Ever since the announcement of a new rebooted Batman for the DC Cinematic Universe, I've much speculated what they are going to do with Batman's famous partner, Robin. Robin is definitely in my top five favorite superheroes of all time, and after the Chris O'Donnell mess, I've been dying to see the Boy Wonder done right.
It's been about 17 years since we last saw Robin in live-action cinematic form. I think we're a bit overdue for a new Robin. The last kind-of Robin we had in a movie was Robin John Blake from [The Dark Knight Rises](movie:39011).
Now as much as John Blake was intended to be the Dark Knight's version of Robin, it wasn't really Robin. The next Robin I want to see is the one in the full red and black costume.
But how exactly would the Boy Wonder be introduced in the new DC Cinematic Universe? Which one would they use? There's so many! Well, I have an interesting idea, and it actually uses three of the Robins.
Here's a quick Robin history lesson.
In canon, there have been a total of five Robins. The Robins are (in order): Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne. (Yes, there was a girl Robin once.)
Dick Grayson was the original Robin, but later quit to become [Nightwing](movie:1069726). Jason Todd was Robin until he was murdered by The Joker. Jason was later resurrected by Talia al Ghul and became the Red Hood. Tim Drake took up the Robin mantle after Jason, but was eventually forced out by his father. Stephanie Brown, formerly known as the Spoiler, took up the Robin mantle after Tim. But Stephanie later faked her own death and the Robin mantle was left empty yet again. After that, Tim took up the mantle again. Later, Damian Wayne became Robin when Dick Grayson became Batman after Bruce Wayne's "death". Tim then took on his own vigilante persona as Red Robin.
It's a long and complicated history, but you guys got the short and sweet version of it. But how does this relate to the DCCU? Well, my idea really only requires the first three Robins.
There's been a lot of rumors about Dick Grayson being in the new [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) movie. I highly doubt that he will be, but I find it interesting that they're mentioning that Dick Grayson would be older and he and Bruce wouldn't have been talking for a while. This is of course hinting that Dick will become Nightwing. So it will be just Batman and Nightwing? Well, not really. This is where Jason Todd comes in.
Descriptions of Batman in the movie say that Batman has been semi-retired for a while. Why would that be? My idea is that years before Dawn of Justice, The Joker would have murdered Jason Todd/Robin, and Batman would blame himself for Jason's death. This would cause him to go into a state of depression for a while and give up crime-fighting for that time. But what does this have to do with Robin?
Rumors have now sparked that Batman will come back into crime-fighting after the appearance of General Zod in Man of Steel. Tim Drake was always known to have deduced Batman's identity, and then requested to become Batman's partner, thinking that he needed a Robin after Jason's death. So maybe during General Zod's invasion, Tim Drake offered that he become Robin, and Bruce accepted, thinking that he'd need all the help he can get. But then Superman comes in, and stops General Zod's invasion. Now both Batman and the new Robin, Tim Drake, know about Superman. But that's not all.
After the events of Dawn of Justice and Justice League, now we have our Gotham Knights. A trinity of Batman, Nightwing, and Robin (Tim Drake). This will be good for upcoming Batman movies in the DC Cinematic Universe. But what would the next Batman movie even be about?
Like I said earlier, Jason Todd was eventually resurrected by Talia al Ghul in the Lazarus Pit. After that, he became the villain known as the Red Hood. Since Jason was killed years before, we can have a Batman movie following the story of Jason Todd becoming Red Hood and facing off against Batman and the Gotham Knights.
So now we've managed to fit the first three Robins into their own role of the story. I think this could possibly be the way they bring these characters into the DCCU. I think that Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne can be left out for the time being. I hope that this is how the Robin story goes, but I guess we'll have to wait and see!
Also, if you're concerned about Robin fitting into the dark DC Cinematic Universe, please check out my article on How to make Robin fit into the DCCU.