recruit with a bright future, who was personally mentored by Director Bruce Wayne and Moonwing. Info 2.1 Background 2.2 Arsenal 2.3 Feats 3 DEATH BATTLE! [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. Jason served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a diesel mechanic for YRC Freight Company. I think there was even talk of his possibly being Deathstroke's Robin.[65]. [68] This is noteworthy as this version of the character was introduced nine years before the canon Jason was resurrected as Red Hood. [45], Jason files an appeal to be moved from Arkham Asylum where he has been held for observation for the last several months. [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. Eleven months passed between Jason's death in Batman #428 and the first mention of his passing in Detective Comics #606. With the goal of making the very concept of Batman obsolete, he puts a lot of effort into public relations: he drastically alters his Red Hood costume to look more like a traditional superhero outfit and recruits his own sidekick Scarlet. Green Skull. His message goes on to plead that Todd get psychiatric help, a notion that the latter rejects. He is the second character to assume the role of Robin and the second character to take up the Red Hood alias. DC Comics still has the pages of the book in which he didn’t. Season 2. Grayson reluctantly rescues him, and the two join forces to defeat the Pierce Brothers. 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". 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]. In his new role as Gotham's most powerful crime lord, he repeatedly comes to blows with Batman and several of his allies. [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. [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. [47] After Batman and Robin defeat the mercs, Red Hood rescues Scarlet and escapes using the helicopter. He is eventually shot and killed by Cheetah during one of their battles. Having learned that Tim occasionally defeat the Joker by himself, Jason seeks to best him in combat. Within the 36-hour period allotted for voting, the poll received 10,614 votes. "A Death in the Family" is a four-issue, 1988 Batman comic book storyline published by DC Comics. They also interrogated Joker's henchmen who were with him during Todd's murder, in hopes to find out how the boy could have survived. At the start of Countdown, Todd rescues a woman from Duela Dent. It’s shown that Jason had enlisted in the military sometime after his escape from the Joker. Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman. 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. She sets Jason on a mission to hunt down a group known as "The Untitled", telling him of people missing organs before death without any sign of removal, which is their calling card. 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. Jason is forced to destroy the bodies of his teachers and friends. He is 'rescued' by Starfire and Arsenal, but does not regain his memories. 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. Bruce Wayne as Batman visits him there to inform Jason he's in Arkham for his own protection. This led to a blackout of almost any Robin appearances in Detective. [37] After a Monitor shoots and kills Duela, he attempts to kill Jason, but is stopped by a second Monitor. [34], Todd eventually kidnaps and holds Joker hostage, luring Batman to Crime Alley, the site of their first meeting. And so he uses Bruce's stuff, training himself to take over for him. "Batman and the Twilight of the Idols: An Interview with Frank Miller". There was a degree of discontinuity between the Batman and Detective Comics titles with regards to the portrayal of Jason. But Jason almost didn’t die. In Batman #425, the Dynamic Duo is challenged by Felipe's father, who kidnaps Commissioner Gordon in retaliation for his son's death. Q: What's the deal with Jason Todd being so hated that fans voted for his death? After a series of contradictory statements about this figure, executive editor Dan DiDio firmly stated in the July 2007 DC Nation column that the figure is Jason Todd. After successfully capturing Joker (who fails to recognize him), Jason contemplates burning his killer alive after dousing with gasoline. This team is referred to as DC's "Dark Trinity" in comparison to the new Trinity series included in DC Rebirth which follows Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. [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. Jason spares Joker and decides to wait for the right opportunity. He only donned the suit when Two-Face trapped both senior vigilantes in a collapsed building, and he declined to don it again without Batman and Nightwing’s permission. He also has access to explosives, rocket launchers, and advanced computer equipment and gadgetry. 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. [76], In the final issue of the sequel series, Curse of the White Knight, an adult Jason appears to speak with the recently imprisoned Bruce, arrested after turning himself in for his unintentional crimes as Batman. It was released on June 15, 2016. Grayson offers to rehabilitate Todd who, in a moment of clarity, tells Grayson it is too late for him, and how he tried to be what Batman wanted, "but this world... this dirty, twisted, cruel and ugly dungheap had... other plans for me". At one point, during the events of Batman: Arkham City, he encounters the Joker again, but spares him after he reveals that he had Deathstroke guide him in his quest for vengeance, and that he has high hopes for his plans. Cheetah regrets her past deeds and resurrects Jasón using a Lazarus Pit. In issue #14, Jason dons the Red Robin suit—described by Earth-51's Batman as something he was going to give Todd's counterpart when he was older—and goes into battle alongside Earth-51 Batman. Years later, Jason r… As he leaves, he tears the 'R' emblem from Drake's chest, though he later admits that Drake has talent. He was born July 26, 1975 in Indianapolis. The son of Willis Todd and Catherine Todd, Jason lives on the East end of Gotham City in the Park Row district called Crime Alley. It is implied that Todd's death was a contributing factor to Batman's retirement. Batman is instructed to meet the kidnappers at a city junkyard and to bring Robin. [9] The following issue, Batman #428, was published featuring Todd's death. Jason kills the creature, strengthening his resolve. Jason breaks free and fights them off all the same as Batman and Robin arrive. In the Batman R.I.P. Rather, it became a central part of the psyche of Batman stories for over two decades. Todd discovers her hanging and makes a beeline for Felipe, ahead of Batman, who arrived just in time to see Felipe take a 22-story fall to his death, with Todd as Robin at the edge of the balcony. Jason proved he was a hero to the end, using his final moments to save the mother who had betrayed him. The DC Rebirth introduced the revival of Red Hood and the Outlaws with a second volume released in August 2016. “Taking a Robin — any Robin — away from Batman was risky,” O’Neil said in his 1988 postscript to A Death in the Family. "Satisfaction" (photograph) 09. However, Todd does not wear the Robin costume until six months of training. He then participated in a coup to help Madame Cat overthrow the Supreme Leader of Hydra, Lex Luthor a.k.a. [5] Jason Todd was created as Dick Grayson's replacement as Robin. Red Hood and the Outlaws was later rebooted as part of DC's Rebirth event. O'Neil said, "The logical candidate was Jason because we had reason to believe that he wasn't that popular anyway. [72], As revealed in the prequel comic to the Injustice 2 video game, this version of Jason was murdered by the Joker, with Superman also mentioning him alongside various other Robins to taunt Batman. Meanwhile, Batman discovered that a cash-poor Joker was recouping his funds in an alarming way: by selling a nuclear warhead to Lebanese terrorists. Mindful of the poor reception Jason received from readers, O'Neil arranged for a more nuanced introduction in which Tim first introduced himself to Dick Grayson and impressed the former Robin with his skills and was revealed to share a history with Grayson. 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. But a few years later, when the Crisis on Infinite Earths offered an opportunity to reimagine anything and everything in the DC Universe, Jason was significantly reimagined. His weapons of choice are a pair of customized IWI Jericho 941s, fitted with extra picatinny rails and mini red-dot sights. The verdict in favor of the character's death won by a slim 72-vote margin of 5,343 votes to 5,271. He was introduced in 1983, originally with a largely identical backstory to the original Robin, Dick Grayson. Alfred Pennyworth refers to Jason as wanting "to be redeemed" through his membership. 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. Todd has reappeared with red hair, claiming that he is a natural red-head and that Bruce Wayne had him dye his hair black in order to look like Dick Grayson (as in his pre-Crisis origins). [10], O'Neil would later repeat the claim with further specifics: "I heard it was a lawyer who was using a Macintosh and lived in California—I obviously don't have hard information on this, but I heard someone out there programmed his computer to dial it every couple of minutes, and since there was only about 65 votes that made the difference, if that story is true, that guy, that guy killed Jason Todd! 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. Jason Todd, once so greatly reviled that an overwhelming majority of Batman readers voted for his death, has, in the incarnation of Red Hood, become something of a … This negative reception led to DC Comics holding a telephone poll in 1988's "A Death in the Family" storyline to determine whether or not the character would die at the hands of the Joker, Batman's nemesis. But Jason’s death was not forgotten nor immediately overturned. He also struggles with his temptation to kill the Joker since, and rather that someone else commit it without him knowing otherwise he would then have to save the Joker himself. Todd as Robin saves Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman from Mongul by unleashing Mongul's own hallucination-causing creature on the tyrant himself. This series starred a new lineup of Outlaws: Todd, Artemis of Bana-Mighdall and Bizarro, who were touted as a darker counterpart to the Trinity. Jason is transferred to a Gotham prison and upon his arrival, the suicide rate spikes amongst top incarcerated crime figures there. In their war on crime, Red Hood and Scarlet freely kill criminals, villains, and anyone who gets in their way, even the police. 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. 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. To become Robin, Jason Todd was trained by Bruce Wayne, just as Dick Grayson was, rigorously training him in acrobatics, detective work, strategy, and martial arts. This was not because O’Neil or any of the other Batman office staff disliked the character, but because their readership seemed so divided on him. There are high notes and low notes but always a good song. As I looked the pages over and tried not to freak out too visibly, DC archivist Ben Le Clear told me a story of O’Neil — who had voted for Jason to live — and other DC staff hanging around the offices, biting their nails well into the final evening of the poll. As Batman’s second Robin, Jason died at the hands of the Joker when he was just a child. Todd never turns up on any missing persons reports—as he was never 'missing'—nor can he be identified since no prints are on file for him. Batman wasn’t alone all that time. Joker brutally beats Jason with a crowbar before Batman arrives to stop him. 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. 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. During the trip, Jason takes it upon himself to name the Monitor "Bob". 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. 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. The failure to save Jason … "[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. 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. Freeze, Red Hood gives them the Kryptonite back, and tells them he has gotten what he truly wanted: a "lay of the land". Despite their now-antagonistic relationship, Batman desperately wants to help Todd, and intends to atone for his own failures. It is also revealed that, like Tim, Jason was also aware that Batman survived his encounter with Darkseid. When the Challengers return to New Earth, Todd disposes of his Red Robin costume and abandons the rest of the group, though they go on to declare to the Monitors that they are now the monitors of the Monitors. After Jason died, under unknown circumstances, Tim Drake became his successor. This provides Jason an opportunity to plant a bomb beneath the Batmobile while Batman is on a stakeout for the arms deal. 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]. He was a good soldier. Jason Todd's Historical Death Unveiled For Titans Season 2 Home Release [EXCLUSIVE] Discover the history of Jason Todd's controversial death in DC Comics in an exclusive clip from the home entertainment release of Titans season 2. to attend college. The series eventually ended coinciding with the DC Rebirth event. Batman enters the car and is at Jason's mercy, detonator in hand. At the last moment, Batman throws a batarang at Todd, which bounces off a pipe and sinks into his neck causing him to drop his gun. If someone else wanted to tell another Jason story or bring him back and we at least opened the door, that's great! After stabbing Tim Drake in the chest with a batarang, he and Dick Grayson battle down in the subway. Jason became furious and blamed his mentors. Jason Todd resumes his persona as the Red Hood and appears in several issues of "Green Arrow" alongside Brick as part of a gun-running organization, which brings Batman to Star City. Pearson, Roberta E.; Uricchio, William. puns. He also has some lethally sharpened shurikens based on Batman's batarang designs as throwing weapons. 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. It was a big enough stunt that we couldn't do it with a minor character. After Jason is killed by the Joker and resurrected in the Lazarus Pit, he goes on to become the Red Hood, straining his relationship with Batman. [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. The events of the comics lead into Batman: Arkham Knight. Todd's death haunts Batman ever since, as he considers it his greatest failure. 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