When it comes to superhero sidekicks, there are not many that are as well-known as Batman’s faithful boy wonder Robin. While Robin has yet to get a proper portrayal on the big screen, that has not stopped films from trying to make it happen. From Burt Ward to Chris O’Donnell or even to a lesser extent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robin has had a few attempts to be good. Through it all, Robin has been nothing but comedic relief, or the means of a twist in the case of Levitt, which has continued to leave fans of the character eager to see him properly brought to life.
The DCEU has not yet cast a Robin for any upcoming film, but that has not stopped fans from wanting it to happen. Since there has been some disappointing portrayals in the past and the mantle is still up for grabs, Anna Kendrick has now thrown her name into contention for the role.
Kendrick stars opposite of Ben Affleck in The Accountant and while out promoting the upcoming release, MTV asked both what projects are in their futures. Affleck clearly is finishing up Justice League, but will soon continue work on The Batman for which he will both star and direct. This has led Kendrick to reveal a gap in her schedule, and went on to suit up as Robin to try and convince Affleck to cast her. Unfortunately for Kendrick, Affleck is not sure if Robin will appear in his movie – either that or he just doesn’t like the idea of Kendrick playing the part.
The interview is clearly meant to be fun with Kendrick asking to play Batman instead and questioning the sexist nature for why she could not be the Dark Knight. Even if her desire to play Robin is only for the point of the bit, it is an interesting proposal regardless. Kendrick confesses how much of a fan she is of these films, and has been linked to Squirrel Girl in the past, but a reunion with Affleck in the DCEU might not be out of the question. It appears they have a fun relationship and could want to team up again in the future.
If Kendrick is serious about playing Robin, she could play an older version of Stephanie Brown, a character who takes up the Robin mantle briefly, before becoming Batgirl, and currently goes as Spoiler in DC Rebirth. Kendrick is a bit older than Brown is traditionally, so if Robin is not up for grabs, a potential role as Barbara Gordon could also be in play. There is no indication that either of these characters will show up in the immediate future, but with J.K. Simmons cast as Jim Gordon, Robin and Batgirl should not be that far behind. After all, Batman appears to be more open to getting help and working with others after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so assembling the Bat Family could be his next step.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.
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