Those were the words heard around the world when Warner Bros. released the first trailer for DC Universe’s live-action Titans series at Comic-Con International. Brenton Thwaites’ Dick Grayson took to a dark alley, disposed of some bad guys in a brutal manner and, his face covered in blood, he declared that he was done with Batman.
It might appear a bit much at first, but salty language aside, this is actually a pretty accurate reflection of a time in the source material when Robin had had enough of Batman. Airing his frustrations, he struck out on his own, and before long had formed a new team with Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven.
It’s no secret that the live-action series, which will be exclusive to the DC Universe streaming service, is inspired by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez ’80s comic The New Teen Titans, which re-launched the Teen Titans team with a roster that closely resembles the one from the show. At the time, Dick Grayson was still Robin, but four years later, in 1984’s Tales of the Teen Titans #44, Wolfman and Pérez transformed Batman’s former sidekick, giving him a new costume and a new superhero identity: Nightwing.
The Titans show appears to be poised to borrow a lot from that Teen Titans run, which leads to the inevitable question: Will Thwaites’ Dick Grayson become Nightwing in Titans? And perhaps even more importantly, will Warner Bros. even allow it?
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