Nightwing's guilty conscience over Blockbuster's death kicked in and caused Nightwing to collapse in the middle of the battle until Robin rescued him. Terrfifc Plastic Man Swamp Thing. Later, Dick becomes wheelchair bound and adopts a new alias as Oracle while Helena Wayne becomes the fourth Batman with John fighting by her side as her Robin. Nightwing had finally moved out of the shadow of the Bat, and would lead the Titans through some hard times. He no longer relied on Batman and, in fact, he and the Dark Knight disagreed on crime-fighting methodology as Batman used torture and Dick didn't like it. Afterwards, they agreed to reform their group of Titans. The woman must be mad!
Dick took to the streets as Batman's full-fledged partner in crime-fighting:
Richard Grayson (New Earth)
This provided a bond and understanding between the two. He has opted to give up on having a normal job, and instead intends to put all his effort into protecting the city. He solemnly carries Wayne's supposed corpse to burial. Dick had to elude the Dark Knight on the streets of Gotham for one night - from sunset to sunrise - without any outside help. A Knight in Bludhaven.