So Examiner has an interesting interview with Chuck Dixon, discussing his tenure with Robin and Nightwing. He discusses some stuff, such as his distaste with Spoiler’s short-lived death, as well as his struggle to keep Tim Drake’s father alive despite all requests to the contrary… but this quote really stuck out, when discussing what his future goals were for the one-time Boy Wonder and current Red Robin:
My plan was to have Tim quit as Robin and become the new Blue Beetle under Ted Kord’s guidance. Batman would pick Steph to take on Robin’s role. Tim would then be featured in a six-issue mini as Blue Beetle until events in the Batbooks would bring him back to the fold. The idea coming out of this would be a BB ongoing in which Ted gets the idea to create what amounts to a Blue Beetle franchise. He creates what amounts to Blue Beetle Inc and has a representative in every DCU city. I was shot down on this one over and over. As soon as I left the title they did a kind of pale version of the story I had been proposing for more than a year.
Imagine what would have happened then, eh? As cool as that could have been with Dixon behind the wheel, I refuse to imagine a comicsverse without Jaime Reyes. You can read the rest of the interview here.