How Nightwing Escaped Death
Q: Why didn’t you kill Nightwing in Infinite Crisis?
Waid: Because Geoff Johns and I took turns holding a big club over Dan once we learned he wanted too.
Perez: And speaking for guys who actually earn residuals off of Nightwing, we like him too.
Q: Why was it even considered?
Waid: Yeah Dan, why?
Wayne: And don’t say again, “Because Bob said it would sell.”
Busiek: Have you ever drunk a lot of Scotch? Dan has.
Waid: Yeah, what has he ever done to you?
Didio: We were looking for the big death in Infinite Crisis – the big moment. We were looking for something that would have equal import and merit and weight in this story. One of the things I’ve been proven wrong about is that I had felt that Dick Grayson was a redundant character – Tim Drake had filled his role as Robin, he would never be Batman, so where could he go?
My big fear was that Nightwing would get older than Batman. The thought was that if we removed Dick form the equation that would allow Bruce Wayne to stand alone as Batman, and to firmly establish Tim Drake as Robin. So now – Marv is showing us why we like him, his place in the DC Universe, and more importantly, his potential in the DC Universe.