#017 Dick Grayson (age:14) - the third member of a trapeze act “The Flying Graysons”. His parent were immigrants from Romania, the family traveled with Mr. Haly’s Circus around the country during later half of the Great Depression. It was tough for his folks to find work outside of the circus because they weren’t citizens, but for Dick the circus was all he knew, it was home. Gifted in the performance arts, he did what he could at such a young age to learn the techniques of all the different performers. When doing a show in Gotham, Dick overheard an argument Haly had with “Boss” Tony Zucco about mob protection while in town. Mr. Haly refused the threat and kicked the gangster out of his circus. The next night, Grayson’s parents fell to their deaths in front of Gotham’s elite in an apparent trapeze accident. The police determined the wires where tampered with and put Dick into protective custody, also having no family in the country or identification for the parents, Dick was too young to know his parent’s full names, he had to become a ward of the state. In the crowd that night was Bruce Wayne, who experienced a similar trauma, volunteered to take care of the child until the crime was solved and to have his parents buried near where his own are.
Having grown up poor, and no real formal education, Dick Grayson was still very bright, practical and street smart. Having lived his life with artist and performers, he developed a charismatic personality. Because of this training, he also noticed that Bruce Wayne puts on a show of himself whenever he was in public. I figured this is what leads the boy to discover the true identity of his mysterious host. I also wanted to exploit the idea of circus kid and what kid of life he really would have had in a traveling circus, with all the things he might have missed out on. Parallel that with the American Immigrant story, paints Dick Grayson with a completely different experience than Wayne’s life of privilege. Modeled after the Batman TAS and 1960’s Burt Ward, good ole’ sweater vest.