Sunday, October 25, 2015

Boy Wonder

'Holy Long John Silver!'

Burt Ward

At one time during my Halloween post planning, I thought their would be a day devoted to Superheroes. They have always been a favorite for costume wearers for Halloween as well as any time a costume might be required. Superheroes personify why so many like to dress up, to be not only something we're not, but something we can never be. Of course we are capable of being heroic, but having super strength, super vision or hearing and the ability to fly through the oceans or air are things we can only dream about.

When going through the images of heroes I had saved, it was Robin who I continued to come back to. Maybe partly because he's a side-kick, not the main hero, the supportive man by his side. Robin first appeared in print back in the 40's and has been a consistent, yet not constant, part of the Batman legacy ever since.

Robin has been a support, a friend and has also saved the Cape Crusader in many of the Batman stories. To some, Robin has also been a love interest, and Homosexuality in the Batman franchise even has it's own Wikipedia page based on certain themes and double entendre's within what has often been a very campy franchise, especially the television series.

Chris O'Donnell

Early incarnations of Robin were played by actors Douglas Croft and Johnny Duncan, but the most well known Robin was played by Burt Ward in the 1966–1968 Batman television series. Chris O'Donnell played the sidekick along side both Val Kilmer as Batman in 1995's Batman Forever and with George Clooney as Batman in 1997's Batman & Robin. One of the most interesting Robin's too me was the most recent. I loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, an original interpretation of the character who appeared in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. I would love to see this version with Gordon-Levitt brought back to the screen.

Robin Sightings

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