It’s been roughly 50 years since Burt Ward wore the Robin suit while tailing behind Adam West’s version of the Dark Knight, but by the sounds of it he doesn’t seem to be quite over the role yet. With movies like Star Trek and Star Wars being rebooted left and right, actors like Mark Hamill and Leonard Nimoy (RIP) now have the opportunity to play roles that they were once known for playing years ago, and Burt Ward wants to be the next classic actor on that list.
While speaking with Burt Ward, the internet show Goodnight Gotham asked Ward if he had any ideas about who he would like to see play a new age Dick Grayson in the eventual live action Ben Affleck helmed solo Batman film. His answer was quick as he got right to the point.
“Absolutely. Me! Let me tell you something. You remember when Star Trek ended, and Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner got all those star trek movies? They were very successful, and those guys were older.”
Ward raises a good point that it has been done before, and with all the new age reboots allowing classic actors to reprise their classic roles Ward would fit right in. Ward continued on to explain why bringing back classic actors works.
“You didn’t care that they were older. You loved them.”
Ward was then asked what he thought about the lack of live action Robins in more recent Batman incarnations. Joseph Gordon Levitt played John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises, who was revealed to be Robin by the end of the movie, but it was unlike any other Robin in DC comics’ history and was more of a homage to the character than an actual incarnation of the sidekick. Ward responded saying that he had trust in WB and what they were doing with the character’s mythos.
“[Warner Brothers] know exactly what they are doing. I’m sure somethings coming in the future. When you’ve got it working so well as it is, you kind of bring it out slowly – you don’t jump for dessert before you have your main entree.”
Again, Ward brings up a reasonable and rational point. Everybody is so anxious to see all the characters on screen as soon as possible, but these kind of introductions and inclusions take time to make them truly have an impact. If Burt Ward is confident in what WB is doing, than that is more than good enough for me.
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