Re: The TDKR General Discussion Thread - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I thought Dick's Robin was generic and two-dimensional. All the "happy go lucky" Robin stereotypes come from his Robin. The thing is that up until about the 70's/80's, most of DC's characters had no character whatsoever. The majority could be summed up to "I'm a superhero and I protect you from evil, random citizen!" By the time DC took the more Marvel route and made their characters more 3D, Dick was already Nightwing.
However, even modern writers still struggle with Dick's Robin due to that. I've even seen some writers write him almost exactly as if he was Tim Drake. It's a Catch-22. On one hand, you can't write his Robin more like Tim's because there already exists a Tim and Dick's Robin is still considered "happy go lucky" within canon. On the other hand, Dick's Robin is also dated in that sense.
Even his origin is dated IMO. I don't know anyone who goes to the circus anymore. It's a dying attraction.