While director Zack Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Let’s Hope They Don’t Eff This Up is still a year and a half away from hitting theaters, the rumors surrounding the movies don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The latest such rumor revolves around Jena Malone (American Beauty, Donnie Darko), who recently posted a pic on her Instagram account with dyed red hair and the tag, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.” With this development viewed in context with her visit to the set of Batman V. Superman: A Basket for All of Warner Bros.’s Eggs back in August, the question is: Is Jena Malone playing Robin?
During Malone’s visit to the set of the film, folks closely watching the movie’s production news speculated whether the Into the Wild actress was merely making a social call to Snyder, who directed Malone in Sucker Punch, or if her appearance cued her possible involvement with the movie. However, as ComicBook.com notes, with her commitment to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 fulfilled, dyeing her hair might be the first step toward donning the red and yellow tights as Batman’s sidekick.
The uninitiated might be protesting, “But I thought Robin was a dude?” A valid question. Traditionally, yes, most of the Robins assisting the Dark Knight in his superhero derring-do have been male. However, the word is that Batman V. Superman: Fingers Crossed is borrowing much of its depiction of the Caped Crusader from creator Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, a comic book story set in the future. In that tale, Robin is a redheaded young girl named Carrie Kelly.
How do you feel about Jena Malone portraying the first Robin hitting the screen since Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin?
Personally, I’m on the fence. On the one hand, it would’ve been nice to have had the opportunity to see a serviceable portrayal of Dick Grayson, the first Robin, in theaters. Sorry, Chris O’Donnell. On the other hand, since it’s already been established that the Batman in this film will be an older, more grizzled superhero, including a Dick Grayson-as-Robin probably wouldn’t work. Further, I like Jena Malone as an actress and I think she could bring a spunky, sassy performance that would help to break up the dark slant Warner Bros. seems to be taking with the project.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.