Would You Want Daniel Radcliffe to Play Batman's Sidekick Robin?
With director Zack Snyder currently shooting Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, comic book fans are anxious to see what kind of DC Comics universe this leads to on the big screen. A potential leak of Warner Bros. timeline plans for franchises hitting the big screen following the 2016 sequel just showed up, and along with that came another rumor that a standalone film following Ben Affleck as The Caped Crusader might pop up in 2019. And while Batman is expected to be part of Justice League, there's obviously no indication of what a standalone Batman film would be like outside of the superhero ensemble. But one element hasn't been discussed much when it comes to all these plans: Batman's trusty sidekick Robin.
You might remember a rumor from last fall that "Girls" and now Star Wars: Episode VII actor Adam Driver was the frontrunner to play Dick Grayson, the orphan who becomes Batman's sidekick. However, the report indicated that Driver's version of Grayson wouldn't be Robin, but rather the superhero Nightwing. It was said that Batman v. Superman took place at a time after Bruce Wayne and Grayson had a falling out, where the two hadn't spoken to each other in years. We're not sure if this rumor holds any credibility, but considering all the cameos from the likes of Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and more that are supposed to happen, the inclusion of Grayson wouldn't be outside of the realm of possibility.
But who could play the character? BuzzFeed (via Collider) recently conducted a rapid fire Q&A with Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe, and when asked what franchise he'd like to join next, the British actor said, "Batman. If they reboot that again I’ll do that too. It’s happening, isn’t it? With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin, I’m perfect.” If you listen to the interview, he's not necessarily genuinely pitching himself for the role of The Boy Wonder, but it does make us wonder what that might be like. Radcliffe has international recognition, and just might be the right age to bring Robin (or Nightwing) to life. At the same time, Radcliffe isn't exactly in superhero shape, so he'd have to pump some iron to bulk up at least a little.
Robin hasn't been brought to the big screen since the Joel Schumacher directed films Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and considering the films themselves, it wasn't exactly a success with Chris O'Donnell as the sidekick. One might argue that Christopher Nolan brought Robin to the big screen in the form of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but the mention of that name was more of just some clever fan service. We're still a long way from seeing what's in store for Batman and the DC Comics cinematic universe, but we'll keep you posted. Would you like to see Daniel Radcliffe as Robin? Who would you cast as Batman's sidekick?