In the comics, the Jason Todd Robin was stupid enough to chase after the Joker, allowing the villain to capture him, beat him with a crowbar, and blow him the hell up. In Lego Batman, Robin is stupid enough to do tricks on his bike without a helmet, and leap off buildings to his certain Lego death (plastic pieces strewn everywhere). Some folks have grumbled this game isn’t taking Batman seriously enough, which strikes me as hilariously asinine?it’s a Lego game, for fuck’s sake, and if you can’t laugh at Robin’s prolonged, hideous scream when he plummets off the building, I have no time for you.
Of course, this simply reminds me that I have a copy of The Force Unleashed right next to me, which I can’t play until I post at least two more articles. You bastard readers.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.