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Will Dick Grayson Become Nightwing on Titans? (and Can He?)

"Fuck Batman."

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.

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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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