Christopher Nolan’s Out of the Ass ‘Robin’
I recently watched TDKR (The Dark Night Rises) and came out of it thinking it was a good movie that wrapped up the Nolan Trilogy. To be honest I didn’t like the fact that they had Bane in the movie; they could have implemented other villains, although I guess the Bane/Talia al Ghul story helped connect all of the movies together. A tangent to the topic of this article, I know - back on topic.
Christopher Nolan stated that Robin was a dumb character, and claimed he wouldn’t put him in any movie. Surprise! Nolan puts a strong reference (at least) to him in the final movie. I guess this was Nolan’s way of back-handing fans that were unhappy Robin wouldn't make an appearance; why create a ‘false’ Robin character throughout the plot and then reveal him near the end of the movie?
Nolan gave more life to John Blake than his ordinary comic character. John Blake is a young upcoming police officer in the movie, and comes from an orphan background story. He is somehow clever enough to find out who Batman is just by mere facial expressions. After hours of "subtle" references to comic book Robins Nolan goes for the home-run at the end of the movie and pulls real big thing out of his ass - he reveals Blake is actually ‘Robin John Blake’.
An article on Forbes said...
Blake has the background of Jason Todd and Tim Drake, for the most part (his father is murdered due to a debt, and he later deduces Batman’s identity while still a young kid), but then grows up to have Dick Grayson’s adult life (being a police officer and ally of Batman who has dealt with the tragedy in his childhood in a more productive and healthy way than Bruce dealt with his own tragedies, plus that whole chalk emblem, all adds up to a “realistic” incarnation of Nightwing). Then, we find out that his actual legal name is Robin. So I’d argue that yes, he definitely served the role of Robin in The Dark Knight Rises. Meaning he was ALREADY Robin, he isn’t going to become Robin in the future.
Forbes goes on to suggests that Blake becomes Batman. Obviously this is idiotic as there is no canon where Jason Blake turns into Batman.
For one, John Blake can’t be Robin... and will never be Robin. Why, you ask? Because he isn’t a Robin in any form of the comics, so why would he be in the films? The only records of Robin are:
- Dick Grayson (becomes Nightwing/[Batman temporarily])
- Jason Todd (becomes Red Hood)
- Tim Drake (becomes Joker [in comics and Batman Beyond]) or (also becomes Red Robin)
- Stephanie Brown (becomes Spoiler)
- Damian Wayne
- Bruce Wayne (Original)
- Dick Grayson (First Robin)
- Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond)