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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 

If you haven’t watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit I urge you friends, stop reading this, grab a copy and give it a watch, otherwise reading this may spoil it for you. If you’re still reading then you know that Judge Doom was behind it and we can move on.

When I first watched this film as a kid, it blew my mind, cartoons and real people interacting, Warner Brothers and Disney characters in the same film, it was almost too much for me to handle. The dueling piano scene between Daffy and Donald Duck (no relation) remains one of my favorites. This scene is followed by Jessica Rabbit performing a sexy rendition of “Why Don’t You Do Right?”, a scene that ushered my pre-pubescent brain a little closer manhood.

Bob Hoskins turns in a wonderful performance as hardass, toon hating, private detective Eddie Valiant. His song and dance routine near the end of the film never fails to crack me up. Kathleen Turner provides the breathy speaking voice for Jessica Rabbit, delivering the movies most memorable line, “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” I’m not sure if I believe her friends but I find myself really wanting too. Charles Fleischer gives Roger his voice, along with one of my favorite toons from this film, Benny the Cab. Rounding out this brief cast discussion is Christopher Lloyd as the villainous cartoon in human disguise, Judge Doom, the criminal mastermind who wants to destroy Toon Town for profit. The entire cast makes this film and easy and enjoyable watch.

This is one of those films I can and have watched over and over again. Anytime I’m flipping through the channels and come across it, I find myself watching it. I fear in time this film will fall prey to the dreaded Hollywood remake machine like many of my childhood favorites but maybe by that time I will have developed Alzheimer’s.

Keeping it short as always, I love everything about this movie and recommend it to everyone.
Watch it, love it and always keep it in your queue.

-D