Ever since Batman v Superman was released earlier this year, fans have wondered what really happened to Robin in the DC Extended Universe. During a brief scene in that movie, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is shown standing in front of Robin’s suit, which resides within a glass display case and is covered in Joker graffiti, heavily hinting that the Clown Prince of Crime (Jared Leto) was responsible for the Boy Wonder’s death.
Back in April, Warner Bros. confirmed that the Robin in the DCEU is Jason Todd, who infamously lost his life at the hands of the Joker in the 1988 comic story “A Death in the Family,” which also pretty much confirmed that something similar happened in the DCEU. Thanks to recent comments made by Suicide Squad director David Ayer, we now know a bit more about how the whole thing went down and what Batman did to the Joker in the aftermath of that tragedy:
“This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection. But Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum. It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.” [via: Empire]
I kind of figured that it would only be a matter of time before we got some silly explanation for how the Joker got that silly forehead tattoo, but Ayer’s explanation is actually pretty good, all things considered. I like the idea of Batman coming close to beating Joker to death in a mournful rage and even though I’m not in a hurry to see Leto’s Joker again anytime soon, a flashback sequence of him pre-silver grill and forehead tattoo getting absolutely destroyed by Batman certainly sounds watchable.
It’s refreshing at least to hear that there is a method to the madness of giving the Joker such terrible design choices, rather than just because they’re “edgy.” Hopefully, Ben Affleck’s Batman movie will clear up a lot of these backstory details so we don’t have to rely on things like Joker tattoos telling us a story in the future.