In the past few days there’s been quite the buzz about Ben Affleck’s upcoming solo Batman film. It’s been reported that Magic Mike and True Blood actor Joe Manganiello will be playing the villainous Deathstroke, which has us quite excited for what that could mean for the franchise. Imagine how brutal the fight scenes will be between Bats and Deathstroke, considering the unbridled fury Affleck’s Batman already displayed against street-level thugs in BVS. It makes us wonder if this Batman needs a reality check, but with Alfred on board with his tactics and Jason Todd’s Robin already dead at the hands of Joker, who’s going to help him? Well, Ryan Potter has some thoughts.
A recent post on io9 featured the video above, of actor and martial artist Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) kicking some stunt guy ass in what turns out to be the best job application we’ve ever seen. After dispatching his assailants, Potter addresses the camera with a message directly for Ben Affleck stating quite perfectly “Hey Ben, like Tim said: ‘Batman needs a Robin.'” Frankly, we here at Nerdist couldn’t agree more. This needs to happen.
The Tim that Potter quotes is, of course, Tim Drake who became the third iteration of Robin in the comics and later went on to lead the Teen Titans. In the DCU, Drake had deduced the identities of Bruce Wayne’s Batman and Dick Grayson’s Robin and years later joined in the caped crusades after realizing Bats had become reckless and more violent after Joker murdered Jason Todd. While there’s no telling if Robin will be a part of the solo Batman film that Affleck is directing, his addition would make perfect sense for what we’ve already seen in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The Batman we saw was extremely violent and fairly sadistic with that bat-brand of his, and Jason Todd was probably the dead Robin whose costume we saw, so having Tim Drake help him find his moral compass would definitely add some much-needed depth to the DC cinematic universe.
Since it puts all of our LinkedIn profiles to shame, we sure hope Potter’s audition makes its way to Affleck and it sways him to have Robin join him on the big screen.
What do you think of this audition tape? Does Batman need a Robin in the movies? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
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