Although we’re extremely excited for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we feel as though too much about the plot and villains in the film has been revealed. After the second trailer was released, we feel like we basically know the entire plot and who the main villain is and it’s dampened our anticipation slightly.
However, one character that has not been touched upon is Robin. All we have seen related to Batman’s sidekick was the Robin suit revealed back in the first trailer, which led many to the assumption that Robin was dead. It’s been well noted that Zack Snyder’s superhero showdown is heavily influenced by Frank Miller’s inimitable The Dark Knight Returns and if he aligns his plot closely to that story, Robin would actually appear as Carrie Kelley, the female incarnation.
Now, Latino Review reckon they have the full rundown of Batman’s history with the Boy Wonder so, if you want to avoid spoilers, you might want to stop reading at this point.
Firstly, Carrie Kelley will not be making an appearance. There were rumours that Jena Malone might be playing her because of previous online photos of her with red hair but she is instead playing Barbara Gordon.
The burning question remained; considering the graffiti on the Robin suit in the Dawn of Justice trailer, has Robin been killed by the Joker? The general assumption by fans of the comic book would be that Jason Todd was deceased, and that he would not be the first Robin with whom Batman had been associated.
Apparently, this is completely accurate. Todd is the second Robin who has had the fortune (or in this case, misfortune) of working with Batman. An encounter with the Clown Prince of Crime appears to have left him dead, which likely accounts for a great deal of Bruce Wayne’s internal character struggle in Batman v Superman.
Meanwhile, there were also rumours a while ago regarding Dick Grayson and that he would be making an appearance, not as Robin, but as Nightwing. However, there appears to be no planned appearance for Grayson in the film but apparently his name will come up in conversation, most likely as an Easter Egg and not as a plot point. However, the significance of this is that it confirms the existence of Grayson in the DC Extended Universe, further fuelling rumours that he could pop up in next year’s Suicide Squad or other future films.
Hopefully, we should learn more when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theatres on March 25, 2016.