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 Todd was “the logical candidate,” O’Neil said. [68] This is noteworthy as this version of the character was introduced nine years before the canon Jason was resurrected as Red Hood. Jason Todd appears Batman: The Adventures Continue comic book series, which is set in the continuity of the DC Animated Universe. However, Todd does not wear the Robin costume until six months of training. He subsequently became the second Robin, but was ultimately captured and tortured by the Joker in an abandoned wing of Arkham Asylum, where he was left for months. Scarlet desires to stay with Red Hood as his partner. Todd instead decides to kill Batman directly by traveling across the globe in search of a similar, but deadlier type of training to Bruce Wayne's own in order to prepare for that day. He then proceeds to fall back into his hero persona, ranting how he did what Batman never did. Batman then asks why Jason never returned to him, Jack says that the Joker was jealous of Robin for knowing who Batman was and Jason hated him so much for making him Robin that he disappeared. He was resurrected by Ra's Al Ghul and began working for Ghul's cause as an impostor Batman, who uses guns. 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. The back-up introduces a massive retcon in which the Joker is responsible for orchestrating the major moments of Todd's life such as his father's imprisonment and death, his mother's overdose, his introduction to Thompkins and his adoption of the Robin identity. Jason spares Joker and decides to wait for the right opportunity. She also hires the same carpenters who built Jason's casket and had them build a replica of it (the original was destroyed and beyond repair after Jason emerged from it). He is 'rescued' by Starfire and Arsenal, but does not regain his memories. His inner monologue reveals that he had always wanted to eventually replace Batman, and thinks it was a bad idea for Batman to become a public figure, rather than an urban legend. recruit with a bright future, who was personally mentored by Director Bruce Wayne and Moonwing. [44] In the issue, Todd is characterized as increasingly unstable and his idea of "finishing off" Batman and Robin now consists of stripping them down to their underwear and exposing their identities via webcam activated by a phone poll [a nod by Morrison to his own death poll]. He then unmasked Moonwing and accused him and Logan of abandoning him. He is immediately transferred back to Arkham but is broken out of the paddy wagon by a group of mercenaries. [49], Following the events of the "Flashpoint" storyline, the DC universe was relaunched, with Red Hood becoming the leader of the Outlaws in their own series, part of the New 52 line of comics. Talia took Todd in out of her love for Batman, while her father Ra's al Ghul was interested in the secret behind his resurrection. Tim was Robin for 20 years, until he himself was usurped by Bruce Wayne’s biological son, Damian. Jason Todd was the second Robin, until he was brutally murdered by the Joker. In it, Batman cradled Jason’s battered body, his face raised to the sky in a rare smile, the tonal opposite of the published image, in which he sorrowfully lifted Jason’s corpse. He also later appears in Year of the Villain and Event Leviathan #2. The initial version of Jason Todd had an origin that was a similar origin to the first Robin, Dick Grayson. One of his victims, a girl named Gloria, hangs herself amid the threat of a third rape from Felipe. The poll ended with a narrow majority of votes in favor of killing Todd, resulting in his death. Red Hood assumes control over several gangs in Gotham City and starts a one-man war against Black Mask's criminal empire. In 1989, Denny O'Neil, Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick would introduce Tim Drake as the third Robin. In this new timeline, Jason's new origin is revealed in a special Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 (November 2012) issue, which changes the manner in which Batman first met Todd (stealing medicine from Leslie Thompkins, after she had treated him from a brutal beating). In the revamp period, Todd is portrayed as the "rebel" Robin. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which was published before "A Death in the Family", references Jason Todd. ( He also is balding). [citation needed]. For a period of time due to studio interference, Jason Todd replaced Dick Grayson as the fallen Robin in the DC Extended Universe. p. 22. Rather, it became a central part of the psyche of Batman stories for over two decades. It’s shown that Jason had enlisted in the military sometime after his escape from the Joker. However, Todd's actual body is missing from its grave. In the context of Jason’s murder by reader input, it’s easy to read Tim’s origin as a hedge against the same negative fan reaction that labeled his predecessor as a usurper of Dick Grayson’s legacy. After a brief tease during Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s 2003 “Hush” storyline, the resurrected Jason was officially introduced by writer Judd Winick and artist Doug Mahnke as the villainous Red Hood in 2005’s Batman #635. He confirms to Hush that Riddler is correct that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Until then, the most I had ever seen of the fabled alternate timeline where Jason lived was a single panel, reprinted in Les Daniel’s glossy hardcover Batman: The Complete History. Jason breaks free and fights them off all the same as Batman and Robin arrive. About six months after Jason’s death, O’Neil’s Batman office introduced Tim Drake, created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Pat Broderick. During the events of the series' first installment, Jason convinced Deathstroke, who was hired by the Joker to kill Jason if he tried to escape, to help him by promising him a bigger payment. A teaser image released to promote Countdown showed a figure resembling Red Robin among assembled heroes in poses symbolic of their roles in the series. Instead of being trained by various men after his return from the dead, Jason Todd was trained by an order of warriors known as the All Caste. Sheila herself has been embezzling from the aid agency and as part of the cover-up, she hands her own son, having arrived as Robin, over to Joker. But the war goes on. Jason Todd's backstory is altered to resemble his original meeting with Batman occurring while trying to steal tires from the Batmobile. He is later convinced by Damian to turn against Ra's when Ra's takes it too far by using Amazo to slaughter millions. Jason escalates things further by poisoning the cafeteria, killing 82 and sickening 100 more inmates. He smokes, swears, and fights authority. He "defeated his archenemy". As he leaves, he tears the 'R' emblem from Drake's chest, though he later admits that Drake has talent. It is also revealed that, like Tim, Jason was also aware that Batman survived his encounter with Darkseid. Jason points out he's passed all the psychological tests repeatedly and there is no reason to keep him in what he calls Batman's "kennel of freaks". Batman responds by stating "I will never forget Jason. Winick explained that after his initial arc on the Batman title, he suggested doing "something big" to his editors. [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. He then revealed that he's been waiting a long time to kill both Dick and Logan. But the poll couldn’t be just any question. However, Robin senses something is wrong and hides in the Batmobile's trunk as Batman heads to the junkyard. In the DC Bombshells continuity, Jasón was a child from the Basque Country in Spain who aided Kate Kane and Renee Montoya during the Spanish Civil War. His message goes on to plead that Todd get psychiatric help, a notion that the latter rejects. Batman wasn’t alone all that time. I think there was even talk of his possibly being Deathstroke's Robin.[65]. Appearances. Shortly afterward, Red Hood finds the Joker (driven out of Gotham by Hush) and beats him with a crowbar just as Joker had beaten Jason. After stabbing Tim Drake in the chest with a batarang, he and Dick Grayson battle down in the subway. "Batman and the Twilight of the Idols: An Interview with Frank Miller". Jason Todd was the second Robin, until he was brutally murdered by the Joker. 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. "Notes from the Batcave: An Interview with Dennis O'Neil. [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. 1 History 2 DEATH BATTLE! Alfred Pennyworth refers to Jason as wanting "to be redeemed" through his membership. However, Todd was more violent and aggressive. All of the henchmen die, and Garzonas is finally crushed by a pile of junk cars. Upon meeting another man who had previously been brought back by the Lazarus Pit and had turned into a Minotaur, he realizes a similar fate will befall him the longer he stays alive. The only outcome would have to be imprisonment or something worse. "[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. This version's backstory is similar to the comics, as he was originally a young thief living on the streets, until being adopted by Batman after he was caught attempting to steal the Batmobile's tires. This left him with his stepmother Catherine, a d… Todd asks Batman why he has not avenged his death by killing Joker, a psychopath who has murdered countless people and crippled one of their best friends, arguing that Batman should have done it "because he took me away from you". Freeze, Red Hood gives them the Kryptonite back, and tells them he has gotten what he truly wanted: a "lay of the land". "—, Rucka, Greg (w), Eaglesham, Dale (p), Kryssing, Ray (i), Comicraft (let), Mike Carlin (ed). "[6], In 1988, Dennis O'Neil suggested that an audience might be attracted to the comics by being offered the opportunity to influence the creative process. Eventually, he comes across an Untitled, who was in hiding, who tells him that they were set up, but still fights him. Cheetah regrets her past deeds and resurrects Jasón using a Lazarus Pit. Thank god!”. Batman arrives too late to save them, and finds Jason's lifeless body in the rubble. After she initiated a takeover of Kord Industries for him, Talia gifts Jason the flame dagger (a replica of the one Ra's al Ghul often carried) and the red helmet which become his signature weapon and mask.[1][30]. (Though the issue ends before it’s shown what they discuss.). This version has streaks of white hair that used to be brown before the Joker electrocuted him. "If I had to do it again, I would certainly have kept my mouth shut. Winick said, "I was less interested in the how and the why and the what of Jason Todd returning from the dead than I am about what Jason's return will do to Batman. Bruce eventually managed to track him down before his arrest, and requests the GCPD appoint Jason as his guard in order to allow them to talk. Created by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, Jason was introduced in 1983 as as a carbon copy of Grayson, another circus kid with a heart of gold. Staff at the company had been toying with the idea of using a then-cutting edge phone-polling system to allow DC readership real input on a story. The Red Hood will appear as one of the four main playable characters in the 2021 video game, Jason, as the Red Hood, is a playable character via, The video tape of the Joker "killing" Jason can be viewed in, The Red Hood appears as a playable character via downloadable content in, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 13:17. [51] After his exile, he became Red Hood and came to be odds with Dick Grayson, Starfire's ex-lover and his Robin predecessor. 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. [31] Shortly after the events of "War Games" and just before "War Crimes", Jason Todd reappears in Gotham City as the Red Hood. 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. Joker captured him, famously beat him with a crowbar, and then trapped him in a warehouse full of explosives. Former Robin Jason Todd parted ways with the Batman over their vastly different approaches to crimefighting, eventually founding his own team, the Outlaws. It's crystal clear now that he is on the dark side. "[13] However, DC stood behind the outcome of the poll. [58] He subsequently learns of his history from Starfire's computer, which states Red Hood has made 83 confirmed kills. Then, a house ad asked readers to call one number if they thought Jason should live, and another if they wanted him to die. [52] After finding out he's no longer the killer he once was, Jason brings his group to the All Caste headquarters, the Hundred Acres of All, where they discover the bodies are returning to life as zombies. agent's death, causing him to be dismissed from S.H.I.E.L.D. The character's identity was revealed as Jason Todd in Batman #638. Originally the second Robin, Jason was killed by the Joker. DC Comics still has the pages of the book in which he didn’t. Todd then offers Batman an ultimatum: he will kill Joker unless Batman kills Todd first. Jason Todd, AKA Red Hood, is an anti-hero from DC Comics. 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. Grayson reluctantly rescues him, and the two join forces to defeat the Pierce Brothers. The story saw Joker capturing Jason Todd, beating him nearly to death with a crowbar, then leaving him in a building set to explode. He also has some lethally sharpened shurikens based on Batman's batarang designs as throwing weapons. With an extensive knowledge of Batman's tactics, Jason can anticipate most of his former mentor's actions and counter them. In Batman #427, Batman ordered Jason not to confront the Joker until he returned from stopping a convoy full of deadly gas, but, fearing for his mother’s life, Jason went in anyway. The verdict in favor of the character's death won by a slim 72-vote margin of 5,343 votes to 5,271. Even when the superhero death/resurrection cycle exploded in the 1990s and after, there was a time when Jason was counted among the most hallowed of comic book deaths, alongside Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy, and Batman’s parents themselves. By Andy Behbakht Mar 02, 2020. But Jason almost didn’t die. The death of Jason Todd subsequently became a monumental event in the Batman mythos, and it paved the way for the eventual creation of newer Robins like Tim Drake. He was a good soldier. Ra's refers to Todd as a "curse" and a "pestilence" unleashed on the planet, saying that madness may affect him for "hours, months, or decades". Nightwing notes that Jason fights aggressively, like he's angry at the world and doesn't hold back. Originally he was the second Robin, Batman's sidekick after Dick Grayson grew too old. Jason teams up with Batman, Batgirl, Cyborg and Red Robin to rescue Damian's body from Apokolips. Season 2. Batman at first tries helping him by enrolling him in Ma Gunn's boarding school, trying to give him a home. Mia is deeply troubled by the discussion, but ultimately decides to remain with Green Arrow. Was he new take on Robin that offered pathos, drama, and a challenge for Batman? Since his return, he operates as the Red Hood in current DC Comics continuity.[4]. After a series of tests confirmed that it is Jason, Batman remains keeping his Robin costume in its memorial display case in the Batcave regardless; when Alfred Pennyworth asks if he wants the costume removed, Batman sadly replies that the return of Todd "doesn't change anything at all" because of wanting to remember Jason as he was when they first met and in guilt over how violent he has become. In an issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Phantom Stranger summons all of the Robins, including Jason, Tim Drake, Carrie Kelley, Damian Wayne, Nightwing, and Stephanie Brown, to save Batman. Eleven months passed between Jason's death in Batman #428 and the first mention of his passing in Detective Comics #606. 08. But from this point on for Jason the gray area between good and bad has disappeared. He is prone to defying Batman's orders, sometimes to success (bringing in the Scarecrow singlehandedly) and sometimes failure (botching a raid on a drug lab by jumping the gun too soon). 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