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Will Robin Rise Alongside Dark Knight?

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Will Robin Rise Alongside Dark Knight?

You’d think with official news on the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises finally breaking — Tom Hardy as Bane and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle — that the rumor mill would finally slow its roll. Of course, there’s no way that’s the case.

The Daily Blam! collected the latest on the upcoming film, director Christopher Nolan’s final contribution to Warner Bros.’ Batman universe. The rumors center around the possible appearance of Robin the Boy Wonder, something people used to throw around before the villains became the topic of conversation. But with the villains for the film now confirmed, why not bring the Robin rumor back out of the shadows?

Apparently this round of speculation began when Ain’t It Cool New found a telling quote on the website of Michigan NBC affiliate WILX:

According to Eaton County and Grand Ledge officials who didn’t want to be identified due to confidentiality agreements, production crews from “The Dark Knight Rises” scouted locations in Grand Ledge’s Fitzgerald Park last week.

They looked at the Ledges as well as a water treatment plant located inside the park. Sources say the area is being considered as a hideout for Batman sidekick Robin.

Add to that the Lansing State Journal, which reported that Grand Ledge City Manager Jon Bayless revealed an empty underground water-retention vault would be used by the production as “Robin’s office.” Bayless added that “someone had told him that is the producer’s intent.” So, basically, someone told him that someone told them it was “the producers’ intent” to use the water vault as Robin’s base of operations.

Finally, The Daily Blam! reached out the writer of WILX piece, Alex Goldsmith, who commented that:

“I heard from three sources, the only one who would go on camera being state Sen. Rick Jones. All three mentioned the water treatment facility being considered for “Robin’s Cave” specifically. I’m not as up on my Batman lore as others but I wasn’t aware that Robin got a cave. As this was just a scouting mission, I don’t have any details on actors or even confirmation as to what role he’ll play. I just know what my 3 sources told me. Granted the production team scouting could’ve given them “Robin’s Cave” as a red herring.”

So, what’s all this mean? Well, for one, like Goldsmith pointed out, the idea of the “Robin Cave” could easily have been misdirection: When locations were being scouted, Warner Bros. hadn’t announced Hardy as Bane, so “Robin Cave” could’ve been used to cover those tracks. Secondly, Robin never had a “Robin Cave,” at least nothing like it at that point in continuity. Nolan definitely seems to want to keep close to the source material of the comics, and giving Robin his own little base of operations just doesn’t gel well.

Finally, Nolan and star Christian Bale previously made comments about Robin and essentially killed that possibility. Nolan himself long ago said that, “This is a young Batman, so Robin’s a few films …. not for a few pictures anyway. Dick Grayson’s still in a crib somewhere. I seriously doubt I will even be involved when Robin’s in the franchise.” But even more than that, Bale outright refused to even do a movie with Robin, saying in a 2008 interview that, “If Robin crops up in one of the new Batman films, I’ll be chaining myself up somewhere and refusing to go to work.”

Then again, what of Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Long rumored to play the Riddler — before Nolan squashed those hopes — maybe we’ve been looking at the wrong end of the spectrum, and Gordon-Levitt looks to play a hero and not a villain. In all honestly, as little as I want a Robin in the Nolanverse of The Dark Knight, if Gordon-Levitt plays him, I’m all in.

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