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It’s a question many of us have asked ourselves and our friends over the years. I mean sure we had that one guy a couple of years back, but the moment he slipped into that suit with the nipples he became a joke. See that’s the problem with introducing Robin into the Batman universe. The moment you do it detracts from the seriousness of the movies. Suddenly you have this kid running around in green and red drumming up memories of the “BANG” “POW” “BOP” Batman of the sixties.

“Holy rusted metal Batman!” Paying homage to the past can be a great thing if done properly and as much as I enjoy Batman Forever for it’s call back to the sixties Batman, the way it handled the character of Robin was the first strikes on the nails to the coffin that nearly killed the franchise. Batman and Robin was the hammer that sealed that coffin for nearly a decade.

Okay so it was only eight years, but a decade sounds so much more dramatic so we’re going to go with that.

For nearly a decade we waited patiently. Surviving only on the occasional rumor of which actor they would get to play Batman. We heard everything from Joshua Jackson to the future Superman Henry Cavill. Even Jake Gyllenhaal was batted around our imaginations before our thirst was final quenched with the announcement of Christian Bale as the caped crusader. Which people of course bitched about like they do with every announcement of every actor that has been cast in the role. With a new Batman cast, Christopher Nolan at the helm, and a villain we had never seen on the big screen we waited patiently to see if they would take a chance on our favorite sidekick.

For three films we waited. For seven years we wondered if he would make an appearance. There was much speculation as to who would play The Boy Wonder if the role was written into The Nolanverse, but in the end we were left with a halfhearted suggestion  at the possibility of the chance that John Blake would carry on the work of The Batman as possibly Robin or Nightwing in a movie that all of us knew was never coming.

It would be four years before we would look up into the night sky and see the Batsignal again. The next mention of Robin came in Batman v. Superman, and it came in the form of a graphited costume incased in plexiglass leading us to believe that Dick Grayson had moved on to become Nightwing and that poor Tim Drake had met his fate at the hands of The Joker.

So will we ever get the Robin we deserve? I choose to remain hopeful that at some point in the future they will find way to bring the character into the story, but chances are it will be the Death in the Family story line. I mean after all they wouldn’t want Robin cluttering up the universe for very long. That just another character to get in the way, and they already have trouble balancing the ones they have.

So to answer the question: Yes and No.

Yes there will be mention of Robin, and he may even pop up from time to time. Don’t look for him to hang around for very long though, and I’m kind of okay with that. If they did the Death in the Family story and really dug into it, then they could possibly get at least two really strong movies.

No, sadly kiddies I really believe that Robin will never stick around long enough to become  a card carrying member of the Justice League. He’s good for a story here and there, maybe, but if you add him to the mix full time then he would distract from Batman too much, and possibly confuse the audience that may be unfamiliar with the character. I know that sounds crazy, but there are some people out there that only know Batman from the movies. Plus DC/Warner Bros. has issues when they have more than one main character in a movie.

We must hold on to our hope that one day they will find a way to bring the Boy Wonder in to the fold. Even if they wanted to do a solo Nightwing movie I think we’d all be cool with that. They could skip the origin story and just dive into it head first. Thankfully we now live in a world that gives us multiple comic book movies each year so we have lots to keep us busy until then. Till next time friends, stay entertained 

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Films I’m thankful for.

I love Batman, plain and simple. I love the darkness and how relatable the character is on a personal level and plus, he’s just so damn cool. I have loved all of the various adaptations of Batman for as long as I can remember. I grew up with the various 90’s animated series and the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher films from the 80’s/90’s were a huge part of my youth. Those films were just a few of the things my older brother and I actually agreed on in those days

When Christopher Nolan began his Batman series, naturally i was skeptical. When I finally saw Batman Begins, I saw that he approached it with and attached to it a gritty sense of realism that had previously evaded the character’s cinematic adaptations. For that I was very grateful. He brought a real world sensibility to the character that made you believe he could really exist. I was immediately in love with this new way of looking at Batman. Then in 2008, The Dark Knight shattered my, and undoubtedly many others as well, expectations of what Batman/Bruce Wayne and his interactions with the Joker could be. This was due in no small part to an incredible performance by Heath Ledger.

By the time The Dark Knight Rises rolled around in 2012, I was filled with nervous anticipation. I was eager to see what Mr. Nolan had in store and sad to see it go all at the same time. Nearly three hours later, my mind was sad but could not have possibly been more satisfied. Nolan very skillfully put the series to rest while giving all of the characters a fitting ending, and making the audience shed a few tears along the way. The film saw Batman facing his greatest foe yet and having his body nearly pushed to the limits of mortality in the process. Another thing Nolan did is give us yet another villain to love.

Im very thankful for this film (series) mainly because it portrayed my favorite comic character exactly the way I’ve always wanted to see him. The films also gave the public a reason to really see Batman in a serious light. I’m thankful for having such an amazing, moving, and inspiring tribute to my favorite hero. Im also thankful for having yet another thing that my older brother and I can agree on and talk about.

-Heath

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