In 1988, Robin died. Writer/artist Frank Miller, who had worked on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, said, "To me the whole killing of Robin thing was probably the ugliest thing I've seen in comics, and the most cynical. In his grief, Todd kills an alternate version of the Joker, also involved in Batman's killing, who then mocks his loss, vacating alongside Donna, Ray and Kyle to the planet Apokolips before Earth-51's destruction. He later on became the second Robin. He still died, but was eventually resurrected and recovered from it physically and mentally. ", Pearson; Uricchio. Upon learning that the man training him in lethal combat is also the leader of a child sex slave ring, Jason frees the latest shipment of children and takes them to a local embassy, then returns to the training compound and poisons his new mentor for his crimes. The full page reveals more, including the arrival of Dick Grayson to Jason’s hospital room — although a penciled note in the margins says to strike him, and redraw the panels in favor of having Alfred in the scene instead. Todd enters into a pact with Hush and the Riddler. No help from now on... that’s the way I want it.”, In the 36 hours they were open, DC’s hotlines received 10,614 calls (at a total cost of $5,307 to the readership), and the verdict proved editorial’s assumption right: Fans were divided on Jason Todd — he was murdered by a margin of only 72 votes. 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). However, Tim's capture and torture at the Joker's hands in the film Batman Beyond: Retur… 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. 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. This became especially apparent after his death. Pearson, Roberta E.; Uricchio, William. 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. He is killed during this story line by his ex-girlfriend (an alternate version of Empress) on behalf of his stepmother Catherine.[67]. And Jason Todd was getting a new origin, one which made him a perfect counterbalance to Batman. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Harley Quinn stopped him before he could kill Jason and called Batman for help. He eventually becomes the second Robin, but leaves after Bruce condemns him for almost killing Scarecrow and tries convincing himself it was due to the fear gas. Jason Todd appears in the Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham series, voiced again by Troy Baker. Jason Todd’s questions. With an extensive knowledge of Batman's tactics, Jason can anticipate most of his former mentor's actions and counter them. He was born July 26, 1975 in Indianapolis. Originally, like Grayson, Jason is the son of circus acrobats (the Flying Todds) killed by a criminal (Killer Croc) and is later adopted by Bruce Wayne. Todd acts as leader of the Outlaws, a group of antiheroes that "have several different exciting characters from the DC Universe – some we've seen before and some we haven't," Batman Group Editor Mike Marts said. [16][17], Prior to the release of Batman #617 (September 2003), a page of art from the issue by artist Jim Lee circulated the Internet, apparently revealing the mystery villain Hush, who was the focus of Lee and writer Jeph Loeb's "Hush" storyline, as a resurrected Jason. When Batman allows Carrie Kelley to assume the mantle of Robin, Alfred Pennyworth objects, citing Todd as a reason. 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. In the Batman R.I.P. They are successful, and Damian is resurrected, sharing a warm reunion with Jason and the family. Just ask Jason Todd. Joker captured him, famously beat him with a crowbar, and then trapped him in a warehouse full of explosives. At first, Jason refuses to take orders from Nightwing or work with the other Robins, but Damian threatens him by telling him that he knows his fate and can make it happen sooner than expected, referencing his death in the comics. [58] He subsequently learns of his history from Starfire's computer, which states Red Hood has made 83 confirmed kills. Despite feeling sorry for Jason, Dick left Jason to die again so he could continue the attack on the HYDRA base. 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. 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. Oddly enough, these two missions led them to cross paths, foil the Joker, and find Jason’s real mom — where they cross paths with the Joker once more. So he'd be this kid, who wanted to be Batman's sidekick. It is also revealed that, like Tim, Jason was also aware that Batman survived his encounter with Darkseid. After Jason died, under unknown circumstances, Tim Drake became his successor. Batman wasn’t alone all that time. During a battle with a group of Monarch's soldiers, Earth-51 Batman is killed by the Ultraman of Earth-3, deeply affecting Jason. 0. 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. About six months after Jason’s death, O’Neil’s Batman office introduced Tim Drake, created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Pat Broderick. 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.