Wow, that's going to mess up the Young Justice cartoon some then.
CV: Here's the big one, what were you talking about when you said
Tim Drake was never a "Robin" but went straight to being "RED Robin"?
TEEN TITANS #1 showed him in the Robin costume, BATMAN #1 mentions he
was a former Robin and BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 groups him as a former
"Robin" when Damian declares to defeat all of them. This seems to have
irritated a few people.
SL: Those are a lot of sort of mini-questions!
I was thinking in San Diego was "I hate when fans come to panels at
conventions and don't learn anything new -- anything they can't read in
the solicits! These kids are here on a Sunday morning -- I'm going to
spoil, spoil and spoil again! I'm going to tell them stuff they can only
learn here -- right now -- at this panel! They've earned it!"
As my friend OUTSIDE_85 has said on more than one ocassion, panels should give us new information.
what I was thinking when I wrote the story was... with the new Five
Year Guideline at DC, I felt that Tim would be a more unique character
if he hadn't been "another Robin in a line of Robins." When I was first
starting out in comics, years ago, there was an unwritten rule that you
shouldn't duplicate a character if you could avoid it.
I felt with the New 52 I was given the opportunity to set Tim apart from Robin One, Robin Two, and the latest Robin.
realize as I write this that heads are exploding across the
Internet.... but I believe that as people read the story they will see
that most of Tim's origin is in place -- but tweaked and trimmed to
accommodate the demands of the new continuity. He still essentially
deciphers Bruce's secret identity (though, this is Bruce we are talking
about here) -- he is still Batman's sidekick (though, maybe more of a
partner) for a year or so between Jason and Damian. He just opts to not call himself Robin for reasons we see in the story.
that end, I think Tim Drake fans can rest comfortably that most of the
stories they've read remain canon -- even if they have to adjust their
thinking to the way they remember those stories playing out.
I know that makes some people see red -- but people need to keep in
mind that I was hired to write stories for the New 52, not to just
transcribe stories from the past and add an iPhone or a pop culture
reference in the dialogue. I am confident that most people will enjoy
the origin if they read it with an open mind.
Re: TEEN TITANS 1
He is wearing a red costume with an "R" on his chest.
says he was better known as Robin. Not that he was a Robin, just that
he was better known as Robin because it was easier for people to assume
he was a Robin.
Re: BATMAN 1
That was a new facial recognition scanner Batman was trying out. I am confident Bruce worked out the kinks as time went on.
Re: BATMAN AND ROBIN #10
If Guy Gardner decided he was going to "Defeat all the Lanterns!" and he went around and beat up Hal, Saint Walker and Atrocitus,
I think few people would feel the need to designate between Red
Lanterns and Blue Lanterns. Similarly, I think it is okay for Damian to
refer to anyone with a "Robin" in their name as a Robin.
there are going to be some people who hate any change at all to Tim's
history... and there are going to be people who are more open to a Tim
Drake for 2012 moving forward.