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Holy Female Robin, Batman! Carrie Kelley Is Being Introduced To The New 52!

Comic readers know her as the first full-time female Robin but up until now, Carrie Kelley did not have that role in official DC Comics continuity. That’s about to change. 

Since Damian Wayne’s death, the Batman and Robin title has been readying rotating backup relief for the Dark Knight. Well in an exclusive interview with the New York Post, writer Peter Tomasi reveals Carrie Kelley will be making her New 52  debut. But will she be Robin?

The gatefold cover for the issue certainly makes it look that way but covers can be deceiving. If you’re not familiar with the character, Carrie Kelley was introduced in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. While a classic Batman tale, it was out of continuity, meaning she didn’t exist in DC proper. The same goes for her role in their Ame-Comi title.

“What you’ll find out once you crack the book, is that she’s not exactly the ‘new Robin,’ but I don’t want to spoil the story and her introduction into Bruce Wayne/Batman’s life,” Tomasi told the NY Post. “In regards to how long she’ll be around, let’s just say that it’s a helluva lot longer than ‘one issue.’ I’ve got plans for Carrie that play well into the future.”

Tomasi says her introduction is “organic and heartfelt and ties into Damian’s death” and that she’s certainly not Robin immediately. From the look of this one page from the issue, it appears she’s donning the Robin outfit at a costume party.

So who exactly is this version of the character? “It’s a New 52 version, but we’re staying close to Frank Miller’s visual template and personality of Carrie Kelley,” said Tomasi. “She’s a college kid who’s got spunk and speaks her mind. This is not an alternate-earth Robin, this is simply a girl named Carrie Kelley who we learn knew Damian which in turn weaves her into the fabric of the DC Universe for the first time in 25 years.”

Tomasi never said directly Carrie Kelley would be Robin. He also danced around whether or not past Robin, Tim Drake, or the newly introduced wiz-kid Harper Row would wind up taking up the mantle. And we should also point out, former Robin/Batgirl Stephanie Brown wasn’t mentioned by the interviewer or writer. But I’m happy Carrie Kelley being introduced and I’m happy Tomasi is excited to write about her.

Batman and Red Robin #19 hits stores April 10.

(via Comic Book Resources)

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  • Harrison Grey

    In other news, Stephanie Brown is still nowhere to be seen.

  • Natalie Sharp

    “Is the music too loud? What? My spine is fine. Why do you ask?”

  • John Burkhart

    I have a lot of wants. The one relevant to this situation is the Batgirl 2009 writer (who’s name is escaping me) to go back and write that side story to “Brightest Day/Darkest Night” where Steph gets a blue Hope ring.

    Because damn it, she deserved that.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Bryan Q. Miller. He is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    She’s not really going to be RED Robin, is she? What’s she going to do? Serve burgers and bottomless fries to Bruce Wayne?

  • Ryan Colson

    Screw this move :-/

  • Starman

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t one of the reasons we were told Steph and Cass weren’t included in the New 52 was because TPTB felt that too many young female heroes would turn off the young men they were trying to lure into comic reading?

    Don’t get me wrong. I’ve loved Harper Row in both her performances so far. And I’ve no objection to anything that puts good female characters into a prominent franchise. And while I haven’t been reading Batman and Robin, I trust Tomasi to be capable of pulling this off given his work on Green Lantern Corps. It’s just… why isn’t there room for Steph and Cass in this too?

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    Of course we get Carrie Kelly. Because whatshisfuck who’s running DC right now thinks Steph Brown is stupid and will not allow anyone to use her no matter the fan demand or financial incentives. Because he’s a fucking idiot.

  • Dessa Brewington

    I’m just going to pretend like she’s too drunk to stand sensibly.

  • Dessa Brewington

    I don’t know enough about comics to be angered about this like some of the comic fans below, but IMO, Female Robin was best Robin.

  • Kayla Sonergoran

    To be honest, I’d rather Robin be kept a male. The dynamic always worked best with Batgirl and Boy Wonder, not only did it make things equal but it gave both genders the opportunity to have a character for them that wasn’t Batman. A female Robin is just so unnecessary. I’d rather have Damian Wayne as Robin than a female Robin. Heck, they are better off with no Robin if that is the route they are going to go.

    They should do something they haven’t done before like having a former Robin become Robin again.

  • Kash Mitaukano

    This whole thing worries me, Carrie Kelley was a great bit of hope in “The Dark Knight Returns” I really didn’t like how Miller handled her in the sequel, but I enjoyed the first book a lot more because of her inclusion. That being said, DC is notorious for doing awful things to a female Robin. Publicity stunt, or not, this makes me cringe more than whoop for joy as I still remember what happened to Stephanie. Here’s
    hoping that things go better for the new 52′s first female Robin, and the Editor in Chief remembers that Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain automatically sell a large amount of comic in a very short amount of time. Especially when they aren’t used as ‘problem in the real world poorly portrayed’ poster children every week.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I just don’t get it. If you want a girl Robin, Harper Row was training with Bruce an issue or so back. If you want to introduce a new female character (always nice) as Robin, Cassandra Cain would slide nicely into Daiman’s role. If you want a chipper, spunky college-age girl Robin, fans have been literally BEGGING for Steph back.

    I…I don’t think that I’ve ever seen anyone beg for Carrie.

  • ria

    To be honest, I don’t want her to be dragged in and ruined in the clusterfuck that is the new 52.

  • Travis Fischer

    An interesting choice.

  • Derek Pryor

    And for HER, we get cheated out of Steph and Cassandra? AGAIN???

  • Maricruz Villalobos Zamora

    Still doesn’t make up for Steph, but it’s a step in the right direction (OMG! They could be BFF!!)

  • Adam Outrage

    I did I never understood why they never made her mainstream until now. Stephanie I liked better as batgirl.

  • Benjamin James Brown

    I find it interesting that most people are annoyed that Steph or Cass aren’t being used as Robin; to be honest, I’m more annoyed at neither of them being Batgirl, given the way that what’s been done in the reboot cheapened all of Barbara’s growth since the Killing Joke. In terms of who should be Robin, IMHO, the only person it should be is Dick Grayson, Jason Todd or Tim Drake. I didn’t mind Damian because he was a good foil to Grayson’s Batman (although, when Bruce came back, Damian, for me, became redundant as Robin, especially following the reboot). In any case, Carrie Kelley is as good a choice as any if they’re going to use a female Robin; we’ll skip that she should be about a year or two old when you consider Bruce’s age in Dark Knight Returns, or that her knowing Damian is farfetched, given they’re saying she’s in college and he was about 10, she was the original female Robin, so it’s not a horrible choice. Once you discount that only Dick, Jason or Tim have the right to be Robin xD

  • Dave Van Dyk

    Couldnt agree more with you. Just doesn’t seem right, we all saw how it happened with Steph. Just meant to be, Robin is and should be male.