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Opinion – Titans Doesn’t Understand Batman

 

Titans Blaming Batman?

 

The DC Universe original Titans recently wrapped up its first season with the episode “Dick Grayson.” In that episode, Dick Grayson must stop the Batman and his killing spree taking place in Gotham.

In the comics and other forms of media, Dick Grayson does not want to become Batman because of how dark and lonely Batman is. It is understandable that Dick Grayson doesn’t want to become Batman, but blaming him for everything is going too far.

Titans Vs Other Media

One of the most famous Batman stories, The Killing Joke, has the Joker paralyzing Barbara Gordon from the waist down. Credit: The Killing Joke, (DC)
The Killing Joke, has the Joker paralyzing Barbara Gordon from the waist down. Credit: The Killing Joke, (DC)

The show tries to make Batman seem horrible for turning Dick Grayson into Robin. What the audience does not see is if Dick Grayson ever wanted to become Robin in the first place. This version of Dick Grayson makes it seem like Batman kidnapped and then forced him to become Robin, similar to Frank Miller’s All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder.

In the season finale, it is revealed that Commissioner Gordon was killed by the Joker. Jason Todd reveals to Dick that Gordon being killed has caused Batman to go on a killing spree. It is understandable that Batman would be more aggressive in his fighting style after the death of an ally, but he certainly would not kill officers and nurses.

One of the most famous Batman stories, The Killing Joke, has the Joker paralyzing Barbara Gordon from the waist down. Joker shows the pictures to a kidnapped, stripped, and tied up Commissioner Gordon. Even after all of that, Batman still does not kill the Joker. In Titans, Trigon created this vision. Though, Dick Grayson still had no trouble believing that Batman was capable of a killing spree.

The show wants us to believe that Batman is only one step away from becoming a serial killer. All it takes is someone killing someone he cares about. True fans of the character and the comics know that even if one of his allies were killed, Batman would not break his rule. There may be examples or exceptions within the comics, but in the end, Batman does his best to stick to his rule no matter what tragedy he faces along the way. That is the character fans want to see. Not what Titans has us believe in their universe.

 

 


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Renji Kuriakose

Renji Kuriakose is a big comic book fan. His favorite character has been Batman since he could remember.

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