As the first Robin, the first kid sidekick in comic books and the first leader of the Teen Titans, Dick Grayson has always been a trailblazer. Since his introduction in 1940, Dick has been the physical manifestation of “light” to Batman’s “darkness,” always ready with a quip and a smile to balance out the Dark Knight’s grim single-mindedness.
But all kids must grow up eventually. After some tumultuous teenage years, Dick decided to exchange his bright red-and-yellow outfit for something a little more practical, setting out as a solo Super Hero. He chose the name “Nightwing” after a Kryptonian myth recounted to him by Superman, and eventually set up shop in Gotham City’s sister city of Blüdhaven.
A natural leader with charisma to spare, Nightwing is one of the most popular and well-respected people in the DC universe. His childhood laid the foundations for a community of friends who would change the way superhero teams function. For Dick Grayson, being a hero isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life.