First off, I hate changing a characters ethnicity/sexuality/gender in order to align to a PC agenda or spice a character up. I hate what Marvel are doing with Iceman, I hate what DC are doing with Wally West and I think the Michael B Jordan Torch was a terrible idea because it changed the dynamic of the family (if you are going to change the ethnicity of the character, why pick one of the two who are supposed to be siblings - no sense at all). That said I think it can work when the ethnicity of the character is of no particular relevance to their history (Ben Urich in Daredevil) or they are a new legacy character (Miles as Spider-Man, though Peter will always be the definitive Spider-Man to me personally). There are two reasons that I made Tim black and they are both linked. The first is purely visually, I hate how visually Jason and Tim (and to a lesser extent Damien) are just carbon copies of Dick in terms of appearance, I wish DC had kept Jason ginger and I loved that Grant Morrison brought that back in his run, only for the new 52 to shit all over it. So from a drawing perspective I just wanted a bit of variety. The second is that I think making Tim black helps differentiate his backstory from the previous two Robins. He is a different Robin and unlike Jason does not have to worry about resembling and emulating Dick. I actually think Tim is one of the few characters to have been enhanced by the New 52, I like hat he is the only Robin who still has parents (though they are in witsec). Though I am not a fan of the red Robin moniker (I always felt he should drop Robin entirely and take something new).
Tim Drake is the son of Jack and Janet Drake. Tim always had a gifted intellect and exhibited particularly keen analytical and deductive abilities. Tim is obsessed with Batman and has made it his mission to reveal the secret identity of the caped crusader. He eventually does and tracks down the Batman and confronts him, having deduced that Batman is Bruce Wayne based on old footage of the Dick Grayson Robin. Tim, who excelled in gymnastics (though not to the level of Dick) believed the then-Robin displayed movements akin to that of the Flying Graysons (Dicks family of gymnasts) and that Dick, the last of the Flying Graysons was the former ward of Bruce Wayne, a man with infinite resources. Tim promises to never expose the Bat and begs to be the next Robin, Batman declines as he vowed to never take another Robin after Jason Todd, the previous Robin was killed 4 years ago. However, over the next year Bruce would watch over Tim monitoring his progress. It would be over that next year that Tims life would be turned upside down, his family would become the target of the hitman known as the Flamingo, a ruthless killer working for the Mexican Cartel. It is revealed that Tims parents are actually in thr Witness Protection programme as his father was a witness to a high-ranking Cartel associate (an American policeman) committing a murder and that he testified. They were relocated to Gotham when Tim was a toddler and Drake was their assumed name. Batman defeats the Flamingo whom is locked up in Arkham and the Drakes are forced into a new WitSec program. Tim, however, requests to stay in Gotham and his parents agree, Batman promises to look after him and train him as the new Robin. Drake remains Robin for three years until a certain Damien Wayne comes on the scene.
Tim is the most detective-like of the Robins, not as athletic as Dick, as aggressive as Jason or as ninja as Damien. However, he is more likely to utilise gadgets and technology then the others, being the better detective he is also the most rational and cool headed of the four and more naturally cautious, less likely to underestimate his opponent. Tim fights using a bo-staff and thus mainly adapts a Bojitsu fighting style, therefore, he is more about throws, pulls and holds as opposed to punches, kicks and knock-outs though he is proficient in the latter if needed. Nineteen years of age.