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Saturday, November 08, 2008

An Interruption

Taking a break from the meme answers today. (Still got the list in front of me though. :-)) This is theoretically out of mercy for any readers who could care less about my random silly thoughts about individual characters.

In actuality, it's because I'm lazy and I want a nap. (Meme answers will be resumed either later today or tomorrow.)

On the plus side, The Graysons has been cancelled. Which honestly, is probably for the best, as the show concept seemed a bit off.

That said, if there's any superhero suited for the brooding fangirl-bait angst, it IS Dick Grayson.

I'm actually of the inclination that making a Nightwing series might have been a good idea. I mean, sure, no one who doesn't read comics has any idea who Nightwing is, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

All they really need to establish is that this guy used to be a child sidekick, is now striking out on his own, has ISSUES, and a very present if-not-literally mentor/father figure with whom said issues arise.

It's kind of Supernatural meets Smallville, in that respect.

Heck, you could set it up as the anti-Smallville. Instead of having it be a superhero BEFORE he becomes a superhero, make it about a superhero afterwards. Dick got fired, probably unfairly. Possibly he even has no intention of resuming a superhero identity right away, but circumstances force him into it.

In various episodes, we see old enemies carrying grudges again ex-Robin (who probably never needs to be identified as such) with old superhero friends who are worried about him since his firing... it'd be a fairly easy way to incorporate a lot of possibilities without convoluting the history too much. I think it'd work pretty well.


  • At November 08, 2008 8:14 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    I too am grateful that the Graysons has been shelved. I could understand a Nightwing series, heck, the angst could be running off the table and puddling on the floor...but with the Graysons, this is PRE-Batman. He's a kid living in the circus with his loving parents. Where is the angst in that?

  • At November 08, 2008 3:29 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Considering that 95% of the cool things about Dick Grayson came about AFTER he met Batman, this series didn't show much promise. Best they would have done was have some guest appearances by some "pre-Titans" Titans like Donna or Wally.

    When the WB first announced the "Birds of Prey" series, the big hope in comic fandom was that it would spin off a "Nightwing" series ala "Angel" springing from "Buffy".

  • At November 09, 2008 5:06 AM, Blogger notintheface said…

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  • At November 10, 2008 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like your take on a Nightwing series, but I have a suspicion network suits would think it too much like the TV Birds of Prey. A setup like that is *so* natural that I imagine the circus thing was probably floated as a desperate Hail-Mary pass after a suit said "No, no remakes of failed series. Pass."


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