Filming is currently underway on Justice League – what will be, by the time of its release, the fifth installment in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, following next year’s Wonder Woman. And there’s a lot of pressure riding on Justice League given the rocky reception the DCEU has received so far. With many of the same creatives involved in JL as were Batman V Superman, those critical of one aren’t necessarily getting their hopes too high for the other.
That being said, Affleck’s Batman was one of the more positively received elements of BVS, and that has many eagerly anticipating the upcoming Batman solo film – which Affleck will direct from a script he co-wrote with Geoff Johns. With no release date though, it’s tough to predict just how soon until production on a solo Batman film starts. Nevertheless, already we’ve learned that Deathstroke will serve as the film’s primary villain and will be played by Joe Manganiello.
As some casting for the Batman solo film is clearly happening, we have to wonder: what other available roles will be revealed in the coming months? Much of Batman’s supporting cast already exists in the DCEU, like Alfred (Jeremy Irons) and soon Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons), but what about a Robin? Batman V Superman famously included a shot of a Robin costume, displayed in memoriam to Batman’s fallen sidekick, the second Robin, Jason Todd. So assuming Dick Grayson has already moved on (possibly becoming Nightwing) and Todd is deceased, that leaves an opening for the next Robin – Tim Drake.
Actor Ryan Potter – best known as the voice of Hiro in Disney’s Big Hero 6 and for starring in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas – thinks so, too. And to prove he’d be perfect for the role, Potter choreographed and filmed a concept fight he’s hoping Ben Affleck will see. After all, Batman needs a Robin. You can give Potter’s Tim Drake Concept Fight video a watch, above.
There are certainly Batman fans who prefer the brooding Dark Knight to work alone, but Robin has been a staple of the canon for decades. And in fact, his creation was an attempt to lighten up the tone of Batman’s comics at the time – something the DCEU could arguably also use. Including a new Robin in Batman’s solo film could be just what’s needed to sway those still unsure of Affleck’s more grim portrayal. Then again, fans likely don’t want the DCEU to swing too far the other way and end up somewhere in the territory of the goofy 1997 Batman & Robin.
Regardless of your opinion on including Robin in the Batman solo film, there’s no denying Potter makes a compelling argument for how cool a live-action Tim Drake could be, complete with signature bo staff. Plus, Tim is unique among the Robins thanks to his genius-level intelligence making him plausibly smarter than Batman. He even figured out Batman’s secret identity before teaming up with him! And sure, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Robin” also figured that out in The Dark Knight Rises, but it’s probably safe to assume he wasn’t the Robin fans were hoping for.
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 solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.