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Under the cut because this is long, by the way, it’s a DickBabs moment, but not a particularly happy one, so warnings there, but anyone who is knowledgable about Babs and Dick’s relationship, I’d like your opinion on whether it was OOC of Dick or not.
Devin Grayson, for some reason, LOVES to write Dick as callously oblivious and Babs as perpetually annoyed. To me, that characterization of Dick reached its absolute point of unbelievability in this scene, from Nightwing #85:
Okay, first of all, I have issues with the way Babs is characterized here too, but that’s an entirely separate post.
But Dick, just… no. Babs basically never voices that kind of naked insecurity over her disability, and whether you consider it in-character for her here or not, there’s no doubt that if she did, Dick would immediately take notice and respond appropriately to reassure her. The way he brushes her off here is so cruelly insensitive to her feelings, it just makes me wince.
I mean, just compare that to how well he reads and responds to her insecurities in Nightwing #38 (written by Chuck Dixon), for example:
Now, Dick’s not perfect, and it’s certainly plausible that he could be too distracted or overworked/tired to read Barbara’s (or anyone else’s) mood correctly every once in a while. It’s also perfectly plausible that this could lead to him being accidentally insensitive now and then. I can also see him realizing Babs was in a bad mood and thinking being silly would cheer her up, but having it misfire.
But Dick is, as a rule, a pretty sensitive guy, and he’s good at reading people. Especially someone he’s as close to as Babs. Unless there was something pretty major distracting him, he’d likely realize his mistake pretty quickly in either of those situations, switch into serious mode, and talk things out properly with her. The way Devin Grayson just writes him as obliviously trampling all over Barbara’s feelings all the time often feels false to me.
The fact is, the way Devin Grayson writes their relationship, you almost feel like Dick doesn’t really understand Babs (however well he might think he does), and Babs may love Dick but she doesn’t really like him all that much. Neither of which is the way I see their relationship, nor the way other writers have portrayed it.
What’s particularly frustrating about Devin Grayson’s writing is that she’ll get it so completely right one moment, and then so utterly wrong the next. She’s a good (if problematic) writer, and her characterization can be wonderfully spot-on at times. But issues like this keep me from really appreciating the way she writes Dick and Babs.
on one hand i want a nightwing movie, but on the other hand i know they’d totally prob fuck him up and try to make him ~gritty~ like batman
i think id just really like them to start with a super gritty voice over and the actor portraying dick grayson doing the gargling-marbles christopher nolan batman voice
then just have him choke and cough and be like “how does he do that for more than fifteen minutes a night, jesus christ-“
begin nightwing movie~
Dick would so kiss Barbara in the moment and dip her back, before accidentally dropping her when his name was called.
Tim’s actually canonically done that to Steph:
Whenever Dick is alone and needs to think, he likes to hang upside-down. He doesn't really know why, but it just feels... natural.
I imagine he use to see his father do that. John would hang upside down when the circus was having troubles or he wasn’t inspired enough for a new performance.
Little toddler Dick would wander by his side and roll over, trying to do hand stands because he couldn’t reach the bars. His father would notice him there, struggling to stand up on his head, and laugh before pick him up and hold him upside down with him.
And there they would hang together until Dick started yawning or Mary would come in and tell John not to let the baby hang to long, that could hurt his neck.
When he was older, he learned to hang from the bars and when he was upset, he and his father would hang and pout together.
"Problems can be solved while hanging," his father would tell him, "because we can see things differently. Nothing looks so bad when we’re seeing it upside down, right?"
and Dick kept that advice and that’s why he’s always in deep thought when he hangs upside down
I love this headcanon!
Day Two: Tell us who is your Favorite Male Hero?
Warning: I refuse to accept the New 52 as my universe.
Without any doubt, Dick Grayson. No matter if he goes by Robin, Nightwing or Batman.
Because he’s an acrobat who is only fondly humoring gravity.
Because he proves that tragedies don’t need to define you.
Because he was able to make even Bruce a bit less grimdark.
Because he’s an amazing big brother.
Because he’s an amazing friend.
Because he’s been and/or has led practically every superhero team with great results.
Because when stripped of a superhero identity he said “Fuck that!” and made himself another.
Because when he had to assume someone else’s superhero identity he made that work for him and even made it something more and better than the original owner. (I will forever love Dick!Bats..)
Because he gave a child assassin a chace to become something greater and was able to make him so.
Because he didn’t feel like he was doing enough to fight crime and so became a cop.
Because he didn’t just read Cinderella to his new, illiterate, adopted sister Cassandra: he acted out all the parts.
Because he’s got no fashion sense, bless him.
Because, no matter what fandom tells you, he’s not a manslut but a serial monogamist who really loved his long term girlfriends.
Because he’s able to stay friends with his ex girlfriends and still love them after they broke up.
Because he shouts at Batman. And even occasionally punches him when he’s more of a jerk than usual.
Because he’s unshakeably loyal to Batman eve if he’s a jerk.
Because his mere existence was reason enough for Batman to save the world.
Because fighting 1000 ninjas is just the start of what he’d do for his little brother Tim.
Because after a few months with him, Damian would cut off his mother when she tried to insult him.
Because after saving your life he’d let you hug him for half an hour and not leave until he’s sure you are completely ok.
Really, I could continue but it would probably become embarrassing.
All that and he’s a badass too.
What’s not to love?
(Ok, fine: he’s also got a pretty spectacular ass. I was just trying to be classy here…)
⚡ You just know that one time Jason was digging around/snooping at Dick’s place, and Dick is politely ignoring him and channel surfing. And Jason’s like “Wow do u srsly have handcuffs left over from being a cop?”
And without turning around, Dick’d be like “Don’t be silly, Jason, they are strictly for sex-having purposes.”
Jason, of course, DROPS THEM LIKE THEY’RE HOT, a look of comical horror on his face, and Dick is like “omg Jay I’m joking ofc they’re left over from being a cop”
top 5 best brother ever dick grayson moments ;)
*consults my handy-dandy tag*
#1 - The moment I consider “big brother Dick” to really have been born - giving Jason his blessing as Robin and telling him to call on him any time:
#2 - Reading Cinderella for Cass and acting out all the parts:
(Do I care that we never actually see this happen on-panel? No. No, I do not. It is still one of my all-time favorites, because it’s amazing and perfect and that is all.)
#3 - A thousand ninjas is just the start of what he would do for Tim:
#4 - His love and belief in Tim:
#5 - Teaching and reassuring Damian:
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