follow-up storyline Batman: Battle for the Cowl (2009), Jason Todd is featured as a gun-wielding vigilante. Jason's true motives are shown in the third part as he kidnaps Mia Dearden in an effort to dissolve her partnership with Green Arrow, feeling that they are kindred spirits, cast down by society and at odds with their mentors. However, Todd does not wear the Robin costume until six months of training. Afterwards, he swore allegiance to her. Thank god!”. "[11], Despite the poll results, O'Neil noted, "We did the deed, and we got a blast of hate mail and a blast of negative commentary in the press. On the right is the page as it ran. But the war goes on. • Robin in The New Batman Adventures is named Tim Drake, but his characterization is a combination of both Tim and Jason Todd. [22] Distinguished by strawberry blond hair, Todd is wearing various pieces of Dick Grayson's old childhood disguises as costume to fight crime until Grayson presents him with a Robin costume of his own. 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Despite their now-antagonistic relationship, Batman desperately wants to help Todd, and intends to atone for his own failures. Instead of tragic silence, the Caped Crusader exclaimed, “He’s alive! Todd also aided Batman while Gotham City was temporarily overrun by Deacon Blackfire as shown in Batman: The Cult. He has Jason's origin story, as a young thief living on the streets and the son of a criminal working for Two-Face but has his comic book counterpart's knack for excellent detective skills. He also steals all of Batman's schematics to use his own arsenal and tactics against him for when the time to exact revenge would come. Overall, he strives to take over Gotham's gangs, control their activities, and to kill Joker in revenge for his own death. Jason M. ToddAudubon - Music speaks where words fail and family is like music. [23] Batman notes that while Todd doesn't possess Dick Grayson's natural athleticism and acrobatic skills, he can become a productive crimefighter by channeling his rage. However, Tim's capture and torture at the Joker's hands in the film Batman Beyond: Retur… (Though the issue ends before it’s shown what they discuss.). A great deal of adventures occurred post-Crisis which fit with the circus acrobat era and in some cases ran simultaneously in Detective as the street kid origin was being laid out in Batman. [20] The series has focused on Jason Todd's redemption, and introduced a simplified version of his origin story as the Red Hood in Red Hood and the Outlaws #0, a special prequel issue between #12 and #13. As the hideout comes crashing down from hydrogen tank explosions, the critically injured Robin asks Batman to finish the Joker off, but is outraged when Batman chooses to save Joker instead. To anyone who asked why Batman was such a loner, such a disciplinarian to his partners, such a hardass about who got to play vigilante in Gotham City, readers pointed to the glass case in the Batcave that contained a child’s empty costume. Batman admits that he has often tempted by the thought of taking the Joker somewhere private to torture for weeks before finally killing the maniac, but says that he refuses to go to that place. In the published version of Batman #428, the same page depicts Jason’s funeral, where Alfred asks Bruce if he should get in touch with Dick Grayson. The writers had wanted to adapt Batman: A Death in the Family, but had to abandon it as the story was too dark. 0. "Darkest" (photograph) 20. Jason Todd, as the Arkham Knight, is featured in the tie-in comics to the Batman: Arkham video game series. Jason's mother is already dead by now and his father is serving a life sentence in prison, so he has been living on the streets. Todd was revived via Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus Pit, and subsequently turned into a more brutal and vicious, but still well-meaning crimefighter. [59], Following the conclusion of the first volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws, a new series starring Red Hood teaming up with Arsenal as heroes for hire began entitled Red Hood/Arsenal. In 1989, Denny O'Neil, Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick would introduce Tim Drake as the third Robin. Jason Todd makes his live-action debut in the DC Universe and HBO Max series Titans, played by Curran Walters as Robin seasons 1 and 2 and Red Hood in season 3. Initially sharing a similar origin to Grayson, subsequent portrayals commonly depict Todd as an orphaned street delinquent with extremely violent behaviour, whom Batman attempts to reform and mentors rigorously. Loeb explained, "I always liked Jason, liked the idea that Batman had a Robin who died in the line of duty and how that would motivate anyone to continue their quest. Eleven months passed between Jason's death in Batman #428 and the first mention of his passing in Detective Comics #606. He confirms to Hush that Riddler is correct that Bruce Wayne is Batman. On the 80th anniversary of Robin’s first appearance, Polygon is excited to present a look at some of that unfinished issue, including a high-resolution scan of rarely seen work from writer Jim Starlin, penciller Jim Aparo, and inker Mike DeCarlo straight from DC Comics’ archives. [57], Following the traumas of Death of the Family, Damian's death, and his betrayal by Batman, Jason returns to the All-Caste and has his memories wiped so that he may be at peace. The last decade has been a renaissance for Jason Todd, the second character to fill the role of Robin, the world’s most famous superhero sidekick. However, with the character no longer featured in Batman comics, the disadvantages of telling Batman stories without the character to act as a sounding board for the protagonist became apparent. To top it off, Essence shows that the order of the All Caste, the people most qualified to handle the situation, have been slaughtered, leaving her and Jason as the only known survivors. Holding Joker at gunpoint, he throws a pistol to Batman and begins to count to three while standing behind Joker, leaving Batman with only a headshot if he wants to stop Todd pulling the trigger. Despite the violence of the beating, Jason spares Joker, intending to use him later against Batman. Distinguished by his red hair (as opposed to the black hair of Dick Grayson), Todd is unfailingly cheerful, wearing his circus costume to fight crime until Dick Grayson present… “Taking a Robin — any Robin — away from Batman was risky,” O’Neil said in his 1988 postscript to A Death in the Family. He "defeated his archenemy". [31] Shortly after the events of "War Games" and just before "War Crimes", Jason Todd reappears in Gotham City as the Red Hood. Todd and Drake are confronted by another Red Robin in Robin #177, whose identity is initially a mystery but later turns out to be Ulysses Armstrong. He’s appeared in movies, TV shows, and video games, while even his comic book self became the leader of his own team of antiheroes. Catwoman would be a frequent guest star during this era as she wrestled with the role of hero and as a love interest for Batman which led to clashes with the boy feeling left out. After his resurrection, he expands on his training by learning from people of the same caliber as those who trained his ex-mentor Batman, becoming highly skilled in the aforementioned fields by the time he reaches adulthood. In the first line of his postscript in the first collected edition of that story, Batman editor Denny O’Neil protested his own culpability in Robin’s death with one quote, “We didn’t kill the Boy Wonder. Jason proved he was a hero to the end, using his final moments to save the mother who had betrayed him. I don't know if it was fan craziness—maybe they saw him as usurping Dick Grayson's position. Flamingo is assumed dead, although Commissioner Gordon reports that his body cannot be recovered from beneath the rubble. When Batman expresses no remorse for sparing Joker's life after the second Robin was killed, Todd is further angered and takes up his murderer's original mantle. All of the henchmen die, and Garzonas is finally crushed by a pile of junk cars. Several homicides occur due to many botched attempts on Jason's life by inmates with a grudge against Red Hood's tactics. Grayson then comes to the rescue and refuses to believe Todd when he claims he has killed Drake, which he has not since current Robin Damian Wayne rescued Drake at the last moment. The Red Robin costume, originally designed by Alex Ross for the 1996 Kingdom Come limited series and worn by the Earth-22 Dick Grayson, is seen in Countdown to Final Crisis #16 in the Earth-51 Batman's base of operations; it is revealed that Earth-51 became the peaceful world it is because the Batman of this Earth killed all the supervillains after his Jason was killed by the Joker. DC's original Jason Todd poll came during 1988's Batman: A Death in the Family storyline. It is implied that Todd's death was a contributing factor to Batman's retirement. p. 22. WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Batman: Three Jokers #1 by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson and Rob Leigh, available now.. One of history’s most iconic Batman stories was 1988’s “A Death in the Family” by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo, which was famous for the brutal death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, at the hands of The Joker. [32] He hijacks a shipment of Kryptonite from Black Mask, and in the midst of a battle with Batman, Nightwing and Mr. As a solo act, Robin displayed a much more aggressive approach to criminals and Batman's rogues gallery before he was captured by the Joker and Harley Quinn. The League of Assassins tracked and eliminated everyone in Gotham who knew of Todd's resurrection to prevent Batman from finding out. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. In the Alan Moore epic Superman Annual #11, "For the Man Who Has Everything", Batman and Todd join Wonder Woman at the Fortress of Solitude to celebrate Superman's birthday. After digging up th… Jim Starlin and artist Jim Aparo’s 1988 comic Batman #426 kicked off A Death in the Family, which saw Jason Todd discovering that his biological mother might still be alive, then running away on a globe-trotting trip to unearth her identity. This led to a blackout of almost any Robin appearances in Detective. [38] Following his escape, Todd continues on the mend, and is summoned by Tim Drake to come to the Batcave, where Batman has left a Last Will and Testament statement for him. After stabbing Tim Drake in the chest with a batarang, he and Dick Grayson battle down in the subway. Jason tells her what happened the night of Duela's death, and about the dueling Monitors. After of which he was taken in by the man. The character debuted in Batman #357 (March 1983) and made his first full appearance in Detective Comics #525 (April 1983), but it wasn't until later that year when he would appear in costume as Robin in Batman #366 (Dec 1983) when he showed up towards the end of the story to help Batman fight the Joker. For a time Natalia Knight, the criminal also known as Nocturna, Mistress of the Night is a stabilizing influence in his life; she becomes his surrogate mother and even adopts the young Todd. Jason was kidnapped and taken to an abandoned wing of Arkham Asylum, where he was tortured by the Joker, who manipulated him into hating Batman over the course of a year. Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman. However, Starfire makes it clear to Roy that it is only physical, with no emotional ties. His weapons of choice are a pair of customized IWI Jericho 941s, fitted with extra picatinny rails and mini red-dot sights. He also learns that the man teaching him bomb-making is involved in a Russian mafia-backed deal meant to push the resources of British law enforcement away from mob crime and onto Islamic extremist terrorism with a framed bombing plot. [56] Later however, the pair come together, united by the ties of family. They battle and Grayson eventually defeats Todd, who says that he will be seen again. This second Monitor apologizes to Jason before they both disappear, leaving Jason alone with Duela's body. O'Neil said, "The logical candidate was Jason because we had reason to believe that he wasn't that popular anyway. After spending a year in a coma and subsequently another year as an amnesiac vagrant, he is taken by Talia al Ghul after a small-time crook recognizes him as Robin due to his combat skills on the street.[1]. Shortly afterward, Todd leaves New York City and the Nightwing mantle to Grayson, along with a telegram telling Grayson he has returned to normal and still considers himself a gift from Batman.[36]. Machine gun fire breaks out and Gordon is wounded in the arm. The story saw Joker capturing Jason Todd, beating him nearly to death with a crowbar, then leaving him in a building set to explode. Joker faked Jason's death by sending a tape to Batman in which Robin was apparently shot and killed. In the revamp period, Todd is portrayed as the "rebel" Robin. [27][28][29], After learning of the Joker's arms deal in Los Angeles for another terrorism scheme against Gotham, Jason begins to stalk the villain as a masked assassin. [69], In the Bombshells United storyline, Kate Kane and Renee Montoya meet Talia al Ghul and Cheetah in an underground labyrinth. As Gordon leads him away, Todd tauntingly asks Grayson why he has not put Wayne's corpse into a Lazarus Pit to bring him back, citing his own resurrection from its bath. Joker brutally beats Jason with a crowbar before Batman arrives to stop him. Jason kills the creature, strengthening his resolve. [54] Later, however, the Wingman ruse is exposed and Todd returns to being Red Hood. “Being Robin gives me magic!” Jason Todd was the second person to hold the mantle of Robin, the Boy Wonder. Now he was a street urchin who met Batman for the first time when he attempted to jack the tires from the Batmobile; a hard-hearted and rebellious kid who Bruce encouraged to be Robin in the hopes that it would keep him from a life of crime. For a period of time due to studio interference, Jason Todd replaced Dick Grayson as the fallen Robin in the DC Extended Universe. After hearing the statement in private, Todd prepares to leave, not revealing what he was told, although he does pause before his old costume and the tattered remains of Batman's, he is clearly sad.[39]. While he recalls his days as Wingman as a failure, Bruce Wayne is nevertheless proud of him. "[18], In 2005, writer Judd Winick began the Under the Hood storyline that revolved around the mystery of the identity of the new Red Hood. Not long after the two Nightwings meet up, Todd is captured and imprisoned by local mobsters Barry and Buddy Pierce. Some of the mail response indicated that this was at least on some people's minds. Wingman temporary allies himself with Damian Wayne, who is using the name "Redbird" at the time. Tim, named for Tim Burton, director of the new but not-yet-released Batman motion picture, was a bright kid who’d been in the circus audience the night Dick Grayson’s parents died. Once the hired guns are subdued they reveal their employer has captured Scarlet, Jason's former sidekick. The team also includes Starfire and Roy Harper. Jason Todd’s story didn’t end with his death, either. Sheila and Jason try desperately to get out of the warehouse but are still inside as the bomb goes off. The series eventually ended coinciding with the DC Rebirth event. Jason is hurt by Batman's manipulation, and the two share harsh words and exchange blows, shattering their newfound relationship. Though only lightly touched on, his resurrection is also simplified: he is resurrected after he is placed into the Lazarus Pit by Talia al Ghul. Appearances. [74][75] Later, Jack reveals to Batman that he remembered what he did with Jason after he tortured him. The readers did.”, Why would DC editorial leave the decision to kill a major character to readers? [45], Jason files an appeal to be moved from Arkham Asylum where he has been held for observation for the last several months. Todd manages to hunt down the gang and safely detonate the bombs. Jason then switches places with Clayface in order to observe Batman from afar. Batman is instructed to meet the kidnappers at a city junkyard and to bring Robin. Within the 36-hour period allotted for voting, the poll received 10,614 votes. Batman then takes him in and raises him as the new Robin, though realizes early on that Jason has a violent streak. 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