I grew up with him and was buying his solo book from day one. I think the most thought went in to his character from the beginning. I also just think there is something noble to him not wanting the role in the beginning. Just wanting Batman to be his best, and knew that Batman couldn’t be his best without Robin. He was also smart enough to figure out who Nightwing and Batman were.
I do love me some Carrie Kelley though. I was probably too young to own TDKR, but, loved the idea of a female Robin. Anyone remember when they brought her back as Damien’s tutor in Batman and Red Robin for a hot minute? At least I think that’s what it was in. As always, I could be wrong.