The announcementof CW’s new show themed around a pre-Trapeze accident Dick Grayson (aptly titled “the Graysons”) has gotten quite a lot of response around the blogosphere.
WingedLion is naturally pessimistic:
Seriously, think about it for a second, how much you can strecth the story until Dick has to meet Batman and lose his parents? For that matter, how they expect to make the show when WB has been so adamant to don’t allow any Batman presence in SV or other shows (like ‘Birds of Pray’, where he was seminal) due the movies? It won’t work.
Don’t get me wrong, Dick Grayson is one of my favorite characters, but his story become interesting once he started training under Batman’s tutelage. Not before. You can get away with a show about Superman before he became Superman because a) Clark had superpowers since childhood, so that is your source of teenage angst, b) there is plenty of stories about Superboy where you can draw upon. Heck, the whole Legion of Superheroes is inspired in those stories. But Robin? Aside his amazing acrobatic skills, he is just a kid before being the Boy Wonder.
Nightwing of the Titans Tower Monitor Room has some ideas about how it could work:
So, what do I hope for as a Dick Grayson (or, “DJ” Grayson) fan? First and foremost, I think they need to nail down the character of DJ himself. He’s honest, loyal, smart, close to his family, intensively protective and dangerously curious. I think it’s also important to figure out ways to propel the stories. If it were up to me, I’d have the pilot episode take place days after the mysterious “Batman” sightings in Gotham City. Intrigued by this urban myth, fourteen year old DJ would intensely follow this larger-than-life hero’s adventures through newspaper and media. Inspired by this bold new hero, DJ would seek out trouble as Haley’s Traveling Circus rode from town to town, often embroiling himself in situations that would call upon his acrobatic abilities and burgeoning detective skills.
The show would track DJ’s progress, as he learns to become a hero. Tweaking the Robin/Batman timeline, the death of DJ’s parents would have to occur on the very last episode, where we would witness the origin of Robin. Whether this happens after 3, 5 or 7 years would depend on the popularity of “The Graysons.”
While Esther Inglis-Arkell laments the name change:
But it’s not just the end of a tradition that makes me weep, it’s the thought of what the dialog on the show could be. I’m not just talking about the ordinary day-to-day stuff like, ‘We want Dick. We need Dick. We love Dick,’ or ‘This won’t really be a party until we see Dick.’ Think of circus scenes!
“We can’t let dick fall!”
“Dick will never fall as long as we’re here.”
“Look at Dick go!”
“I didn’t even know Dick could *do* that.”
Think of the inevitable crawling-through-air-vents scene that comes up in every show that involves solving crimes.
“Dick needs to get deeper in.”
“Oh no! Dick’s stuck!”
“What will we do? I can’t call my parents for this!”
The list goes on. Changing the name is a mistake. Not only does it distance the character from his DC comics counterpart, it makes the show more difficult to write. An hour-long episode about a character named DJ? That’s a tough row to hoe with an implement not suited to hoeing. A show about The Flying Dick And His Many Adventures? That pretty much writes itself.
So what do you think?