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Dick Grayson fan writes...

Hi Greg,

I was just wondering: what were your reasons for making Nightwing a far more serious character in YJ season 2 than the more light-hearted Nightwing of the comics? Was it the leadership role in season 2 that was weighing him down (I noticed that he seemed a little more light-hearted at the end of Summit when he'd relinquished leadership to Aqualad)? Or did something happen during the five year gap that affected him so much that he became more like the Bat (Jason's death, perhaps?)?

I was just curious as Dick Grayson/Nightwing in the comics has pretty consistently been portrayed as an eternal optimist and having an actual sense of humour, even when he was Batman. He overcame the darkness of his mentor and retained an utterly joyful attitude towards life. So what made you decide to make Dick/Nightwing in Young Justice more like Batman?

I'm not criticizing! Just genuinely curious.
Thanks! :)

Greg responds...

1. All of the above. But he also still had his moments of fun. And I don't think personality-wise he was ever anything like the Batman in our show. Not really.

Response recorded on December 18, 2013