Redditor Jason-G169 has a theory about Jared Leto’s controversial Joker that might surprise fans and explain why this version of the character is so different. The theory is that he might be Jason Todd, Batman’s previous sidekick, Robin.
Those unfamiliar with his origin story, Jason first appeared in Batman #357 and became the second character to take up the Robin identity, sidekick to the superhero Batman, when Dick Grayson went on to star in The New Teen Titans.
For 1988’s “Batman: A Death in the Family” storyline, DC Comics held a telephone poll to determine whether or not the character would die at the hands of the Joker, Batman’s nemesis. He was killed off by a margin of 72 votes (5,343 for, 5,271 against). Subsequent Batman stories dealt with Batman’s guilt over not having been able to prevent Jason Todd’s death.
However, in 2005’s “Under the Hood” story arc, the character was resurrected (he was revived in a Lazarus Pit by Talia al Ghul), eventually becoming the second character to take up the Red Hood alias and assuming a new role as an antihero who resembles Batman in many ways, except with a willingness to use lethal force and weapons.
At the end of Batman #427, Jason was beaten by the Joker and left to die in an explosion.
In The Killing Joke, we discover that the Joker was previously known as the villain the Red Hood. Jason took up the name, Red Hood, after his own resurrection. Could Snyder’s Joker be Jason Todd who has taken up the mantle after the real Joker died? Perhaps.
Let’s look at the evidence:
The first piece of “evidence” is the line from the trailer “I’m just gonna hurt you, really, really bad”, and the line from the Death in the Family story arc (in which the Joker kills Jason Todd), “This is going to hurt you a lot more than it hurts me”, are similar.
We’ve seen it happen before. In The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the sequel to the famous Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, Dick Grayson (a previous Robin) shapeshifts into the Joker as a way to torment Batman. Also in Batman Beyond: Returns of the Joker, the Joker kidnapped Tim Drake, the second Robin, and tortured him to the point where he became Joker Jr.
Then there are those strange tattoos. Does the J on his face stand for Jason or for Joker? Is that the wings of a robin on his arm? Who knows.
On the newspaper cutout, someone wrote the words in red: “You Let Your Family Die.” Apparently, this person knows the identity of the Batman as Bruce Wayne. Not a lot of people know this secret, and not many have a reason to send Bruce a letter about letting his family die. Could he blame Batman for what happened to him? Could he be the villian in a future Batman film?
Edit: More evidence.
So, do you think that Leto’s Joker might be Robin, transformed? Let us know in the comments!