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Why is Nightwing still so much like the happy-go-lucky Robin he once was? Nightwing is born when Robin is filled with anger and decides to rebel against Batman and go solo. Not only would he not be so cheerful, but he wouldn't be a member of a team either. Season 1's Red Arrow was more like Nightwing, not this guy you showed us.
Is Nightwing's origin story still left in tact or did you eliminate the "anger/angst/rebellion" background. Is Nightwing just a new name Robin wants to go by? Did he still leave Gotham and go to BlÃºdhaven? I don't know... Your Nightwing is just so different from the Nightwing I've always known and loved that I just can't seem to grasp why you made him this way.
Saying "Way to get your feet wet", crossing his arms and then smiling is something Robin would do, not Nightwing. Maybe you'll have him transform later, but as of now, I'm not enjoying your portrayal. It's only been one episode though, so he will still have a chance to impress me.... I just don't think he will.
I've never bought that the reason for Nightwing becoming Nightwing was because he needed to 'rebel' against Batman. Never made any sense to me. Children grow and graduate and evolve into adults. They don't have to reject their parents to do it. And, seriously, how does becoming Nightwing - i.e. a guy who wears dark clothes - work as a symbolic rebellion from Batman? He could have stayed Robin and rebelled. Or he could have rebelled and gone for an opposing persona, like "The Bright Blue Finch-Man" or something. Nightwing doesn't "shout" rebellion to me.
In any case, we may never agree on the portrayal, but I hope you'll give our version a chance. And as for your specific note about his dialogue with Robin, I'll just say that I've been reading Nightwing's exploits for DECADES now, and he's not beyond still being DICK GRAYSON in a lighter moment.