You've more than likely heard the fan-theory of how Jared Leto's Joker is in fact the fallen Jason Todd. We all know that this isn't true, but if for some reason you still think it is, read on. And if for some reason you think it isn't true, read on. Below are three reasons why it's total crap and three for why it could be true. So lets start with why it could be true...
Why the Theory is Plausible?
- The word "damaged" is tattooed on his forehead, which implies a backstory- but the classic Joker doesn't have one.
Other cryptic body art includes what appears to be a robin on the Joker's right bicep, and, most importantly, a tattooed "J" on his left cheek, which mirrors the scar on the face of the reincarnated Todd. (The robin tat could be a reminder of who he killed, like Deadshot does with names and Mr. Zsasz does with tally marks.)
In a scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), the clown taunts Batman with an ominous message,"You let your family die," canvassed across a newspaper, suggesting that the Joker uncharacteristically knows the Batman's true identity.
Why the Theory is Doubtful?
- While the Joker has notch-like scars in his shoulders that reflect the damage to the Robin costume, there are multiple, unexplained bullet holes in the suit's abdomen that are not visible on the Joker.
- In the Batman vs Superman trailer, Bruce Wayne says,"Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?" The dialogue, as well as scenes that follow, seems to establish Batman's own culpability in the loss of Robin; if so, it also infers the existence of a Joker before Todd's ascension as the Boy Wonder.
- And what of Joker's relationship with Harley Quinn? While Suicide Squad is set in the aftermath of an apparent falling between the two, how is the relationship in agreement with the canon if Todd, who was murdered by the Joker, replaces the Clown Prince as the Joker?
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016.