Taylor Lautner - Superhero?

On December 12, Taylor Lautner (currently starring in The Twilight Saga: New Moon) hosted Saturday Night Live, and during the opening segment he did some amazing martial arts moves. After he did a back flip and landed in a classic Spidey pose, I started thinking about how he could capitalize on that skill in a superhero movie.

I know he's scheduled to star in Max Steel, as stated in this Splashpage article, but I think he could do way better than that. The first thought that entered my mind was "Robin", as in The Boy Wonder. I believe if Warner Brothers had signed him to co-star in Batman 3, they would have the makings of an entirely new franchise.
Here's why:
He's the perfect age for the role (17)
He could do realistic fight scenes without a double.
He already has a huge fan base.
After Batman 3, he could easily carry a Nightwing franchise for many years, aging as the character ages.
Now that he's apparently signed for Max Steel, the above scenario probably will never happen.

It's a shame. There aren't a lot of actors out there who have the acting skills, martial arts credentials and physical ability, and are perfectly suited for a specific superhero role as is Lautner.
Images: Nightwing, copyright DC Comics, Taylor Lautner- both courtesy Google Images


  1. The Bale Batman should avoid Robin like the plague. But I could see Taylor in a superhero movie. He would make a great White Tiger, but that would probably be pushing my luck.

    And he already has superhero credentials. Check out the surprisingly unterrible Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl.

  2. Interesting premise and good cast for Nightwing. I, for one, do not want to see Robin in any Nolan-directed Batman movie. I like the idea of Bats being on his own. That said, Taylor would be a good choice.

  3. OK- it's one for, two against. (come to think of it, this would make a good online poll.)

    Whether Robin should be incorporated into the current Bats franchise could spark a VERY heated debate. So, instead of continuing it here, I think I'll make a brief argument in favor of the "yes" camp in a new post and look forward to your rebuttal.
    Thanks for the feedback.


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