I’ve had a revelation. I’m tired of seeing the term “Batboy” being used in relation to Nightwing. All it does is perpetuate a regressive narrative DC has been pushing since the 90s (Thanks Chuck Dixon ).
Nightwing may have been the first Robin, but his entire character development was leaving an abusive father and his toxic enablers, assemble a team of heroes which would become his found family, and growing out of the Batfam ultimately to become Nightwing. Am I right or am I right?
DC to this day advertises Nightwing as this independent hero who grew out of Batman’s shadow. But yet, somehow he hasn’t been as let alone more independent solo as he was in New Teen Titans in the 80s!
Chuck Dixon in the late 90s retconned his entire character development into a Batfam story which ultimately put Dick right back to being just one of NUMEROUS sidekicks again and relied heavily on the Batfam which has not changed since. To this day Nightwing’s entire character, stories, and title is determined by the Batfam and whatever is going on with them. Nightwing has not gotten a single arc without them in some capacity since BEFORE New 52 in 2011. Hell, since before Battle for the Cowl! That was TWELVE years ago!
We have been in a “flowing timeline” where “everything matters” since Rebirth in 2016 but somehow Nightwing’s character development and narrative history still doesn’t seem to matter and has been lost to people including DC.
So TBH calling Nightwing a “Batboy” while correct in terms of portrayal is nothing more than a regressive label that works against his own narrative - a narrative that’s still very much touted about today by DC and I’m tired of seeing it. I can longer stand to watch people tag this label onto him. Nightwing is not a “Batboy” he is so much more than that and I think it’s time everyone acknowledges and accepts it, including DC. It’s time for Nightwing to be officially removed from the Batfam and unshackled from the Batfam line of comics to FINALLY allow the character and the title to completely stand on it’s own.
Are there any narratives that you’re tired of in the DCU?