Matt Reeves Talks Robin And If He’d Fit In ‘The Batman’ Universe

Ok, so when does Robin show up? I heard that question a lot coming out of The Batman, and honestly, who the Hell knows? Does giving Batman a kid sidekick really work in the dark, grounded universe he’s created? Appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, director Matt Reeves didn’t dismiss outright the idea of introducing a Boy Wonder, but he also doesn’t sound gung-ho for it, either…

“Maybe. I’ll just say maybe,” Reeve said. “I don’t know. Here’s the thing, I have a lot of ideas about what I want to do. I’m not sure what the next story is. For me, whatever that story is going to be, it’s going to take these characters, and specifically Batman, and put them in some kind of emotional jeopardy.”

“So, when you talk about what you’re talking about, there may be a really interesting story. There have to be emotional stakes to get drawn into that character’s story. I don’t want that character to become a cypher. I don’t want to be like, ‘Okay, it wasn’t an origin tale, but you know what, that was kind of the origins, and now he’s just perfect.’ No, you need to test the character again and again.”

“For me, there might be something in that. I don’t know. There’s a deep dive that already happened in the beginning and now I’m going to have to deep dive again if we get a chance to make another one, so we shall see.”

It definitely doesn’t make sense to introduce Robin now while Batman is trying to find his own footing. I’m not sure this is the right place for it, and would rather see that attention put towards fleshing out Batman’s enemies and the many levels of corruption in Gotham City.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.