Recently, #JoeManganiello, who is going to portray the fan-favorite character #Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's upcoming The Batman, was seen advocating for Anna Kendrick to play Robin in the movie. This came as a joy to many fans, as that would mean Anna Kendrick would most likely play the role of Carrie Kelley, Batman's sidekick in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which has had an extremely heavy influence on Batman in the #DCEU thus far.
However, the more important question to ask here is: Which Robin should be featured in the upcoming #TheBatman? I'll be evaluating the benefits and downsides of each character to take on the mantle of Robin.
#DickGrayson was the first sidekick Batman ever had. To many, it makes logical sense that he would be the first Robin to be featured in the DCEU. On the contrary, I believe that Dick Grayson should not be featured in the movie as Robin, but as #Nightwing. Why? Firstly, it would fit well with the current DCEU continuity. Batman has been active for over 20 years, and it would make sense that he used to have a sidekick. Secondly, the introduction of Dick Grayson as Nightwing could be a possible setup for a future Nightwing solo movie, or even as a setup for Dick to take over the mantle of the Bat. It will also leave room for another Robin to be introduced in the movie, since that spot will be available!
#JasonTodd is the fan-favorite choice to appear as Robin, as fans demand to see an adaptation of Under the Red Hood. However, I believe that Jason Todd wouldn't work in the DCEU for two key reasons. #UndertheRedHood heavily relies on Batman's nearly unbreakable moral code. In retrospect, the #DCEU Batman does not have major issues with killing, and therefore the story would lose its powerful impact. Secondly, in order to fully establish the emotion, it would require a setup of at least two movies before Jason Todd can make a dramatic return as the #RedHood.
Probably the most under-appreciated Robin, #TimDrake is, to thousands of fans, the definitive #Robin. The introduction of Tim Drake opens up several different possibilities. He could steer Bruce's moral compass back to where it should be through his cheerful, upbeat attitude, while also bringing his more serious and practical investigative skills to the table, which surpass even Bruce himself. Tim Drake also has not been in any major media (unlike the previous two characters), and would therefore be a breath of fresh air for fans as well as the casual moviegoers. Eventually, Tim could also join with #Cyborg to form the #TeenTitans.
Although many fans seem to dislike #DamianWayne, I find him to be a compelling, conflicted character. Born and brought up by the League of Shadows/Assassins, Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. This could open up some interesting new dynamics between the characters, as the movie could explore the father/son relationship between Bruce and Damian. It would also flesh out the character of Talia al Ghul, who was a sore complaint for many in #TheDarkKnightRises. It would also fit well with the current DCEU, as Bruce is older, and it is more likely that he would have a son. The introduction of Damian Wayne could really provide for some interesting scenes, as Damian struggles to adjust to a more "normal" lifestyle compared to the strict, harsh life in the League.
Even though she is not technically canon, Carrie Kelley instantly became a fan-favorite character after her debut in #FrankMiller's The Dark Knight Rises. While it would provide a change in the recent trend of comic book movies by providing us with a strong, female superhero character, I do not see any other benefit of introducing the character. Carrie Kelley was designed as a one-off character, and does not have any other storylines to borrow from. Instead, I would prefer either one of the Robins mentioned above for starters — #CarrieKelley can be introduced later in the DCEU.
Of course, there are various other characters who have taken on the mantle of Robin. However, these five are the most popular, well-known ones, and it is most likely that if The Batman will introduce a Robin, it would be one of these five.
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