Slow news day? Quite possibly, but intriguing just the same. You may remember the feature length animated film Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker. In it, the Joker mysteriously returns to Gotham City decades after apparently dying in one final confrontation with Batman. But when future Batman Terry McGinnis investigates, he learns that “the Joker” is really Tim Drake, who was captured by the Clown Prince of Crime before his death, tortured, and implanted with a suggestion to taken over by the Joker’s, for lack of a better term, spirit. Kind of crazy, huh? But what if the makers of the upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice saw that and said, “not a bad idea”?
Welcome to another of our ongoing segments, the fan theory of the day. Today, supposedly eagle-eyed viewers are noting that there’s a suspicious anatomical connection between the picture of Jared Leto as the Joker released for Suicide Squad, and a screen grab of the vandalized Robin costume shown in the Batman V. Superman trailer. ComicBook.com put the images side by side and circled the mysterious areas of comparison. Can you see what they see?
Not exactly a smoking gun is it? In fact you could also say that from the evidence it looks like the Joker and Robin were harpooned together while they were hugging, While inferring that some mysterious shoulder marks is a sign that Robin at some point became the Joker makes for fun fan speculation, it seems more likely that someone is reading a bit too much into the situation. I remember a rumor about the Star Wars prequels back when they were in production that said a love triangle between Anakin, Padme and Obi-Wan was inevitable because why else would Padme be in the exact middle age-wise between Anakin and Obi-Wan? That’s some unassailable logic right there, and ultimately not even close to what George Lucas was even thinking about in regards to those characters.
Clearly the use of the Robin imagery is purposeful, and clearly there’s some kind of connection to the Joker, but I think it’s all the more likely that Batman V. Superman will address either directly or indirectly the “Death in the Family” storyline where the Joker beat Robin II Jason Todd with a crowbar and left him to die in an explosion. I guess time will tell now which fan theory ends up being the more correct one.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters everywhere in March.