Sing this in your head like the Brady Bunch theme song...
Here's the story of a man named Batman, who was bringing up a very troubled boy. His parents had been killed, just like Batman's, the younger one in tights.
Here's the story, of a man named Batman, who was busy with issues of his own. They were two men, living in a Batcave, but that didn't make good television.
Ok so that last bit didn't exactly fit. Give me a break! The rest was hard enough. So, what has me going on such a ridiculous rant? Variety reported yesterday that the CW Network is setting up a series based on Robin's pre-Batman days called, The Graysons. And no, this is not a joke.
The CW (formerly the WB) previously brought us Birds of Prey and Smallville. Seems they're rather hit-or-miss with our favorite superheroes, though Smallville executive producers Kelly Sounders and Brian Peterson are onboard for this fresh new take on an old favorite. Also tagging along this time around is...wait for it...McG. I know a lot of people have strong opinions about him.
Similar to Smallville, "'The Graysons' will follow the world of Dick "DJ" Grayson before he takes on the iconic Robin identity and aligns himself with Batman." It's being described as a potential replacement should the show end it's run this season or a companion piece if it doesn't. Obviously they don't care at all about accurate story-telling since, we all know, there is no Robin without Batman.
It's bad enough Clark Kent is denied the ability to have a secret identity in the world of Smallville, making him rather useless when he finally becomes Superman, now we're supposed to believe Dick had a reason to solve crime before his parents were murdered? Don't think so. To their credit, they've tried to make it sound interesting, "In the one-hour 'Graysons,' which will be set in modern times, young DJ will face challenges involving first loves, young rivals and his family as he grows up." Hey, I did say "tried."
Variety writes, "Souders and Peterson have come up with an original take on the character." No, they've come up with a BORING take on the character, you know, before all the interesting stuff happens to him. So will fans be want to watch a watered-down, sugar-coated version of our Dick ala The Brady Bunch or Leave it to Beaver? Something tells me neither Greg nor "the Beav" ever grew up to bang a hot, fiery chick from outer-space and they sure as hell would have been killed by the Joker by now.