During a recent interview to promote his upcoming thriller “Pathology”, the 30-year-old actor could barely contain his excitement for co-star Zachary Quinto’s recent appointment as Mr. Spock in next year’s “Star Trek” movie. Remembering an early conversation they once had on the “Heroes” set, Ventimiglia marveled at the fact that Quinto said his dream role would be to play Spock – a part he landed just a few months later.
Naturally, the talk then turned to the role Ventimiglia had chosen as his dream gig. His answer? “Robin,” he grinned, referring to the embattled Batman buddy most recently seen in the person of Chris O’Donnell in the late Nineties.
When reminded that Dick Grayson typically signals the downfall of a Batman franchise, Ventimiglia insisted that current Dark Knight mastermind Christopher Nolan could bring enough of an edge to the character to make him worthwhile. The “Heroes” star added that he was a big fan of Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” and that if the writer/director ever put out a casting call for a Robin in a future Batman flick, he’d move faster than The Penguin at an umbrella sale.
“They’ve never done it right,” he added, explaining why Robin has always seemed so dorky in the past. Asked how he’d change the Robin story, Ventimiglia offered up a single word that speaks chapters to comic fans: “Nightwing.”
For those unaware of the storyline, “Nightwing” is a moniker Robin takes on as a tribute to Superman, then uses while trying to escape from Batman’s shadow. Clad in black, the acrobatic hero is typically associated with The New Teen Titans, and is considerably traumatized when Batman hires a new Robin that is seemingly killed by The Joker.
Naturally, if Nolan were to ever address Robin and/or Nightwing, it would be his prerogative to alter the origin story as he saw fit. But, with Ventimiglia’s look and athleticism, he would be a perfect choice for the role if it were to happen in the next few years. And if this Boy ever gets to fulfill his Wonder, remember you heard it here first.
Would you want to see Robin in the next film after “The Dark Knight”? What do you think of Milo playing the character? Holy casting possibility, Batman!