David Ayer Tells Us Once and for All that the Joker Is Not Jason Todd
In this day and age, any franchise blockbuster is plagued with production leaks, as well as a few insane rumors that turn out to be completely off-base (remember when people thought that Kylo Ren was actually Luke Skywalker?). In the case of Suicide Squad, one of the most insane rumors was that Jared Leto's Joker was actually a resurrected version of Robin, but luckily, director David Ayer has put that rumor to rest once and for all.
During an interview with a correspondent from WSVN-TV, Ayer was asked to name the most ridiculous rumor he's heard since starting production on Suicide Squad. He reiterated that the reports that Suicide Squad was re-shot to add more humor was a fabrication, but the most ridiculous rumor was something else entirely:
You can see the question and Ayer's answer at the 3:21 mark:
In the comics, the Joker kills Jason Todd in the iconic series Death in the Family, leaving Batman guilt-ridden about letting his protege die. There have been pervasive rumors that Jason Todd's death will come into play in the DCEU, as a result of that Joker-graffitied Robin suit seen in Batman v Superman. But according to the crazy fan rumors, Jared Leto's Joker is Jason Todd, who was killed by Joker, resurrected in the Lazarus Pit, and then took on the Joker mantle to take revenge against Batman for failing to save him.
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It's an interesting theory, but it was based on nothing (other than evidence that simply implies that the suit belongs to Jason Todd, which it most likely does), so we're not surprised to hear that it's not true. Hopefully this means there's a chance for a proper Red Hood adaptation, particularly since most of the Rogues gallery is expected to show up in the Arkham-set solo Batman movie.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.