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Batman Family: The Batman Family of The New 52

Updated on May 21, 2012

Crime fighting is a pretty tough gig to take up all by your lonesome. Fortunately for everyone’s favorite brooding detective Batman, he has plenty of help in keeping the mean streets of Gotham City safe from even the most dastardly of evil doers. Let’s take a look at Batman’s many costumed crime-fighting partners and confidants.

Dick Grayson as Nightwing
Dick Grayson as Nightwing

Dick Grayson: Robin, Nightwing, and Batman

Known to readers as being the first sidekick in comic book history, Dick Grayson had a long and interesting career as Batman’s sidekick before venturing off to fight crime solo as Nightwing and also briefly donning the caped crusaders costume himself. In a Similar manner to Bruce Wayne, having witnessed the death of both his parents changed him considerably. Left an orphan, Bruce decided to adopt Dick. Only by being under the guidance of Batman, was Dick Grayson ever able to conquer all the challenges in his way to finally become a successful crime fighter in his own right.

Jason Todd as his current alias Red Hood
Jason Todd as his current alias Red Hood

Jason Todd: Robin and Red Hood

Second to don the Boy Wonder costume and widely recognized for having one of the most memorable character deaths in comic history, Jason Todd had rough beginnings as a youth. A former street orphan with an uncontrollable rage, Jason was considered as someone not fit to wear the Robin costume. A crucial moment for this character came when the Joker beat him to death with a crowbar. However, in typical comic fashion, Jason rose from the grave as his new and current persona Red Hood filled with more rage than ever.

Tim Drake as Red Robin
Tim Drake as Red Robin

Tim Drake: Robin and Red Robin

Third to take up the Robin mantle and the third person to don the costume of Red Robin, Tim Drake’s beginnings as a crime fighter were different from previous members of the Batman family. As a little boy Tim started out as a casual observer of the dynamic duel. Like many people in Gotham City, he was fascinated with their many heroic exploits. Taking things a step further, Tim surmised not only the secret identity of Robin (Dick Grayson), but also Batman. If it wasn’t evident before, Tim Drake has the smarts and guts that separated him from the prior Boy Wonders.

It was not till the untimely death (planned from a reader’s standpoint) of second Robin Jason Todd that Tim stepped up to the plate and took the duties of Batman’s sidekick. However, this transition was far from quick. Batman was reluctant on taking Tim as his new sidekick so he decided to train him over the span of several months. Think of it as sidekick boot camp where if you pass all the tests you get to be a full- fletched sidekick. Like his predecessors, Tim went solo for a while before joining both super teen teams the Teen Titans and Young Justice. As fate would have it, a new Robin had been chosen and Tim went off into the sunset costume less. However, he soon found himself donning a new costume, the Red Robin.

Damian Wayne as the current Robin
Damian Wayne as the current Robin

Damian Wayne: Robin

Current Boy Wonder and son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al-Ghul, Damien Wayne far exceeds his predecessors in both fighting skills and tactical knowledge. I guess that’s what’s to be expected from the son of the legendary caped crusader himself Batman. However, he didn’t inherit from his dear old dad his snobbish, spoiled attitude. Those things developed over time after extensive training at an early age. Again, what he lacks in manners he clearly makes up for in inflicting utter chaos where ever he goes.

Barbara Gordon as Batgirl
Barbara Gordon as Batgirl

Barbara Gordon: Batgirl

As a youth, daughter of police commissioner Gordon, Barbara Gordon aspired to one day be a superhero. Many years later her dream came true. As it is for many of the Batman family members, super-heroics were never an easy task to take up. Having realized that her dreams weren’t all they cracked up to be, Barbara more or less retired from the life of crime-fighting. However that early retirement was short-lived as a series of life altering events which rendered her paralyzed by long time Batman foe The Joker. She eventually recovered and returned to fighting crime, one baddie at a time.

Kate Kane as Batwoman
Kate Kane as Batwoman

Kate Kane: Batwoman

Kate Kane (Batwoman) is no stranger to the DC universe. Though she has only been around for several years, her stay has been one adventure after another, with no signs of ever slowing down. Kate is yet another addition to the list of superheroes that have lost one or both parents in a tragedy. Following the untimely deaths of her mother and sister, Kate like other superheroes made the heroic decision to fight crime that is plaguing not only Gotham City but the United States. Of course she couldn’t have done that without donning a snazzy costume.

Selena Kyle as Catwoman
Selena Kyle as Catwoman

Selena Kyle: Catwoman

On again, off again, and then back around again frisky lover of Batman, Selena Kyle is frequently known to travel that gray area between heroics and villainy. Honestly, who doesn’t like a woman with their own moral code? Sticking with the trend, Selena too loss both parents at an early age and was forced to fend for herself in the mean streets of Gotham. She acquired some pretty handy skills during her self-training process, many of which she used to become one of Gotham’s most notorious cat burglars.

Who's Your Favorite?

Have a favorite Batman family member out of the ones I covered? make sure to comment and vote below.

Who's Your Favorite Batman Family Member?

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      Gadfly 14 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Greetings Darklings!

      The original Batwoman didn't do karate as do the subsequent 'Bat Ladies.' She would apprehend a villain by using her bracelets which could be adapted into handcuffs and in a quick movement could have him restrained before he was aware.

      Sleep tight!

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      Gadfly 14 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Thinking that this short lived strip at the time was to complement Wonder Woman (Wonderful Woman) who was involved in capturing spies and bringing criminals to justice. The 'gothique' element of this super heroine added to her mystique.

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      Gadfly 14 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Greetings my little Darklings.

      I can vividly recall a Batwoman comic strip in the early 60's but her dual identity was never revealed here. She'd always strike at night when some petty criminal was at work, beat him up then deliver him to the nearest jail. Of course the more recent versions of Batwoman have a more elaborate tale to tell.

      Sweet dreams

      the gadfly.

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      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      I'm so glad Barbara is back. But I miss Stephanie as Batgirl as well.

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      AaronHubb89 5 years ago

      Nice hub, I voted for Jason Todd as my favorite. I also wrote a hub on the Robins, you should check it out if you haven't already.

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      Dominique L 5 years ago from Oregon

      GAH! Decisions! I hated having to chose between Red Robin and Batgirl! I love them both! But I went with Red Robin because Tim is just too cool for words.

      But I was the nerd who wanted to be Oracle, I never cared for Catwoman (you know boobs that big without a bra will do more damage to you than The Black Mask ever will...).

      And Jason Todd should have stayed dead.

      Good job, Lamar! As usual!

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Hi! I love your description of the Bat-family! Growing up with older brothers, we always played super-heroes, with towels as capes and everything! I have to say I was almost always "Catwoman"--no cape needed. She is super cool! I am glad to see some time devoted to the female characters. :) Take care Lamar!