This is a really interesting question posed by Movie Pilot Creator Trevor Norkey this morning. In his article, he explains his reasoning as to who the Frank Miller created character was in Batman v Superman.
“Near the beginning of the film, Bruce Wayne witnesses a Wayne Enterprise building collapsing during the fight between Superman and General Zod. After it collapses, Wayne helps a man whose legs are crushed, and then rescues a girl who is also about to be crushed.”
“As we saw later in the film, Bruce continued to pay Wallace Keefe (the man whose legs were crushed) his salary, even though he no longer worked. Clearly, Bruce intended to go above and beyond just fixing the damages and killing the man seemingly responsible – Bruce wanted to help the lives of those who were changed.
So what did he do for the girl? Based on the circumstances of the battle, there’s actually a good chance that this child was orphaned. Feeling responsible for this, Wayne has likely paid for her to be taken care of properly. But is that enough? Or is Bruce using this child as an investment?”
“Based on his track record, whenever Bruce Wayne takes care of an orphan, he later turns them into Robin to be his trusty sidekick! Perhaps Wayne, seeing the same pain in this girl’s life that was in his early life, knows that one day, she too will seek justice.
One must note that this particular scene was placed right after the scene showing the death of Bruce’s parents. Was this a coincidence, or were they intentionally placed together? Knowing Zack Snyder, it was probably the latter.”
There has been a lot of discussion about the possibility of Robin making an appearance in the DCEU in some for or fashion. Most thought he would appear in flashback when a Robin suit with “HAHAHA Jokes on you, Batman” spray painted on it was shown in the Batcave during BVS. The solo Batman film could still feature a Death in the Family like story line with in it, but also could include in the introduction of Kelley.
The young kid was introduced in Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns as a 13-year-old whom Batman saves from a group of Mutant gang members. She begins to hero worship the vigilante and buys a Robin suit of her own to wear when she starts fighting small time criminals in hopes the Caped Crusader will become her mentor. When she saves Batman’s life, he decides to take her on as his new Robin (replacing the slain Jason Todd) and she plays a big role in capturing the Joker.
Kelly has only made an appearance in a handful of comic books, most notably The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, but she was also featured in a DCAU adaptation of the former graphic novel.
This, of course, is all speculation. Zack Snyder was the one to drop that (possible) Easter Egg there, but that doesn’t mean Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns have to pick it up and run with it. It would be fun and interesting to see a female Robin being introduced into the DCEU. Watching the trolls spin themselves into a hissy fit would also be quite amusing. So far the only female hero the comic book based company has in their film schedule is Wonder Woman. To keep up with the demand from women who would love to see more female superheroes, DCEU needs to add more to its roster. Kelley could be a good start.
Do you think Snyder slyly introduced us to Carrie Kelley? Would you like to see a female Robin make an appearance in the DCEU? What other female superheroes (or villains) would you like to see in the DCEU? Let me know in the comments section below.