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The official promotional pictures for McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Wave Death Metal Batman, The Drowned, Red Sun Superman and Damien Robin have arrived and… Wow.

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I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for McFarlane to release these. Shown below are new official promotional images for the upcoming 7″ DC Multiverse wave which will include Death Metal Batman, The Drowned, Red Sun Superman and Damien Robin. Geek Slop will be offering the full set. Just waiting for the Pre-Orders to go up. Refresh, refresh, refresh…

Check out Death Metal Batman, The Drowned, Red Sun Superman and Damien Robin in the pictorial gallery below.

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In the Titans animated series, why does the original Robin (Dick Grayson) hate Batman so much?

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There have been several Robins in Batman lore. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne constitute the first four. Each Robin left Batman’s service for one reason or another.

Jason Todd is easily the most controversial of all Robins – and the most violent. Todd was nearly beaten to death by Joke and then killed when Joker blew up the warehouse he was in. He was later revived and became Red Hood under which mantle he continued to fight crime in his own controversial manner.

Tim Drake took over Robin’s role after Jason Todd’s death. Tim would also eventually leave Batman’s side to become Red Robin and part of the Teen Titans crimefighting group.

Damian Wayne, Batman’s son born of Talia Ghul. Trained as an assassin by Ghul, he is eventually killed by a clone of himself.

The original Batman, Dick Grayson, aways saw Batman as a father figure despite slowly evolving to question Batman’s methods and penchant for violence with a do-whatever-it-takes manner when combatting crime. This led to his solo career as Nightwing. But he still left Batman on good terms.

Dick Grayson’s origin story has changed multiple times. In the original arc, Batman makes Robin give up his role after Robin is nearly killed by the Joker. The most recent telling finds Robin struggling to balance his time between his role as Robin and leader of the Teen Titans. In all instances however, he gracefully leaves Batman’s service to become Nightwing.

But in the Teen Titans series, a different story is told. Robin expresses a profound hatred for Batman – or so it seems. Titans by nature, provides a dark interpretation of DC characters. Robin’s story is no different. Grayson expresses a fear that he will become as dark and brooding as Batman. He places the blame squarely on the training Batman provided him as a child.

According to the Teen Titans’ version of the story, Robin blames Batman for taking a vulnerable child and turning him into a killing machine. Robin has a valid point. Adults protect children – not put them in harm’s way. Taking a child and training him to risk his life to assist Batman in his personal vendetta against crime is unconscionable. Of course, kid sidekicks were common in Golden Age comics. It helped children better identify with the storyline.

However, Teen Titans also shows Robin writing his own fate through a series of bad decisions (e.g. stealing, an affair with Dove while she is married to Hawk, etc.) In truth, Robin feels he has no control over his identity. He sees how Batman could easily turn into an uncontrollable, rogue killing machine. Robin feels he could do the same.

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Check out this first look of Jason Todd in the new Titans Season 3 Red Hood costume.

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This season, Titans will make their way to Batman’s Gotham City where they will find Jason Todd who is returning in the third season of DC’s Titans sporting none other than the Red Hood. The Red Hood backstory has changed significantly but the gun-toting former Robin will still be as angry as always. This of course means we will see lots of smackdowns between Red hood and Robin Nightwing in Titan’s new season.

Today DC gives us our first look at actor Curran Walters wearing the Red Hood costume. Check it out.

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You can also see Red Hood in Batman: Death in the Family, Batman: Three Jokers, and the upcoming Gotham Knights video game.

Titans has two seasons on DC Universe but will be moving to HBO Max on November 1 along with the new, third season. Cant’ wait!

You can read more about the Red Hood’s first appearance on the DC Comics website.

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A new Batman movie, Death in the Family, will let us once again choose whether Robin lives or dies.

A new Batman movie, Death in the Family, will let us once again choose whether Robin lives or dies.

Jason Todd has had a huge run as Robin but many may have forgotten that in 1988, fans voted to have him killed. And he was. And he might be about to get killed again. In the same manner.

Dick Grayson aged out of Batman comics in the early 1980’s and went his own way as Nightwing. Writers then introduced Jason Todd in 1983 to fill the void. At first he was a circus kid but after Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was re-introduced as a rebellious kid who Bruce mentors into Robin. A few years later, DC placed Robin’s fate in the hands of loyal readers who were allowed to vote to determine whether Todd was fit for Robin’s shoes.

In DC’s 1988 arc, A Death in the Family (Batman #426 thru #429), DC wrote two endings to the storyline. In one ending, the controversial Jason Todd’s version of the Robin character lived, but in the other, alternate ending, he died at the hands of Joker. DC used a new innovative phone system and fans were given two phone numbers to call. Readers could dial (900) 720-2660 to set the finale to “The Joker fails and Robin lives” or (900) 720-2666 for “The Joker succeeds and Robin will not survive”. 10,614 readers paid 50 cents each to vote (legend says one geek programmed his computer to call the “die” number every 90 seconds for 8 hours). By a meager margin of 72 votes, readers said Robin should die. And thus Jason Todd ceased to exist.

Robin’s story, of course, did not end there. Todd was replaced six months later by Tim Drake as Robin. Drake wore the cape for 20 years until Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian, took the helm.

Fast forward to today – DC Universe Animated Originals is releasing Batman: Death in the Family, based on the original storyline. As with the 1988 version, fans will get to choose whether Robin lives or dies. This time however, interactive elements and a branching storyline will allow readers to control the fate of Jason Todd in realtime like we saw with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

The interactive storyline will also be a prequel to Batman: Under the Red Hood, one of the most successful comic adaptations in the DC Animated line.

Batman: Death in the Family will arrive on Blue-ray and Digital HD in Fall 2020.

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Batman and Robin will finally get back together again in the upcoming Batman #99.

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It’s been a long hard road for Dick Grayson, the first Robin in the Batman saga. In Nightwing #71, he’s beginning to remember his old life after being shot in the head by KGBeast. Now we hear that Robin and Batman will reunite in DC Comics Batman #99 and what better way to reunite than to rage against their nemesis Joker in the “Joker War” storyline.

It’s looking like the fun will begin in issue #98 when Batman teams up with Harley Quinn after taking a doze of Joker’s newest toxin. Batman #98 will hit shelves on September 1, 2020. #99 will follow on September 15.

  • Batman #99
  • Written by James Tynion IV
  • Art from Jorge Jimenez
  • Cover art by Jorge Jimenez
  • Nightwing returns to Gotham City in “The Joker War” part four! Things have changed, as Batman realizes he can’t fight this war alone. He’s going to need help. Before he faces down The Joker, he must call up his trusty partner Dick Grayson! But can Dick reclaim his lost memories in time to join the battle?
  • In comic shops September 15, 2020.