(Warning - potential SPOILERS for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lie below...)
OK. So. First things first.
The new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer from San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has officially arrived. If you haven't seen it yet, feel free to head down a paragraph or two and watch it. Don't worry, we'll wait.
The thing about that trailer, y'see, is that buried within the giant piles of cinematic superhero awesomeness, there's also a pretty massive reveal hiding in plain sight.
Take a look around the 1.59 mark:
See that heavily-graffiti-ed suit there?
That's Totally Robin's Costume
Y'know, what with the giant 'R' on the chest and all...
And, from the looks of things, it's had a run in with The Joker at some point in the past.
And y'know what that means, right, Bat-fans?
It Looks as Though Robin's Already Dead
And, specifically, that the movie looks to be set after a cinematic version of the infamous comic-book arc 'A Death in the Family', in which the Joker brutally murdered Batman's then-Robin, Jason Todd (above).
Which, in turn, may well suggest exactly why Batman is in such an obviously bad place emotionally the whole way through Batman v Superman.
The thing is, though...
That Doesn't Actually Mean Robin is Dead
In fact, it's quite the opposite.
It actually suggests that we have a pretty good chance of seeing three - count 'em, three - Robins in the DCCU in the near future. Specifically:
Nightwing is Probably Out There Somewhere
After all, Jason Todd wasn't the original Robin - he was simply the kid who took over from Dick Grayson after Dick got upgraded to (the fan-favorite) Nightwing.
And if Jason Todd has appeared - and died - in the DCCU, that means there's a good chance Bruce has another former partner out there somewhere.
If There's Been a Robin Before, There'll Be Another
Which, since Jena Malone has been heavily rumored to be appearing in the film as (Batman v Superman-inspiring The Dark Knight Returns' Robin) Carrie Kelley, could happen sooner rather than later...
And, most important of all?
Jason Todd Probably Isn't Really Dead
After all, in the comics, he's long-since returned as an anti-heroic foe of Batman...The Red Hood. And, since the film seems to be very much making a point of establishing Robin's death, there's every chance that we could - in that currently-being-written Batman solo movie, say - see Todd return.
In the meantime, though?