Dick Grayson and Jason Todd have taken up the spotlight as Robin in DC's movies and TV adaptations for many years (and for good reasons), but soon that spotlight might move over to another, the third in the comic book line of Robins: Timothy Jackson Drake.
Big Hero 6's Ryan Potter recently put out an audition video displaying not only great fighting skills but also his admiration for the character of Tim Drake. The video alone proves that he's more than perfect for the role, and it also raises the question: Is Tim Drake coming to the DC Extended Universe?
It would be a surprise, because unfortunately Tim Drake has more or less faded into obscurity in recent years, which is a shame because he is personally my favorite Robin. Here are seven reasons why he's a better sidekick than many fans remember, and why we should all be excited to see him potentially make his live-action cinematic debut.
1. He Figured Out Who Batman Is
Very few people can say they uncovered the true identity of Batman, and Tim Drake is one of them. That's right, Tim was a huge admirer or Batman and Robin, so he aspired to be a detective just like them — and using his detective skills, he was able to learn Nightwing's true identity, thus learning Batman's in return. Very impressive, Mr. Drake.
2. He's The First Son of Batman
Get your tissues ready, folks. While Damian Wayne (a character whom I despise) is the biological son of Bruce Wayne, Tim was the first true son of the Batman. Dick Grayson and Jason Todd were his wards, but Tim became Bruce's adopted son.
While Bruce makes it out to be nothing but him following the law, I think we all know that's not true, as shown in the comic above. What does Tim do when he learns the news? Hugs his new father — and Bruce actually hugs back. (I told you to get the tissues!)
3. He's A Total Pro
Bruce chose wisely with this one. While not near the same skill level as his adoptive father, Tim Drake's tactical and strategical organization earned him commendation from both Batman and Ra's Al Ghul. Hmm, since Jason Todd is insane and Dick Grayson has tried so hard to establish himself as his own hero, perhaps that makes Tim the likely candidate for the Bat-Cowl?
4. He's Got Respect For The Robin Mantle
Tim has been there since the beginning of the Robin: he was at the Haley Circus with his parents the night that Dick Grayson's family was murdered, so it must've been fate that led him to don the moniker of Robin himself eventually, though his reasons for putting on the suit were a tad different.
After the Joker brutally murdered Batman's second ward, Jason Todd, Batman became even more disturbed, reckless and violent — and Tim definitely noticed. At the age of 13, he put on the old Robin uniform and saved Batman from Two-Face. Batman says that he didn't want another Robin, but does that stop the boy? No! He stands up to Batman and delivers one of the best speeches in Batman history, delivering one of Tim's most iconic lines (which Ryan Potter brilliantly recited in his video): "And Batman needs a Robin. No matter what he thinks he wants."
And though it would take the death of Tim Drake's mother for Bruce to truly accept him, it would seem that Tim was destined for this life.
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5. The Robin-Mobile
Bet you didn't know Robin had his own car, huh? Okay, it's not exactly as amazing as the Batmobile, but the "Redbird" was actually pretty cool. It was meant to operate as a vehicle for both Robin and Tim Drake; unfortunately this was not a permanent addition but it was still great to see even for such a small period.
6. Joker Junior
The DC Animated Universe ended Tim Drake's story in possibly the most messed-up way possible: by having the Joker capture Drake and transform him into a son for him named Joker Junior. Drake fights back, killing the Joker, and many years later ends up fully transforming into the real Joker: a host for the real deal. Well ... let's move onto something a little less depressing.
7. He Became Batman Beyond
In the storyline known as Future's End, it was revealed that Tim took Terry McGinnis's place as Batman after he died, then went back in time to stop Brother Eye from conquering the planet. While I would have preferred a Batsuit more along the lines of Bruce's, it was still great to see Tim be Batman just to show how perfect he is for the mantle. Bring this idea to Rebirth, DC!
8. He's A Master Of Disguise
Once again making Sherlock Holmes look second-rate, Tim manages to be great with disguises — just take a look at the picture above. Now on first glance, you'd immediately think that the man was Tim, right? Well, you'd be wrong, because that nurse is in fact Tim Drake. Makes you wonder if we'll see Ryan Potter in drag someday, huh? Yeah, it's a bit of a random fact, but a fun one nonetheless.
So, are you hyped for a possible live-action version of Tim Drake or are you just going to stick with Dick Grayson and Jason Todd? Either way, can we at least agree that Damian Wayne should never exist in the DCEU? Well, that's an article for another time.