(Warning: The following contains discussion of some key thematic elements of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as some relatively mild plot SPOILERS. If you haven't yet seen the film, then proceed with whatever level of caution your innate sense of SPOILER-aversion suggests is prudent...)
Now, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice having, what might best be dubbed, a 'mixed' opening weekend (making an insane amount of money, but receiving a critical drubbing), you might think that all of the focus this week would be on the film's future box office prospects, or on the chances of Zack Snyder being replaced on the upcoming Justice League. As it turns out, though, there's at least one other thing we absolutely have to take a second to talk about. Specifically, this here question:
Does a Controversial Element of 'Batman v Superman' Reveal Something Incredibly Important About Batman... and Jason Todd?
(Note - this is where those aforementioned SPOILERS come in...)
Specifically, does the fact that Batman spends much of Batman v Superman's running time straight up murdering folks - which has caused a whole lot of uproar among fans - provide further evidence to support one of the most popular fan theories of recent years.
In other words...
Does Batman Now Kill Because Jason Todd Has Become The Joker?
That, y'see, is the suggestion made recently by intrepid Redditor BluntasFk, who builds on the long-running theory that Jason Todd - a one-time comic-book Robin - will in fact turn out to have become the DCEU's Joker to argue that such an eventuality could actually explain Batman's murder-rage.
As BluntasFk speculates, Batman's newfound willingness to kill (a major break with almost every previous version of the hero) might just be both the result of severe disillusionment with his own methods... and the trauma of seeing his ward become a psychopathic villain:
"My theory is that he's just sick of this s**t. 20 years of being Batman and there are still big criminals. In BvS Batman looked desperate...throughout his whole ordeal, so he's probably acting on desperation."
What's more, that same theory might just explain why a willing-to-kill Batman has somehow left his nemesis alive - as illustrated by The Joker's presence in Suicide Squad. Specifically:
Batman Hasn't Killed The Joker Because He Would Also Be Killing His Old Sidekick
Which would actually solve a small logical irregularity within Batman v Superman. After all, if The Joker killed Jason Todd (or some other Robin), as the bloodied costume we see in the Bat Cave suggests, and Batman is now willing to mow down and blow up criminals with reckless abandon, then how on Earth is The Joker still alive? Surely a death-dealing Dark Knight would have throttled the life out of his sidekick's murderer long ago?
Well, as BluntasFk puts it:
"Because The Joker is Jason Todd. Bruce probably still believes there's a small chance of bringing him back."
Which... would actually make a decent amount of sense.
Of course, it's also just as possible that Batman is simply the product of Zack Snyder's more cynical, blood-soaked approach, in which Batman doesn't really care whether or not people die as the result of his actions. As Snyder himself put it:
"I perceive it as him not killing directly, but if the bad guy’s are associated with a thing that happens to blow up, he would say that that’s not really my problem."
But, for the sake of all of the old-school comic-book fans out there, perhaps the less said about that the better.
What do you reckon, though?
Do you think the DCEU Joker is secretly Jason Todd?
- via Reddit