Christian Bale rejects Robin for Batman movies

Christian BaleChristian Bale isn’t too pleased about rumors predicting that Robin will appear in the next Batman movie. “If Robin crops up in one of the new Batman films, I’ll be chaining myself up somewhere and refusing to go to work,” he told StarPulse. Robin, Batman’s young sidekick, appears not only in the Batman comic books, but was included in the 1960’s TV series and the motion pictures Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. He was not in Batman Begins, starring Bale, and is also not seen in the upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, opening July 18. Heath Ledger, who died shortly after playing The Joker in The Dark Knight, will be honored in the film’s credits, along with Conway Wickliffe, a special effects technician who was killed when a car he was in crashed during a stunt test-run for the film.

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  1. Anonymous • July 7, 2008 @ 12:48 PM

    wow does this guy have a over bloated ego

  2. Anonymous • July 7, 2008 @ 1:42 PM

    bale stars in one blockbuster movie and he thinks he owns the place. Robin is important otherwise the he never would of have been created. They dont have to follow the comic books exactly, I mean in the next batman movie Robin could turn bad.

  3. CDN_Comicguy • July 7, 2008 @ 6:37 PM

    Has anyone read the new All-Star Batman with Frank Miller writing? Robin can be dark too, the kid is tormented by his parents being murdered and takes it out on people.

  4. mlm • July 8, 2008 @ 9:39 AM

    bale is just a big whiner hes gotta learn hes not gonna get everything his own way…

  5. Nancy • July 8, 2008 @ 11:23 AM

    Yes, exactly! What is it with these actors trying to dictate the script and stuff. Ed Norton and now Christian Bale. You’re being paid to ACT…they pay others to write, produce, and do the casting!!

  6. Andrew Smith • July 9, 2008 @ 4:35 PM

    i think christian bale is the best batman and agree with him because there is nothing more gay than robin, and thats why the last batman movies failed too gay way to go studio screw up a franchise if you like

  7. Andrew Smith • July 9, 2008 @ 5:03 PM



  8. Ron Corless • July 14, 2008 @ 1:40 AM

    I want Robin to be in the next Batman movie!! I like Robin and Batman needs Robin! Robin makes Batman feel like a father figure and an older brother and provides light into Batman’s dark world. I think Robin could work in Nolan’s Batfilms. But I think they should bring in Tim Drake instead of Dick Grayson or bring in Dick Grayson but have him be more like Tim Drake and wear the current red costume with the R on it and the black cape that Drake currently wears instead of the red & green suit with the yellow cape but I prefer the latter the best because I grew up with that but I also do like Robin’s new red cotume and could blend in well with Batman’s dark costume. Robin should be based on the graphic novel Dark Victory in which the next film is rumored to be based on.

    Christian Bale is great as Batman but he is a jerk if he thinks Robin should not be in the Batman movies or doesn’t want to work with the actor who will eventually play him. It’s not up to Bale if Robin will be in the movies but the filmmakers and the studio. They should get another actor to play Batman in the next film and beyond if Bale doesn’t want Robin in future movies.

    Robin’s appearance in the next film could pave the way for a second trilogy of Batman movies where Robin is with him all the time and becomes Nightwing in the last film of the trilogy and Tim Drake becomes the next Robin at the climax of the last film much like Dick Grayson should be Robin at the climax of the next film just like Dark Victory. I WANT ROBIN IN THE NEXT BATMAN MOVIE THAT COULD COME OUT IN 2010 OR 2011! BATMAN NEEDS ROBIN!! BATMAN NEEDS ROBIN!! BATMAN NEEDS ROBIN!! NOLAN BRING ROBIN IN THE NEXT FILM PLEAAASE!!!! PRETTY PLEAAASE!!!

  9. lm • July 14, 2008 @ 12:43 PM

    Wow, I couldn’t imagine having every single comment I make disected like this. It sounds like it was a knee/jerk reaction and is probably linking it to Batman’s mindset of the current movie in which Robin could not fit in. Yes, he is in the public eye but perhaps if the next movies are developed in a way where it stays true to the Frank Miller graphic novels he would have a change of heart. For those who accuse Christian Bale of being an egomaniac, it seems to me that he is the direct opposite. He has stayed out of the public eye and tries to avoid the media (probaby for this very reason). Avoids tabloids. Lives a quiet life with his wife and child loves the “craft” of acting. Perhaps that is why alot of people don’t consider him being a “household name.” Incidentally, many have been fans of his before he ever became Batman. He has been in approx 30 movies and is one of the best actors of our time.

  10. Nightwing916 • July 22, 2008 @ 2:05 AM

    Student filmmaker is right. Those of us who grew up reading/collecting the Batman comic books understand that Batman needs a Robin. It’s just that Robin as never been portrayed accurately in the old Batman tv show (ex: Burt Ward) or that horrible version with Clooney and O’Donnell. Robin (Dick Grayson) should FINALLY, for the first time, be introduced/portrayed on screen by an 8 year old boy (intelligent, resourceful, but also very sullen) who is taken under Bruce Wayne’s wing after his parents are murdered. Although it is still too early in Bruce Wayne’s life to have a young Dick Grayson be introduced, eventually I (like many Batman and Titans comic book fans) would like to FINALLY see Robin’s history unfold chronologically and accurately. It would also be refreshing to see the intense father/son struggle between the two of them. Non-Batman comic book readers just need to get the Burt Ward/Chris ODonnell images out of their head. There’s nothing at all cartoony about Robin if portrayed “true” to the comic books.

  11. chris • November 7, 2008 @ 8:58 AM

    I agree with beast. They should introduce Dick Grayson first and in the sequel after that he becomes Robin. Christian Bale has his opinion about whether robin should be in this franchise or not but he should remind himself that he can always be replaced as batman no different from someone new playing jason in a remake etc. My opinion is Tim Burto’s two films are darker than Nolan’s work. i quote Bruce W. Timm from the animated series, ” You can’t have batman be a loner for too long without having robin be included somewhere down the road”. I like robin cause the batman comics are unique in its own way. there’s not many heroes with a sidekick, and batman is only human. They could put robin into good use if they used Bane again in a sequel, and no im not talkin about a dimwit bane like in batman & robin. im talkin about bane from the comics who broke batman’s back. id like to see Batman put up the fight of is life to someone like that.

  12. Cayer • December 24, 2008 @ 4:51 AM

    I can understand why many people are wary to see Robin in the films. Many people are probably still scarred from the terrible Batman movies of the past. However I wonder how many comic books Bale has read? I don’t want to come off as the elitist comic book fan boy, because I’m really not. I just happen to be a teen who grew up on DC comics, and who also enjoyed the latest Batman movies.

    That being said, I think Robin would be an excellent addition to the series if done right. Many of you are talking about how Batman is taking a “darker” tone. Let me be clear, Batman took a dark tone back in the 80’s when the whole concept of a superhero was revised in The Death of Superman and The Dark Knight Returns. Since than the story arc and mood of the Batman universe has been twisted and grown into something truly entertaining. For those of you who didn’t know, Robin isn’t just some kid in tights who comes up with ridiculous one liners and fetches the shark spray. He is now a complex and entertaining character who morphed into Nightwing.

    I like the ideas of previous posters, to introduce Grayson in a film, than give him a spin off. DC and Warner Brothers need to start thinking about expanding the Batman universe. Marvel has had huge success with Spiderman, X-Men, and most recently Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. So far the only recent memorable movie from DC has been Batman.

  13. Scott • December 25, 2008 @ 5:34 PM

    First of all Christian Bale “is” replaceable. There are several good actors that could fill the role. I think Robin could be in the next Batman film “if” the character is done correctly. Make him a homeless, orphaned, tough street wise kid with gymnastics, martial arts skills who has had a hard life. The death of his parents could have also been caused by the criminal world. He then becomes a “bad-ass” vigilante whom Batman encounters while going after a criminal and the two go at it one on one. The storyline could be weaved so that Batman is facing two villians so powerful that he “needs” help and they reluctantly join forces.

  14. Cristian Pacheco • December 31, 2008 @ 3:03 PM

    Actually this type of resentment of the Robin character is perfect because in all except the 60s TV show Robin was following and nagging Batman and Batman wanted nothing to do with him. If you ask me if Bale keeps this attitude and is still on contract for said many movies and has to do it I forsee it being great screen chemistry aith at the same time still following the serious and dark tone to the series.

  15. Batfan • January 4, 2009 @ 8:54 PM

    Bale is absolutely right, his batman is way to young to act like a ‘father’ figure, and also batman would make an terrible dad. His bruce wayne is a nice guy, but he’s a air head, and i like it like that, robin makes batman seem like friggin’ michael jackson, no thank you.

    and those that say batman needs robin are wrong, having a robin makes for plots that have to dumb batman down, saying that he can’t take care of himself (which he can). Robin was created to draw young children into the comics, there is no place for a 8-12 year old in a suit fighting people like Heath’s Joker, he would be killed in a much less child friendly way than jason todd within 10 minutes. (if there needs to be a ‘robin’ he should really be a ‘nightwing’ and be almost as old as batman so they can be more like friends and bruce doesnt have to be a pedophile)

    and for the love of god don’t anyone mention bat-mite lol

  16. Chris • January 10, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

    Batman made Bale famous, not the other way around. Tell me why Robin cant be dark again?
    the only reason the bat is dark is because his family was murdered in front of him…oh wait so was dick grayson’s family. They can do whatever they want with the script and make the duo as dark as they want.

  17. chas • November 10, 2009 @ 12:11 PM

    I think it would be cool for robin to come in the picture face it Chris D’Donald was the best robin ever and everybody needs to get a life robin needs to be in the next batman movie rather christian bale likes it or not he has no rite to say he doesnt want a robin in the next batman movie and thats all there is to it period end discussion im out

  18. Joe • June 21, 2012 @ 9:10 AM

    Bale sucks!

  19. Zei Daniels • November 27, 2012 @ 9:47 PM

    The robin character seemed serious enough in the Dark Knight Rises, during the end right before the credits and they tell us that bruse survived and Alfreds vision came true through the Cat woman. But why should I buy it when I can already get a decent copy with torrents? Torrents are what they let movie I reviewers like me who is highly paid, use when they/I are/am watching new stuff and allowing the rest of people who contribute to the industry do their part. I guess reviewing movies has it’s perks because I get them for free all the time, nor am I lieing about it.

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