Discussion in 'Comic Books and Graphic Novels' started by Sonscreen, Sep 4, 2011.
This coming from Batman?!?
Keep in mind that, at the point Watchmen was being written, The Dark Knight Returns hadn't come out yet (1986 was a great year for DC comics), which was released only a few months before Watchmen.
At this point, Batman was still a pretty campy character. Efforts had been made to show Batman as a "dark detective", but he wasn't really the grim, dark, gritty figure we know him as today until Frank Miller really made his mark on the character.
That's why Night-owl, who is meant both as a representation of Batman and a mirrored parody of him, is more campy and "harmless" than the brutal Rorschach. Batman is, and always has been about fighting crime and protecting the innocent. The Ditko stories Rorschach is based on were more geared towards the punishment of the guilty, often to the point of death.
Why do you think he goes through Robins so quickly?
I've always liked the idea of Robin, even when the character doesn't live up to it. Robin as the counterpoint to batman, bright and optimistic. Robin keeps the Batman from becoming what Miller showed he could be, and the Batman sees in Robin a chance to save someone from becoming what he became emotionally, or even worse, what Jason Todd became. The costume isn't really worse than what other superheroes wear, so long as Robin has pants.
I always knew he was a loner.
The name Robin actually came from Robin Hood, not the bird.
Not giving him Bat-Nipples would be a good start.
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