Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the New Black when it comes to being at the center of comic book rumors. It’s rumored the duder is going to be The Bats in the Justice League movie. It’s rumored that in this movie he has two dongs, one which shoots raw cookie dough. Now, it’s rumored he may be crossing the line from DC and into Marvel movie madness. If this rumor holds true (and let me tell you I don’t think it will), Batman will be going galactic very soon.
I haven’t dedicated much brain power to thinking about DC’s upcoming Earth Two. The seeming flagship title of the company’s “second wave” of New 52 titles. Just hasn’t really interested me. That is, until I caught this info and peeped the designs. Not IMAGE EXPO level of the excite!, but it could be pretty jazzy.
Hit the jump for details and images.
[face of a franchise presents two individuals that’ve fulfilled the same role. your task — choose the better of the two and defend your choice in the rancor pit that is the comments section]
For nearly seventy-two years, Robin has assisted Batman in reclaiming the streets of Gotham from the clutches of the criminal element. Along the way, Robin has served as the perfect complement, adding a sugar cube of idealism to the coffee cup of justice-via-vengeance that is Batman. Robin is firmly embedded into the fabric of comics, embodying for most what it means to be a supporting character.
There’s no denyin’ that Robin is the most celebrated superhero sidekick of all time.
However, what is up for debate is who to credit with the best performance as Robin. Let’s take a look at the two combatants!
From 1966 to 1968, the Caped Crusader protected the airwaves with his iconic ABC series. While most comics fans can probably pick Adam West out of a crowd, they may be hard pressed to identify Burt Ward, the man responsible for the televisional depiction of Robin. In reality, Ward is largely responsible for solidifying our modern conception of Robin as a figure of wonderful idiosyncrasy. Without Burt Ward, we might not think of Robin as dude who wears green underwear in public, proudly refers to himself as the Boy Wonder, and constantly yells out, “Holy [insert campy reference here], Batman!”
The other praise-worthy portrayal of Dick Grayson was crafted by Chris O’Donnell. Director Joel Schumacher was so enamored of O’Donnell that he cast him in both of his neon-powered, head-scratching Batman flicks. With two films’ worth of canvas, O’Donnell paints Robin as less of a whimsical teen acrobat and more of a callused twenty-something carny. Additionally, Chris O’Donnell was so courageous in his performance that he donned the first Robin suit to feature nipples. Yowzah!
But who is Robin – Burt Ward or Chris O’Donnell?
JGL continues to keep hope alive for me. I want me a Robin in Dark Knight Rises. Listen man, I’m not talking about some circus motherfucker. I’m talking about a Nolanized version of the character. Simply put: someone who can don the cowl and continue the symbolism that Wayne created in the first movie.
JGL was asked about Robin, and boy did he play a fun game of equivocation.
It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Robin was going to be thrown into Batman: Arkham City as a pre-order bonus. Said Robin was revealed, and he looked all sorts of brooding and angsty. The people. They were not pleased. Rocksteady Studios has released some more artwork of the Boy Wonder, and saw fit to explain their design choices as well.
The pre-order wars continue, scorching the ass of gamers everywhere who just want to be able to buy a game packed with loot. If you pre-ordered Arkham City somewhere other than Best Buy, you may want to reconsider that decision. They got the Robin. The Robin guy. Despite looking like an extreme shaven-head asshole, they got him.
Is Robin coming to The Dark Knight Rises? I speculated upon that shit last week, when it was announced JGL is negotiating to be in the flick. Now the rumor mill has begun to churn, steam rising and gears crunching.
But a report from a Michigan NBC affiliate might now suggest otherwise. According to reports, location scouts for The Dark Knight Rises were in Grand Ledge, MI recently and were looking at a water treatment plant to possibly be used as “a hideout for Batman’s sidekick Robin.” Are the location scouts being misquoted? Could this just be a red herring? Or are they possibly referring to another Robin? Read all the possibilities and quotes after the jump.
I don’t blame anyone who initially balks at the concept. In fact, both Nolan and Bale have publicly stated in the past they didn’t think it was the best idea.