It’s been a long-gestating rumour that Robin died at the hands of the Joker sometime before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ever since we caught a glimpse of the promotional photo showing Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne staring at Robin’s suit, which had visibly been vandalised by The Joker.
One of the most interesting theories doing the rounds is that Jared Leto’s Joker, set to debut in Suicide Squad, is actually Jason Todd (Robin). The theory goes that Joker tortured Todd to the point of insanity, turning him into another Clown Prince of Crime in the process.
Today those theories can be put to rest because Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder has revealed how Robin died. In an interview with IGN (via Squareeyed) Snyder states while talking about how the death of Robin shaped Batman that: “In my mind it was that Robin had died about ten years earlier in some run in with a young Joker. So that was an interesting thing to me. Sorta a fun backstory to play with.”
Finally the talk about Jason Todd being the Joker can be put to rest. Robin is indeed dead. The Joker is just The Joker. It was also recently revealed that Affleck has already penned the script to his proposed solo Batman movie and we’re hoping it includes story arcs from either A Death in the Family or The Killing Joke, therefore allowing plenty of room for Leto’s Joker to come face-to-face with Affleck’s Dark Knight.