Robin's origin had a typological connection to Batman's in that both witnessed the crime-related deaths of their parents, creating an urge to battle the criminal underworld. This provided a bond and understanding between the two. Bruce taught Dick fighting techniques and detective skills for a grueling 6 months. Finally, Dick had to pass a final test - "the Gauntlet". Dick had to elude the Dark Knight on the streets of Gotham for one night - from sundown to sunrise - without any outside help.
Dick succeeded, simultaneously bringing Gotham gangster Joe Minette to justice. Dick took to the streets as Batman's full-fledged partner in crime-fighting: Robin, the Boy Wonder. Dick enjoyed his first year as Robin, regarding the job as an adventure until a confrontation with Two-Face served as a rude awakening for the young hero. Two-Face had captured the new District Attorney and Batman, and had each suspended from a hangman's noose in a 'double gallows death-trap'.
Robin, in trying to save the D. It worked, but Robin didn't account for Dent's obsession with the number two—it was a two-fold trap, and the floor gave way, dropping the D. Robin was unable to prevent his death and received a beating at the hands of Two-Face. A beating witnessed by Batman, still tied up on the platform trying to free himself. Eventually, Batman was able to free himself and apprehend Two-Face.
This event, however, scarred the young crime-fighter and haunts him even today. Rather than see Dick be further endangered, Batman "fires" his partner, sidelining the Boy Wonder for a time.
Dick continued his adventures with Batman, and began attending college at Hudson University. Robin started to take on solo missions as well, and found himself to be a capable crime-fighter in his own right. Shortly afterward, the mysterious Raven summoned Dick and several other young heroes to form a new group of Titans. Robin again resumed leadership of the Titans, and in doing so moved out of Batman's shadow. When Robin was 17, he was shot in the shoulder by the Jokerand this scared Batman into ending his career for good.
Dick realized at that point he had grown up: He no longer relied on Batman Various - Batman Forever - Gotham City Radio (CD), in fact, he and the Dark Knight disagreed on crime-fighting methodology as Batman used torture and Dick didn't like it.
His newfound independence and Titans' duties in New York left less time for his former commitments in Gotham City.
He also dropped out of Hudson after only one semester. Dick rediscovered his self-worth among the Teen Titans. Batman, however, was less than pleased. He informed Dick that if he no longer wanted to be his partner, then Dick would have to retire as Robin. Dick left Wayne Manor after this falling out.
Helping him through this difficult time was his fellow Titans, including Starfire, a beautiful alien that Dick had fallen in love with. Dick handed over leadership of the Titans to Wonder Girl.
Uncertain what to do, he turned to someone he knew would understand: Superman. Very briefly, Dick had considered giving up the whole crime fighting gig; but he couldn't imagine his life any other way. But if he couldn't be Robin, who would he be?
Superman had the answer. Long ago on Krypton, a man was cast out by his family - just as Dick had been. He dreamed of a world ruled by justice and set out to protect the helpless of Krypton. His true identity was never revealed. He was known only as Nightwing. The Post-Crisis version of Grayson had him become the first and only Nightwing, with his costume partially inspired by his father, who at one time wore a circus costume that was a variant of colleague Boston Brand's Deadman costume.
When all his teammates were captured by Deathstroke the Terminator, and delivered to the HIVE, Dick assumed a new identity of Nightwing and helped to free them, with the help of a new ally and future TitanJericho. Nightwing had finally moved out of the shadow of the Bat, and would lead the Titans through some hard times.
Dick endured brainwashing at the hands of Brother Blood, his relationship with Starfire would suffer due to her marriage of state, he would be deeply affected by the fact that Batman trained a new Robin Jason Todd only for him to be seemingly killed at the hands of the Joker.
Shortly after this, during Batman: Year Three, Dick learned that Tony Zucco, the man who killed his parents, had not actually died but rather passed into a coma.
As revealed in Robin: Year One, Batman feared Dick would want the gangster dead, so he "protected" the boy by telling him that Zucco was dead. After spending nearly seven years in prison with good behavior, Zucco applied for parole, in exchange for becoming a state informant of mob activity. His real intentions, however, were to retrieve a ledger containing his secrets.
Just as Dick arrived to see him step out of the prison, he was gunned down by an enemy mobster from a helicopter. Despite catching the assassin and getting some closure to his parents' deaths, Dick was upset with Bruce for lying to him and keeping him away.
Bruce explained that this was not his intent. Feeling hurt and betrayed, Bruce and Dick would remain at odds with each other, never fully sorting out their strained relationship. While serving with the New Titans, Dick was searched out by an older Tim Drakewho had only one goal on his mind, for Dick to return to Robin. It was Dick's refusal to return that Tim started down the road toward becoming the new Robin.
After weeks of persuading and proving his potential, Dick then returned to the Batman to plead Tim's case, with help from Alfred Pennyworth. Soon after, various members of the Titans were abducted by the Wildebeest Society. This event shook up the team in a big way.
The group entered into tumultuous times, where members came and went, longtime friends were maimed or destroyed, although Dick persevered through it all, and remained the heart and center of the team.
But his relationship with Starfire became strained, and problems in Gotham demanded Dick's attention. Impulsively, Dick proposed marriage to Starfire. The two almost wed, but the ceremony was interrupted by Raven, now reborn as an evil avatar of her father, Trigon.
Her brutal attack on Starfire triggered changes in Dick and Kory's relationship. Starfire was implanted with a demon "seed" which causes her to leave Earth and go on a spiritual journey. The two grew apart, and Starfire eventually returned to her home planet of Tamaran. Meanwhile, in Gotham, Bruce Wayne was nearly killed by the villain Bane who had crippled him by breaking his back.
Unwilling to force Dick to come back and believing that Dick deserved to be his own man, Bruce opted to give the mantle of Batman to the unstable Jean Paul Valleywith Tim Drake, the new Robin to guide him. Unfortunately, Jean Paul proved too much for Tim to handle, and Dick returned to help.
Dick intervened with Tim Drake, and when Bruce returned to Gotham healed and ready to become Batman again, the three of them along with Catwoman brought Valley down and Bruce re-assumed the mantle of Batman.
When Dick returned to the Titans, he found the government had interceded, placing Arsenal the former Speedy as leader of the team. Dick stepped aside and left the Titans, concentrating on problems in Gotham City. Still recovering from his broken back, Various - Batman Forever - Gotham City Radio (CD) asked Dick to substitute for him as Batman for a time.
Dick accepted. During this time, Dick was able to confront Two-Face and lay some demons to rest. He also established a wonderful partnership with Tim which allowed for their brotherly bond to flourish. Bruce eventually returned to Gotham to reclaim his role as Batman before taking back the mantel. However, Bruce admitted to Dick the reason he had not selected him for the role of Batman originally and for the first time in a long time, Bruce and Dick began to heal their strained relationship.
Bruce's respect for Dick was at last obvious. As of Various - Batman Forever - Gotham City Radio (CD) current events surrounding the Infinite Crisis storyline, Nightwing has refused to join his recently resurrected friend Donna Troy as she journeys to New Cronus with several heroes. He has instead adopted a new villainous costume and persona in order to infiltrate Lex Luthor's Secret Society of Supervillains and seemingly attempt to trouble it from the inside.
Under Deathstroke's employ, he trained Slade's daughter Rose, the newest Ravager. The Society drops the super-villain Chemo on the city, killingpeople.
Dick tries to rescue survivors but is overcome by radiation poisoning, only to be rescued by Batman. Nightwing confides that he let the villain Blockbuster die and asks Batman to forgive him. Batman tells him that his forgiveness doesn't matter; Dick has to move beyond Blockbuster's death. Inspired by his mentor, he proposes to Barbara Gordonwho tearfully accepts his proposal with a kiss.
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Like X-Menthe program was much more adult oriented than previous typical superhero cartoon series. In their constant quest to make the show darker, the producers pushed the boundaries of action cartoons: it was the first such cartoon in years to depict firearms being fired instead of laser guns only one person has ever been actually depicted as shot; Commissioner Gordon in episode 49 was seen to have a gunshot wound after the firefight was finishedBatman actually punching and kicking the antagonists, as well as the existence of blood such as Batman having a trail of blood from his mouth ; in addition, many of the series' backgrounds were painted on black paper.
The distinctive visual combination of film noir imagery and Art Deco designs with a very dark color scheme was called "Dark Deco" by the producers. First-time producers Timm and Radomski reportedly encountered resistance from studio executives, but the success of Burton's first film allowed the embryonic series to survive long enough to produce a pilot episode, " On Leather Wings ", which according to Timm "got a lot of people off our backs.
The Emmy Award-winning series quickly received wide acclaim for its distinctive animation and mature writing, and it instantly became a hit. Fans of a wide age range praised the show's sophisticated, cinematic tone, character depth and psychological stories.
This series also featured a supporting cast that included major actors performing the voices of the various classic villains, most notably Mark Hamillwho defined a whole new career for himself in animation with his portrayal of Joker. The voice recording sessions were recorded with the actors together in a studio, like a radio play, unlike most animated films, in which the principal voice actors record separately and never meet various interviews have noted that such an arrangement having the cast Various - Batman Forever - Gotham City Radio (CD) together was a benefit to the show as a whole, as the actors were able to 'react' to one another, rather than simply 'reading the words'.
Key to the series' artistic success is that it managed to redefine classic characters, paying homage to their previous portrayals while giving them new dramatic force. The characterization of villains such as Two-Face and the Mad Hatter and heroes like Robin who had not appeared in the Burton film series demonstrate this.
The Penguin is based upon his appearance in Batman Returnswhich was being released at the same time as the series. The series also gave new life to nearly forgotten characters like the Clock King. An often noted example of dramatic change is Mr. Another example of dramatic change is Clayfacea character who to fans is believed to be far more intriguing to an audience due to his tragic past and almost 'sane' way of dealing with situations, and later influenced DC to recreate their version of the character to fit the animated universes.
The most famous of the series' innovations is the Joker's hapless assistant, Harley Quinnwho became so popular that DC Comics later added her to the mainstream Batman comic continuity. This series became a cornerstone of the Warner Bros. For years, Warner Bros. Animation had been known only for doing Looney Tunes and their offshoots such as Tiny Toon Adventures. This was Warner's first attempt at doing a serious animated cartoon and it ended up working better than they thought.
Despite the marketing decision by Warner Bros. A completely new version of the series was launched to match the more efficient animation style of Superman: The Animated Series. The Joker : I will be Batman, and you will be me. Edward: You are a fool, Mockridge, to think you can get away with this.
Your amoral greed is no match for an intellect like mine! Mockridge: Oh, yeah? Then tell me somethingEddie : If you're so smart, why aren't you ''rich''? Bruce: And how did you come to that well-thought-out conclusion? Charlie Collins: Exactly at what point did I become life's punching bag? The Riddler : That is grand-scale cheatingBatman!
You're not supposed to tamper with the Hand of Fate! Batman : I don't believe in fate! Early Installment Weirdness : In early episodes of the first season, color television is available, but later in the same season, all television seems to be exclusively monochromatic.
Scarecrow's first appearance gave him a really scrawny head and mask that magically widened to normal size when he took his mask off at the end of the episode. Later appearances redesigned his mask to be the same width as his head. Robin appears in "Christmas With The Joker", but doesn't appear again for a considerable amount of time.
For the DCAU as a whole, there's the fact that Gotham seems more like a retro-futuristic version of the s, with people wearing period fashions and hairstyles, rather than the "modern, but fancier" look of later entries.
It's implied that Gotham was slowly gentrifying in TNBA, with Joker finding it impossible to stay and operate in Gotham like the old days, and other criminals such as Penguin moving up the crime ladder, and by the time of Batman Beyondwhat used to be "Old Gotham" is more or less an abandoned ghost-town that only Bruce Wayne feels should still be invested in with his middle-class apprentice Terry mocking his sentimental paternalism. Likewise, Batman in the early episodes is not quite the grim, super-serious gruff Deadpan Snarker he would later be in Justice Leaguehe smiles, displays warmth, has an affable Cool Big Bro dynamic with Robin especially in "Christmas with the Joker".
Indeed, as part of his overall Myth ArcBatman becomes a much colder, darker, and asocial person, alienating his allies, showing the true cost of his "war on crime". Harley Quinn made her first appearence here, and is a lot different from how she would later become. Mainly, her villainy and general craziness is due to a combination of Love Makes You Crazy and being abused into going insane and being a villain by the Joker, and is portrayed as rather tragic.
The later comics and DCEU movies would up her craziness considerably with some claiming she was crazy even before she met the Jokerand, more troublingly, treat her mental illness as more of a cute personality quirk than a disease.
Embarrassed by a Child : In an episode, Clayface disguises himself as an elderly lady and gets on a bus. When his disguise starts to slip, a child says "Mommy, that lady has dirt all over her! When the villains capture them, put Batman on trial and force the DA to serve as his lawyer, she ends up defending Batman and he later returns the favor. In "Harlequinade", Batman recruits Harley to catch Joker before he blows up the city. Being Batmanhe handcuffs her to the Batmobile.
Harley I sense a lack of trust. Harleen Quinzel : It soon became clear to me that the Joker, so often described as a raving, homicidal madman, was actually a tortured soul crying out for love and acceptance. A lost, injured child trying to make the world laugh at his antics. And there, as always, was the self-righteous Batman, determined to make life miserable for my angel. Janet : I used to believe Batman was responsible for you Various - Batman Forever - Gotham City Radio (CD), but now I see nearly everyone here would have ended up exactly the same, Batman or not.
Oh, the gimmicks might be different, but you'd all be out there in some form or another, bringing misery to Gotham. The truth is, you created him. Joker : Well done, counselor. You've proven that Batman didn't create us. That we in fact messed up our own rotten lives. Since Warner Brothers Various - Batman Forever - Gotham City Radio (CD) paying for the series, Fox could give suggestions, but we didn't have to take them. The only people we had to listen to was Broadcast Standards and Practices and their only flat-out taboo was that we couldn't kill anybody, and we even got around that a couple of times.
In this episode Clayface went off that cliff and melted. He's dead. Harley: "I think I served you a subpoena once. It was a small The duo turns a corner, two giant shurikens come out of nowhere, and the duo ducks just before the blades lob their heads off.
Batman : Loses a head. I don't know what's worse, the traps or the puns. I Am the Noun : A famous example. Batman: I am vengeance. I am the night! Maxie Zeus : Penelope? Grace: Harvey! What are you doing!? Two-Face: Taking control of my life. Bruce: Roland Daggett is up to something, Alfred. Alfred: That almost goes without saying, doesn't it sir? Lucius Fox: You think [Roland Daggett]'s up to something? Bruce: That goes without saying, doesn't it?
Batman: "Scoundrels like these are worse than the Joker. At least HE had madness as an excuse.
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