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Titans: Why Nightwing Can’t Be Batman

WARNING:  Spoilers for Titans Season 3, Episode 13, “Purple Rain.”

Dick Grayson’s transformation from Robin to Nightwing has been one of the most important components of Titans Season 3. Dick, like Batman, has struggled with fear and fury, but after dying and reincarnated, he appears to be on his way to becoming the next Dark Knight, since he has a better understanding of compassion and empathy. In the season finale, though, Dick pulls off a horrible act that proves why he can’t ever be the Bat.

The Plan To Bring Gothamites Back To Life 

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Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson

While shutting down Scarecrow’s facility, Dick’s crew utilises a Lazarus shower of rain to bring deceased Gothamites back to life. He rents them an RV so they can return to San Francisco by automobile, but he has to stop in Arkham Asylum to see Scarecrow.

But, while Jonathan Crane threatens that the doors won’t keep him out, implying that he’ll reveal the heroes’ identity, Dick smiles and welcomes Raven inside. Crane’s mind is broken by her power, which injects him with the terror and anxiety he inflicted on others, particularly the Titans. They go cheerfully, but it’s an odd finale for heroes who’ve seen the light.

Does Bruce Figure It Out?

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Titans Season-3 Episode-13

As Batman witnessed, he was also mind-wiped during the melee, with the shocking revelation that the League had previously utilised this tactic to conceal their identity. As a result, Bruce finally figured out the ruse, lost faith in his peers, and carried out the deadly Brother Eye espionage plan.

Rather than discredit Crane, use Bruce’s resources now that he’s back to cover it up, or work with A.R.G.U.S. or Barbara as Commissioner to invalidate Crane’s remarks, Dick seeks retribution and torture in Titans. Dick shouldn’t be the same monster he preaches against since he didn’t appreciate how Batman became emotional and executed Joker after Jason Todd’s death.

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Titans Season-3 Episode-13

With his virtuous viewpoint restored, the new Bruce would clearly perceive this as crossing the line, and it honestly feels like Dick has regressed in terms of being the person who inspired Red Hood to begin on his own redemption quest. This is vengeful, and if Crane is allowed to go free, we could end up with a psychopath worse than the Joker or the Scarecrow, all because of Dick’s selfish disregard for the law.

Written by Prachee Mishra