What Would Make Nolan's Bat-Trilogy NOT Definitive? (Part 1)
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: November 29, 2011

Back in June of 2008, I had the chance to visit with director Chris Nolan and chat about the soon to be released THE DARK KNIGHT. One of the things I asked him was whether or not his Batman was “never-ending” like his comic book counterpart. Without hesitation, he gave me his answer…

“Yes. Absolutely.”

Flash forward to 2011 where we are eight months away from the director’s final Batman film, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Not only does TDKR mark the end for Nolan’s time with Batman on film, it also will be, as it’s prominently stated in the first teaser trailer, “The Epic Conclusion To The Dark Knight Legend.”

No, I’m not talking about Bruce Wayne -- or The Batman -- possibly dying in the film. That’s a hot topic for another day. What I’m getting at here is the following…

Since this is the last Nolan Bat-Film, is there anything he could omit over the course of this trilogy that would prevent it from being considered definitive?

So far, Nolan and co. have done pretty good when it comes to including what I would call “Batman Have to Haves,” like…

An awesome origin story, The Batmobile, The Batcave, Heroic Jim Gordon, Fatherly/Partner Alfred Pennyworth, Good D.A. Harvey Dent, The Joker, The fall of Harvey Dent (AKA the rise of Two Face), and Catwoman.

Look, Batman’s been around for over 70 years now, so I’m sure that I’ve omitted a few things that will make some of you all say “What about The Riddler?! Or The Penguin?! Or Aunt Harriet?! Or Ace, The Bat-Hound?! Or Batmite?!”

Sure, some characters are more iconic to some than they are to others, and we’ll certainly be debating what Team Nolan “should have” included for, well, years after RISES has come and gone.

Hell, you can’t please everyone.

But I’ve got one for you…

What about Robin?

That's right folks, I’m talking about Batman’s junior partner who has been by his side in the comics for only one year less than The Dark Knight himself.

So here’s my question BOF’ers: If Chris Nolan does not include Robin in some manner in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, will you be able to consider the trilogy definitive?

Well, would you? With that said…

What if I were to tell you that I think...I think...that “Robin” just might be in RISES?

And I'll tell you why and how in Part 2 of this Op-Ed!

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