Dead Robin in Batman v Superman Confirmed as Jason Todd

Sunday, 22 May 2016 - 1:31PM
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Sunday, 22 May 2016 - 1:31PM
Dead Robin in Batman v Superman Confirmed as Jason Todd
Comic book movies are notorious about making alterations to the source material in order to fit the studio's vision or narrative plans. So when fans got the first glimpse of a defaced Robin costume in the Comic Con trailer for Batman v Superman, everyone assumed that they were taking cues from the Death in the Family and Under the Red Hood storylines, in which the Joker kills the second Robin, Jason Todd. However, because there wasn't any confirmation about which Robin died at the hands of the Joker in the DCEU, there was always that off chance that the studio was going in a different direction than the comics and that the defaced Robin costume actually belonged to Dick Grayson. Now, that question has been put to rest in a recent video released by the WB Studio Tours.



The tour guide begins the video by showing off first appearance comics for the Justice League that they have on display in their new DC exhibit, as well as an area they have set up to test and play some of the latest DC video games, such as Lego Batman, Arkham Knight, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. He then moves on to the Batman v Superman portion of the tour, where several different costumes actually used in the movie are on display. While there, he talks about Jason Todd's costume in the movie (mentioning the Robin by name), and says that fans of the comics will know what happened to him. So it looks like WB has decided to keep things pretty close to the source material (at least on this occasion).  

Of course, this opens a ton of doors in the DCEU. There weren't any clues to how many Robins Batman had before the events of Batman v Superman, but who knows? He could very well have had all of the Robins he's had in the comics, including Dick, Jason, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne. It's extremely likely that he's just had Dick and Jason, but even that opens up the possibility for him to take on another Robin in future movies, such as Tim, Damian, or even Carrie Kelley, since this iteration of the Dark Knight is so inspired by Frank Miller's version of the character.

Either way, this definitely means that Red Hood and Nightwing could be playing a big part in some of the Batman centric stories coming from the DCEU, even though there's been reports from industry insiders that the first Batman solo film will not be an Under the Red Hood adaptation, as was previously believed, so there's certainly a lot for Batfans to be excited about.  It's currently believed that the Batman solo film will take one of the blank spots in WB's slate in 2018 or 2019, so fans will likely learn more then. However, there could be even more revealed about the Bat Family's past in Suicide Squad and Justice League, so keep your eyes open!
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