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.
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