Did Warner Bros. Just Confirm Robin's Identity in the DCEU?

Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 2:54PM
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Batman v Superman
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 2:54PM
Did Warner Bros. Just Confirm Robin's Identity in the DCEU?
From the very first Batman v Superman trailer, we've all known that Robin would play a role in the DCEU. The rumors and fan theories have run rampant, claiming everything from Zack Snyder's son playing the role to Jared Leto's Joker doubling as Robin. But a new, seemingly innocuous post might have put some of the theories to rest, and confirmed which Robin will be showing up in the DCEU.

Most fans have assumed that Robin will either be Dick Grayson or Jason Todd, as those are the most well-known and beloved iterations of the character. But when the BvS trailer showed us a Joker-graffitied Robin suit, the advantage went to the latter, as it seemed to be a reference to the infamous Death in the Family storyline, in which Joker kills Jason Todd's Robin. Yesterday, the official Instagram account for BvS posted this picture:

"Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left?" #BatmanvSuperman

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At first glance, it seems that it's just a run-of-the-mill post about Robin's death and Batman's tendency to brood. But eagle-eyed fans on Reddit noticed that it was posted on April 27, which just so happens to be the day that Robin died in Death in the Family:

Robin Death

Does this confirm that the DCEU's Robin is Jason Todd? I sincerely doubt that this is a coincidence, although one could argue that even if the timing was deliberate, it's just a tribute to Robin and his death, without necessarily confirming anything. That's true enough, but personally, I think that if they didn't want to hint that Robin is Jason Todd, then they would have drawn attention to the date in the post itself, if only to give themselves nerd cred. But by letting the fans figure it out for themselves, they at least had to know that they would be drawing speculation. 

If it is, in fact, Jason Todd, then that means a whole lot of exciting possibilities for the future of the DCEU. Will we get to see Death in the Family play out, at least in flashbacks? Will Robin be a cameo, or will he come back as Red Hood? And if Red Hood does come into play, then does that lend credence to those crazy Jared Leto rumors? (We hope not.)

Batman v Superman is now out in theaters, and will come out on Blu-ray with the R-rated extended cut this summer. 
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