COMICS: In "The New 52" Continuity, Tim Drake Was NEVER Robin

Yet another change as a result of DC's "The New 52" has been revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con today. Tim Drake is best known as the Robin who deduced Batman's secret identity and has appeared in various other forms of media in that role. Well, in the comics, he was NEVER Robin.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/15/2012

When it was revealed the "The New 52" universe was only 5 years old, many fans were left scratching their heads as to how Batman could have possibly had so many sidekicks during that period. Comic books do of course play around with how time works, but this was still a baffling development and the following revelation will do absolutely NOTHING to clear it up. During today's "DC Comics: Young Justice" panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, writer Scott Lobdell discussed this September's Teen Titans #0, and is quoted by Comic Book Resources as saying the following.

"Tim goes straight from being Tim Drake to being Red Robin in that there was no official period of time where he was Robin. We keep most of the origin in tact in that he was one of the few people who could get very close to learning who Bruce is...but it will be a much updated version of his origin."

So there you have it! It sounds as if most of what happened in the pre-New 52 continuity still stands, but the fact he became Red Robin rather than Robin does little to clear up the confusing continuity issues. Did he still serve as a sidekick to Batman?! Well, hopefully we'll find out the answer to that and all the other questions this raises in the upcoming Teen Titans #0 issue. Sound off with your thoughts on this news in the usual place!

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jarel93 - 7/15/2012, 3:03 PM
Crap.
BigDamnHero - 7/15/2012, 3:08 PM
That is incredibly stupid. Way to ruin my favorite Robin DC!
JDUKE25 - 7/15/2012, 3:09 PM
Lame
marvel72 - 7/15/2012, 3:12 PM
that's f*cked up.
soundwave129 - 7/15/2012, 3:13 PM
Come on!
GreenHalJordan - 7/15/2012, 3:14 PM
WHAT THE HELL?!!?!? Im a DC, but come on!
Alphadog - 7/15/2012, 3:14 PM
Wtf in teen titans 1 he is wearing is robin costume in a picture.
mctrinket - 7/15/2012, 3:19 PM
Fail.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/15/2012, 3:23 PM
[frick] you DC
stanimalx - 7/15/2012, 3:23 PM
I agree, that is dumb. What was the point in issue one to show Tim in a robin costume with batman if he wasn't a robin.
NerdyGeek - 7/15/2012, 3:24 PM
hush - 7/15/2012, 3:25 PM
I think DC have royally f***ed up with their reboot.

It should have been a total reboot or left it alone.

I don't think I am the only one who is discovering many holes in the continuity.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/15/2012, 3:26 PM
???
AlReg - 7/15/2012, 3:27 PM
Sounds like they really just changed his name and kept most of the same stuff I don't see how this is a big deal.
MJPETTY7 - 7/15/2012, 3:27 PM
WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He was said to have been Robin in Batman #1 of the New 52!!!!! Whoever is changing this is wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BarnaclePete - 7/15/2012, 3:28 PM
I don't Understand how people can say that things like this ruin a character. Does it change anything that you read and enjoyed n the past? No. The only person that can ruin that experience is yourself. There is still tonnes of books that you can read with Tim as Robin and even if they didn't do the reboot then he would still be RednRobin now anyway. He is still the same character just his bath to get there is a little different. It's not a big deal at all, just something for people to complain about.
Geektality - 7/15/2012, 3:32 PM
Screw that. Seriously, screw it. Drake was always Robin, no matter what Dan DiDio thinks.
jtown904 - 7/15/2012, 3:35 PM
UNBELIEVABLE! TOTAL CRAP! So who was Robin during Knightfall? No Man's Land?
Supes17 - 7/15/2012, 3:42 PM
WTF is wrong with DC!
maxxgone - 7/15/2012, 3:44 PM
hrrmm. drake smokes todd & bitch ass damien. i can't see the logic in changing much about him. he's pretty badass. i like him as much as greyson.

i'd love to see tim on the big screen but i really just don't know what DC's plans are. i want them to pull the trigger already but then again i don't want em to rush and put out dogshit.

why the hell they sat on their thumbs this whole time i'll never understand.
rubbish78 - 7/15/2012, 3:45 PM
You know what? I don't even care anymore...since none of these comic book universes make any sense!!
But as long as the stories are good and the characters are some what in character, it doesn't matter to me anymore.
zmikey - 7/15/2012, 3:47 PM
Freaking Lobdell has made continuity issues in his own comic- in Teen Titans #1 he had a picture of himself as Robin, in a Batman issue it stated "Tim Drake, Former Robin" and recently Damian made him go to the Robin meeting 'cause he wants to beat all former Robins. Seriously, DC, get your shit together.
BIGBMH - 7/15/2012, 3:47 PM
Well that's whack.
Technoman81 - 7/15/2012, 3:47 PM
This is what I'm not liking about the new 52s. This origin I will hate, Tim Drake has and always will be the third Robin before becoming Red Robin, changing that will make me upset that DC could not keep the original origin in tact.
marvel72 - 7/15/2012, 3:48 PM
in batman number 1(snyder)there is a panel where bruce wayne is with dick grayson(former robin current nightwing)damian wayne(current robin)& tim drake(former robin current red robin & teen titians member).

dc you've f*cked up again.
ironpool007 - 7/15/2012, 3:48 PM
This book is not in my buy pile, so I could care less. Makes sense though, i guess.
silverdog - 7/15/2012, 3:49 PM
stopped giving a damn about this "groundbreaking and original" DC reboot after the 5th issue...
HavocPrime - 7/15/2012, 3:51 PM
Balls to that decision, why does it have to be Tim, can't we just ignore Stephanie Brown being Robin for a short time instead.
Unas - 7/15/2012, 3:57 PM
Messing up DC!
SkywayTraffic - 7/15/2012, 3:57 PM
Except Damian Wayne says multiple times that Tim Drake was Robin in Batman & Robin #10: War of the Robins so this article is idiotic and false.
Anthrax - 7/15/2012, 3:59 PM
how is this fake he was quoted at comic con read the whole damn article before you post
OrganizedChaos - 7/15/2012, 4:02 PM
well if this is the case and Tim Drake was never a Robin in the New 52, he will always have been a Robin to the fans!
SkywayTraffic - 7/15/2012, 4:02 PM
Just sloppy
SkywayTraffic - 7/15/2012, 4:03 PM
Anthrax, I said it was false. Not fake. ALL prior references state that Tim Drake was previously Robin. Lobdell is just an idiot slapdick johnny.
GreenHalJordan - 7/15/2012, 4:08 PM
He even said before in TT that he was "formerly known as Robin The Boy Wonder"!
OtakuPapi - 7/15/2012, 4:12 PM
I love the current Red Robin... im not so sure about this whole never serving as Robin thing and i've loved everything thus far about the New 52
silentjay12345 - 7/15/2012, 4:13 PM
In Batman #1 Tim Drake is referred to as a former Robin. And in Teen Titans #4 Kid Flash wears one of Time Drakes old Robin costumes. It'll be very interesting to see how they mess things up even more. lol
storyteller - 7/15/2012, 4:15 PM
DC no longer knows how to run a comic book company. The issue with Batman and Green Lantern is that they allowed these books to keep their continuity and have slowly feeding us what is and isn't in continuity. Whats worse is that their own writers are out of the loop. I think the Batman writers probably just learned this info.

DC please, release another big crisis that undo's all this bullshit. You can even make new number 1's for some stupid reason. There is a reason why Marvel has multiple named universe.
CROD - 7/15/2012, 4:17 PM
There's not a single comic reader who won't ignore this new origin. Dick Grayson founded Teen Titans and Tim was Robin and that's that.
gleetana - 7/15/2012, 4:18 PM
well, it sure did not take them long to start messing things up.. if he was never robin, then why did he choose the name red robin? and yeah, it has been mentioned several times that he was one of the robins:

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