Friday, September 15, 2006

How Nightwing Escaped Death

Newsarama has now posted a second article, this time on DC's One Year Later panel.

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.


  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And we all know that when Marv Wolfman writes Nightwing, there is no reason not to like him

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Matt McGee said…

    Kurt Busiek makes a good point.

    I'm not a Nightwing fan, per say, but I do like the way his character has been developed in the past.

    As mentioned on Wikipedia, if the Titans are the DC version of Marvel's X-Men, then Nightwing is the DC version of Cyclops.

    The reason being; every team needs an emotionally disturbed leader.

  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank God for Geoff and Waid. I don't think I'd be interested in any universe where they kill off Dick Grayson and resurrect Jason effing Todd.

  • At 8:16 AM, Blogger Johny said…

    Finally got to read that Batman Annual about Jason's ressurection.

    I'd be very mad if they actually killed Dick.

    I'd be shouting out there, "You killed Dick Grayson and ressurected Jason Todd? Someone is really really mad."

  • At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Laura said…

    Didio is an ASS.

  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger Avi Green said…

    The idea of replacing Dick with Jason wouldn't just be abrupt, it'd be forced and even audiences who knew Jason during the 80s wouldn't be able to get the hang of a character who'd been out of sight for so long.

    That said, aside from the fact that, in the Supergirl reintro in Superman/Batman from 2004, they say that this Jason isn't the real one, I've got a feeling that Jason's reappearance won't last for long, and certainly not if people criticize DiDio as best as possible for his political correctness. It's truly contrived, what they're doing here, and what's this about "hitting on the walls" of reality? That's just tossing a whole lot of sci-fi where it doesn't work well, and comes off as extremely contrived.


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