If your parents or any of your relatives are amongst the most sought-after directors in Hollywood, chances are you’re going to appear in at least one of their films.
That’s what we call “nepotism” and apparently, director Zack Snyder is guilty as charged for indulging in this little practice. According to Heroic Hollywood, Snyder has reportedly cast his teenage son, Eli Snyder, in the DC Cinematic Universe. It was further reported that Eli will play Batman’s sidekick Robin in one of the DC Comics films.
It’s no secret that Robin will be part of DC Cinematic Universe as the latest Comic-Con trailer for Warner Bros.‘ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” showed his costume hanging in the Batcave. At first glance, it looks like a Bat suit. But upon closer inspection, it appears to be Robin’s suit with a message from The Joker graffitied over it. It is almost likely that he had already been killed by The Joker in the movie as fans spotted 2 bullet holes on the costume, one near the chest and the other on the shoulder.
It is unclear whether Robin the Boy Wonder would appear in the movie, but Heroic Hollywood suggests that Zack Snyder’s 19-year-old son will appear as Robin in flashback sequences.
The site further explained:
Eli Snyder is quite the athlete. He is 6’0″ and weighs 174 pounds. As the starting quarterback, Eli put up good stats at Maranatha High Varsity Football. Watching Eli’s senior highlight reel, he certainly has the youth, athleticism, and physicality to be Robin in real life!
If the rumour is true, it will mark Eli’s return to the big screen since he last appeared as a soldier in 2011’s “Sucker Punch”, which was directed by his father. In the past, Eli has showed up in a number of his father’s films, playing young Rorschach and young Leonidas in 2009’s comic-turned-movie “The Watchmen” and 2006’s fantasy war film “300” respectively.
Clay Enos, the official photographer of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, further fuelled the Robin speculation by sharing a photo of Eli and his father Zack on Twitter. The photo came with an ambiguous caption: “Boy Wonder?”
Batman News noted that words were being thrown around that Robin will be played by “someone’s son” and the photo, which is said to have been reposted from Zack Snyder’s private Instagram account, could be proof that Eli will indeed play Batman’s sidekick.
— Clay Enos (@ClayEnos) July 23, 2015
It is unsure which incarnation of Robin will appear in the movie, but it’s likely to have been Jason Todd, who was brutally beaten to death by The Joker in famed comic storyline “A Death in the Family”.
Meanwhile, this has left us with another question: Which character is “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” actress Jena Malone going to play?
If you haven’t heard, The Hollywood Reporter earlier reported that Malone has been cast in the movie for a mysterious role. A report from Michigan’s WILX quoted an anonymous extra (who risked a multimillion-dollar lawsuit for violating the movie’s nondisclosure agreements) who said that Nightwing and a female Robin character are featured in the script. Naturally, the rumour concluded that Malone, who has been seen on set for months, could be playing the ginger-haired Batman sidekick, Carrie Kelly aka the female Robin from “The Dark Knight Returns“.
But of course, that rumour has gone down to drain as Cinema Blend pointed out that Malone might be playing Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl instead. This is attributed to the fact that Carrie Kelley is only 13 years old when she becomes Batman’s sidekick.
So far, the scoop has not been confirmed due to the secretive nature surrounding the film. It doesn’t matter whether or not Eli is going to appear in the movie because he will still have a bright future ahead. The son of the famed director is planning to attend UCLA in the fall to study film.
What do you think about the rumour? Do you think Eli Snyder is going to play Robin in the film? Let us know in the comments box below.
Source: Heroic Hollywood.