Since the release of the Batman movie in 2012, many fans have been wondering about the symbolism in the film’s ending. Specifically, they wanted to know if Robin’s (played by Chris Evans) sacrifice was really necessary to save Batman (played by Robert Pattinson).
While some people believe that Batman would have been fine without Robin’s help, others feel that the character was in much need of a sidekick. In the comics, Batman has never been without a Robin of some sort, and over the years, various incarnations of the character’s sidekick have helped him fight crime and save the day.
Most recently, the character of Harley Quinn has entered the scene as a love interest for Batman, and while the actress who played her (Amy Schumer) has hinted that she would like to see Robin as a part of the Suicide Squad in the upcoming movie, she has not said whether or not he needs to die for the team to function.
Robert Pattinson’s Return To Batman
While the Batman character has been around since 1939, it was not until the early 2000s that he became popular enough to warrant a popular franchise. That was when the Burton and Schumacher films came out and the world started hearing about Batman’s fight for justice and the dark knight’s brooding demeanor. After a five-year absence, the character returned in the 2012 movie, aptly named Batman. It was a completely new direction for the character, and many fans were not sure if Robert Pattinson was the right choice to play Batman or not. They disliked his mischevious nature in the Harry Potter films and felt that it did not match the character of the Dark Knight.
While Batman was not the largest success at the box office when it came out, it has since gone on to make over $1 billion dollars. This, in part, has to do with the fact that the film contained many beloved characters and drew massive audiences worldwide. Perhaps most importantly, the film featured a performance by Robert Pattinson that some feel has solidified his status as an action superstar and led to the inevitable rise of the anti-hero in Hollywood. Indeed, the role itself launched a thousand memes and even earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
After the success of Batman, Robert Pattinson was eager to return to the character and put a different spin on things. He had always been a fan of the Batman comics and was looking for an opportunity to play the character. When the role of Batman in the 2021 film was offered to him, he jumped at the chance.
The actor had no interest in playing a villain or someone whose main purpose is to hurt people. Instead, he wanted to focus on the character’s psychology and the fact that he is a man who loves his city but feels somewhat detached from it. Therefore, his desire to help others cannot be ignored. This desire to help led him to partner with various charity organizations and become a strong supporter of many different causes. He is committed to supporting these organizations because, as he often says, he wants to make the world a better place. This same charitable side led him to become an ambassador of sorts, helping to raise awareness about various issues and inspiring people to be better.
Robin’s death in Batman (and also in The Killing Joke) is one of the most pivotal events in both of the comics mediums. The former will always be remembered for the fact that it was his death that really made the character of Batman focus more on his career and less on his personal life. Many fans feel that he would not have wanted to live in a world where he was more important than anyone else. Therefore, his sacrifice in the comics has always been met with respect.
Although it has not been confirmed, some fans believe that Robin’s death may not be permanent in the upcoming sequel, and that he may very well return. With all of Batman’s enemies (both human and otherwise) out of the way, the Dark Knight may finally be able to walk down the right path and be the hero he was meant to be.
The question then becomes: will Robin return? Many fans think so, and the fact that Robert Pattinson is returning as Batman in no way confirms that idea. As always, time will tell.