Crazy Batman v Superman Fan Theory Claims Jared Leto's Joker Is Actually Another Batman Character

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 10:43AM
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 10:43AM
Crazy Batman v Superman Fan Theory Claims Jared Leto's Joker Is Actually Another Batman Character
If there's one thing we know about comic book fans, it's that they love their conspiracy theories. An insane new fan theory from Reddit (where else?) claims that Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad is actually another iconic Batman character: Jason Todd aka Robin. 

In the comics, Jason Todd was the second Robin after Dick Grayson, and was taken under Batman's wing until he was beaten to death by the Joker. Then, he was resurrected by the Lazarus Pit, and became the superhero Red Hood. Redditor Jason-G169 wrote that Jared Leto's Joker is actually Robin back from the dead, and he takes on the Joker's identity because he's angry at Batman for letting him die at the hands of the original Joker.

He claims that there are several clues in the newest Batman v Superman trailer that Joker is actually Robin. First, the newspaper with the words "You let your family die" may refer to Robin, as Jason Todd was Batman's surrogate son in the comics. He also analyzes the tattoos on Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad promotional materials, and most of these theories seem like stretches, with the possible exception of the "J" beneath Joker's left eye. Apparently, in the video game Arkham Knight, Jason Todd has a "J" for Jason branded under his left eye.

But the crux of his argument is in the brief glimpse of Robin's suit in the Batman v Superman trailer, which clearly has Joker graffiti on it. In the comics, Batman keeps the Robin suit hanging in the Batcave in order to remind himself of his failure to protect Robin and motivate himself to defeat the Joker in the future. So, as many have already speculated, it is likely that Robin's death at the hands of the Joker will play a role in Batman v Superman, but Jason-G169 takes it a step further:

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We see 'The joke's on you Batman'. What joke is on Batman? Could it mean Jason wrote that on his suit after he became a deranged psycho? What I think it means is, after all Jason & Bruce have gone through together, him teaching Jason to not be so angry & teaching him how to be a better person, in the end it didn't matter. It was all one huge joke because Jason's fate was to become Joker, his fate was to become the arch nemesis of his father.
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This is an interesting theory, and although it seems extremely unlikely, there is some precedent. Not only is Jason brought back to life in the comics, but he takes on the moniker Red Hood, which was originally a name held by the Joker. 

However, there are several reasons we don't think this is true. First, it's just outlandish, and including mysticism like the Lazarus Pit would go against the grounded, gritty tone the DCU is going for. Plus, it strikes an awkward balance between being an incredibly obscure comics reference and deviating wildly from the comics, so it would be unlikely to please anyone, and the studio probably knows that. And some of the "clues" seem dubious; for example, the "You let your family die" most likely refers to Batman's parents, as that death scene is iconic and literally every Batman adaptation portrays it on screen.

And while we're sure Robin will play a role, and he's likely dead when the movie begins, there's no guarantee that it's Jason Todd. In addition to the suit seen in the trailer, which heavily implies that Robin is already deceased, there were illicit set photos of Batman v Superman that showed the graves of the Waynes and Richard Grayson, the first Robin. The photo itself isn't available anymore, which on the one hand means we can't confirm Dick Grayson for ourselves, but on the other hand probably means it was real if Warner Bros. bothered to take it down. So in all likelihood, Robin will come into play, but it will probably be Dick Grayson. 

Batman v Superman comes out in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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