As I grew older, turns out I wasn't the only one who liked Robin, in fact, the character has become a cultural icon and in a sense, through the magic of comic books, movies and TV series, he's grown up right in front of our eyes and as weird as it may sound; we've grown more attached to him than any regular living person. In our eyes, he's become as "real" as you and me. But let's start right where we should, at the beginning.
"The first person I ever revealed my identity to was Dick Grayson. He was about the same age I was when my parents were killed. His parents --circus acrobats-- had been murdered, and I... wanted to make a difference in his life... the way, if my parents would've lived, they would have made a difference in my life." -Batman
As fate would have it, Dick's life was about to change in a horrible way nobody would've expected; not even Batman. One night, as "The Flying Graysons" dazzled the crowd, in the middle of a performance "someone" cut their trapeze ropes making them plummet to their deaths in front of, not only the horrified crowd in attendance, but the only survivor of this terrible act; Dick Grayson. And just like that, young Dick Grayson became an orphan.
But that night a certain millionaire was in attendance and he was about to change this young orphan's life in ways he would've never imagined; for better or worse. This "certain millionaire" was none other than Bruce wayne, Gotham City's favorite son, who's life was changed much like Dick's, because of a random act of violence that defined his entire existence from that day forth.
"Through the years I've debated wether or not it was fair of me to take him in. Train him. But, I've learned that Dick wasn't like me. He didn't come from a world of privilege. He was a performer. Gifted in that way." -Batman
Unlike Bruce Wayne, Dick was already an unparalleled acrobat and athlete when he began his training, talented beyond his years and now; he was driven. More than he ever was for any performance because this time, it wasn't just another performance, this time it was the performance of his life; and Richard Grayson was about to take center stage.
What we do know is that is happened, for better or worse Batman fired Robin "The Boy Wonder", things would never be the same again. The situation was tense for the entire Bat Family especially for Bruce Wayne and Richard Grayson for many reasons but mostly because more than partners, they share a father son relationship and there's was real pain on both sides because of this split. But in my opinion, that was more of a blessing in disguise than anything else.
Come back next week for Part 2 of our study on comic book's most enduring character; Dick Grayson.