In Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1, Wonder Girl provides insight as to why Tim Drake continues to hold on to the title of Robin.
The following article contains spoilers from Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1, on sale now.
The recent death of the Justice League has hit the members of DC’s superhero community pretty hard. However, it has also led to some truths being revealed about certain characters. In Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 (by Meghan Fitzmartin, Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero, and Pat Brosseau), Wonder Girl makes an insightful analysis of Tim Drake. She believes that because he was the only one of his adopted siblings who chose to be Batman’s Robin, he can’t be anything else.
In her mind, Tim is trapped in the role of the Boy Wonder, not because of some cosmic force holding him to the name, but because he is unable to let go of the title. Tim deliberately chose to become Batman’s sidekick, instead of falling into it out of necessity or inheritance. This is what keeps pulling him back into the role, and preventing him from recognizing how much more he could do if he ever elected to step outside the role.
Tim initially approached Batman to fill in the vacant role of Robin in the wake of Jason Todd’s death. He did this because he believed the Caped Crusader would always need a partner and sidekick. He also loves a challenge, and becoming Robin was surely the greatest challenge he could take on at such a young age. As a result, because he chose it, in his mind the title still belongs to him.
This explains why he was so upset when Dick forced him out of the role in favor of giving it to Damian, failing to realize that the decision was not a slight but rather in recognition that he has progressed past the title. Unfortunately, Tim has yet to fully grasp this truth, as was evidence by his recent adaptation of the Red Robin identity.
When Damian Wayne abandoned the title, Tim immediately claimed it again for himself, and continues to operate in the role of the Boy Wonder even though Damian has since reconnected with his family. Wonder Girl makes note of his inability to give up the title in the issue, insisting that Tim needs to realize for himself that he is more than Robin.
It’s been shown time and again how Tim backtracking in his personal growth can hurt him. Wonder Girl’s internal thoughts may be a mixture of frustration and grief, but she isn’t wrong that Tim is incapable of being anything else, at least for the moment. It is ultimately up to him to decide when he will evolve into something beyond a sidekick to Gotham City’s Greatest Detective.
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