For almost a year, there has been this crazy fan theory on Reddit saying that Joker is really Jason Todd. In an interview with WSVN-TV reporter Chris Van Vliet, Suicide Squad writer and director David Ayer slapped down that theory.
“That the Joker is Jason Todd. It ain’t the case. He’s not,” said Ayer in the video below.
According to the Reddit theory, Jason Todd was not killed by the Joker. Instead, he turned into him. Fans have cited several piece of “evidence ” in the film’s marketing material, claiming that the bullet hole tattoos on Jared Leto‘s Joker match up with puncture marks on the graffitied Robin costume seen hanging in the Batcave in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In the comics, Todd was Batman‘s second Robin who was brutally beaten to death with a crowbar by the Joker, but then came back to life years later as a result of Superboy Prime literally punching a hole in space/time, leading to DC’s major event, Infinite Crisis. After that, he became Gotham’s violent vigilante, Red Hood.
In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Tim Drake — who embodied more of Jason Todd‘s character traits than the actual Tim Drake from the comics when introduced to the DC Animated Universe — was the one who was kidnapped (and nearly killed) by the Joker. The trauma from that day eventually turned him into the Joker himself, continuing the Prince of Crime’s legacy.
Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder tried to put an end to the “Joker is Jason Todd“ theory back in April. He said that the ruined costume came from a Robin who died 10 years earlier from “some run in with a young Joker.”
To me, it was a fun backstory…to play with. The whole idea was that there had been loss and sacrifice. [Batman] doesn’t really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin – a dead Robin – it would help us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.
So we know that the franchise is at least acknowledging Batman screwed up with one of his protégés in the past, which is probably this version’s reason for acting extremely broody. It’d be cool to visit that scene in some capacity. Who knows, we might even see it happen in the upcoming Batman film, which is being written and directed by Ben Affleck himself.