Robin

Culture Warrior

Part of the appeal of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films is that the basic conceit informing their aesthetic seems so natural. Batman is one of few major superheroes that isn’t actually a super-hero. Batman mythology, then, lends itself to a degree of plausibility more than, say, Superman or Spider-Man, so why not manifest a vision of Batman that embraces this particular aspect that distinguishes this character from most superhero mythologies? But realism has not been a characteristic that unifies Batman’s many representations in the moving image. Through the eyes of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, the Batman of tentpole studio filmmaking has occupied either a world of gothic architecture and shadowy noir, or one of schizophrenic camp. From 1989 to 1997, Batman was interpreted by visionary directors with potent aesthetic approaches, but approaches that did not necessarily aim to root the character within a landscape of exhaustive Nolanesque plausibility.

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Culture Warrior

Enduring cultural figures like Batman endure precisely because of the slight but notable changes they incur over time. Batman has had a long history in the moving image, and while the character has maintained both the central conceit of being a crime-fighting detective, the cinematic Batman of seventy years ago bears little resemblance to the Batman we’re familiar with today. The character and his myth have been interpreted with variation by a multitude of creative persons other than Bob Kane and Bill Finger. In the moving image, Batman has been embodied by a range of actors including Robert Lowery, Adam West, and George Clooney, and Batman has been realized by directors and showrunners prone to various tastes and aesthetic interpretations like William Dozier and Christopher Nolan. While Batman is perhaps best-known by a non-comic-astute mass culture through the many blockbuster feature films made about him, including this summer’s hotly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, the character’s cinematic origins are rooted in the long-dead format of the movie serial. Batman first leapt off the page in a 15-part serial made in 1943 titled Batman and another six years later titled Batman and Robin. These serials did not influence Batman’s later cinematic iterations realized by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher as much as they inspired Batman’s representation on television. Batman’s presence in film serials and on television have had a decisive and important impact in terms of how mass audiences perceive the Batman of feature films. At the same time, these serials […]

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He’s in. He’s out. If we’re all honest, the correct answer is “I don’t know,” but the question of whether Robin/Dick Grayson/Tim Drake will make an appearance or play a minor/major role in The Dark Knight Rises is out there thanks to speculation on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s casting. There’s no real evidence that he’ll be turning the growling Bale Batman into a de factor foster dad, but the question is intriguing because most people hate Robin. It’s unclear why that’s the case (the hate seems to extend far beyond his schlocky appearance in That Batman Movie We Don’t Speak Of). Robin is a resourceful, interesting character who learns how to fight and hold is own in the crime-battling game. On the other hand, he’s been portrayed as a nuisance, a diversion from the other Batman stories, and a cutesy gimmick. The ultimate question remains: Would you want to see Robin in The Dark Knight Rises? Could Christopher Nolan pull it off?

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The CW takes on Little Robin with The Graysons

Just as Smallville focused on the younger years of Clark Kent, as well as his life before becoming Superman, it appears that The CW’s next series The Graysons will do the same for Batman’s sidekick Robin.

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Officially Cool

Hey kids, I bring another fan film into the officially cool world of FilmSchoolRejects. This fan film though, features none other than Sam Rockwell as The Batman, and Justin Long as Robin.

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Officially Cool

So this is an example of how DC could be making their films. This trailer makes Robin look badass.

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Officially Cool

I do consider Batman my tie for favorite comic character, tied with Wolverine. So it is really hard to watch this video without getting a little angry, but even harder to watch it and not laugh. Make sure to watch through the credits. It shows Superman and The Hulk picking teams for softball.

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