The “Man of Steel” live fan event didn’t have the “Batman Vs. Superman” details that fans are craving, but there was some news elsewhere that could have a big impact on the upcoming clash of two superhero legends.
According to The Wrap, Adam Driver (Hannah’s boyfriend on “Girls”) is the frontrunner to play Dick Grayson in the Zack Snyder-directed “Batman Vs. Superman.” The rumor emerged last week over at Latino Review, when the site reported that the former Robin would appear in the filming, having not spoken with Bruce Wayne for a number of years.
The casting rumor leaves us with a number of questions, only one of which is “Why isn’t Driver playing an old-timey criminal?”
The First Robin
First, some quick background on who this Dick Grayson character is: He was just the first of several Robins in the comic books, though there have been five different characters to carry the name (six, if you count Carrie Kelley in Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”). Audiences saw a slightly altered version of Grayson’s origin in Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever,” in which Chris O’Donnell played Robin.
A Different Robin
Fans who can remember all the way back to the summer of 2012 may recall that Christopher Nolan ended his “Dark Knight Trilogy” with a not-so-subtle nod to the Boy Wonder, revealing that good cop John Blake was actually born Robin John Blake. The film is the only time that Robin Blake appeared in any Batman continuity, so you can draw a definite line between that version of the character and any that Driver may or may not play.
Robin grew tired of being Robin in 1984 and became his own hero, Nightwing, eventually having his own comic-book series for more than a decade. It has been theorized that whoever ends up playing Gray in “Batman Vs. Superman” will appear as Nightwing as opposed to Robin. It would be the first big-screen appearance of the character.
“Batman Vs. Superman” opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.