More Information Surfaces About the Rumored Appearance of Robin in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Published: February 5, 2011 - 10:48pm
In scouting locations throughout the greater Michigan area, city and state officials have stated that a water treatment facility may be used in conjunction with the most famous sidekick of all.
Director Christopher Nolan has supposedly said many a time that Robin is not part of the films he is making. The only relative quote I could find comes from SuperHeroHpe almost six years ago; after Batman Begins but well before The Dark Knight hit theaters. In that piece, a scooper for the site named Trev mentioned a quote from The Lacenby News -- a source that does not appear to have an online archive -- that stated, at the time, Nolan was not interested in bringing the character into his film universe anytime soon. "This is a young Batman, so Robin's a few films....not for a few pictures anyway. Dick Grayson's still in a crib somewhere. I seriously doubt I will even be involved when Robin's in the franchise." Though he did throw out the possibility of someone like Frankie Muniz having potential for the role.
Does a character such as Robin come with too much comic book baggage to be brought into Nolan's 'realistic and gritty' world? Are fans still stinging from Joel Schumacher days of Batman and Robin? There are certainly more questions than answers in dealing with the possibility of seeing the Boy Wonder on film come next year.
According to Eaton County and Grand Ledge officials who didn't want to be identified due to confidentiality agreements, production crews from "The Dark Knight Rises" scouted locations in Grand Ledge's Fitzgerald Park last week.
They looked at the Ledges as well as a water treatment plant located inside the park. Sources say the area is being considered .
One of these officials is Michigan State Senator Rick Jones, who is looking hard at the viability of his state's tax credit which is one of the main reasons The Dark Knight Rises crew is in the area in the first place. Senator Jones is an avid Batman fan and stated to the Lansing State Journal (LSJ) "Wouldn't it be something if the new Batman is shown in the new (Grand Ledge) water treatment plant?" The LSJ was covering the same story and spoke to Jon Bayless, Grand Ledge city manager. They asked him what the still in development water vault would be for in the film. "It'll be Robin's office," said Bayless, saying someone had told him that is the producers' intent.
Detroit and Grand Rapids are also competing for possible filming locations and Bayless speculated that other states are still in the running as well. Michelle Begnoche, spokeswoman for the Michigan Film Office, stated nothing official has actually taken place as of yet.
"We have not received any applications (for state tax credits) from them, so it's purely speculation as to whether they will come to Michigan, or any place specifically in Michigan,"
I reached out to Alex Goldsmith, who wrote the original story at WILX, and he confirmed that Robin was brought up by several people (and has an interesting theory towards the mention). He also stated that the production company was planning an extras audition in Bay City, which is a little over a hundred miles Northeast of Grand Ledge.
"I heard from three sources, the only one who would go on camera being state Sen. Rick Jones. All three mentioned the water treatment facility being considered for "Robin's Cave" specifically. I'm not as up on my Batman lore as others but I wasn't aware that Robin got a cave. As this was just a scouting mission, I don't have any details on actors or even confirmation as to what role he'll play. I just know what my 3 sources told me. Granted the production team scouting could've given them "Robin's Cave" as a red herring."
Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Christopher Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by himself and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.