O’BSERVATIONS ON DICK GRAYSON
In the multiverse in which Toobworld can be found, the surge in TV series in which superheroes can be found has resulted in a sew of alternate Toobworlds to house them all. (There have been elements in most of them which prevent them from sharing the same Earth, not the least of which is that there have been many reboots of certain characters so they couldn’t share the same space. It may be a TV-based universe, but that doesn’t mean life there has to go through continuous reboots and reruns.)
But the main Toobworld, Earth Prime-Time, has been the home for a core group of TV superheroes, all predicated on a first-come first-served basis. For the most part, they are the core group of the Justice League.
- SUPERMAN (‘THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’)
- BATMAN (‘BATMAN’)
- WONDER WOMAN WONDER WOMAN’)
- THE FLASH (‘THE FLASH’)
With those shows, they came about in a simpler time – yes, even 1990 falls into that estimation, but that year probably serves as the end to such a consideration. After that, the concept of the multiverse really took hold, thanks to ‘Sliders’.
But new shows came along which wanted to stake their claim to being the official Earth for their premises. That’s understandable, of course – for showrunners, the concept that their show had to conform with what was being promoted by other TV series would have been too restricting. You never would have been able to get all of those zombie series if everybody thought that way.
As everybody should have realized that designation was what David Bianculli would call an “Extra”, an in-joke. As played by Burt Ward, this Dick Grayson is supposed to be from the 1966 TV version of ‘Batman’.
It’s an extrapolation of what his life was like after the series was cancelled, with the added flavoring of cherry-picked events in his life from the comic books, but I think the Dick Grayson of Earth Prime-Time eventually assumed the crime-fighting alias of Nightwing before assuming the cape and cowl of the Batman after Bruce Wayne retired. And in the tradition of the Phantom and the Dread Pirate Roberts, he executed his role of the Caped Crusader as though he was Bruce Wayne.
But eventually, he too retired – it’s been fifty years plus since he was in high school after all! And he physically changed as he aged, making gradual donations to his overall avoirdupois, let’s say.
Here’s a possibility – what if Earth-66 was the legendary “Evil Mirror Universe”? Frankly, I think just from the name, Earth-666, the getaway home for Lucifer Morningstar, would be better-suited for that particular life ethos.
It’s a primal concept for alternate Toobworlds which I’m sure will come back again in some TV show. (I think we last saw it in ‘Deep Space Nine’, but I could be wrong… not an uncommon occurrence.)
Even so, if some other TV series did bring back the concept of an evil Toobworld, all that would mean is that I’ve got some splainin to do. I’m sure I could find a way to make it work for the Toobworld Dynamic.
Like Muskie Muskrat would say, “It’s pozz’ble, just pozz’ble.”
Speaking of that dog, I’ve seen it suggested that he was supposed to be Ace the Bat-hound from the comic book universe. If anything, the canine could have been named after the original Ace – if that world’s Batman and Robin actually had such a dog. The original would have been long since dead since the 1960s!
That was some other Dick.