Editor’s note: Spoiler warning. If you have not seen ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ you may not want to read this opinion post.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was just one of the outstanding performances in The Dark Knight Rises cast. Director Christopher Nolan left us with an intriguing possibility for the future of Batman and perhaps a Dark Knight Legacy.
Police officer John Blake aka Robin was a hybrid of Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake. In the end, John appears to be rising to become Gotham City’s new protector. I believe audiences will accept a new hero: Nightwing.
Yes, I’m saying don’t call it a new Batman. Call it Nightwing. It’s a creative risk that I think is worth taking.
Dick Grayson is one of the greatest superheroes ever created. Some argue Dick was a better Batman (Batman & Robin by Grant Morrison) than Bruce Wayne. Dick is the one sidekick that has been allowed to grow up, become his own man and developed his own identity and legend.
Maybe the real ending of Nolan’s final film left fans (and Warner Brothers Studios) with a new beginning for a talented young actor in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and an incredible character (Robin) who can take the Dark Knight legacy forward.
If you’re interested in reading some excellent adventures of Dick Grayson here are some Amazon links to story collections:
- Nightwing Volume One: Traps and Trapezes collects the current New 52 stories by Kyle Higgins.
- Nightwing: A Knight in Bludhaven by the legendary Chuck Dixon chronicles Dick’s role as the sole superhero of corrupt the corrupt town.
- Nightwing: Year One follows how Dick went from being fired as Robin to his new identity by Dixon and Scott Beatty.
- Batman and Robin: Volume One by Grant Morrison was the series I mentioned earlier when Dick and Bruce’s son Damian were the new Batman and Robin.
You just can beat Nightwing leading the Teen Titans by the legendary team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez.