Originally Posted by DrCosmic
This is what I've been saying for years, the only change is that I would have Bruce take him in at 12-14, and he be in training until he was 16, because I can't imagine any 16 year old off the street being that useful.
Fair comment. I guess it would make more sense if he's been trained from a younger age. I definitely wouldn't have Robin out 'in the field' until at least 16/17 though, and a balance would definitely need to be found with regard to Bruce kind of grooming a 12 year old kid to be a vigilante. They need to make it plausible without making Batman seem insane for putting the kid in danger. Maybe Bruce trains him physically and mentally with the aim of helping him focus on something other than his parent's deaths..but with no intention of him ever being a 'sidekick'. Robin then decides for himself that he wants to help Batman