There’s been a lot of chatter on the comic interwebs about the new “Batman” character Harper Row possibly being the “next” Robin, following the death of Damian Wayne. Let’s face it: she’s plucky, resourceful, adorable, and has somehow become inextricably interwoven within the Dark Knight’s life. To anybody following the Batman comic, it almost seems too obvious.
So naturally, when we at MTV Geek had a chance to interview “Batman” writer Scott Snyder, we put the Harper Row question to him in our trademark subtle style:
Geek: So Harper Row is totally the next Robin, right?
What we got in response was a classic — and very polite — I-can-neither-confirm-or-deny type answer:
Snyder: I’m not going to give away what happens…whether she would BE Robin or not.
However, what he did stress was that Harper is, first and foremost, a character in her own right — not a “Robin” stand-in to just plug into the story once Damian was out of the picture:
“I feel badly that everybody is assuming that just because she’s there right afterwards, we were trying to position her as the new Robin. But I can tell you honestly, everybody reading this…she’s not designed to be Robin.”
“…what the creation of Harper Row was really about was creating a lens for me personally that I could relate to in Gotham, that would be like, a kid, or somebody struggling, as a young person, you’re trying to make ends meet, you’re in this place that’s really tough, nobody believes in you and you have this incredible superhero in town that’s doing these things that inspire you.”
Some of the criticism surrounding previous “Girl Wonder” Stephanie Brown was that she did seem like a “gimmick” once she put on the Robin red-and-greens — only to be discarded at the end of a storyline. Whether Harper really is going to be the new Robin or not, it seems as if DC is giving her a “place of her own” in Gotham City.