Superhero fans generally like Nightwing and most consider him to be the greatest Robin to ever wear an "R" on his chest. He's also favored since he's the first successor of Wayne of all the Bat-Family members. However, despite all of that respect, fans get riled up whenever someone sides with Dick Grayson in the Nightwing vs. Batman debate.
The purpose behind making a Version 2 is to surpass Version 1, but despite this logic, many people still think that Dick Grayson (AKA Robin/Nightwing) is still lesser than his mentor, Bruce Wayne. While fans have built Bruce Wayne/Batman into this god-like figure, one can still argue why Dick Grayson is better than Bruce Wayne.
Batman is indeed an impressive martial artist and tactician, but could he be overwhelmed by Nightwing's superior athleticism and improvisation? Batman is a shrewd detective, but wouldn't he be an even better investigator if he had Nightwing's people skills and charisma? Read on for more details and a full list of reasons of why Nightwing is better than Batman.
He Got Over It
The Flying Graysons were murdered by the mob, which is what kickstarted Dick Grayson's path to becoming the first Robin. Relating to his pain, Bruce Wayne took Grayson in and gave him an outlet for his thirst for justice as Batman's sidekick, Robin. While Bruce is constantly haunted by the unjust death of his parents, Dick grew up and got over it.
That's not to say that Nightwing doesn't care about what happened to his parents or that the tragedy wasn't motivation. However, Nightwing was able to grow from his pain and evolve from it. It's not a weak spot that can be prodded anymore. His demeanor and quest for justice stems from wanting a better future, instead of his traumatic childhood past.
Nightwing Is A More Effective Leader
Because of his personality and people skills, Nightwing is a more natural, respected leader than Batman. Batman's harshness makes him cut bait more often than Grayson, with Batman either kicking out team members, belittling them, or outright quitting because the team goes against his wishes. As a Teen Titan, Nightwing is able to forge relationships with each team member and respect one individually, bringing them all together as a functional unit. As an Outsider, Grayson is able to delegate responsibilities and create better plans with team involvement. With Batman, it's "do my plan or I walk."
He Has Actual Friends
Batman doesn't have "friends," he has "allies." Sure, there are times where he is "super friends" with Superman and Wonder Woman on occasion, but he never just casually hangs out with his peers or even members of the Bat Family. Yet when Dick Grayson walks into a room, the party cheers.
Nightwing's friendship with the rest of the Titans, Outsiders, and the rest of the DCU, both individually and collectively, makes him a healthier person overall. This also makes him a better crime fighter since he has other perspectives to draw from. On top of that, these friendships make Nightwing's allies and teammates fight harder and better due to their emotional investment in him.
Grayson Is A Better Team Player
While Batman has been involved in several big name superhero groups like the Justice League, Grayson is still more likely to get Most Valuable Player honors from his peers. Batman's off-putting personality, independent streak, and insubordination make him hard to work with and he easily gets under the skin of his teammates. Batman usually orders people around and works above or around his allies. This usually achieves the main goal, but Batman's methods instill unnecessary conflict within the group.
Nightwing, however, has got your back. Whether it's as a Titan, Outsider, or otherwise, Grayson is able to work alongside his teammates. He boosts their strengths and makes up for their weaknesses without belittling them. He doesn't think they work for him - he knows he works with them.