C'mon Hollywood #167
... leave Robin out of Batman!
Ive read rumors that the third Nolan-directed Batman film might introduce Bats trusty sidekick Robin. I dont 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 its 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 cant see any way the character of Robin would work in Nolans Gotham City.
I really dont think it worked in the comics either
For starters, I dont think the character of Robin has ever worked, whether it be on film, TV or in the comics. Hes 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 cant take Batman as seriously when he has Robin around. Lets face it; Robin is not a cool character. Even if you go with a darker version of Robin, hes still just a boy gymnast that likes to wear tights.
This isnt 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. Thats kind of my point when it comes to Batman and Robin. Their connection always feels forced and slightly homoerotic. Not that theres anything wrong with that, I just dont want that in Nolans Batman. Thats 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 todays best writers and filmmakers and locked them in a room, they wouldnt 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 youd 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 cant see him being able to add Robin into the fold without ruining what hes created.
Hes too good of a character to have Robin come in now
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