Okay, so unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you've seen the new trailer for [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), which was released at San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer erased many, if not all doubts from lots of skeptical fans about the movie (I know it sure convinced me of Batfleck). If you haven't watched it yet, or just want to relive it again, you can watch it here:
After watching the trailer, everyone started pulling stills and finding any potential spoilers that they could towards this movie, but there was one important thing that people definitely noticed, and even highlighted, but nobody has made any real speculation about. It is only in the trailer for a couple of seconds, but it is definitely a very resonant part of it:
This, if you couldn't tell from the familiarity, the logo, or the caption, is Robin's suit. This still-frame above contains potential spoilers for the 2018 Batman standalone film. If you don't want spoilers, don't read any further.
Still with us? Great. Then let's begin... Let's start with the suit. Here it is just so you don't have to scroll back up:
Read the message spraypainted onto it. If you can't make it out, it says "HAHAHA Joke's on you, Batman." In the DC Universe, there's only one person who could have written this message: The Joker.
Let's pause for a moment and talk about our pale, green-haired friend. He's not exactly new to the DC Cinematic Universe. Batman vs Superman takes place in the middle of Batman's story, meaning that Batman is coming out of retirement to take on the Kryptonian hero. There is plenty of proof of this just in the Joker's appearance: he has metal replacement teeth where they have been knocked out and broken by none other than Batman himself.
Now Let's Ask Ourselves 3 Important Questions:
Why does Batman keep a vandalized Robin suit on display? Why is the Joker important here? How does this lead into the 2018 Batman movie?
The Robin suit is kept as a memorial to Batman's partner who was killed a while ago, we don't get to see that part though (unless they show a flashback). Who killed him? The same person who spraypainted that message onto the suit: the Joker.
So the Joker killed Robin. Sounds familiar right, comic readers? In the comics, there have been several people to take on the mantle of Robin, only one of which was killed by the Joker: Jason Todd.
So we now know that our Robin in the DCCU is Jason Todd, and we've already passed the point in his timeline where he has been killed by the Joker. But what comes next, comic fans (and this is where we get into the next Batman story)? Jason comes back, but not as Robin. He is revealed to be none other than the villain, Red Hood, in the comic story-line Under the Red Hood.
So let's take everything you've just read:
- Batman used to fight crime along with Robin
- Robin was killed, presumably by the Joker, which leads us to believe that our Robin was Jason Todd
- Batman is keeping Todd's vandalized suit as a memorial to his partner (which might actually be the reason Batman retired until the present day events of Batman v Superman)
Now let's piece it all together to create one giant deductive conclusion:
the standalone Batman film is going to be some adaptation of Under the Red Hood, featuring the return of Jason Todd as the Red Hood.
I understand this is all speculation, and a lot of it, not to mention that there is already an animated Under the Red Hood movie, but I think a live-action Red Hood would probably make the greatest Batman solo movie of all time.
I want to know what you guys think! Let me know if you think this theory is accurate, or way off. How would you like to see a live-action adaptation of the Red Hood? Let me know below!