It's been one of the most consistently repeated rumors to swirl provocatively around Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice - and yet, for many, it seemed somehow too good (or improbable) to be true: Robin will return. Now, though, we have yet another hint that, despite skepticism from many fans, we will in actual fact be seeing Batman's loyal sidekick in the upcoming birthing of the DC Cinematic Universe.
The thing is, though - we might not be set to see the character in quite the way you'd expect...
According to Latino-Review's Umberto Gonzalez (a.k.a. El Mayimbe), y'see, we're set to see:
A Hint of Jason Todd
A.k.a. the second comic-book Robin - the young man who took over the role from the original, Dick Grayson, when he moved on to become Nightwing...
...and was, not too many years later, brutally murdered by The Joker.
The thing is, though - according to Gonzalez, we're not necessarily going to be seeing quite as much of Jason Todd as you might hope:
Yup, that's right: We're going to get a glimpse of Robin - but only his costume, since he'll have long since been murdered (presumably) by the Joker...
If the rumors are true, though, it also suggests three key things about the upcoming DCCU - and both the plots and characters we're likely to see...
1. We'll Almost Certainly See the Red Hood
Now, when Jason Todd died back in 1988's A Death in the Family story-line, having been essentially 'voted off' by DC fans, he seemingly died in about as brutal a way as was Jokerly possible:
Except, of course, with this being a comic-book... he didn't. Years later, it was revealed that Todd had been mysteriously resurrected, and he became the (alternately a villain or) vigilante The Red Hood.
And, if Gonzalez's source is correct about the Red Hood becoming a 'Priority' character for DC, then that more-or-less guarantees an on-screen appearance of Todd in the role in the near future.
It also, however, suggests that:
2. Batman's More Likely to Appear in [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363)
The thing is, if DC is indeed planning on making the fall and rise of Jason Todd a centerpiece of their cinematic plans, then they're going to have to do a fair bit of groundwork to make it happen. An extended, Todd death-explaining scene - possibly even including a flashback - in Batman vs. Superman would set the wheels in motion, but the guilt felt by Harley Quinn might not be enough to tie it all together.
Odds are, if Batman's story is heading in the direction of the Red Hood? We'll see the hero confront the Joker about Todd's death - and that'll likely happen in Suicide Squad...
3. We'll Likely See a New Robin in Batman vs. Superman
There have long been rumors that we'll see Carrie Kelley - the female version of Robin who made her debut in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns - in Batman vs. Superman, with Jena Malone heavily linked with the part.
Now, that may or may not be true - but if the Red Hood really is set to appear in the DCCU, it most likely dramatically increases the chances of a third Robin - and the original, Dick Grayson - appearing in the movies too. After all, the giant pile of drama created by the return of Todd had as much to do with his confrontation with his replacements and predecessor as it did with Batman.
So, those chances of us seeing an on-screen Robin? They just improved a whole lot more than the news of an empty costume might suggest...
What do you think, though?