Robin The TV Blunder?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated October 2nd, 2008 at 12:16 pm,

the graysons on cw edited Robin The TV Blunder?Holy bad idea Batman!

Robin the Boy Wonder is one of the most well known characters in the DC Comics stable. As Batman’s sidekick, the character has been at the forefront of comic book history for the past 70 years.

Now it would appear that that the character is going to get his own television show titled The Graysons, which has been seen as a possible replacement for Smallville on the CW network.

According to Variety:

The Graysons will follow the world of Dick ‘DJ’ Grayson before he takes on the iconic Robin identity and aligns himself with Batman. In the one-hour ‘Graysons,’ which will be set in modern times, young DJ will face challenges involving first loves, young rivals and his family as he grows up.”

Oh, and the show will be produced by McG. Yes, you did read that right.

Warner Bros. TV hopes that if Smallville does indeed end this year then The Graysons will be a solid replacement (as it’s aimed squarely at the same demographic) – but if Smallville continues, then the hope is that it will make a solid companion piece.

Would the circus visit Smallville?  Everyone else has!

I’m a lifelong Batman fan, but I honestly feel that this project is wholly unnecessary. Much like Birds of Prey and the ill-fated Catwoman feature, any Batman-related spin-off lacks one key factor: Batman. The fact that they’re calling Dick Grayson “DJ” should set alarm bells ringing, but I guess there just aren’t enough Dicks on television anymore.

A Robin spin-off where the character is at College and away from Batman, a Nightwing solo show (Nightwing is who Robin became after leaving Batman) might be worthwhile, but a show about a family of acrobats just doesn’t sound that exciting. I can imagine it now, Dick… sorry… DJ solving crimes and wooing girls while saying (or whining) that he feels that he is destined for something greater.

robin animated Robin The TV Blunder?

Of course this begs the question: Just how young will they make the character? Certainly not 8-10 years old as he’s been in the comics. Just what audience will they try to capture? Tweens? Likely they’ll make him at least 13 or so in order that they can put him in situations with “first loves” and not have him so young it would creep viewers out.

Considering how CW has played fast and loose with Superman mythology, I can see this deviating quite a bit from what we would expect from the comic book version of the character. No doubt in the series he won’t become Robin until he’s 17 or so.

It would appear that Warner Bros. is now of the opinion that anything Batman related is “money” after the huge success of The Dark Knight.

If this isn’t canceled after a few episodes (or a season at the most) expect Burt Ward and Chris O’Donnell to guest star!

The show should air sometime next year.

As an added bonus, you probably don’t know that there’s actually already been a fan film created called Grayson and it’s pretty darned cool. Check it out:


To learn more about that short film check out our post Grayson Fan Film = Cool

Source: Variety

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  1. Here’s a concept for the CW network…
    “The Justice Teens”. Let’s just throw um all in together, and give them a Gossip Girl twist.
    The show could introduce a new hero that uses the awesome power of teen angst to defeat crime, and heal like Wolverine.
    To compete with Wolverine (Marvel), they might consider creating a new character called “Teen Wolf”, and then get sued by whatever Studio owns that character… Sure its short term gain,,, long term pain, but who cares, they just write that off anyway or get a bailout. 8-/
    Maybe CW somehow owns Teen Wolf anyway by now ?
    Brett Ratner interested says it all,,, oh I mean MCG,,, ;-)

  2. No doubt once this one takes off they’ll announce a companion series for the kiddies: Bruce. Watch a young Bruce Wayne and his best friend, a dog named Alfred, learn important lessons about life, morality, and forming a personal relationship with Jesus*. Until the final season, where on a very special episode he watches his parents shot to death in an alley, goes more than a little insane, and becames a caped vigillante/dark avatar of vengeance.

    I mean, come on. The whole point of Batman is that it’s a universe filled with otherwise normal people who were driven to insanity by life in Gotham. The only way they can make the show interesting is by making Robin an unusual character (more so than the normal circus-performing kid anyway), which only serves to make Robin a far less interesting character overall. The death of his parents, the defining incident in his life, is the one thing that makes Dick Grayson a character worth paying attention to, and knowing the producers probably the one thing that we’ll never see on screen.

    (*I don’t know why, but that just makes it sound so much funnier in my head.)

  3. Loved the idea of solving crimes with his trapeze…imagine him setting female hearts aflutter with his prepubescently-pansexual moves on the monkeybars at the park playground, setting the stage for his rumored “closerthanthis” future relationship with a vengeance-minded millionaire playboy who is rumored to already have a little (4-letter-diminutive-form-of-the-name-”Richard”).

    And I’ll bet you thought I didn’t see that no-profanity rule, huh?

  4. Pssst!!! They just couldn’t resist milking more money off their characters, couldn’t they?

  5. LOL @ 790! :D

    They should really just do a “Teen Titans” show in all honesty, IMO. With Robin (Dick Grayson, NOT “DJ”, WTF?), Wonder Girl, Kid Flash (Wally West), Speedy, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire, Aqualad, and Raven. :D

  6. Smallville is a awesome show, now they want to take it out and put this in? What are the people at the cw smoking

  7. this show looks pretty dumb how is superman fighting robin and this shows just looks stupid they should continue with smallville season 9 i wanna see what is going to continue with the last episode of season 9