Last week we got our very first look at Brenton Thwaites suited up as Dick Grayson for the upcoming DC Comics TV series Titans. It's an interesting outfit but it's worth noting that it's only part of it. We haven't seen a full body shot of the Boy Wonder in action. I haven't even gotten a chance to pass judgment on what is obviously the most important part of the Nightwing character: his butt (yes, I write about this weirdly frequently. We all have our areas of expertise.)
Gluteus judgment aside, it is a pretty cool looking costume, which, let's be honest, isn't always the case when it comes to the former Robin/current Nightwing. This guy has had some insane costumes in his many decades fighting crime alongside the Caped Crusader. Starting, of course, with his very first costume as Robin.
This costume just has so many things to mock and mock we have. Sure, it was meant to be based on the costume he wore as a member of the Flying Graysons, but you couldn't add some leggings? Batman wears an armored suit and he's swinging around Gotham with a teenage boy in glorified underoos and elf booties. Was there an alternate suit for winter weather or was he just hoping the constant aerobic exercise would keep his legs from freezing off?
Eventually, Dick departed from Batman's side in order to join the New Teen Titans and as he left the Batcave behind, so too did he leave the red, yellow and green swimsuit for whatever the hell this is.
Okay okay okay. The actual issue in which they explain Dick's transition to Nightwing is kinda beautiful. It's all about how he's made up of so many people and experiences and how it's an homage to Batman and Superman and his parents and is a way for him to honor those who raised him and taught him while also marking a transition into adulthood.
But ... have you seen that collar?
And the DEEP v-neck he has going on?
Sure, maybe the deep-v makes the whole thing more comfortable, more moveable and breathable for those difficult nights of sweaty crime fighting. But the collar? That's gotta get in the way of his peripheral vision, right? Unless maybe it was added to the costume for those nights when he wants to go straight from defending the streets of Gotham to the discoteque. Or, I don't know, maybe he got a better signal from the Wayne Tech satellites?
His superhero fashion sense got a little better over the following decades, starting with this outfit that makes it look like he's got literal feathers (what kind of bird IS a Nightwing, anyway?).
Eventually, though, Alfred saw fit to craft the former ward a brand new, sleeker look, which he has largely kept ever since. Thankfully, he has ditched the ponytail.
Regardless of your opinion of Dick Grayson's varied looks over the years, though, one thing is for damn sure: every single one makes sure to emphasize Dick's greatest assets. Their names, by the way, are Juan and Jim. They'd thank you not to forget that.