There have been plenty of rumors and theories about David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad film, but to me the most puzzling has always been the idea that his controversial new take on The Joker would eventually be revealed to be former Batman sidekick Jason Todd – better known to comic book fans as the second Robin.
The rumor began to take hold thanks to a line from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Bruce Wayne says to Alfred, “Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?” In an early trailer for the film, this line was accompanied by a brief image of Robin’s costume, displayed in the Batcave and covered in graffiti which reads “Ha ha, the joke’s on you, Batman!”
Somehow, rather than making the obvious connection to Jason Todd’s fate in the comics – The Joker beats him to death with a crowbar in the classic “Death in the Family” storyline, and Batman leaves the costume on display as a constant reminder of his fallen comrade – some fans extrapolated this to mean that Jason Todd had gone insane and transformed himself into the Clown Prince of Crime.
With less than two weeks before Suicide Squad hits theaters, director David Ayer has officially gone on record to debunk this theory once and for all. Speaking to WSVN-TV’s Chris Van Vliet, Ayer was asked about the most ridiculous rumor he’s heard about the film, and quickly singled out the “Jason Todd is The Joker” theory, before stating, “It ain’t the case! He’s not!”
Ayer was also asked about the persistent rumor that Warner Bros. mandated a significant amount of reshoots to increase the amount of humor in Suicide Squad in the wake of Batman v Superman‘s lukewarm critical reception.
“I don’t think you can do that. It’s like, what, you got a scene where they’re all cracking jokes and then you’re back in the old scene? It doesn’t work like that. The movie was always funny.”
With a huge cast that includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevigne and Viola Davis, Suicide Squad will blast its way into theaters on August 5.
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