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

Comments

  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.

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  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.

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  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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