With the world of Tim Burton’s Batman movies continuing in an upcoming digital comic series, the original plans for Robin may come to life.
Last week, DC announced that it would release two digital comic book miniseries that will continue with the classic film adaptations of Batman and Superman. The Dark Knight, in particular, is getting a miniseries this July that takes up the world imagined by filmmaker Tim Burton in 1989. bat Man and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns.
Joining acclaimed comic book creator Joe Quinones is Sam Hamm, a comic book writer and screenwriter for the two fan favorite movies. And as the digital comic prepares to step back into the world of the two films and continue their story, an element planned for Burton’s films from the start may finally see the light: the introduction of Robin.
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While Chris O’Donnell’s incarnation of Boy Wonder would eventually debut in the 1995 Joel Schumacher film Batman forever and back for 1997 aptly titled Batman and robinThis version of the character differed from what Burton and the creative teams of the first two films had planned. The first drafts of the original plan bat Man The film, prior to Burton’s involvement, featured Dick Grayson as the lead in the story before the project centered on Bruce Wayne. When production started Batman ReturnsGrayson was also included in the early versions of the story before the character was completely omitted from the finished film.
Hamm originally wrote a sequence in which a chase between Batman and the Joker leads them to a circus in Gotham City. In the midst of the chase, the Joker murdered John and Mary Grayson, inadvertently causing the orphan Dick to become the crime fighter Robin as Batman had created by murdering Bruce’s parents in Crime Alley decades ago in the film. . Young Irish actor Ricky Addison Reed was cast and storyboard of the sequence, with a animatic version produced, but the scene and the inclusion of Robin were dropped before principal photography began to focus on Batman and the Joker’s double rise in Gotham.
Robin’s inclusion was revised and expanded in early versions of Batman Returns‘, with the character originally reimagined as the leader of a young gang who decides to ally himself with Batman. Screenwriter Daniel Waters, who wrote later drafts of the script for the 1992 film, changed the character to make him a young mechanic working in Gotham, with the iconic “R” logo appearing on his shop uniform. Eventually, Grayson would work with Batman on the film, even going so far as to drive the Batmobile. Marlon Wayans was chosen in the role and even attended a costume fitting during pre-production before the character was removed from the film before principal photography began to reinforce his narrative approach once again.
With Hamm returning to the world he first wrote more than 30 years ago, audiences can finally see a version of Boy Wonder that was planned but never made it to the big screen. While the details on this remake of the classic character are still under wraps, there is a strong possibility that it could be the version of the character that Wayans originally planned to portray for. Batman Returns. And since Hamm and Quiñones had the opportunity to resolve many of the plot threads left hanging by the first two films in the series, audiences are looking for a faithful continuation of the story of the film classics.
Written by Sam Hamm and illustrated by Joe Quiñones, Batman ’89 goes on sale digitally on July 27, with a print issue planned for August before being compiled into a hardcover issue in October.
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