Alas, poor Robin!

Now that The Avengers is a smash hit, spare a thought for the other superheroes – that second tier of hard-working women and men in tight-fit halloween costumes who didn’t quite make the cut.  I’m thinking in particular of one young lad in a skimpy sleep mask, with a modest letter R on his tunic, who was given the corniest lines of any crime fighting star on 60s TV (“Catwoman, you are not a nice person!” anyone?).  And still we loved him.  Adam West, this monchielle is for you.


Alas, poor Robin!

I didn’t want to be
a sidekick on this show.
I can’t imagine who
would take this role unless
their agent told them to.

I didn’t want to be
remembered for the way
I looked in yellow tights
with cartoon words like “zonk!”
appearing during fights.

I didn’t want to be
stuck riding shotgun with
a guy dressed like a bat,
smacking my gloved fist to
say “Holy this-or-that!”

I didn’t want to be
Boy Wonder, I thought I’d
play Hamlet. But now when
this TV gig is up,
I’ll never act again…



For friends over at the dVerse Poets Pub.


About Andrew Kreider

I'm a poet and musician,transplanted from London, England to beautiful northern Indiana. By day I am a stay-at-home dad with our three kids while my amazingly talented spouse conquers medical school one long shift at a time. At night, I'm a performer and trouble-maker. I love my life.

15 responses »

  1. At least Tonto had a horse.

  2. I always wanted Robin to be better. Especially when Chris O’Donnell got the role in the movie. **SIGH** Good work here, Andrew!

  3. But Robin becomes Night Wing, who is pretty awesome. 😉

  4. Andrew, that is both poignant and hilarious at the same time. I loved Batman and Robin too–“holy this or that” Perfect!

  5. To be fair…well Robin never had a shot but he did well with the cards he was dealt.

    And that’s wonderfully expressed here. Robin’s a good role model that way.

  6. bwhaha…oh my…i def would not have wanted to don the robin suit for sure…he had the WORST lines…Avengers was pretty amazing…i cant wait for Batman though…

  7. Holy typecasting ruined career, Batman! Funny!

  8. Aww Poor Robin! Wonderful write!

  9. Still smiling…I always believed Robin deserved better…than the yellow tights at least!

  10. I always thought of Robin and Mary Ann (from Gilligan’s Island) got short changed. =)
    You’ve brought smiles to my face with this one! Thanks.

  11. Good on you – never thought of toting my bloomin’ movie thingie over here and I love doing that … cuts down on the output required … too many sites, not enough time, yes? And Robin deserves all the airplay he can get …As it is, the thing I did post for this is kind of an oldie but hasn’t been up in quite some time …

  12. Great! “Poor Robin” sums it up perfectly.

  13. Hahahahaha!! WOnderful!


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