Gunn and Safran’s interconnected DCU will indeed have its own Batman. And he’s going to be a first-time father! The dramatic bat-paternity saga will finally introduce movie fans to Damian Wayne, who is the son of Batman and holds the mantle of Robin the Boy Wonder in the pages of DC Comics. Gunn mentioned in his address that Damian — whose mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman’s greatest enemies, Ra’s al Ghul — is his favorite Robin. Gunn also stated that the acclaimed 2000s Batman comics run written by Grant Morrison, where Damian made his debut, will play a heavy influence on this new Dark Knight.
This gives DCU its first true live-action cinematic dynamic duo since George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell in the ’90s (and no, we are not counting Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “The Dark Knight Rises”). DC on film has shied away from the legacy of Robin the Boy Wonder for too long. Fans can only hope that it’s not just Damian Wayne they meet but every Robin who once wore a domino mask and an “R” on their chest. Nightwing, the Red Hood and Red Robin deserve screen time, too.