How Will Robin Fare In The Cinema?
Haters proceed with caution: in this article lies the ever so controversial opinion of a comic book fan. I understand that there are those of you who will not agree with me, and I can respect that. All I ask is that you keep an open mind.
Now, there are many people in fiction who have donned the tights and taken up the guise of Batman’s sidekick, “Robin”: Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, Damian Wayne, Carrie Kelly, and even Bruce, at one point. I have grown to love many of these characters and I think it’s a pity that none of their stories have been told correctly on screen. There was, of course, Chris O'Donnell’s portrayal of Dick Grayson in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever along with the sequel, Batman and Robin, but we’re trying our best to forget about those films as they almost ruined the Batman movie franchise. My question is; should we include Robin in Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? In my honest opinion, I feel if done correctly, adding Robin to the lineup could be the icing on the cake. However, it would be difficult to do it properly, which is why I feel there are so many people who can’t warm up to the idea, and I can totally see where they’re coming from, but here me out, folks.
First we have to ask ourselves; what was wrong with Chris O’Donnell’s Robin? Besides his mediocre acting, I feel as though Grayson’s character wasn’t depicted accurately. I think if Robin is included in Batman vs. Superman that they make it their top priority to capture the personality of whichever character they choose, whether it be Dick Grayson or Carrie Kelly, as I’m sure they would choose between those two.
Moving on to casting. How old should our Robin be? Anyone who’s familiar with the comics knows that Dick Grayson was 12 years of age when he first started fighting crime alongside the Caped Crusader. Naturally, Joel Schumacher steered away from this, putting his Robin in his late teens, perhaps the only wise decision he made in directing that film. I say Robin should be no younger than sixteen on screen, but preferably a bit older. Once again, I know there aren’t many people who will agree with me, but I feel Josh Hutcherson would make a passable Dick Grayson, in the least. However, I could be wrong. What do you think? Should Robin be in the movie? If so, who should play him/her? Let me know in the comments.