Robin the Boy Wonder is the best-known Batman sidekick character, though it’s probably fair to say that most casual Batman fans aren’t quite aware how many of them there have been. Yes, more than three!
The original Robin, orphaned acrobat Dick Grayson, was portrayed as a teenager and young adult who had been adopted by Batman. He eventually outgrew the sidekick role, taking on his own superhero identity as Nightwing. His successors Jason Todd and Tim Drake had radically different personalities – Jason Todd was a street kid with a bad attitude who was so unpopular that when given the chance, comics fans voted overwhelmingly that he should be killed off, while Tim Drake represented Batman’s smarter side, a well-adjusted geek with great computer and information processing skills, who eventually, like Dick Grayson, left Batman’s side to become his own hero. (He’s currently known as Red Robin) The latest Robin, Damien Wayne, is Batman’s young and slightly sociopathic son to villainess Talia Al Ghul, who has been raised both evil and snarky.
While the public perception of Robin is that of a boy sidekick to the Dark Knight, there have actually been several young women who have also taken that role, though usually in alternate timelines, or for brief periods of time. It’s an important story to tell, in the context of women in comics, because of the very different ways in which Girl Wonders have been treated both by Batman and by DC Comics.