How Anna Kendrick Feels About The Push For Her To Play Robin In The DCEU

Anna Kendrick

Now that Ben Affleck's Batman has been properly established in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, fans are looking forward to delving deeper into his mythos in the DC Extended Universe, specifically with the Caped Crusader's solo movie. Last week, Affleck's The Accountant costar, Anna Kendrick, decided she wanted in on the action when she "auditioned" to play Robin during an MTV interview. It was clearly all in jest, but some fans have legitimately expressed enthusiasm as seeing her play the superhero, and Kendrick is happy for the support, even if she's not really interested in pursuing the role.

During The Accountant premiere, Bad greeted Anna Kendrick as Robin, though quickly changed it to Batgirl. She laughed at that and noted how a lot of people are supposedly interested in seeing her as Batman's sidekick. She said:

It's been interesting. We did that skit for MTV, and we couldn't have been more obviously joking. But, yeah, it's cool people are taking it seriously, I guess.

In case you missed the skit, Ben Affleck mentioned during the MTV After Hours interview that the plan is for him to direct the Batman movie, and Anna Kendrick seized that opportunity to don a cape, mask and 'R' insignia to audition to be his "plucky sidekick." Joking aside, there have been two prominent female Robins in the comics: Stephanie Brown and Carrie Kelley from The Dark Knight Returns continuity. Kendrick is older than both those characters are usually depicted, but if Affleck and co-writer Geoff Johns wanted to, they could adapt either of them in a way that fits. Nevertheless, despite working alongside Affleck in The Accountant, it doesn't sound like Kendrick is actually interested in donning the red and green tights, but she's happy that others are enthusiastic about wanting her to join the DCEU.

As it stands now, DC and Warner Bros are being cagey about what to expect from the next solo Batman movie, including when it will be released yet. All that's been confirmed is that the Dark Knight will battle Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello, and some of the movie will reportedly take place in Arkham Asylum. Batman v Superman established that at least one Robin has existed in this continuity, but they were killed by The Joker. The general assumption is that Robin was Jason Todd, which means that Dick Grayson is also running around somewhere. However, given how many sidekicks Batman has kept one hand in the comics, there's always room to add another Boy/Girl Wonder if need be.

There's no word yet on if the new Batman movie will even feature a Robin, but according to Joe Manganiello, the flick is scheduled to begin production in spring 2017, so we'll ideally start hearing more details about this project in the coming months.

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