Zack Snyder Explains Robin’s Death in BATMAN V SUPERMAN

I think in am in the rare group that actually enjoyed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I think the good elements outweighed the bad. Not by much, but enough to give it a good review from me. 

Now I am going to be talking about some spoilerish things for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet. I hate that I have to say this in almost every post, but there are some sensitive souls out there that need warnings for everything. So, here it is. 

If you have seen the movie, then you know that there are a lot of scenes that take a glimpse into the larger DC Cinematic Universe. One of those scenes involves an empty Robin suit with “HAHAHA The Joke's On You Batman” spray painted on it, displayed in the Batcave. Upon seeing that, my first thought was A Death in the Family, probably my favorite graphic novel that I own. However, with the way the way the movie industry likes to throw curve balls at us to keep us on our toes, I couldn’t be 100% sure that was where they were going with that.

BVS director Zack Snyder gaves us a little insight into that part of Batman’s history by telling IGN:

"In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run-in with a young Joker, so there was a fun backstory there to play with. I felt like the whole idea was that there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. In a weird way, he had sacrificed everything to be Batman. He doesn’t really have a life outside the cave. I thought that including Robin, a dead Robin, was helping us understand that he’s been on quite a little journey."

No info is given on whether it was Dick Grayson in the story or if they are going by the killing of Jason Todd in A Death in the Family. I am hoping that (I don’t wish death upon any hero, just thought I should put that out there) it is Todd. 

Three reasons for this:

  1. Nightwing is one of my favorite DC Characters. Don’t judge me!
  2. The death of Todd releases an inner rage in Batman the likes that we have never seen before and would explain the swiftness in which he judges those around him. 
  3. I really love the Red Hood story arc and think it would be great for a later Batman movie. 

I don’t think they would go as dark as to have the fifth Robin, aka Damien, be killed off. It would raise the stakes between Batman and the Joker, and would cement the Joker as the most ruthless villains in superhero history. I just don’t think we are ready for that. 

Which Robin do you think the suit belongs to? I can’t wait to find out.