Before the film had even come out, fans were already theorizing about the possible unseen significance of the dead Robin costume in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was placed in mantle piece of Ben Affleck’s Batcave – so he can presumably, never forget what happened. With spray paint scrawled across the costume as well, the message was clear – the Joker had finally, like in the comics, taken yet another one of Batman’s family members away from him.
Those familiar with the comics though have taken the costume as a possible red herring or clue as well however, since the most memorable Robin death in the comics belongs to Jason Todd, who instead of dying at the hands of the Joker like Bruce had thought, instead went crazy and became the vengeful Red Hood.
Some have then gone on to believe that Jared Leto’s Joker, who looks unlike most of the traditional jokers, and is surprisingly younger than a majority of them as well, could actually be Todd, gone down a very different route than his mentor intended. A theory that if I’m being honest, I’ve never been a big fan of.
While recently speaking with IGN though, Snyder commented on the inclusion of the dead Robin costume, and what it meant for Affleck’s iteration of The Dark Knight:
“In my mind, it was that Robin had died about 10 years earlier in some run-in with a young Joker. So there was an interest to me, sort of a fun backstory to play with. I felt like the whole idea was there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. In a weird way he’s sacrificed everything to be Batman, he doesn’t really have a life outside the cave. I thought that by including a dead Robin it was helping us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.”
So it doesn’t seem like, from these comments anyways, there was more purpose to the dead Robin costume, other than to hint at the history and grief that Affleck’s Batman has faced and gone through during his years as the vigilante of Gotham City. Plus, it does a good job at establishing the tumultuous(?) relationship between his and Leto’s Joker, if we ever get to see them onscreen together, in say, an Affleck-directed solo Batman movie? I don’t know, just a thought. That is, if he isn’t Jason Todd as well, like many theorists still seem to believe.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theatres everywhere now.
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