Defending Robin

Posted by · 5:05 am · July 4th, 2008

DC Comics\' RobinBatman scribe Jeph Loeb (“The Long Halloween, “Dark Victory”) has jumped into the recent Robin debate, defending the character’s potential in Christopher Nolan’s current trilogy.

Hunter Stephenson at /film points us to this MTV story, which offers the following from Loeb:

Take the time to tell the story properly…There is a story of Dick Grayson and how he becomes Robin that is extremely moving and very helpful. …[Grayson/Robin] doesn’t understand why it is that he needs to do this and Bruce doesn’t understand why he’s doing it either because he’s not a parent. He doesn’t know how to be a parent…together, they make each other better people…that for me would be the next step.

Stephenson also mentions that the recent Star Pulse item quoting Christian Bale’s dismissal of the character may have been misattributed, indicating that the actor once noted one of his favorite Bat-stories was the very Robin-heavy “Dark Victory.”  I never commented on the dismissal, because it frankly didn’t sound like something he would have said.

Anyway, you’ve all heard my side of this debate.  I think there is plenty of room to do this story maturely and powerfully, and unless the filmmakers prefer to lock in to what could be a very straight-line, three-film arch, a saga more epic than most could imagine is there for the taking.  And Loeb seems to understand that it would need to be something for the long haul, not a quick fix:

I wouldn’t let him become Robin until the third act, if that. I think that’s the other problem when you tell that story is that there’s this rush to put him in a costume by the end of the first 20 minutes and in that case I think it’s a disaster…

Read more of the Loeb interview here.

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4 responses so far

  • 1 7-06-2008 at 11:56 am

    Alex said...

    i gree with loeb Robin seems perfect for the next movie, seeing where this one is ending! and Grayson is a Great charcter to be epically put on screen

  • 2 7-06-2008 at 12:01 pm

    Nolanfan said...

    i also concur robin can be done well in Nolans movies, He has been done well in the 90s Animated Series Dark Victory and the comics, Dark victory was Dead serious Story with Grayson in it, so there should be no Excuses!!

  • 3 7-06-2008 at 12:12 pm

    JonahGrayson said...

    robin is essential to the Batman Mythos without robin batman just eventually becomes essentionally a one note punisher vigilante type! Robin has been Around ASLONG AS BATMMAN ITS INSULTING AND SACRILEDGE TO IGNORE HIM

  • 4 7-06-2008 at 12:21 pm

    GOYERBATFAN said...

    grayson can be Depicted well in the nolan films i feel anway who thinks other wise is void of imagination, and im sick of these Films and there realism kick nonsense, you left realism behind onceu have a man dressed in a batsuit! get over this realism Bullshit!!