Often the brunt of many a Batman joke, the Dark Knight's perennial sidekick Robin is - after months of speculation - set to feature in Arkham City when it hits store shelves in October. However, don't expect a prepubescent, whiny teen with angst issues. In a forum post on the official Arkham City boards, senior concept artist Kan Muftic detailed Rocksteady's plans for re-imagining the boy wonder.
"We wanted to create a Robin that players would identify as a contemporary character and move away from the traditional “Boy Wonder” image that most people know," reveals Muftic. Sporting a staff or club-like weapon, a sleek suit and glowering visage, Arkham City's Robin is a far cry from the Adam West-idolizing counterpart. "Our vision of Robin is the one of a troubled young individual that is calm and introverted at times but very dangerous and aggressive if provoked".
Muftic explains that while their Robin retains the red and yellow costume replete with cape and mask, his overall appearance - shaved head, imposing physique and all-round intimidating demeanor - were inspired by some unexpected sources. "The shaved head is inspired by cage fighters, because we thought that Robin might be doing that in his spare time to keep him on his toes".
Muftic hopes Batman and Arkham City fans will fall in love with their vision of Robin as they have. Although as it stands, there have been no confirmations of Robin - who can be snagged in the US as part of retailer-exclusive pre order incentives - making its way to Europe or the UK any time soon. [Arkham City Forums]