is a 2004 Short Film
by director John Fiorella revolving around Dick Grayson, former protege to Batman
, who has apparently been murdered. To avenge him, husband and dad Grayson puts on his old tights, vest, and mask and dives into Gotham's underworld to find out who killed his former mentor. However, a litany of characters, from Chief O'Hara and throughout the DCniverse from Super Man
to Green Lantern
defy Grayson's attempts to uncover the truth.
The film is in the form of a trailer
for a Fictitious Movie
with the same name. There exists a full-length screenplay based on the trailer, though due to copyright issues is never planned to be made
. Despite a DC moratorium on fan films, Grayson is considered one of the best and most imaginative.
Grayson provides examples of the following tropes:
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie: of a literal sort: Grayson is the name of a long-form movie based on the trailer presented in (as) this film, which was never made.
- Ensemble Cast: or almost certainly would be, if Hollywood were to make such a movie, and pick actors to play the various superheroes and villains.
- Face-Heel Turn: Chief O'Hara.
- Back in the Saddle: Grayson.
- Fanon Discontinuity: In the DC universe, Dick Grayson does go solo, but under the name Nightwing, not as Robin. In this film, Grayson reprises his Robin alter ego. The director discusses this in the "behind the scenes" footage saying it was a deliberate decision as Robin is far better known than Nightwing by the general public outside of comic fans.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Grayson.
- Shop Talk: the way Grayson and "Clark" (Superman) chat freely between alter egos.
- Suburbia: Grayson's life at the time of the film.
- Zipping Up the Bodybag: Batman at the start of the film.