Take a Joke will ya?

It’s fair to say that Jared Leto’s upcoming interpretation of everyone’s favourite Clown Prince of Crime has caused controversy. With some stating he looks too much like a gangster, and others loving his demented insanity. The character will be first mentioned (if not seen) in Batman V Superman on March 25th, 2016. But in the august of that year comes the highly anticipated ‘Suicide Squad’ in which The Joker will play a much more substantial role. He’s also rumoured to be the antagonist of the film, and the team have to hunt him down. This will make for some great chemistry between Margot Robbie’s version of Harley/Harleen Quinn and her “puddin'”.

The Joker is well known for not having any qualms in killing people or scarring them physically/mentally. And a theory has emerged online about his true identity in the new DC films… and it certainly seems plausible, if a little confusing. There’ll be some spoilers ahead for the comics and possibly the new films, so read at your own discretion.

Ready?

The Joker is a previous Robin. Back in the 80’s, the Robin mantle was taken up by a street urchin named Jason Todd when Batman took him under his wing. Unfortunately, at the time Jason Todd wasn’t massively popular with audiences and was killed off by none other than The Joker. Batman blamed himself for the youngsters’ death and was troubled for years, eventually moving on and finding a new Robin; Tim Drake. Years later, a new vigilante emerged named The Red Hood (a previous persona The Joker originally used), and wasn’t afraid of dishing out his own brand of violent justice. It was then revealed that the new Red Hood was actually a resurrected Jason Todd and blamed Batman for not killing The Joker in revenge of his death. Now this is where it gets interesting, in the Batman V Superman trailer we see an old Robin suit, graffiti’d with the words; “HAHAHA JOKE’S ON YOU BATMAN”. Another shot included a newspaper clipping with the words “YOU LET YOUR FAMILY DIE” written in the same crazy font. A leaked image from the set also showed a grave of a previous Robin, Richard “Dick” Grayson.

You Let Your Family Die
We understand that it’s alot to take in so simply; there are two versions of The Joker. The original being the one that “killed” Jason Todd, and the new one who is actually an insane, older version of Jason Todd who’s mental torture by The Joker changed him into that very same villain. Albeit with some differences. The “Joke” refers to the fact that one of Batman’s own family turned into his worst enemy. Bruce Wayne even states “How many good guys are left in Gotham? How many stayed that way?” – Jason Todd didn’t.

It’s all very confusing, as comics usually are. But the short version of the theory is, Robin is the new Joker. Crazy. We’re not entirely convinced that this is the case, and is just evidence of some very deep fan-crafting. Surely the film-makers wouldn’t throw this in the very first Batman film of the new DC Universe? Right? We’ll see in 2016.

What do you think? Is this the face of a previous Robin? Let us know!

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Eammon bounces between the North and South of England – investing his time in films & telly (when he's not writing for Heroes Direct)

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