Variety is reporting that an unnamed extra working on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in Michigan as told a local news outlet that Robin will be female.
The film, shooting in Michigan, had filmed a scene involving Bruce Wayne (Ben Afleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) on the campus of Michigan State University where WILX-10 News reporter Kirk Montgomery spoke with one of the extras who spilled the beans.
““I’ve also learned that the character of Robin is now female,” Montgomery told his news audience. His source, interviewed on camera, but with his or her face hidden, and voice altered. He then reported that actress Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Sucker Punch) was on set in East Lansing, MI, sporting a short red style.
Robin, being portrayed by a woman is not unheard of. In The Dark Knight Returns, Robin is Carrie Kelly, a 13-year-old girl who saves Batman from both the Joker’s henchmen and the Police. Oh and she’s a red-head. The seminal Frank Miller graphic novel has been mentioned as one of the primary inspirations for the upcoming super-hero team up movie on more than one occasion.
The character was recently introduced in the current DC continuity as a college student, and a tutor and drama coach to Damian Wayne, the most recent Robin introduced in the comics.
The unnamed source could be facing a hefty fine if identified. Everyone working on the film has signed a non-disclosure form. The penalty for disregarding it? Five Million Dollars.
Neither Warner Brothers or anyone from the production has commented on the leak.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be the first of at least 10 movies Warner Brothers has planned for a shared DC Movie Universe. It will be in theatres on March 25, 2016.