"Geepers Batman, you'd think Joel Schumacher would have killed any possibility of me appearing in your movies ever again."
Fresh on the heels of news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will join the growing cast of 'Dark Knight Rises' is the rumor that the almost-winner of Zooey Deshanel's heart will play the Boy Wonder, aka Robin, aka Mr. Totally Unnecessary to the Batman Trilogy. Via wilx:
According to Eaton County and Grand Ledge officials who didn't want to be identified due to confidentiality agreements, production crews from "The Dark Knight Rises" scouted locations in Grand Ledge's Fitzgerald Park last week. They looked at the Ledges as well as a water treatment plant located inside the park. Sources say the area is being considered as a hideout for Batman sidekick Robin.
No. A thousand times no. Nolan has said before that he has no interest in including the yellow and red sidekick in his Batman films. Whatever character is possibly being discussed here, or whatever misinformation is being passed on here, this is almost certainly not about the traditional Robin we know from the comics or the Animated Series.
However, this could be a Nightwing type character that has fashioned himself (or herself, who knows) on Batman's style, and has taken it upon himself to protect Gotham while Bats is on the run. Remember, in 'Dark Knight' we witnessed several "Copy Bats" in the beginning, who were underwhelmingly only dressed in hockey pads. So, this could be some type of wannabe-vigilante, or maybe even a character who fancies himself Batman's sidekick.
Whatever this rumor is, if it's anything, it's not The Robin that we all know and (maybe) love. With Catwoman and Bane as villains, Batman will sure need some help, but I will doubt it will come in the form of Dick Grayson.
If this website were snopes, I'd file this rumor with a big red "FALSE" button alongside it. My guess is we will see vigilantes yes, but no actual, official Boy Wonder sidekick.