I feel like Lobdell is like… the kinda guy who goes “You know that thing that you think I’m gonna do? I’m gonna do the OPPOSITE!” and he thinks that’s what constitutes creative writing. I think he has a little too much free reign and too little understanding of the core of these characters and what makes them and their relationships so significant to fans.
For example, he doesn’t understand Jason. AT ALL. It was clear in RHATO when he had Jason stating that he was mad at Bruce for letting him die. THAT WAS NEVER THE CASE - the whole point was that Jason forgave Bruce for not getting there in time to save him, but he never forgave him for letting the Joker live to continue ruining people’s lives.
Similarly, a HUGE part of Tim’s character was that he felt Batman needed to have a Robin to prove that while the person filling the role is mortal, the legacy of Robin can never die. A really poignant scene was when the Joker saw Tim as Robin for the first time and his smile fades and he screams “I KILLED YOU!”. But no, Robin was back and it proved that the spirit of Robin can never be defeated.
Also if Tim went as Red Robin it fucks Jason’s character further because one of the reasons he was so fucking angry at Bruce was that he felt like he was being replaced. ‘Kay, now that character development is out the window. Not to mention it fucks with the fact the Red Robin existed before as something different and it strips Tim of his individuality now that Damian is Robin…. like what even is the logic/point of that!?
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