Saturday, July 19, 2008

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 "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 "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.""


  • At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Lou said…

    This movie is THE WORST EFFING movie of the year, without a doubt. You industry troll boneheads have got to be kidding yourselves up your asses. I laughed reading that. hah

  • At 8:28 PM, Anonymous said…

    I don't understand Bale's beef with Robin, I mean is he afraid of being upstaged on screen?

    I personally would be afraid of how Robin would look. This new take on the Batman adventures has a more realistic quality to it, and Robin has always been the yang to Batman's yin, so I don't know how you would portray him bright colors and all.

  • At 9:04 PM, Anonymous uss_titans said…

    This is interesting thou. If Robin is not introduced in the current Batman/Dark Knight movie then when and if the Teen Titans movie come out with both Nightwing and Robin. Then both of them will not have any tied-in or history with Batman.

  • At 4:21 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    Just as well, can you imagine a character like Robin in movies like these? WAAAAY too dark.

  • At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Dave said…

    I think if Robin were to be introduced to the movies he would really have to be looked at from a different angle. As soon as you add Robin you movie becomes brighter and it's very easy to get Batman: Forever and Batman & Robin.

    In the comics you see Robin brings levels out Batman and brings a brightness to his world. To see Robin smiling isn't weird. To see Batman smiling is, except if Robin is there.

    I think if Robin was brought into the movies maybe he shouldn't bring brightness but acceptance. Dick grew up in a with circus freaks. He's a normal kid that feels normal around odd balls. I think it would be a great scene too see Dick find out Bruce is Batman and not see anything weird or wrong about it.

    I'd have the movie feel like The Dark Knight meets HBO's Carnivale. I'd have it surround the mob and maybe tie Killer Croc as a villain into the story.

    Just a thought.


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