DC Comics' July Highlights: "Batgirl," "Nightwing" and a "New Super-Man"
With Friday’s confirmation that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has at last closed a deal to appear in The Dark Knight Rises, attention quickly turned to what role he’ll play — Variety later reported it’s Alberto Falcone — and what that might mean for the movie’s plot.
However, the article also mentioned that indie actress June Temple “is being eyed for a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl,” a part many pegged to be Holly Robinson, the young prostitute who lives with Selina Kyle in Batman: Year One. Given the influence of the Frank Miller-David Mazzucchelli story arc on director Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and the casting of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, it seems logical that Holly would appear. Right?
But what if the role isn’t that of Holly, or her analogue? What if it’s Carrie Kelley — or someone Carrie-like — the street-smart 13-year-old girl who becomes Robin in Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns?
That seems highly unlikely. Although Nolan was talking about a “still in a crib” Dick Grayson when he said, “I seriously doubt I will even be involved when Robin’s in the franchise,” an adolescent sidekick for Christian Bale doesn’t feel … quite right for this onscreen Gotham. Right?
“Of course, there are plenty of ways to employ an adolescent in Nolan’s Bat-verse,” Marc Bernardin writes. “Actually, no, there aren’t. Given that description, Temple can’t be playing Talia al Ghul, and, unless The Dark Knight Rises skips ahead at least 10 years in time, Barbara Gordon wouldn’t be old enough to be Batgirl.”
That, apparently, leaves Robin or a random street kid — or, y’know, Holly Robinson.