COMICS: Will We See A New (Possibly Female) Robin In BATMAN & ROBIN #19?

This is complete speculation for now, but one half of the gatefold covers for April's Batman & Robin #19 definitely teases a different - or at least a differently costumed - Robin alongside The Caped Crusader. Check out the cover and a brief solicitation after the jump..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 1/14/2013
On the darkest of nights, who is the one person Batman meets that could change his life forever?




Who is swinging alongside Bats in the above pic? Here's where the speculation comes in. Many believe - though there isn't any real evidence to support it yet - that Damian will meet his maker as the end of the "Death Of The Family" arc. I mean lets face it, SOMEONE will most likely end up brown bread if this story is indeed going to feature “an unspeakable tragedy that places Batman in danger of losing his humanity.” And if it is Damian, a new Robin will be a must - but could it be a female this time? As Comicbook.com note, the above image is reminiscent of an iconic pic from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which features Bats swinging into action alongside young Carrie Kelly as Robin. I'm sure we'll find out more about this soon enough, but for now, assuming we will be getting a new Robin (female or otherwise), how would that go down with you guys?

BATMAN AND ROBIN #19
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and fold-out cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T










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lanternstorm - 1/14/2013, 2:45 PM
i wouldn't bring Stephanie Brown back as Robin maybe return her to Spoiler but combine her original Spoiler outfit with her Robin and Batgirl costumes... bring in a different robin and yes make it female.
TheBIz - 1/14/2013, 2:47 PM
Thats pretty huge, what the heck happens to Damien, Surely they wont kill him off
JordanKing - 1/14/2013, 2:47 PM
Damian Wayne's cape is yellow, even in the new 52.
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 2:50 PM
No way it's gonna be Stephanie Brown. Now while Didios around. She has been purged from reality.
Two words:
Carrie Kelly.
comicfan100 - 1/14/2013, 2:51 PM
Harper Row? Nah...
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 2:51 PM
Beat meto it DatScarletPimp'@.
MJPETTY7 - 1/14/2013, 2:51 PM
Probably Carrie Kelly...

Hope it's Stephanie Brown though...

AND I WANT CASSANDRA CAIN BACK!!!!
BlueMex - 1/14/2013, 2:53 PM
No Female Robin!
BlueMex - 1/14/2013, 2:55 PM


His cape is yellow with black hood
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 2:55 PM
They already introduced the Mutants into the New 52, in Batman Inc. Since it's a whole new multiverse, the Dark Knight universe may not exist, anymore. And since this new universe is one-third Wildstorm and Wildstorm was the Image universe, before Captain Atom - Armageddon and Dark Knight Returns was acknowledged as a part of the Image universe, it would make sense to see elements of Dark Knight Returns, in here.
Sorry to go uber-geek, a little, there, but I pay attention to shit like that.
BruceLeroy - 1/14/2013, 2:56 PM
Harper Row
Shamo - 1/14/2013, 2:58 PM
cass cain or fucc off.
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 2:58 PM
Galvatron, you're right, I should have double checked that instead of going on the word of another site. Amended.
unknownfacts - 1/14/2013, 2:58 PM
Why does Batman always gets a new sidekick after the old ones either die or move on while every other hero always seems to have their sidekicks retcon out of existance or killed off?Am I the only one that thinks the ultimate solo act hero has a sidekick while the upbeat role model heroes rarely /if ever had one?

On a side note hoping it just a costume change,but it's more then likely a new Robin.Probably that Harper Row chick they introduce afew issues back.
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 2:58 PM
,,By the way, yes Harper Row seems to be the favorite to take over.
Bandido - 1/14/2013, 3:01 PM
Oh shit! Harper Row?! :0

And just when I started to like Damian! Lol
unknownfacts - 1/14/2013, 3:02 PM
^The Mutants is a gang in the Dark Knight Return they have no actual powers.
Moakynubs - 1/14/2013, 3:02 PM
Bruce wouldn't get a new Robin if his son died. Not right away. Tim or Dick would step back in to help him out before that.
skot888 - 1/14/2013, 3:22 PM
It's still Damian he's not dead.
storyteller - 1/14/2013, 3:22 PM
Unless Batman Inc takes place prior to all of this. I think Damien and co have passes.
skot888 - 1/14/2013, 3:27 PM
This article is useless.. Ror go look at Feb;s issue of Batman and Robin and Marches, both have Damian on the cover

here's the link to 17 (Feb.)
• Batman and Robin gear up to protect Gotham City in the week leading up to the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding!

http://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-and-robin-2011/batman-and-robin-17
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 3:31 PM
LEVITIKUZ, never said likely, just raised the question as a possibility..the cover is reminiscent of an iconic panel from TDKR. And IF there is a new Robin, I do think it would probably be a female one just to mix things up a bit..Carrie is probably the most popular Robin there has been despite only appearing in two graphic novels.

skot888, yeahhh, and this is an April solicitation?
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 3:32 PM
Galvatron@ How long it took Batman to replace Jason Todd with Tim Drake?
In the real world: 9 months.
In the Post-Crisis Comics world: About a month.
In the DCnU: About a sandwich.
comicb00kguy - 1/14/2013, 3:33 PM
They might be finally killing Damien off? I hope the body is dismembered enough that we know good and well that there is nothing in comic book magic or science that could ever bring the little bastard back. His death can't be violent enough. And don't forget to seal the casket in cement (after verifying that the body is indeed in there) so we don't have any zombie Damians either.

Only thing is, it took Batman a while to bring in a new Robin after the apparent death of Jason Todd. If we do somehow have one, and a female, my money is on Stephanie Brown.
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 3:37 PM
Yeah...Carrie is still the most popular incarnation among old school Bat-fans..at least from anyone I've spoken to.
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 3:40 PM
Ror@ Agreed. Grayson never had the love he has today. As Nightwing in the Teen Titans, yes, but not as Robin.
Rokdog - 1/14/2013, 3:41 PM
I'm figuring it could be Earth 2's Helena Wayne. She's met damien, seemed only a matter of time before she ran into Batman.
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 3:43 PM
In fact I would go as far as to say that Batman is at his worst when Dick Grayson is Robin.
Case in point: The comics of the '40s, '50s and '60s.
The Batman TV show.
The Schumacher movies.
The very below par sequel to The Long Halloween.
The only time Dick Grayson as Robin was ever used well was in the '70s comics and on the Animated Series, in which he was used sparingly at best.
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 3:45 PM
I never liked Grayson until he became Nightwing, never liked, and still don't like Drake. I won't even mention Jason Todd. I actually do like Damian quite a bit, but Carrie is still my fave..that might have something to do with how much I love TDKR though I guess.
Supes17 - 1/14/2013, 3:46 PM
Grayson is the most popular RObin by far..
Carrie? really?
I'm sure most people haven't even heard of that character
duncboy - 1/14/2013, 3:54 PM
I'd be disappointed if Damian was killed off. While the Dick Grayson-Batman/Damian-Robin was more interesting than the Bruce Wayne-Batman/Damian-Robin, I've still enjoyed the book as a whole. Count me as someone hoping Damian makes it out of this one alive!
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 3:58 PM
Supes17, you suggesting most Batman fans haven't read TDKR then?
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 3:59 PM
Supes17@ most people haven't even heard of that character? What the hell happened to this world? They vcall themselves Batman fans and they've never read Dark Knight Returns and their favorite Robin is Grayson? So I'm assuming that "most people" are either big fans of the camp, cartoony version of Batman or are just pretentious fans who have never read the comics when Dick Grayson was Robin and just think that they should prefer him, because he was the original.
I can understand people preffering him over Jason, but not over Carrie Kelly.
Ror@ I never liked Dick, 'till he became Nightwing either. Strangely eough, Jason has grown on me since he became Red Hood. I liked Tim a little, but I always thought "He's not the third Robin, Carrie is the third Robin", but at least Tim was better than Jason, right? And he mostly stuck to his own title.
DukeAcureds - 1/14/2013, 4:00 PM
Oh and I love Damien.
Wildaniel - 1/14/2013, 4:10 PM
Harper Row would be cool, but she belongs in Snyder's Batman!
RorMachine - 1/14/2013, 4:21 PM
Galvatron04, I'm not just talking personally..do you have any idea how popular and iconic The Dark Knight Returns is?
Supes17 - 1/14/2013, 4:24 PM
Yeah I'm talking outside of TDKR. And you'd be surprised at the number of people who haven't read the comic
Supes17 - 1/14/2013, 4:27 PM
And I also hated Grayson till he became Nightwing. I'm just saying that Grayson is the most popular Robin character, simply because he has appeared in almost every form of Btaman media.. Tv shows, cartoons, movies.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/14/2013, 4:40 PM
most popular robin is grayson, call me when carrie appears in cartoons, movies, tv shows, video games. even todd is more famous than her, he got us cynical bastards to phone in our votes for his death in the 80s.
GhostKILLERgx7 - 1/14/2013, 4:42 PM
Grayson and Drake might be the most well known, but that doesn't mean that they wouldn't think about adding Carrie. with the new animated features DC released i can see them adding her, but i don't think they would get rid of damian this fast. Dark knight returns is one of the greatest batman novels i have ever had the pleasure to read. i highly recommend it to any bat-fan that has not done so yet.

i need to catch up on these issues tho, last time i read batman&robin damian was going up agasint the other robins seeing who was the best.
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