Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. One element of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that was known early on was that this version of the Dark Knight had been a vigilante for 20 years. In that time, he had suffered loss, including, most notably, Robin.
In the film, we see Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne staring at the costume of his sidekick with “Hahaha Joke’s On You Batman” scrawled over it in spray paint. This is clearly a deadly message from The Joker. And earlier in the film, when he unwittingly talks about his disdain for Superman to Clark Kent, he alludes to a previous battle with his arch nemesis. “Maybe it’s the Gotham City in me,” Wayne growls. “We just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns.”
We know Jared Leto will be playing the Clown Prince of Crime, and that his introduction to audiences will come in Suicide Squad. Now, since that movie takes place in the same universe as Batman v Superman, a popular, and interesting, fan theory arose as to the origins of THIS version of The Joker - that he was Robin turned bad. Cool, right? Well, guess what? Director Zack Snyder has debunked it.
He told IGN, “In my mind it was that Robin had died about ten years earlier during some run in with a young Joker. So that was an interesting thing to me, sort of a fun backstory to play with … A dead Robin was helping us understand that’s been on quite a little journey.”
There he goes again! Calling a character’s death “fun!” Let me recap for you: Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman officially has killed : Robin, Jimmy Olsen, June Finch, Wallace Keefe, all those innocent people inside the Capitol Building, Doomsday, and Superman, kind of but not really. Whatever, it’s a lot.
But back to The Joker. If Snyder, the architect of our new bloody DC universe, says that the Joker killed Robin, that all but certainly means that The Joker couldn’t have been Robin. Unless he’s using some Obi Wan-style semantics.
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What do you think? Would it have been cooler for the Joker to have been Robin at one point, or do you prefer to just have Robin be dead because that’s “fun?” Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or leave your comments below. And check out our host, Khail Anonymous, on Twitter.