There is an interesting theory going around the internet involving the Joker. The theory is that Jared Leto’s Joker in the Suicide Squad is really Jason Todd, a former Robin. Now to a lot of people this does not make sense because most people do not know who Jason Todd is, however, I can see where this is coming from, and I can add to the rumor. Before I start, I do not necessarily believe that this going to be the case with the Joker, but it’s compelling enough for me to entertain the possibility. So lets quit wasting time and dive right on in.
So this rumor came about from a person watching both the Batman V Superman Trailer and the trailer for Suicide Squad. However, I will not focus on the Suicide Squad trailer because there’s honestly nothing there, but a confusion of Jason Todd and Harley Quinn. In regards to the Batman V Superman trailer, there is something that sparks interest. In one of the shots, we see Bruce Wayne looking at a newspaper article about the destruction endured by Wayne tower during Man of Steel, and in red writing we see the words “You let your family die” which could be a reference to A Death in the Family story arch where Jason Todd is “killed” by the Joker. It is very plausible that Jason Todd wrote that on the newspaper, I mean who else knows Batman’s true identity? Also in the trailer in the trailer we see a shot of a Robin costume that has in writing ” HAHA jokes on you Batman.” It’s obvious who wrote this and who it is referring to. So in a nutshell this is the basis of the rumor and it’s pretty solid. However, I can add more.
Now, this is where I add to the rumor to make it stronger SPOILERS AHEAD: I do not think it’s any secret that Warner Brothers is going with an older, more veteran Batman, see Ben Afflack casting. With this we are able to draw parallels to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. A quick breakdown: Batman retired and came back some odd years later. How does this tie in with the theory? Well, in the Dark Knight Returns Batman is mourning the death of someone and he has no Robin, hence why he takes on the teenage girl Robin, so a safe assumption is that he’s mourning the death of Robin. Who else is mourning the death of Robin? Bruce Wayne in the Batman v Superman trailer. Why else would you have his suit in a glass case? So what about the real Joker? Well, Batman kills him/Joker commits suicide in the Dark Knight Returns, and it could be very possible that the Joker’s and Jason Todd’s death has already happened and that is what caused Batman to “retire”. Also another sign pointing to this is the newly released game Batman Arkham Knight. In this new game not only is the Joker dead, but Jason Todd makes his comeback. Throughout the game we see the Joker torment and presumably kill Jason Todd, but it is later reveled that Jason Todd is in fact the Arkham Knight. Now you’re probably thinking, “Why is a video game relevant?” I don’t know, but it’s a good way to introduce Jason Todd to audiences around the world that may not be into animated movies and comic books. I’m a firm believe that everything happens for a reason and the reason for Jason Todd to appear in the game that was released a few weeks before the Batman V Superman trailer is to get people familiar with the character.
With all this being said, I do not know rather or not the Joker is actually Jason Todd. It could be any of the Robins or it could be the real Joker. However, I think it is worth wild to investigate the possibility of it happening. If I were to be a betting man, I would say that the Joker is the real Joker. I would look at the casting age of both Jared Leto and Ben Afflack and see that they are both close to the same age, whereas a Jason Todd Joker might have been portrayed by a younger actor, but hey it’s Hollywood so anything is possible.