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Just when you think Zack Snyder's dark and brooding DC Extended Universe couldn't get any more grim, a minute detail from 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has hinted at the horrific way Robin died. With whispers that the upcoming Snyder Cut of the director's Justice League could see this moment play out via flashback, fans had better cover their eyes. It isn't going to be pretty.
Although there have been several characters to take on the mantle of Robin in DC Comics, the DCEU picked up Batman's story with a battered and bruised Bruce Wayne living in a post-Robin world and mourning the loss of his former comrade.
In the comics, it was Jason Todd who died in the line of duty, and while this was later retconned, his "death" at the hands of the Joker remains a defining moment in DC history. Snyder put his own twist on the tale in BvS and confirmed Dick Grayson was the one who tragically lost his life.
It's been long-established that the OG Robin died in the DCEU, but now, one of Batman v Superman's designers has revealed the brutal way it happened. Posting on Instagram, costume designer Douglas J Stewart said Joker murdered Grayson and then set his body on fire – hence the charred costume seen in the background of the movie. Stewart explained, "A bit of detail on Robin's gauntlet. He was brutally murdered and then set ablaze by the Joker. The story had to be told in the salvaged costume on display inside the Batcave."
It's a typically Snyder-esque way to handle the source material and shouldn't come as a major surprise to those who are used to the franchise's high body count.
From Antiope to Jimmy Olsen, Jonathan Kent to the Waynes, no-one was safe. Of course, the death of Robin proved to be a crucial part of the DCEU despite the fact it happened off-screen.
More than Robin's death just being a throwaway Easter egg, it had a knock-on effect on the rest of the DCEU as part of Snyder's master plan. Importantly, there's been no sign of Robin, meaning this would leave the door open to any number of A-list celebrities to step into those iconic boots as part of the Dynamic Duo.
When it came to David Ayer's Suicide Squad, Joker's signature metal grill was because Batman knocked his teeth out in a rage-filled act of vengeance for Robin's demise. The pitch-black tone of Snyder's DCEU jarred against Ayer's neon-splashed Suicide Squad the same year as Batman v Superman, while Jared Leto's Joker didn't quite translate properly onto the screen.
Aside from there being a lot of support for the star's performance – and reports he's returning for the Snyder Cut – many felt he fell short of playing the Clown Prince of Crime. Even though it sounds like Snyder took influence from Todd being beaten to death with a crowbar in the acclaimed Batman: A Death in the Family, he took it one step further by giving Dick a fiery farewell.
Whether Robin's death will be shown in the Snyder Cut or not, it would be a missed opportunity if the director didn't flesh out the fallen hero's backstory. Alongside previous hints from Snyder that he'd revisit Robin's death, the rumour mill went into overdrive following the latest reveal.
On Vero, one fan put the pieces together and suggested that Robin's burned suit fits with the idea that the horrible event took place in Wayne Manor, which led to Bruce's ancestral home looking the way it does in the DCEU. If that's the case, another fan pointed out Leto's Joker would've known Batman's identity and kept a secret as part of a twisted back and forth. The whole tin foil hat theory caught the attention of Snyder, who simply responded: "Would be interesting to see this."
Instead of being the resurrection of the DCEU that many had hoped for, Snyder has repeatedly said his three-and-a-half-hour Justice League cut will mark the end of the franchise.
Despite originally wanting to tell an epic three-movie arc for the team of superheroes, Snyder's plans were cut short when he stepped away from Justice League for personal reasons and Joss Whedon took over post-production.
In the end, Snyder and Whedon shared directorial credit, Justice League bombed at the box office, and interest was sparked in #ReleasetheSnyderCut. When it comes to Robin, Joker, and even Ben Affleck's Batman, it could be a last chance saloon for tying up all those loose ends with Zack Snyder's Justice League.
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