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Robin IV [Damian Wayne]

Alias: Damian Wayne

Titans Honorary Member
Joined:
Teen Titans (third series) #88 [2011]

Robin IV Quick Bio: The son of Batman and Talia Al Ghul,  Damian Wayne was genetically engineered to one day kill and replace his famous father. Trained from birth by the League of Assassins, Damian later rebelled when Batman accepted him as a son. Now, the Dark Knight seeks to temper the boy’s violent tendencies by training him as the newest Robin.

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History


Damien Wayne’s origin is recounted in BATMAN #666 [2007].

Batman & Son

Believing humanity has been corrupted beyond hope, the immortal Ras Al Ghul made it his mission to purge the world of those he deemed inferior. Ras attempted to recruit Batman as a possible heir and ally in his League of Assassins, using his beautiful daughter Talia as an added enticement. The Dark Knight rejected the offer and actively disrupted Ras’ twisted plans, igniting a bitter ongoing war between the two men.

Batman’s passionate dalliance with Talia resulted in a remarkable child, Damian Wayne. Genetically perfected, Damian was grown in an artificial womb and was engineered to one day kill and replace his famous father. To that end, the child’s early years were marred by obscene indoctrination at Talia’s hands and lethal tutelage under the League of Assassins.

ABOVE: Batman meets son in BATMAN #657 [2006].
BELOW: Damien violently usurps Tim’s role as Robin in  BATMAN #658 [2006].

At the biological age of ten, Damian was revealed to Batman – as Talia left the child in the Caped Crusader’s custody in an effort to disrupt his work. With a lethal skill set and a marginal sense of mercy, Damian proved quite a handful. The rebellious would-be Robin even tried to impress his father by eliminating the current Boy Wonder, Tim Drake, and taking his place.

Eventually, Batman accepted Damian as his son and tried to temper the boy’s violent tendencies. This training was interrupted when Bruce Wayne was lost in time and presumed dead. At that point, Dick Grayson assumed the mantle of Batman and guided Damian as the newest Robin. Together, the new Dynamic Duo protected Gotham until Bruce’s return.

Robin makes himself at home in TEEN TITANS (third series) #88 [2011].
Damien clashes with his teammates in  TEEN TITANS (third series) #89 [2011].

Teen Titans Team-Up

While under Dick Grayson’s wing, Damian became a temporary member of the Teen Titans. Grayson believed this would help Damian’s undeveloped social skills, but the bratty Boy Wonder immediately postured for leadership of the team.  Damian did forge a unique friendship with the like-minded Ravager, as the Teen Titans closed a case involving the genetically-engineered Feral Boys.

Damian Wayne later assisted the Teen Titans again when the team was besieged by Superboy-Prime and his army of Superboy clones. Together, Titans past and present defeated the clones and trapped Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

ABOVE: Dick Grayson leaves Damien with the Titans in TEEN TITANS (third series) #89 [2011].
BELOW: Robin & Ravager bond TEEN TITANS (third series) #91 [2011].


Powers & Abilities


Robin has mastered a variety of martial arts despite his young age. He is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, and is very agile due to his small size. Robin can also mimic the vocal patterns of anyone he hears.

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Essential Reading


Batman #655-658 [2006]: After Batman faces down an army of winged horrors in a no-holds barred, bone-crunching superbrawl among the treasures of London’s Pop Art Museum, Batman receives the greatest shock of his life when he discovers that he has a son. Sparks fly when the new addition to the Bat-family is introduced to Batman’s adopted son, Robin, the Boy Wonder. Which one will be chosen to carry on the legacy as Gotham’s protector? First appearance of Damian Wayne.
Batman #666 [2007]: Meet Damian Wayne, the Batman of Tomorrow in this special issue set 15 years from now in a nightmarish future Gotham!
Batman & Robin #1-6 [2009]: Following Bruce Wayne’s reported demise, a new Dynamic Duo emerges. Dick Grayson, the original Robin, has established a separate crime-fighting identity as Nightwing, but now has donned the iconic cape and mask of Batman. Partnered with bratty, impatient 10-year-old Damian (son of the original Wayne), he wants to modernize Batman’s equipment but maintain his high principles. Dick’s successor as Robin, Jason Todd, now calls himself the Red Hood and believes that the way to reduce crime is to kill criminals as dramatically as possible. Unfortunately, the Red Hood’s violent tactics bring reprisals in the form of the Flamingo, an incredibly vicious South American assassin who enjoys skinning and eating the faces of beautiful young women.

Teen Titans (third series) #88-#91 [2011]: Heads up, Teen Titans! There’s a new hero in town, and while Damian might not want to join you, he’s more than happy to lead you! There should always be a Robin on the team, but if Damian is their only available option, maybe they’ll pass on having a Boy Wonder. Hopefully he’ll be able to help against the terrible menace of the rising villain, Headcase and his Feral Boys!
Teen Titans (third series) #99-100 [2011]: It’s all-out war as Titans old and new come together to face the greatest threat to their existence. Superboy-Prime gathers his own “Legion of Doom,” comprised of various Titans villains. He then creates an army of Superboy clones to besiege the Titans. Together, Titans past and present defeat the villains and trap Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

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Creators on Damian Wayne


Grant Morrison on Damian Wayne
from http://www.toplessrobot.com
By Rob Bricken – Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Rob: You made Damian canon in Batman and Son, which is probably the biggest shake-up the Batman mythos has had since the introduction of Robin. What was the appeal of Bruce Wayne having an actual child as opposed to Robin?

Grant Morrison: I guess I always liked those old “Bat-Boy” stories where you would see another kid coming in and taking Robin’s place and Robin would sob in the background, that kind of thing. I wanted to do that story where suddenly Robin was confronted with a very real threat to what he was. So it was the idea of taking the various kind of versions of Batman’s child that we’d seen before, and doing a new one, a real one.

There had obviously been characters like that […] Son of the Bat from Kingdom Come, and you know there was the Son of the Demon storyline, which showed Batman and Talia having a baby, but was kind of taken out of canon. I based my version on a completely misremembered sequence in that book, so it ended up being completely different, and then Damian became his own character.

But yeah, to try and actually do something with Batman that felt significant, as you say, and I found that we were able to give him a son and that doesn’t really mess up his mythology too much; it seemed like something Batman could have done and still stay true to the integrity of the character. I was quite surprised it worked, because we planned to kill Damian off in the first four issues, and then he seemed too full of potential.

Did you know you’d end up doing RIP and Batman and Robin and that he’d be working as Robin to Dick Grayson’s Batman even then?

I knew I’d be doing RIP, but I kind of figured that was the end of the line for my story, and then the idea for Batman and Robin came along and the team just seemed such a great dynamic that I had to keep on with it. So no, it wasn’t planned. As I mentioned, we originally intended to kill Damian and do a poignant four-part storyline where he starts out as a really bad kid and ends up as a good kid but dies tragically. Then I realized it was a waste of a good character. I think it was a good idea that we didn’t kill him because he’s become very popular.

It’s a nice shake up to have a fun Batman and a brooding Robin.

Yeah, it was fun to reverse the whole dynamic and have this little scowling angry kid.

JT Krul on Damian & The Teen Titans
courtesy of http://www.comicbookresources.com
Article by Jeffrey Renaud – October 27th, 2010

Starting with “Teen Titans,” your highly anticipated run on the series kicks off this week with #88. What do you have planned for Conner, Bart and the gang to begin with?

We hit the ground running with the new lineup for the Titans as they face off against a strange new threat called the Feral Boys. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we begin to meet more villains for the team to confront. And if their hands weren’t already full, they also have to deal with Robin.

What can you tell us about the Feral Boys and Headcase, the other villain in your first arc? I believe these are new creations, so what do we need to know about them coming in?

They are both connected to a greater threat that exists under the radar of the Titans – one that could be a danger to just about any teenager out in the world. Both the Feral Boys and Headcase are definitely dangerous villains for the Teen Titans to face, but they may also be victims as well.

You also mentioned Robin coming to Titans Tower in your second issue. Was that your idea or was Damian offered to you? And how is he connecting with his new teammates? Does anyone stand up and say, “This guy is OK.”

When we first started talking about having me taking over the book, the concept of bringing Damian around was brought up immediately. The current roster may have their friction with one another, but they have developed a certain comfort as well. We thought the new Robin would add a compelling dynamic for the team – really mix things up. I think readers might be surprised by some of the reactions to his appearance, but it’s safe to say that Ravager and Robin will definitely have issues.

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You’ve been writing the Teen Titans in some form or another for a little while now. Is there one character that you have really responded to as a writer? On the flipside, have any given you problems with either their dynamics or finding their voice?

I find myself drawn to the darker characters for some reason – intrigued by their flawed nature – so Ravager has been particularly fun to write. She’s got such a strong and brash exterior, but carries vulnerability with her. In terms of having difficulty with one, Robin brings the biggest challenges because he’s a child, much younger than the rest, but is extremely intelligent. Making sure to present him as refined but allowing the youthful attitude to peek through is a delicate balance.

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