I really believe Tim Drake fans are mistaken when they want to give Robin a new identity

I really believe Tim Drake fans are mistaken when they want to give Robin a new identity

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Batman #149!


  • Tim Drake must always remain Batman’s Robin in his mission to save Bruce whenever he needs him.
  • Tim Drake’s clear role as Robin is emphasized in
    #149, emphasizes his importance to Batman.
  • Unlike Dick Grayson, who grew up to become Nightwing, Tim’s mission is based on his role as Robin to Batman.

Hot take incoming: I don’t think so Tim Drake should someday outgrow being Robin. Kudos to the fans who have wanted to see Tim go for so long, and kudos to DC Comics for trying so hard to give Tim new codenames and costumes. Previous attempts at giving Tim a makeover—like with Red Robin and Drake—just weren’t successful, but maybe there’s a reason for that.

Whether DC and DC fans want to admit it or not, Tim Drake always has to be Batman’s Robinand the evidence is clear in Batman #149 by Chip Zdarsky, Michele Bandini, and Steve Lieber. In this issue, Tim Drake is on “take care of Bruce” duty, as he has been for 30 years.

Tim Drake made his debut as Robin in Batman #442 by George Pérez, Marv Wolfman and Jim Aparo, in which he stated that “Batman needs a Robin.” With that in mind, it’s precisely the fact that he’s so active and effective at “taking care of Bruce” that makes him such an effective Robin, why he’s arguably the best Robin, and why he should remain Batman’s Robin for the foreseeable future.


Tim Drake’s Robin has just completed his oldest and greatest mission

Tim Drake became Robin because he believed that Batman needed to be saved from the darkness. Now he has accomplished that mission more than ever.

Tim Drake’s job as Robin is still to take care of Batman

Panels Batman #442 by George Pérez, Marv Wolfman, Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo, Adrienne Roy and John Costanza

Comic Book Panels: Tim Drake as Robin talks to Batman while Nightwing and Alfred look on.

After the Bat-Family’s ordeal with Batman’s split personality known as Zur-En-Arrh, Tim Drake meets Bruce Wayne to tie up loose ends in Zur’s lab. It is then that Bruce admits what Zurr had for him and still had for him. That’s when Tim assures Bruce that he has nothing to really fearreminding them that not only does his Bat-family want to help him, but Batman is also letting his family help him for the first time in preventing another Zur-trigger.

When I hear the name Robin, I think of the Tim Drake variant.

It’s moments like these that remind me why Tim Drake has always been my favorite Robin and, in my opinion, the most definitive Robin. Maybe it’s also a matter of age, since Tim was the most recent Robin when I got into Batman as a kidbut when i hear the name Robin, i think of the Tim Drake iteration. he was literally made to be Robin, as he is introduced into batman’s world as a worried child who is convinced that batman needs a robin.

Being Robin is vital to Tim Drake’s mission

Panels of Batman #900/#135 by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez, Chip Zdarsky, Mike Hawthorne, Mikel Janín, Adriano Di Benedetto, Tomeu Morey, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Clayton Cowles

Comic Book Art: Robin Tim Drake finds Batman and they hug.

Tim Drake is the Robin, and the Robin who exists to save Bruce when Batman needs saving. Batman doesn’t just need a Robin; he needs Tim’s Robin, in the same way Gotham always needs a Batman. The day Gotham doesn’t need Batman anymore is the day Gotham crime is officially eradicated. I have a hard time imagining Tim Drake legitimately assuming a new identity as long as Batman needs his Robin, and I don’t think that’s feasible until Bruce stops being Batman.

When Dick Grayson ascended to Nightwing, it was because he was doing everything he could as Bruce’s Robin. Dick wanted to fly high and expand his horizons. That was practically his mission statement, so it made sense for him to fly out of the nest and beyond the Bat-Family. If Tim Drake’s mission statement has always been to be there as Batman’s Robin when Batman needs him, can he really do that without being Robin? There may come a day when Tim Drake is transitioning to a new identity, but for now Bruce needs this Robin.

Batman #149 is now available from DC Comics.

BATMAN #149 (2024)

Batman 149 Main Cover: Batman faces an older Bruce Wayne for the Bat-Signal.

  • Author: Chip Zdarsky
  • Artist: Steve Lieber, Michele Bandini
  • Colors: Nick Filardi
  • Letterer: Clayton Cowles
  • Cover designer: Jorge Jiménez