Inspired by the Teen Titans episode "The Apprentice, Part 2". In the episode Slade forces Robin to work for him as his apprentice by threatening to kill his friends. At one point Slade mentions that in time Robin might even learn to look at him as a father figure. To which Robin replies: "I already have a father". Cue dramatic music and bats flying out into the night.
There is also a scene where Robin has to steal from Wayne Enterprises, which is of course the company owned by Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. I read an interview with the makers once where they pointed out that Slade is essentially forcing Robin to not only betray his friends but also his mentor, Batman. Robin is torn between loyalty to the man he looks up to and the villain who has the power to destroy his friends with the push of a button.
I wanted to portray the differences between what Batman and Slade have to offer. Batman's hand is stretched out in a helpful gesture, as if to lead Robin back to the right path, whereas Slade's hand is clutching a little device of death, finger hovering over the trigger.
The title of this pic is one of Slade's lines in the episode.
Robin: I already have a father
*Bats fly out of the building*
Robin seems to always be struggling with two sides of himself. I remember the 2 part episode "The Apprentice" where Slade tricked Robin's friends in a trap they didn't know about, and forced Robin to be his Apprentice. The first time I saw that, I honestly thought someone was going to die. It was also where they came so close to seeing Slade's face, but he escapes to cause trouble another day. Slade is definitely more evil than any other force from another world.
When Robin was forced to work with Slade, a silent alarm could've gone off, signalling Bruce back in Gotham that Robin was in trouble. It would've been an awesome ending.
I often like to entertain the idea that Batman was aware of Salde taking on Robin as his apprentice and he must have believed that Robin could break free of Slade without help. Although if Robin should fail to break free of Slade and succeeded him, following Slade's plans, Batman would come and first try to talk Robin back into sense before being given no choice but to stop Robin himself...
But still, I guess I wanted Batman to appear to make it alright again. I have a theory that Teen Titans - is connected continuity-wise to Batman The Animated Series. Partly due to an episode of Static Shock where Batman implies that Robin is "With the Titans" when asked why he's not around anymore.
But mostly due to the episode of Season Five "Go", that explains how the Team began, it shows Robin as mostly dark and brooding - and when he's asked about Batman, he says he works alone now.
It reminded me of "The New Adventures of Batman" - the sequel series to the Animated Series. One episode "Old Wounds" acted as a throwback to the TAS Series that explained that Robin and Batman were growing apart, and not revealing that Barbara Gordon was Batgirl was the final straw. He quit and left Gotham to reestablish himself in a new city as Nightwing.
So you can see why I'd connect the two - the only real difference is Cosmetic, as the two Robins character designs are different. But I feel that - judging by attitude and the particular robin costume, that both Robins are Dick Grayson's character. That and the fact that Robin does eventually become Nightwing in "How Long is Forever".
The reason I wanted Batman to make an appearance at least some point in the series, because I know that Robin and Batman ended on bad terms. I wanted him to appear so that they'd be forced to confront what happened, and maybe reconcile. AND have the obligatory scene where Batman expresses how proud he is that Robin has really come into his own as a hero. Maybe it could've come later in the series, but I feel like Apprentice would've been perfect.
This is one of the reasons I wished Batman could have been in Teen Titans EVEN if was for only one episode. Once The rest of the Titans realize that unless Robin does what Slade wants or he'll hit the button of death, contact Batman, let him know what's going on, and we all know what would happen next: Slade gets the living crap beaten out of him to within an inch of sanity.
And...for Static Shock fans...there actually were plans for a Teen Titans Static Shock crossover. I wanted to see that episode.
and this is just something that got me brainstorming but how cool would it have been for the Titans to take on The Joker?
Batman- come to ME! I could've HELPED!
Heck, Batman needed to cameo in Teen Titans, if only for this very purpose.
You know, I think the reason why Slade didn't appear for a while after the Apprentice episodes, is because Batman beat the sh*tout of him because of what he did to Robin.