The bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne haven’t had time to grow cold. Their only child, Bruce, who is roughly twelve years old, is slowly beginning his journey into becoming Batman, the masked vigilante who will eventually rise up to battle the growing corruption and even more colorful crime that is infesting Gotham City, the setting for the new hit drama on Fox. But is another unsuspecting child about to be orphaned in this war-torn burg?
It sounds like it! Fox has tweaked traditional DC Comics history with ‘Gotham’, for example Harvey Dent is already an adult district attorney, while Bruce is still a child. In the comics, the two were contemporaries and best friends, until Dent became Two-Face, the twisted coin-flipping criminal, previously played by Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart in the movies. Not only that, but Edward Nygma, The Riddler, also in the same general age group as Batman in the comics (and past adaptations) is also an adult, working as a quirky forensic scientist.
Ben McKenzie, who plays the lead character, a rookie detective James Gordon hinted “The Graysons may appear this season. I’m not 100 percent sure yet, but I think so.”
The Flying Graysons were the star attraction in Jack Haley’s Circus, but when Haley refused to pay Gotham racketeers, the gangsters sabotaged the Graysons’ trapezes and the two elder Graysons John and Mary (and in ‘Batman Forever’ an older brother) plummeted to their deaths in front of a packed house. Among those in attendance of this charity event was Bruce Wayne, who had only begun his career as Batman a few years prior. He took the only surviving Grayson, Richard, better known as Dick, at that point a ten year old child, in as his ward and figurative son-figure. In ‘Batman Forever’, Dick was aged to be closer in age to Bruce and the pair were depicted as more like brothers than a father-and-son combo.
McKenzie doesn’t get specific and only mentions “the Graysons” so it may simply be a cameo and Dick may not even have been born yet (which would make sense). The idea of having a Robin that’s just a year or two younger than Batman is just… well, it could work, but I don’t like the idea.
Considering that no one expects to ever see Batman on this show, at least until maybe the final episode (as they did with Superman on ‘Smallville’), whenever that arrives, I really don’t think we’ll see a Robin, either.
What do you think? Would you like to see Dick or the other Flying Graysons on ‘Gotham’? Or should they hold off and save this one for a future season? ‘Gotham’ is delivering the ratings, so it’s already clear the show has at least a few seasons in it.
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Source: Screen Rant