For many, Batman is as intrinsically linked to Robin the Boy Wonder as Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise – you can’t have one without the other. But the truth is, even though they’re world-famous together as a superhero pair, appearing side-by-side in classic TV series in both live-action and animation, Batman often works best when he’s fighting solo. A dark, brooding, loner at heart, Batman often becomes drastically different when paired with the more colorful, lively young hero Robin. So we’re hoping that “Caped Crusader” will be a back-to-basics approach that will return the hero to his roots as a solo crime fighter.
It’s wouldn’t be an unprecedented decision, either. Heck, the original “The Animated Series” started out sans Robin, with Batman contending with villains on the streets of Gotham City by himself. But eventually, even that series fell back on the temptation to give Batman his best friend, sidekick, and ward Dick Grayson, even rebranding the series “The Adventures of Batman and Robin” later in its run.
But while some all-time classic episodes of that show involved the dynamic duo, it completely altered the tenor of the series. And while many fans may clamor for Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Jason Todd, or even Carrie Kelley, we think the neo-noir adventures we’re likely to get in “Caped Crusader” will work far better without any of them.