Film: Grayson

Grayson 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 DC Universe from Superman to Green Lanternnote  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 it is never planned to be made. Despite a DC moratorium on fan films, Grayson is considered one of the best and most imaginative.

Here's a link to the trailer.

Grayson provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Chief O'Hara is present as a Corrupt Cop, as opposed to an ally to Batman and Commissioner Gordon.
  • Back in the Saddle: Grayson.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Grayson.
  • Driving Question: Who killed Batman? And why don't they want Grayson involved?
  • 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. All is known is that he wants Robin "out of the equation".
  • Fanon Discontinuity:invoked 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.
  • Happily Married: Dick and Barbara, until he put on the costume again.
  • Noodle Incident: Grayson seems to have a negative history with Superman, if the scene of Grayson knocking a comics shelf which includes a Superman comic is anything to go by.
  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: Barbara, the former Batgirl. When she learned Dick is putting on the suit, she took their daughter and left him until he stops.
  • Secret Keeper: Gordon and apparently O'Hara know Grayson is Robin. O'Hara may also know Clark is Superman.
  • Shop Talk: the way Grayson and "Clark" (Superman) chat freely between alter egos.
  • Skyward Scream: Wonder Woman, at the sight of Superman's body.
  • Suburbia: Grayson's life at the time of the film.
  • Zipping Up the Bodybag: Batman at the start of the film.