I have a feeling that should anybody make Dinah Lance/Black Canary into Tim’s maternal figure and biological aunt it would lead to a much less misogynistic portrayal. But in the sense of realising that Dinah’s the stronger or at least more levelheaded of the two between her and Dana. The former wouldn’t just train Tim but also make him into her sidekick and will tolerate his flaws less.
If she couldn’t conceive before, it’s inevitable that she’d really overprotect and mentor Tim a lot to the point of rendering Lady Shiva and Dana Winters redundant. It’s not that they haven’t met before but that it would take some massive undoing of misogyny to realise that somebody who dresses in fishnets might also be somebody’s overprotective/doting mother. There are people who’ve got relatives who dress badly anyways.
But that doesn’t make them any less loving or familial. That would mean taking her more seriously and it’s not so much that she lacked motherly tendencies before but it’d be more fully explored and realised in her relationship with Tim Drake. Given she’s endured trauma and rebounded, she’s going to influence Tim’s views of women well. To the point where it turns his attraction to Steph on its head.
Instead of overprotecting her a lot, he accepts her as a person and wouldn’t care if she dresses Goth (again proof that BC did influence how he regards and expects women to be). It also deconstructs some of the problems with the way Steph and Dana are portrayed. Steph’s sometimes turned into a punching bag who’s desperate for somebody’s approval. Dana obviously couldn’t take it when she lost her mind.
If Dinah lost her mind, she wouldn’t be sane but would recover and cope with it as much as she do about it. If Dana got tortured, she’d worsen to the point of no return. Not to mention that I’d get the feeling that Dinah would turn Tim into her sidekick might make you wonder if Dinah’s actually the more maternal of the two. If that’s the case, I think she’d easily make other Batman family women redundant too.
Barring Steph but in here she develops into a more well assertive character. I actually think turning Black Canary into Tim’s biological aunt inevitably lets out the Donald Duck undertones. To the point where Dinah becomes Tim’s tight-fisted aunt who runs a flower shop business, married Oliver Queen if because she wanted a business partner and has little patience for Tim’s newfound recklessness.
Logically, Steph becomes more into alternative subcultures and also has little patience for Tim’s chauvinism. If Carl Barks’s duck stories are any indication, Daisy’s willing to nag and scold Donald a lot if he acts stupid or something. Steph will come to a point where she won’t take Tim’s habit of overprotecting her too kindly and would lose her cool if Tim micromanages her again.
(Or worse, Steph’s willing to reject him every time he tries to overprotect her.)
The most disturbing development’s that Tim actually becomes fallible to the point where turning him into the anti-Jason’s ironically self defeating. In that he becomes much more belligerent and passive-aggressive, gets called out more for his recklessness (not just by Steph and Dinah but also Bart) and worst of all, becomes less technologically inclined.
If he’s going to be trained a lot by his own aunt and uncle Oliver, he wouldn’t have much time to develop excellent hacking skills. He could know his way around computers but only to the same extent many 2010s computer users are at now. I have a feeling that he’d take up archery to complement his bojutsu. In that he’d use the former for long-range attacks or to sneakily attack targets.
But that’s also realising that Oliver would end up as a much more active father figure than his own father ever was. To the point where it’d be this unthinkable to make Ollie comatose. Seriously, Oliver would also take the time to train him in archery or if not archery, then business. But like with Dinah, he’d easily make other Batman characters redundant.
It doesn’t help that Green Arrow started out as a Batman ripoff that once Tim has Ollie and Dinah as his uncle and aunt, they’d make his own parents and the rest of the Batman family redunant. Save for Batman but even that would mean Tim would be looked after by his own genetic relatives (via Dina). Thus enabling Tim to finally outgrow the fanboy role he started out in.