C'mon Hollywood #167
... leave Robin out of Batman!
Iíve read rumors that the third Nolan-directed Batman film might introduce Batsí trusty sidekick Robin. I donít know if this is true or not, or how much of a role Robin would play in the film, but I want to go on record now as saying I think itís a horrible idea. Again, I have no idea what Nolan has planned and common sense says trust the guy to do whatever he wants, but I just canít see any way the character of Robin would work in Nolanís Gotham City.
I really donít think it worked in the comics either
For starters, I donít think the character of Robin has ever worked, whether it be on film, TV or in the comics. Heís always seemed a little awkward and annoying. I guess you could make an argument for the old Batman TV show, but that was a different time and a much different type of Batman. Obviously, the Schumacher Robin was horrible. I think when you get into the comics, Robin changes the tone and feel of the story. For some reason, I canít take Batman as seriously when he has Robin around. Letís face it; Robin is not a cool character. Even if you go with a darker version of Robin, heís still just a boy gymnast that likes to wear tights.
This isnít exactly the same Batman
If I told you a story about a handsome, young, boy gymnast that moved in with an attractive, wealthy, single, older man, what would be the first thing you would assume? Exactly. Thatís kind of my point when it comes to Batman and Robin. Their connection always feels forced and slightly homoerotic. Not that thereís anything wrong with that, I just donít want that in Nolanís Batman. Thatís better left to a different type of movie in a completely different type of genre. Maybe one of those you would have to order under a fake name.
Sometimes one picture says it all.
I would venture to say that if you got together all of todayís best writers and filmmakers and locked them in a room, they wouldnít be able to come up with a Robin storyline that worked. The only possibility I could see is if you started from scratch with the two characters and began a whole new franchise. I think youíd have to create a separate world and have a completely different Batman. Nolan has crafted such an amazing character with his Batman that I just canít see him being able to add Robin into the fold without ruining what heís created.
Heís too good of a character to have Robin come in now
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