'The Graysons' TV Series Axed By CW: Was Batman's Success To Blame?

RobinWhile television seems like the ideal medium for comic book adaptations, they rarely ever make the cut to the small screen. According to Variety, the latest to fail is "The Graysons," the CW series that would revolve around Dick "DJ" Grayson in his pre-Robin days. The series was being groomed to either replace or complement Warner Bros' long-running "Smallville."

Rumors abound as to why the series was dropped. Some insiders say it is because of Warner Bros taking the time to rethink its DC strategy -- a thought process that seems to be taking an awful long time when it comes to the big, long-awaited properties like Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.

Another report suggests that Batman's top man, Christopher Nolan, was uncomfortable with having a Batman-themed TV show on the air. But given that Nolan has no interest in ever including Robin in his Batman films, it seems unlikely that he would care about a television series focused on the Boy Wonder. It was studio president Jeff Robinov who had the final say, and the official studio statement suggests that he was the one who wasn't interested in competing Batman mythologies. "The studio has opted not to go forward with the development of 'The Graysons' at this time as the concept doesn't fit the current strategy for the Batman franchise."

"The Graysons" sounded like it had the potential to be pretty fun -- are you sorry it was abandoned? Or do you think Robin should stay off movie and television screens alike?