New fan art imagines what The Umbrella Academy star Aidan Gallagher would look like as Robin. While Batman has been portrayed by many different actors in the live-action movies, Robin has been mostly left on the sidelines. The character was originally set to appear in Batman Returns, helping Bruce Wayne repair his Batmobile and later teaming up with him to fight against The Penguin. Marlon Wayans was cast in the role and even attended costume fittings, but it was decided shortly before filming the story had too many characters, so Robin was cut from the script.
Wayans was supposed to come back for Tim Burton’s third Batman film but after he departed and was replaced by Joel Schumacher, Wayans was let go. Chris O’Donnell got the part instead, after Leonardo DiCaprio and future Batman Christian Bale auditioned for the role. O’Donnell’s take on the character didn’t receive the warmest response, with critics feeling the character was underwritten and the actor was too old to convincingly play a teenager. Robin was set to receive a solo movie after Batman & Robin, but the critical panning of that entry halted the project. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would later play a reimagined take on Robin in The Dark Knight Rises, though he never dons a costume.
Robin has yet to appear in the DCEU, though Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice heavily implies the character was killed by the Joker in the past. There doesn’t appear to be any plans to introduce the character in future movies, but new fan art from BossLogic imagines what The Umbrella Academy star Aidan Gallagher could look like in the role. This version of Robin is Damian Wayne, son of Batman and Talia al Ghul.
Gallagher recently earned great reviews for his performance in The Umbrella Academy, where he plays Number Five, a character who can jump through time. There’s little doubt the young star could do a great job with a new take on Robin, but again, there doesn’t appear to be any plans to use the character in a future movie. Brenton Thwaites recently played Dick Grayson/Robin on TV series Titans, which has already been picked up for a second season.
While Robin is a character with a lot of fans, there seems to be resistance to including him in a movie. Tim Burton was reportedly reluctant to include Robin in his movies, and neither Christopher Nolan nor Christian Bale wanted to include a traditional take on the character in the Dark Knight trilogy. This appears to stem from a feeling that Batman is the ultimate loner, so having a teenage sidekick is unnecessary. That said, there have been a lot of great comic storylines featuring Robin, so hopefully, he’ll get his due on the big screen someday.