No Robin for Nolan's Batman
First off, I caught the premiere of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT at the midnight showing on Thursday. It required a coffee I.V. the following morning, but it was well worth it. The film is one of the best comic book movies ever made - far surpassing BATMAN BEGINS. Heath Ledger's performance is amazing; He does the impossible... he makes your forget Jack Nicholson by his second scene. The impressive cast - including Christain Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman - are all used to good effect. Everyone is intertwined in a well-thought plot full of twists and turns. The film is absolutely breathtaking.
Now, here's the other news. Don't expect to see Robin in any of the sequels! At least, as long as Bale and Nolan are concerned...
From moviesonline.com: "Christopher Nolan has made it clear that the new "Batman" film franchise will not bring Robin into the mythology as long as he is directing, apparently having stated that Robin is in a crib somewhere still and the timeline isn't appropriate for him to enter the picture. To some this may come as a relief. But, there are many Robin fans out there who believe Robin, particularly Dick Grayson, who grows up to become Nightwing, plays a pivotal role in the Dark Knight's tale. Though the Boy Wonder was introduced as a means to draw younger comic readers to "Batman" in the 1940s, Robin has become much more than a cheap gimmick or a mere sidekick as some continue to believe he is."
and from Starpulse.com: "Batman star Christian Bale has declared he will quit the comic book movie franchise if producers ever decide to reintroduce the caped crusader's sidekick Robin. Bale took on the role of the legendary action hero in 2005's Batman Begins and will be seen again in The Dark Knight, which is due for release later this month. However the actor is hoping that the character of Robin is not brought back into any of future Batman movies - because he will resign in protest. He says, "If Robin crops up in one of the new Batman films, I'll be chaining myself up somewhere and refusing to go to work.""