With the internet and social media at their disposal when it comes to promotion, cinema-goers have learned that movie studios often post teasing spoilers or worldwide exclusives unexpectedly on the platforms. Now, it seems like Warner Brothers are employing that technique by potentially hinting at Robin's real-life identity in their newly-developing franchise.
As avid fans of the DC Comics will have noticed when watching the movie, a scene in Batman v Superman saw a brooding Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) looking upon a statuesque representation of sidekick Robin's costume with the words"Hahaha! Joke's on you Batman," painted onto it. The film's official Instagram posted a still from that sequence on 27 April along with the caption: "Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left?"
Now, you might be thinking, if we've seen all that before, how does that hint at Robin's identity? Well, the day in which the account uploaded the image could be a huge clue. The first time Robin died in the original comics was in the 1988 issue A Death In The Family, where villain The Joker kidnapped then-Robin, Jason Todd, and brutally beat him with a crowbar before exploding the warehouse that he was in.
The events described took place on 27 April 1985, evidenced by Todd's death certificate shown in the comics, so surely it can't be a coincidence that the marketing posted that exact snapshot and caption on such a prominent day in the Batman storyline. Interestingly too, subsequent comics followed Batman as he tried to deal with his grief, plagued by guilt from not saving Robin, a trait that would definitely tie-in with Ben Affleck's moody portrayal of the character in Zack Snyder's film.
The words printed on the Robin statue also proves how plausible the theory is too now that is has some context. Given how synonymous The Joker is with the laughing phrase 'haha' (Jared Leto's most recent version has it tattooed many times on his chest) and the fact that he was the one who murdered Todd, it certainly seems like the trio are connected. If Todd is already dead in the DC Extended Universe, then his comic book replacement Tim Drake will surely be the version we see in any future instalments. That has not been confirmed.
Only time will tell whether we'll see Robin pop up in an upcoming Warner Brothers' DC films. The Justice League Part One will be released on 17 November 2017 while Part Two is not scheduled to come out until 2019. Wonder Woman will also be seen in her own movie in June 2017, although Robin will almost certainly not star in that one given that it will be set mostly during the First World War.
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