Fans Still Want A Dark Knight Rises Spin-Off Where Joseph Gordon-Levitt Becomes Robin
It's been nearly eight years since the world was gifted with the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. It finished on one of the most obvious hooks for a spin-off film involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt becoming the Caped Crusader's companion.
You'd think movie studios, mainly Warner Bros., would be chomping at the bit to have a Robin origin story in the same vein as the wildly successful Joker.
A quick scan of social media shows that the appetite for the spin-off series is still going strong.
The biggest tragedy of our time is we don't have a Robin movie with Joseph Gordon Levitt.- Geralt's last wish (@Hekl) January 26, 2020
All these years later and we still don't have a Joseph Gordon Levitt - Robin movie. pic.twitter.com/idjoQXApwP- Evan (@ColeHeizer) August 6, 2019
I still can't believe that christopher nolan give us to joseph gordon-levitt as our robin and never developed a movie of him becoming nightwing and protecting gotham after batman's desaparition, so much wasted potential pic.twitter.com/Zc4FjEdtK1- laly ʬ⁸⁴ (@wondersofprey) August 16, 2019
The fact that Christopher Nolan's/Christian Bale's Dark Knight trilogy didn't have a spin-off sequel centered on Joseph Gordon-Levitt reprising his role as Robin seems like a massively missed opportunity on DC's part.- Jordan Lincourt (@InForTheTrill) February 6, 2019
In The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character helps Christian Bale's Batman by evacuating kids from a potential nuclear bomb.
He pops up throughout the movie, finding Commissioner James Gordon after escaping from Bane's lair and convincing Bruce Wayne to become Batman again, but it's the final moment of the film that gives him his best moment.
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After resigning from the Gotham Police Department, he gets a package from Master Wayne and as he goes to pick it up, he uses his legal name: Robin.
Gordon-Levitt's character then follows the breadcrumbs and ends up at the goddamn Batcave where it's assumed that he'll have access to all of Batman's technology and stuff.
Like, hello!? How is that not the easiest way to launch a spin-off movie?
Looper suggests the reason why we'll never get a Robin film is because Christopher Nolan's trilogy existed in its own bubble. Now that Warner Bros. is pushing the DCEU and Justice League franchise, they'll likely stick with that.
It also doesn't help that in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Robin is shown to have died, meaning a new film will confuse audiences who are aware of the DC universe.
But all might not be lost.
Warner Bros. did announce that it was developing a Nightwing movie, which is the character that Robin becomes when he reinvents himself.
The Hollywood Reporter claims the movie studio has tapped The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay for the project, however this was back in 2017, with no additional news since then.
In the first, supposed to be one-off appearances in the DC universe, Nightwing travels to the UK to try to find Alfred, Bruce's loyal servant.
"Before returning to Gotham City together, they prevent a plot by British terrorists to destroy the undersea Channel Tunnel in the English Channel," the plot says.
That sounds like a perfect movie to start with.
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