Ranking Batman’s Robins: Happy 80th Birthday Boy Wonder
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Robin the Boy Wonder’s debut, Comingsoon.net is looking back at adaptations of the character. Check them out in the gallery below!
Batman made his comic book debut in Detective Comics #27 in May, 1939. While the caped crusader was instantly popular, it became clear that the character was missing something: a side-kick. Every great detective has someone they can talk to—the Watson to their Sherlock. About a year later, in 1940, Dick Grayson AKA Robin was introduced in Detective Comics #38 (published March 6 with a cover date of April).
The two vigilantes have become inseparable. When you think of Batman you think of Robin. The character of Robin resonated with children, making the story of Bruce Wayne accessible to people of all ages; if you weren’t the caped crusader than you were his protege and eventual successor. After Dick Grayson grew up and became Nightwing, Jason Todd took up the mantel of Robin. After him, it was Tim Drake and then it was Damian Wayne (the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul).
For the most part, outside of Terry McGinnis, Bruce Wayne has been the one wearing the cape and cowl. However, more than a few people have worn the Boy Wonder’s costume. The following slideshow ranks iterations of the character in television and film, along with the actors that portrayed them.