Rumor of the Day: Jason Todd's role in the DC Movieverse

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Apr 7, 2015, 1:43 PM EDT

We've known who the major characters in Warner Bros.' budding DC Comics Cinematic Universe are for quite a while now, in part because they're mostly predictable. Sure, you could consider Cyborg a pleasant surprise choice to get his own movie, and some of the leads of Suicide Squad aren't exactly A-list from a comic book standpoint, but otherwise, the studio is sticking to the classics: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and so on. 

Since we're secure in that knowledge, it's been particularly interesting to see the upcoming DC films develop their supporting casts, which so far officially include everyone from Alfred Pennyworth to Amanda Waller and unofficially include everyone from Steve Trevor to King Shark. Now, another rumor has surfaced about a supporting character, and if it's true, it'll echo not just through the future of the DC Movieverse, but through its backstory.

According to Latino Review, we'll be able to see Jason Todd's Robin costume in the the Batcave at some point in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in Suicide Squad -- which, also according to Latino Review, takes place before Dawn of Justice -- Harley Quinn will be "estranged" from The Joker because she feels guilty about Todd's death. As most comics fans know, Todd -- the second Robin after Dick Grayson became Nightwing -- was infamously killed off, via fan vote, in the 1988 Batman storyline "A Death in the Family." Tim Drake became the third Robin, and Todd stayed dead for nearly 20 years before finally returning as the antihero Red Hood in 2005. Latino Review's report makes it clear that The Joker is somehow responsible for Todd's death in the movie universe, but the circumstances of his death, including when it happened, aren't mentioned. The report does note, though, that Red Hood is a "priority character" for Warner Bros., so it looks like, one way or another, we'll be running into a very much alive Jason Todd sooner or later.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

(Via Latino Review)