Christian Bale, star of the upcoming Batman Begins follow-up The Dark Knight does not want to see Robin showing up in any future Batman films he’s a part of. He was quite emphatic in that stance, reportedly telling Starpulse “If Robin crops up in one of the new Batman films, I’ll be chaining myself up somewhere and refusing to go to work.” Meanwhile, comic writer Jeph Loeb countered Bale, telling MTV that if time was taken to “tell the story properly”, it work work well:
“I wouldn’t let him become Robin until the third act, if that. I think that’s the other problem when you tell that story is that there’s this rush to put him in a costume by the end of the first 20 minutes and in that case I think it’s a disaster,” Loeb said. “So if you look at ‘Dark Victory’ Tim and I went nine out of twelve chapters before you even started to talk about putting him in a costume and he doesn’t put the costume on until the last chapter of that book.”
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There is talk that the quote was incorrectly attributed to Bale, as MTV points out that Bale is on record in 2005 stating that one of his favorite Batman comics was“Dark Victory”, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and that’s a comic that Robin is heavily featured in. Until there’s confirmation, we’ll have to go by what’s being reported, that Bale is against any inclusion of Robin in future Batman films. In the end, is that really such a bad thing to be against?
The Dark Knight hits convention and IMAX theaters on July 18th.