Set after Battle for the Cowl, Grant Morrison's pre-flashpoint Batman and Robin series followed Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne as they attempted to keep Gotham in one piece after Bruce's apparent death.
From the first arc, the story begins building up the Batman and Robin Must Die arc, which does not culminate until volume three. In between, the new dynamic duo have to deal with Jason Todd and his new sidekick Scarlet, a zombie Batman, and Damian's mess of a relationship with his mother.
The series ran from 2009 to 2011, ending due to the start of the New 52. The New 52 series reset the status quo somewhat, returning the mantle of the Batman to Bruce Wayne, with Dick Grayson returning to his former role as Nightwing.
Batman and Robin (2009) provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: When Talia has Damian's spine fixed, she has a device implanted in it that allows her to control him.
- Badass and Child Duo: As usual, Batman and Robin.
- Downplayed with Red Hood and Scarlet. He refers to her as being from a different generation to him, but the age difference between them can't be that great as she's a teenager and he's only in his early twenties.
- Big Brother Instinct: Dick is NOT happy when Talia takes control of Damian.
- Big Brother Mentor: Dick to Damian.
- Character Development: This is the series that really starts to turn Damian from a bratty little assassin into a hero.
- Distaff Counterpart: Scarlet to Robin.
- Headbutting Heroes: Dick and Damian in the first arc.
- Hidden Depths: Whilst Damian is certainly not a pleasant person in the first arc, he is determined to save Sasha and heartbroken when he fails.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In the first arc, Damian rushes in alone against Professor Pyg.
- Legacy Character: Dick is the third Batman and Damian is the fifth Robin.
- Nurture over Nature: Damian fits this trope to a T. Whilst Talia raised him to kill, living with Dick and Alfred slowly turns him into a more compassionate person. His determination to save Sasha early on implies that he is naturally heroic, but he was raised to be a villain.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the first arc, Dick shocks Comissioner Gordon by dragging a villain through the streets to get him to tell him where Damian has been taken. It clues the reader in as to how worried he is about him.
- The Perfectionist: Talia claims that this is the reason why she can't accept Damian choosing his own path.
- Promotion to Parent: Dick to Damian.
- Revenge: Scarlet sees letting Flamingo shoot Damian's spine to pieces as this.
- The Rival: Red Hood and Scarlet to Batman and Robin.