissioner James Gordon took Dick to Wayne Manor where Bruce, who felt partly to blame for the murder of Dick's family, took him in, though Dick did not want to stay (for long, at least). Dick quickly struck up a friendship with Alfred Pennyworth. When Alfred brought up the image of a Robin on Dick's motorcycle helmet, he told Alfred that he once saved his brother's life during circus practice after Mitchell's wire broke by swinging out and grabbing him ("I flew in like a Robin."), and earned tremendous respect from his father who praised him as a hero. After he saw great potential in Dick as a crime fighter, Alfred assured Dick that "broken wings mend in time" and promised that "one day Robin will fly again".
After he accidently discovered the Batcave, Dick decided to go for a joyride in the Batmobile. He saved a teenage girl from a street gang, who had him outnumbered until Batman arrived. Dick was initially furious upon learning that Bruce was Batman and blamed him for his family's deaths. Later, Dick demanded that Bruce help him find Two-Face so that he could kill him. Bruce refused, and did not want Dick to end up like him; a loner. But Dick insisted on being involved.
When Batman was almost killed by Two-Face after the latter and his thugs crashed the NygmaTech business party, Dick (dressed in his circus outfit and wearing a mask) intervened and saved his life. Bruce, however, was angry with him for putting his own life at risk, and rejected his offer to join him as his partner in crime-fighting. When Bruce decided to give up being Batman in order to pursue a normal life with his girlfriend, Chase Meridian, Dick ran away before Chase was kidnapped by both Two-Face and The Riddler, and took his circus costume with him.
When Batman was on his way to rescue Chase and stop the two villains, Dick returned, wore a crime fighter's that was suit designed by Alfred, and became Batman's new partner, "Robin", in order to save her.
Upon arriving at the Riddler's fortress, Claw Island, Batman and Robin were separated and were forced to split up. Robin found Two-Face, viciously thrashed him in a vengeful rage, and sent him hanging over the edge of a cliff. Unable to take a life after he was bluffed by Two-Face, Robin pulled him back up with the intention of sending him to jail.
Two-Face responded by taking him at gunpoint to the Riddler. He was tied up, gagged with duct tape, and placed in a giant glass cylinder with Chase, in another cylinder, on the other side of the room.
Batman arrived and the Riddler gave him a choice to save Chase or Robin. Batman destroyed the Riddler's mind device, which warped the Riddler's mind in the process.
Before he collapsed, the Riddler made the lids of the two cylinders that held Robin and Chase open, and sent them down to the rocks and water below. Batman, however, saved them both, but Two-Face appeared, took aim at the three of them, and was about to shoot them. However, Batman reminded Two-Face about his coin and that he's always had two minds about everything. When Two-Face concurred with that and flipped his coin to decide their fate, Batman threw a handful of coins that were identical to his and Two-Face frantically tried to get all of them when he suddenly lost his balance and plummeted down to the spiky pit below, with his actual coin landing in the palm of his hand on the good side as he sank into the pit, dead. Robin stared at Two-Face as he fell to his death, and was satisfied that his family was avenged.
In the years that followed, Robin continued to serve as Batman's sidekick.
Dick became romantically entangled with Alfred's niece, Barbara Wilson, who later joined the crime fighting team under the alias Batgirl. Dick was deeply sorrowful when he learned that Alfred was dying from a rare disease that was called MacGregor's Syndrome. In the end, Robin stayed on Batman's team, and together, they defeated Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and Bane, and also obtained the cure for Alfred's condition from Freeze in the process, who offered it to them out of gratitude for revealing to him that it was Ivy, not Batman, who tried to kill his wife, and that they had found and restored her. Bruce and Dick's trust in one another was finally restored, their bond grew stronger, and they became family. With Barbara as a member of the team, the Titanic Trio continued to protect Gotham from crime.
Batman & RobinEdit
Behind the Scenes Edit
- That version of Robin was very similar to Jason Todd in the comics.
- Dick's Robin costume in Batman & Robin bore similarities to the comic's current Nightwing costume with an added cape. Dick Grayson even considered "Nightwing" as his possible "sidekick name" in Batman Forever.
- Producers of the first film considered using Robin and had even cast an actor, but they eventually dropped the character.
- Robin appeared in various scripts of Batman Returns, but was removed due to too many characters in the film. However, despite his exclusion from the movie, an action figure of Robin was still made.
- A not produced script featured Robin as a homeless boy vigilante, who became an ally to Batman. He was the leader of a juvenile gang, who beat people up, and he eventually had a "hard-edged" relationship with Batman, who then took him in as his sidekick.
- Robin was later changed to an intelligent African-American teenager who was also a garage mechanic, who worked in an auto shop garage. He was to supposedly fix the Batmobile after The Penguin wrecked it. According to screenplay writer Daniel Waters, he wore an old-fashioned garage mechanic uniform with an 'R' on it. There was a scene where he drove the Batmobile, which was used in the third film. He even helped Batman out of a jam. Marlon Wayans was cast, and signed for a sequel. Wayans had attended costume tests, but it was decided to save that character for a later film.
- Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg were considered for the role of Robin for Batman Forever.