Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Tara Charendoff, Matthew Valencia, Efrem Zimbalist JR, Mark Hamil, Ian Buchanan
Written by: Rich Fogel Directed by: Curt Geda
Batgirl - "It wasn't like that, I volunteered." Robin - "You think you did. You don't know him like I do. He manipulates, pulls strings, anything to get what he wants." Batman - "I thought we had the same goals." Robin - "Things change. I changed. The games over Batman, I quit!"
PEOPLE GROW UP...
...and when they do they have to move on. It's inevitable. Yes even super heroes.
When creating a new look to the New Batman Adventures, the characters got a visual overhaul, the backgrounds were redesigned, Dick Grayson was promoted to Nightwing and it was a straightforward way to distance the show from Batman: TAS whilst also showing the passing of time. The writers could have left it at that without further explanation, but thankfully they opted to flesh out a few gaps within the timeline and that's where the episode Old Wounds came in.
Tim Drake aka Robin, was patrolling the streets of Gotham City when he was joined by (former Robin), Dick Grayson aka Nightwing. As they talked, Grayson told Drake the story of why he chose to give up being the Boy Wonder due to a rift between him and Bruce Wayne. It had been developing for a while but one night after a tussle with the Joker, Batman pushed one of the Joker's accomplices too far for Dick's liking. In a state of frustration, Dick went to see his girlfriend Barbara Gordon, but quickly realised that he couldn't say anything without revealing both his and Bruce's alter-egos, so he kept quiet and left. Unbeknown to him a worried Barbara headed to Wayne Manor to ask Bruce what had happened and so Bruce decided it was time to reveal to Barbara that he was Batman.....and that he knew she was secretly Batgirl! This situation angered Dick because of all the secrets involved and eventually the two came to blows, which changed their relationship forever.
Old Wounds was an important episode that revealed the reasons as to why a power-house team such as Batman & Robin’s could fall apart and the only real surprise was that it took so long for there to be a divide amongst the Dynamic Duo. Batman's direct approach to dealing with situations was that his way was the correct way and in one particular instance during the episode it meant he was prepared to rough-up a man in front of his young son. The man was one who had fallen in with the Joker but when Robin felt as if Batman had gone too far with him, he was forced to make his feelings known. Robin's realisation that it was not how he would act confirmed for him the two were headed in very separate directions and with Bruce indirectly revealing to Barbara that Dick Grayson was Robin, it just added weight to his beliefs. Robin had finally out grown his mentor by forming his own opinions and in that moment the show grew out of the shadow of Batman: TAS and into its own piece of Batman history. People have to develop as no one stands still for too long, even if it always seems like nothing will ever change. The truth is change is a good thing as it helps people to better understand who they are and where they are headed. Dick Grayson had to move forward with his life and become the man he needed to be and although that meant the end of a partnership, it was for the best. Batman would never change as that was who he was, but Robin had the opportunity to develop and that's what ultimately moved him into the big leagues.
RECOVERY TIME: * The flashback sequence in Old Wounds showed that it was the first time Joker and Batgirl had met.
* The Joker was joined by his henchmen Rocco & Henshaw, as well as his Hyenas, Bud & Lou, but Harley Quinn did not feature in Old Wounds.
* Alfred, unaware that Bruce invited Barbara into the Batcave, quickly tried to cover for him. "Miss Gordon, I er see you've discovered our little secret. Yes, I admit it, I am Batman."