Lot of big movies coming in 2015 – Batman vs. Superman, Avengers 2, maybe Star Wars 7 – and since all of them are ‘shrouded in secrecy,’ it leaves a lot of room for some (fun or exhausting – depending on your outlook) speculation about what MIGHT be happening in these respective films.
As of late, Batman vs. Superman has been producing quite a few big rumors – namely that the list of DC Comics superheroes included in the film may not be confined to just Batman and Superman. There have been leaks about multiple actresses who fit the bill of Wonder Woman being tested for the film – and today brings a rumor that a certain famous superhero sidekick could be making an appearance, as well.
In their latest guerilla-style scoop, Latino-Review is claiming that Dick Grayson (a.k.a. the original Robin, then later Nightwing, and later Batman II, then Nightwing again) could be making an appearance in Batman vs. Superman. However, it’s important to mention that even L-R source El Mayimbe is quick to label this one as a RUMOR, since even he has been unable to confirm that this Grayson angle is indeed happening.
The scenario Mayimbe lays out is this: Ben Affleck’s Batman is tired and weary (which has been confirmed), and he seemingly had a falling out with his former sidekick, whom he has not spoken to in years. Beyond that, the circumstances that bring Grayson into the Batman vs. Superman story and conflict are not explained – nor is it clear whether the film would feature Dick Grayson, or one of his costumed alter-egos as well.
It’s been hinted by the cast and crew that this version of Batman will be unlike previous incarnations that have been onscreen. There are so many ways that BatAffleck could be distinguished from his predecessors – tone, costume – but one that hasn’t really been discussed that much is expanding the scope of his support system. Tim Burton and Chris Nolan’s Batmen relied mostly on Alfred or their contacts within the police dept. (Commissioner Gordon, John Blake); it was only Joel Schumacher who explored the idea of Batman’s iconic sidekick(s) on the big screen – and he pretty much ruined the idea for everybody by the time Batman & Robin was throwing a neon-lit Robin and Batgirl at us.
The question is: has the time come to give Dick Grayson another shot at big-screen fame?
One thing that the skeptics have been worried about – besides the Man of Steel team crafting this sequel, or Ben Affleck being Batman – is that an imbalance of detail and attention could turn this SUPERMAN sequel film in the BATMAN show. (Out of the many early criticisms of this film no one has seen, that is pretty valid one.) We just got done with Batman ruling the big screen, and while I personally thought Man of Steel was a beautiful reintroduction to Superman, a lot of people disagreed with that sentiment. In short: the new Superman still needs to win over some folks. Hard to do if he’s taking a back seat to an overpowering Batman storyline.
However, the film also has to reintroduce us to a new version of Batman and establish not only who he is, but what his world is all about. Doing that right, without also over-doing it, is going to be tough; toss in some long history and a failed partnership, it gets even tougher. Think about this another way: sure, Dick Grayson could be used as plot device – a way to provide quick expository background on who Bruce Wayne/Batman is (say, if a certain mild-mannered reporter came asking?) – but would a quick cameo be enough?
And is there really going to be Wonder Woman thrown into this as well? Because at that point this all starts to sound more like a Justice League origin story than a Batman vs. Superman movie… Seeing the ‘World’s Finest’ matching wits is juicy enough – do you really need all the extra bells and whistles?
It’s all rumor for now though, so let’s have some fun and discuss – before a statistical fraction of us end up disappointed by the actual answer to the mystery. Until then, how many “Make it Joseph Gordon-Levitt!” comments will we have to endure? A lot, I suspect.
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.