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I've come across this notion on a number of times and I simply do not understand the reason behind it. It could perhaps be because I'm not familiar with the original Batman movies that came around in the 80's or 90's.

I've only watched 3 Batman movies so far:

  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises

I didn't see a reason in these movies which would make people not wanting to be Robin. Could someone shed some light on this?


What I meant was that people seem to want to avoid themselves being labelled as Robin. Just like "Nobody wants to be called Beiber". I didn't understand why this is so or am I completely wrong in assuming that Robin as a character is hated upon.


Off the top of my head, I remember a scene from the movie Kick Ass 2 when Dave proposes a partnership to Mindy by saying something along the lines, You know, I could be your sidekick, like Batman and Robin and Mindy replies with Nobody wants to be Robin

There is another scene from a movie I don't seem to recollect, but in that scene too one person says Let's team up like Batman and Robin and the other guy says Really? Robin?

Does that make sense?

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marked as duplicate by Tom Cody, Tom, Ankit Sharma, Keen, wbogacz Nov 5 '13 at 21:49

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"Why doesn't anyone want to be Robin?" - In which way doesn't anyone want to be Robin? Do you mean any actor or any character, what are you actually asking? –  Tom Cody Nov 5 '13 at 18:21
There is robin in The Dark Knight Rises but still you need to clarify your question. –  Ankit Sharma Nov 5 '13 at 18:26
It's not because no actor wants to play Robin, it's simply because Nolan didn't want him in them. It may have something to do with the fact that "Batman & Robin" (1997) was really, really awful... but it might also be just that the story is about Batman, and there was simply no room for Robin in it. –  Tom Nov 5 '13 at 19:26
My bad..Rephrasing my query in a moment. –  DBC Nov 7 '13 at 8:51
"What I meant was that people seem to want to avoid themselves being labelled as Robin." - And I'm still not sure what you mean with this or on what this is based on, but that may be just me. If you really intended a different question than the duplicate, you can propose to reopen this question after describing clearly what it is you are actually asking. –  Tom Cody Nov 7 '13 at 9:44

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In the movies no one actually refused to be Robin. Nor do we see Bruce Wayne even contemplate the notion of having a side kick. This is due to a creative decision by Nolan (the director), who has stated many times that he does not want Robin to be part of the triology. Which is understandable. Robin is a very hard character to get into the movies. Having a young, wise cracking acrobat as Batman's partner is hard to integrate into Nolan's vison of a dark, realistic and gritty Batman movie.

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One could argue that Blake was actually the realistic version of Robin or as near as you can get to Robin in the Nolan movies (and not only because of that little name side-joke at the end, which helped to make that relationship clear, though. see especially Noah's excellent answer on the duplicate). But of course correct answer. –  Tom Cody Nov 5 '13 at 19:51
@ChristianRau - Yeah I liked the addition of Blake, and part of me wants to see more of him though the other part of me says the story is complete so don't play too much with it. :) –  System Down Nov 5 '13 at 20:52

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