According to the folks at JoBlo, they’re hearing from their sources that the still not yet actually announced solo Batman film (that is reportedly co-written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, with Affleck in place to direct), will center on The Red Hood:
The basic plotline of Affleck’s solo Batfilm is that Jason Todd has returned from the grave as the Red Hood, working in the shadows to make people think he’s Batman, while making Batman look like a criminal. At the same time he leaves clues about his identity for Bruce/Batman to ultimately solve, leading to a confrontation that will involve Batman, Red Hood, and yes, The Joker, who will feature as a primary villain alongside Red Hood.
Judd Winick’s tale of the return of long-dead Robin Jason Todd has surprisingly been one of the more omnipresent recent bits of Batman lore, having also been adapted as a pretty great animated feature and playing a major part in *SPOILERS, AVERT YOUR EYES NOW* in the recent Arkham Knight video game.
As you can see in the image above ripped from the recent trailer, it definitely looks like there’s a dead Robin in the DC movie universe. Though, which one it could be, we may not know until March when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits screens.
Given the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has a similar former sidekick resurrection hook, one could see how this premise would be attractive to the WB brass, if any of this comes to pass. It’s something to mull over for the weekend, if nothing else.
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