Friday, February 19, 2016

Boy Wonder Goes Under: Johnny Duncan (1923-2016)

Johnny Duncan was the second of four actors (thus far) to play the Dark Knight's trusty teen sidekick in live action, in the 1949 15-chapter movie serial Batman and Robin.

Duncan was 92 years old. To provide some perspective on Duncan's longevity and how long ago Duncan played Robin, Jack Larson, who played cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV series, passed away last year at the age of 87.

Duncan's immediate successor, Burt Ward, who played Robin in the phenomenal 1960s Batman TV series, is 70 years old.

As one of the seminal superhero actors in the first decade of live-action comic book crusaders, Duncan will always have his place in the pantheon of onscreen costumed crime fighters.

Holy rest in peace, Robin!

--Raj Manoharan

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