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  1. Batman never leaves Gotham* so seeing a robin dressed as Batman isn’t really the “first robin of springtime”. It’s like going to the beach, and seeing a seagull. It’s just not something to get excited about.

  2. I suppose it ought to be dressed up as Robin, being as it’s a robin. It looks to me like the Michael Keaton Batman, who didn’t have a Robin. Maybe those are the complications.

  3. ” It looks to me like the Michael Keaton Batman, who didn’t have a Robin.”

    Except that continuity-wise, the Michael Keaton Batman is also the Val Kilmer Batman, and also the George Clooney Batman, who was in the film “Batman & Robin”, whatever that was about.

    The One True Batman is Kevin Conroy.

  4. Earlier, Mrs. Ludwig has spotted a robin and now, they’re spotting this complication: an unknown bird that looks like Batman.
    robin (bird) -> Robin -> Batman (…bird, ha, ha!)

  5. James Pollock: it is objectively true that the best Batman is Adam West. Batman’s goal is to protect Gotham City, and make it into a place where people want to live. Therefore, the quality of a Batman may be judged by the quality of their Gotham City. Of all the Gotham Cities, only the Adam West Gotham City is clean, well-maintained, and has a high standard of living. Therefore, Adam West’s Batman clearly does the best job, and is the best Batman.

  6. “it is objectively true that the best Batman is Adam West.”

    Batusi. That should be all I have to say about THAT.

    Besides, Adam West played Simon Trent, not Batman, in “Beware the Grey Ghost”.

  7. They could have made it incredibly geeky by putting the Robin in a Nightwing costume. And if you don’t get that joke, congratulations, you’re not incredibly geeky.

  8. “They could have made it incredibly geeky by…”

    Putting the Robin in a red hood. Or amidst a court of owls.

  9. Ian – West is only objectively the best LIVE ACTION Batman. Both Kevin Conroy (already mentioned) and Will Ferrell (Batman in The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman movie) have him beat.

  10. Apparently in the comic books, Robin was initially named after Robin Hood. IIRC Errol Flynn’s portrayal of RH was quite popular at the time, and after his fame faded over the decades Robin was later themed after the bird.

    I only found this out a couple of weeks ago.

    I grew up with the 1966 TV series, so all the later Batman iterations just seem weird to me. 🙂

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