DAJBdarrellHey, what a shrewd move that would be ... Let's take one of our most unpopular characters (who even the readers voted to kill off) and have him replace one of our most popular ... Hmmm - sounds just like the kind of thinking DC would come up with!
Before the "Batman RIP" storyline was announced the rumour had Bruce Wayne being killed in Final Crisis with Jason Todd taking up the mantel.
Actually it wasn't Jason Todd, but Robin himself that the readers voted to kill. (I was one of 'em, by the way--I paid 50 cents to vote "Kill Robin"!)
Robin does not work in a post-Frank Miller universe.
Robin works well next to Dick Sprang's Batman, swinging on a rope from the top of a 40 foot coffee pot or something, and kayoing a Penguin who says "Wak! Curses! Foiled again!"
Robin works well on 1960s TV next to Adam West, smacking his fist into his glove and quipping something like "Holy bad interior decorator, Batman!"
Robin does not work in a world where most of Batman's foes are homicidal maniacs. What happened to him in "A Death in the Family" was long overdue.
Robin should be killed again and written out. Most of the other "bat-superfriends"--Batgirl/Oracle (?), the 'friendly' Catwoman, Huntress, and so on--should also be written out of the continuity. Nightwing should be moved 2000 miles away from Gotham, or to Europe.
The Batman books are topheavy with supporting superheroes in tights when what the franchise really needs is more exciting everyday characters, like Jim Gordon.