There’s a rumour, a very plausable, believable rumour that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature a female Robin. Not only that but Hunger Games actress Jena Malone looks to be the gal playing Carrie Kelley/Robin.
Variety dug up a report out of Michigan, where the movie is shooting. A local news reporter chatted with a loose-lipped extra who blabbed “that the character of Robin is now female.”
Now, we’re all familiar with the Boy Wonder character. He was played by Burt Ward in the 1966 series…
…and was last seen on the big screen in Batman & Robin, portrayed by Chris O’Donnell.
Of course some would argue that he was actually in The Dark Knight Rises, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character, Office John Blake, revealed that his legal name was actually Robin John Blake.
So, in a nutshell, we’re used to seeing these guys fighting crime. Together.
Or fighting over a woman (holy love triangle, Batman!).
Cruising around Gotham.
Even doing a little dancing (hey, even superheroes like Beyoncé).
But a Girl Wonder? Pshaw.
What many people might not be aware of is that the character of Carrie Kelley/Robin was featured heavily in Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight universe. It was widely believed that Dawn of Justice was set early on, particularly around Batman and Superman’s first encounter — but the addition of Robin, any Robin, makes it more like it’s an adaptation of Miller’s graphic novels.
Here’s a little background on Carrie Kelley, the first (but not only) female Robin in the Batman franchise: she’s a fiery redhead who becomes the new Robin in The Dark Knight Returns after she saves Batman. She also plays an integral part in tracking down the Joker and has a role in saving Batman from Superman. Later, in The Dark Knight Strikes Again, she adopts the identity Catgirl.
It’s been confirmed that Malone definitely has a role in Batman v Superman, but her character is still unknown. Zack Snyder directed Malone in Sucker Punch so her joining the cast isn’t super-shocking. What is shocking is the actress’ newly dyed red hair, quite similar to that of Carrie Kelley’s.
The only issue some fans might have is in the novels, Carrie was 13 when she was introduced — and no offence to nearly 30-year-old Jena but despite her youthful appearance, even she can’t pull that off. And there’s something about Affleck and Malone that doesn’t jive. Just us?
Now, Chloë Grace Moretz would be perfect, but perhaps the Kick-Ass flicks are too distracting.
We hear you, Chloë. Hmm, maybe there’s still hope? That is, if the Jena rumours aren’t true. The movie doesn’t open until 2016 so there’s still time. Right?