2016 has been a bad year for movie blockbusters, but few stunk up the place quite as much the DC Comics’ duo of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Over-long, poorly edited and with badly-written scripts to boot, both films got Marvel’s main rivals in all things comic book on the big screen off to a bad start.
Suicide Squad, in particular, was as disappointing a film as you are likely to find in the last 12 months with the bit-part role played by Jared Leto’s Joker one of the many gripes fans had with the finished effort.
The extended cut promises more, much like the Batman v Superman (BvS) director’s cut, to fill in some of the blanks but it would appear one eagle-eyed fan has been doing a pretty good job of that himself.
Going by the name of BluntAsFk on Reddit, the Batman fan in question has a theory that could change the way you watch both movies and it centres on Leto’s role as the Joker – or should that be Robin?
As the theory goes, Batman’s apparent lack of restraint when it comes to murdering people in BvS (something that goes against the original DC Comics character) is the result of Bruce Wayne suffering something of a mental break after his second Robin, Jason Todd, became the Joker.
Sounds mental? Perhaps, but there is plenty to support the theory.
In this version of events, Leto, as Robin, was basically tortured to the point of insanity by someone who may or may not have been the original Joker (**cough** Heath Ledger.)
Then there is the Robin suit seen in BvS which appears, in the film, as if it has been vandalized by the Joker who may, or may not, have gone on the kill the Boy Wonder.
But what if it was meant as a message to Batman that the old Robin was dead and a new Joker had risen in his place?
Batman also comments, in the film, how few people remain truly good after two decades in Gotham – is he alluding to the former Robin, now Joker.
With the Jason Todd character going on to become the Red Hood, another notable villain, in the comic book it would certainly be an interesting way to fuse those two famous plotlines from the comic together.
There’s also the fact that, in terms of apparent age and appearance, there looks to be enough of an age different between Affleck’s Batman and Leto’s Joker for it to work. Then there’s the tattoos.
If you look closely at the picture of Leto’s tattoos as Joker he appears to have innings covering the spot where Robin’s previously seen armour took a significant hit while he also boasts a tattoo of a robin and a small J is inked on his face – another reference to Jason Todd.
Zack Snyder has so far refuted the claims but, with filmmakers increasingly eager to keep their cards close to their chests, stranger things have happened.
And what a twist/reveal it would be if the Joker turned out to be Robin.
It could almost redeem the entire DC Comics movie fiasco to date. Well, almost.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.