Batman Family: The Batman Family of The New 52
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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