(WARNING: There will be spoilers for the arc of Detective Comics #940)
DC Comics' Rebirth has been everything one could possibly want in a rich shared universe of our favorite superheroes, in large part by staying true to their characters. One of their standout comics has been Titans, led by the devilishly handsome, Dick Grayson, a.k.a. #Nightwing. However, since he's due to have his day on the silver screen, it's doubtful he'll be leading the #Titans anytime soon. D
on't fear: Tim Drake is one DC's best characters and even Ra's al Ghul mentioned how he might even be a better detective than #Batman one day — Batman! Let's take a look at why Red Robin (Tim Drake) would be the perfect leader for DC Comics' live-action Titans.
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He's Just As Heroic As Anyone In DC
Dick Grayson goes with Robin like chocolate chips goes with cookie dough, but all of Batman's Robins have their own unique abilities. Grayson could still be part of the Titans, but in more of an Oracle role than being out in the field. Y'see, Dick is one of the most athletic characters in all of comics, but Tim takes a more analytical angle towards crime fighting.
Quite frankly, that's exactly what a leader should be: someone who can take in multiple things at once, and is intelligent enough to go with the best route. Also, Batman's other big-named Robin, Damian Wayne, is getting plenty of screen time in DC's animated movies. Tim Drake's latest arc in Detective Comics is all one needs to know on why he should lead the Titans in 2018!
Tim Drake received a huge boost in popularity in DC Comics' current run in Detective Comics. The Colony is a group of military-trained combatants ready to take on one of the biggest threats the world's ever seen, called the League of Shadows (their first appearance ever in DC Comics). They're led by Jacob Kane (Batwoman's father) and they're there to warn Batman of an upcoming threat so huge that his team can't possibly handle it themselves. Well, we all know how Batman is and he's not really a team player unless he wants to be.
The Colony's plan on attacking this unseen threat was relatively simple: Release hundreds of drones and take out all the members they could from the League of Shadows. But there's one small problem with that: Batman doesn't believe in the League, and neither does the rest of his team. They release the drones anyways, but what they didn't know is that Tim Drake reprogrammed all of them to attack one spot: Himself. Earlier in the run, Batman sat down and had a heart-to-heart with Tim, and right there the reader could tell something awful was heading his way. Y'see after that heart-to-heart Tim started to think differently about the life of a crime fighter.
Tim's not obsessed with vigilantism like the rest and he might've led a normal life (well, someone with the IQ of Stephen Hawking normal), but he wanted to go to school because of his love of learning and he knew there's more to life than bad guys with silly outfits. Remember: Tim is first and foremost a hero with a gift for computers. So, he reprogrammed all the drones that was about to kill all those innocent civilians on himself. Moments like these are what makes us love comic book characters. I could give you his whole history, but why? This arc tells you everything you need to know about why Tim Drake is the perfect choice to lead the Titans.
Lastly, it's a smart move on DC's part to have a character so closely related to the world's most popular character. Moreover, that's the way it's always been — a Robin leads the Titans. It's not like Jason Todd (Red Hood) could possibly fill that role due to his bad boy leather jacket and knack for killing. Dick is about to be a movie star, and Damian is doing just fine in the animated movies.
Besides the obvious reasons I stated above, it's just a good marketing move for DC Comics. Tim Drake can finally shine with so many other amazing characters from DC's large roster! So, why not let Batman's third Robin take the mantle? I'm sure we'll come to love him as much as Batman did.
P.S. In case you're feeling down — Red Robin lives! Mr. Oz saves him right before he dies.
Who do you think should be the leader of the Titans?