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10.30.2015

While you can certainly treat this as a rumor, I'm giving fair warning in advance: SPOILERS.

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Last week we shared some details on what the solo WONDER WOMAN film had in store and this week we've got some juicy tidbits on the developing solo BATMAN film, as well as one of the key players that is set to make his big debut there: The Red Hood, aka the resurrected Jason Todd. For those that don't know, Todd was actually killed by The Joker in 1988's "A Death In The Family" storyline by Jim Starlin & Jim Aparo, before being resurrected via a Lazarus Pit, taking on the identity of The Red Hood (originally embodied by The Joker before he became The Joker) and becoming a sort of anti-hero/vigilante/crime boss. He has since become a main player in the comics as well as a rogue member of the ever-growing Bat family.

So, how does The Red Hood factor into the future of the DCEU?

To put it simply: Red Hood will play a major role in it, especially for Bruce Wayne/Batman. A while back Latino Review ran a scoop that Red Hood was a "priority" character and that lines up with what we've heard as well. Our sources indicate that Red Hood will be a key player in the first new solo Batman film, which is said to be adapting both the "A Death in the Family" and "Under The Hood" storylines from the comics.  Essentially, Red Hood is DC’s answer to Marvel’s Winter Soldier; former sidekicks gone evil and seeking a chance at redemption.

Recently, Ben Affleck said he’s interested in directing the solo Batman film, which he is writing with DC's own Geoff Johns. According to our sources, 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.

Naturally, the question will come up about whether or not Red Hood will be referenced as the second Robin and if Dick Grayson, the first Robin will play a role. According to our sources, Grayson is now Nightwing and will be referenced but not seen in Batman V Superman. However, Grayson is expected to show up in the solo Bat-film, assisting Batman in his battle against Red Hood and The Joker.

So, if you’re a fan of Red Hood and Nightwing, get ready to be happy. It’s also possible that we’ll see a cameo from Red Hood, both in Batman V Superman and/or Suicide Squad, but that’s still unconfirmed. However, if you’ve seen the trailer for Batman V Superman, which you most certainly have, then you’ve seen Bruce Wayne seeing and reacting to a particular note that stirs him up. In fact, we see Bruce staring at Robin’s costume in the batcave, which leads us to believe that he’s still dealing with that wound in a big way. With that much set up it's easy to see that they're laying the foundation for a much bigger tale to be told in the DCEU.

In terms of casting for Red Hood, it looks like WB/DC are looking for an unknown to fill the role, much like Ray Fisher for Cyborg. In terms of his look, we’re told that he’ll look very much like he does in the comics, as well as his Arkham Knight videogame series appearances. That could shake out in many different ways for his final incarnation, but you get the idea.

It’s unclear how closely Affleck & Johns will be adapting the "A Death in the Family" and "Under The Hood" storylines, but I’d guess that it will be more of a framework reference as they create their own version of each story. Personally, I think the choice of using those well-known arcs to kick off the solo Batman series is the smartest way to go. It capitalizes on two of the best Batman stories in the last 30 years and utilizes the characters that are not only essential Batman characters, but ones that could easily branch off into their own films, notably Red Hood and Nightwing.

As this project is still being developed there’s always room for things to change or even have some elements get scrapped altogether, but at this time this is the direction we’re being told that they’re headed and I couldn’t be more excited. Many have expressed doubts about how the DCEU will unfold as their first phase of films roll out, but I love the fact that it’s getting underway with a rich history already in place, rather than starting from scratch. It’s a very different model than the way Marvel has gone, which was a slow roll to their current state. DC and WB sound like they’re ready to hit the ground running and come March of next year we’ll get our first taste of that when BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters and gets this DC madness underway. I can't wait!

Let us know what you guys think of Red Hood and the plans for the future of Batman below!

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11:30PM on 10/31/2015
Sounds awesome, bring it on!
Sounds awesome, bring it on!
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10:32PM on 10/30/2015
Sounds great. JoBlo's killing it with these exclusives lately!
Sounds great. JoBlo's killing it with these exclusives lately!
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10:45PM on 10/30/2015
Not to be a troll or sound like a dick but it's far from an exclusive. But fuck it. Hooray joblo!
Not to be a troll or sound like a dick but it's far from an exclusive. But fuck it. Hooray joblo!
11:08PM on 10/30/2015
Well I think it's hard to pinpoint where stories originate from, but I agree that JoBlo's been on top of their game lately. Best movie website out there
Well I think it's hard to pinpoint where stories originate from, but I agree that JoBlo's been on top of their game lately. Best movie website out there
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10:15PM on 10/30/2015

interesting. DC seems to be making the right moves...

their model is correct for today's world. the Marvel model worked five years ago because the slow roll matched the public perception of superhero movies. we are now waning off peak-interest facing the infamous "super-hero fatigue". that's why Marvel is only doing multiple-hero movies now, and DC has to jump right in to match the tempo Marvel has set. and as far as rebooting Batman, focusing on Robin is the way to go. it's a major part of Batman mythos with a lot of content to draw from, and
their model is correct for today's world. the Marvel model worked five years ago because the slow roll matched the public perception of superhero movies. we are now waning off peak-interest facing the infamous "super-hero fatigue". that's why Marvel is only doing multiple-hero movies now, and DC has to jump right in to match the tempo Marvel has set. and as far as rebooting Batman, focusing on Robin is the way to go. it's a major part of Batman mythos with a lot of content to draw from, and best of all it's something the last iteration didn't cover at all (John Blake doesn't count)
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10:51PM on 10/30/2015
"Marvel is only doing multiple-hero movies now"

When were Doctor Strange, Spiderman 2017, Black Panther and Captain Marvel cancelled?
"Marvel is only doing multiple-hero movies now"

When were Doctor Strange, Spiderman 2017, Black Panther and Captain Marvel cancelled?
9:36PM on 10/30/2015
Would be a lot more fun if they base it off the 'Hush' storyline, though. Then you can have Batman VS EVERY VILLAIN IN GOTHAM, with the real Jason Todd being the mastermind (instead of that guy who was created solely for the storyline and was a pretty obvious bad guy).
Would be a lot more fun if they base it off the 'Hush' storyline, though. Then you can have Batman VS EVERY VILLAIN IN GOTHAM, with the real Jason Todd being the mastermind (instead of that guy who was created solely for the storyline and was a pretty obvious bad guy).
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10:03PM on 10/30/2015
IMO Hush would be a better sequel to this movie. there'd be way too much going on to introduce Red Hood with all these other villains running around too. if you're debuting Jason Todd as Robin II AND as Red Hood all in one movie, then you gotta have the movie focused to just Batman, Red Hood, and Joker.
IMO Hush would be a better sequel to this movie. there'd be way too much going on to introduce Red Hood with all these other villains running around too. if you're debuting Jason Todd as Robin II AND as Red Hood all in one movie, then you gotta have the movie focused to just Batman, Red Hood, and Joker.
1:32AM on 10/31/2015
Loeb actucally changed the ending to Hush after it leaked that it was Jason Todd.
Loeb actucally changed the ending to Hush after it leaked that it was Jason Todd.
11:49AM on 10/31/2015
The thing about Under The Red Hood is that it was already adapted twice in the animated movie and the Arkham Knight game, so re-adapting it on the silver screen feels kind of redundant. Besides, chronologically Hush was before Under The Red Hood anyway so it would make more sense for that as the sequel to Hush instead of the other way around.
The thing about Under The Red Hood is that it was already adapted twice in the animated movie and the Arkham Knight game, so re-adapting it on the silver screen feels kind of redundant. Besides, chronologically Hush was before Under The Red Hood anyway so it would make more sense for that as the sequel to Hush instead of the other way around.
7:10PM on 10/30/2015
Take my money... i'm sold!
Take my money... i'm sold!
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4:56PM on 10/30/2015

Awesome

This sounds killer. For starters, having Affleck at the helm is a good choice, writing and directing as things progress in the DCU. The guy is just a high quality film-maker. Taking things this direction and crossing character storylines like this is a unique way for DC/WB to separate themselves even more. Particularly interesting is the way in which it looks like the Joker and Batman will eventually collide. It'll be cool to see the clues and puzzle pieces come together next year when BvS and
This sounds killer. For starters, having Affleck at the helm is a good choice, writing and directing as things progress in the DCU. The guy is just a high quality film-maker. Taking things this direction and crossing character storylines like this is a unique way for DC/WB to separate themselves even more. Particularly interesting is the way in which it looks like the Joker and Batman will eventually collide. It'll be cool to see the clues and puzzle pieces come together next year when BvS and Suicide Squad come out. Can't wait!
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3:37PM on 10/30/2015

I'm a Batman fanatic...

...and all I can say is bring...it...on!! From the moment they showed Bruce looking at the Robin costume in the BvS trailer I've been completely hooked with what they're doing with the DCU, particularly the Batman stuff.
...and all I can say is bring...it...on!! From the moment they showed Bruce looking at the Robin costume in the BvS trailer I've been completely hooked with what they're doing with the DCU, particularly the Batman stuff.
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3:00PM on 10/30/2015

Would it be too much?

To have Casey Affleck play Red Hood?
To have Casey Affleck play Red Hood?
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3:25PM on 10/30/2015
I hope that doesn't happen. It would be too hard to suspend disbelief having the Affleck brothers going back and forth for two hours.
I hope that doesn't happen. It would be too hard to suspend disbelief having the Affleck brothers going back and forth for two hours.
3:26PM on 10/30/2015
suggested the same thing earlier here... not totally sure how I feel about it, but could be a cool idea if he's up for it
suggested the same thing earlier here... not totally sure how I feel about it, but could be a cool idea if he's up for it
10:18PM on 10/30/2015
and Matt Damon play Nightwing?
and Matt Damon play Nightwing?
2:52PM on 10/30/2015
Fuckin fuck yes. This is what I've hoped for since they announced the DCU. I hope it leads into an adaptation of Battle For The Cowl at some point.
Fuckin fuck yes. This is what I've hoped for since they announced the DCU. I hope it leads into an adaptation of Battle For The Cowl at some point.
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2:50PM on 10/30/2015
This would be pretty cool.
This would be pretty cool.
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2:37PM on 10/30/2015
Absolutely loved the animated film and if they can make the transition from animated to live action with the rake quality, dedication, and care then this could quite possibly be the best solo Batman film to date. And with Affleck directing only makes my anticipation that much higher considering each film he has directed has been great and better than the last.

Can't wait to see who they cast for Red Hood, and Nightwing. Maybe Jensen Ackles for Red Hood and Matt Bomer for Nightwing.
Absolutely loved the animated film and if they can make the transition from animated to live action with the rake quality, dedication, and care then this could quite possibly be the best solo Batman film to date. And with Affleck directing only makes my anticipation that much higher considering each film he has directed has been great and better than the last.

Can't wait to see who they cast for Red Hood, and Nightwing. Maybe Jensen Ackles for Red Hood and Matt Bomer for Nightwing.
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2:19PM on 10/30/2015
Considering the BVS trailer I'm sure this is true and I really hope it is. If it wasn't I doubt they'd focus so much on a dead Robin and the effects on Bruce. I mean if they weren't planning this from the beginning what would be the point of focusing specifically on that little bit of Batman lore. Now... I might go as far as to say it would be the best Batman film to date. Affleck is a better director than Snyder. I mean there's no comparison. And an Under The Hood storyline? Just think of what
Considering the BVS trailer I'm sure this is true and I really hope it is. If it wasn't I doubt they'd focus so much on a dead Robin and the effects on Bruce. I mean if they weren't planning this from the beginning what would be the point of focusing specifically on that little bit of Batman lore. Now... I might go as far as to say it would be the best Batman film to date. Affleck is a better director than Snyder. I mean there's no comparison. And an Under The Hood storyline? Just think of what he did with Gone Baby Gone. If you're not sold, I don't know how you can't be. As for a solo Nightwing movie down the line... AWESOME.
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1:35PM on 10/30/2015

Sounds exciting

The idea of introducing Red Hood is a dream come true. I'm glad WB is diving head first into some of the more popular stories of Batman's history, so seeing Jason Todd, Batman, and the Joker all going head-to-head sounds exciting. I cannot wait to see Leto and Affleck duke it out.
The idea of introducing Red Hood is a dream come true. I'm glad WB is diving head first into some of the more popular stories of Batman's history, so seeing Jason Todd, Batman, and the Joker all going head-to-head sounds exciting. I cannot wait to see Leto and Affleck duke it out.
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1:13PM on 10/30/2015
Only problem I see with this is, they'll need to establish Jason Todd before the solo Batman movie, and in more than mini flashbacks.
Only problem I see with this is, they'll need to establish Jason Todd before the solo Batman movie, and in more than mini flashbacks.
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2:22PM on 10/30/2015
I'm sure J.T.'s storyline will factor heavily into BVS. More specifically Bruce Wayne and how it has affected him as Batman.
I'm sure J.T.'s storyline will factor heavily into BVS. More specifically Bruce Wayne and how it has affected him as Batman.
5:03PM on 10/30/2015
If they do that, then it would be good. If not, most movie goers won't really know, or care about Jason Todd
If they do that, then it would be good. If not, most movie goers won't really know, or care about Jason Todd
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1:02PM on 10/30/2015
Love Batman. Hated Under The Red Hood. Really wish characters would stay dead.
Love Batman. Hated Under The Red Hood. Really wish characters would stay dead.
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12:29PM on 10/30/2015

Yeah I think most Batman fans would be up for this.

I certainly am.
I certainly am.
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12:24PM on 10/30/2015

There is no solo Batman story I want them to do more than this!

You know with the exception of a full on Dark Knight Returns adaption. The comic and animated movie were great. If Affleck nails this I will love him forever.
You know with the exception of a full on Dark Knight Returns adaption. The comic and animated movie were great. If Affleck nails this I will love him forever.
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12:20PM on 10/30/2015
Excellent write up Paul!

This would be amazing to see on the big screen!
Excellent write up Paul!

This would be amazing to see on the big screen!
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12:12PM on 10/30/2015
I'm pumped for them to go this route. I guess that's one of the benefits to WB/DC being so late in the game. We've seen a standard framework used for Marvel over the past decade where a hero is introduced via origin and grown over the course of multiple movies. DC is in a position now to mix things up and try something different with their framework, i.e. heroes are already established and we're just jumping into some of their more interesting stories.

I like this route for a solo Batman
I'm pumped for them to go this route. I guess that's one of the benefits to WB/DC being so late in the game. We've seen a standard framework used for Marvel over the past decade where a hero is introduced via origin and grown over the course of multiple movies. DC is in a position now to mix things up and try something different with their framework, i.e. heroes are already established and we're just jumping into some of their more interesting stories.

I like this route for a solo Batman film. Mainly because it opens the door right out of the gate to explore the idea of the Bat-family. We're able to skip past Dick Grayson as Robin and move into him as Nightwing (possibly his more interesting storylines in the comics). We've moved beyond Jason Todd and are dealing with his resurrection, one of the more intriguing Bat stories from the comics.

My only hope, and some may disagree, is that we skip past Tim Drake as Robin and move into Damian Wayne. I think that would make for a really interesting trilogy of movies. Bruce Wayne grew up dealing with the lost of his parents to eventually wage a war on crime in Gotham. This brought about strife and alienation amongst those he loved - he and Dick are on the outs, Jason was killed, Barbara paralyzed (if they choose to introduce this). He then finds out that he has a son and sees it as the truest redemption of his life.

Given that Jason Todd was resurrected via Lazarus Pits, they could introduce this at the end of the first movie. Therefore introducing Ra's Al Ghul (to an extent) and Talia Al Ghul. The film closes out with the introduction of Damian Wayne.
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12:03PM on 10/30/2015
I dig that there's a history with this version of Batman. Stuff they can tease but let inferences be made, re: Bruce's emotions toward the death, how he's actually coped over the years (and how many years?), etc. This could be good, and an Affleck-directed film would be great.
I dig that there's a history with this version of Batman. Stuff they can tease but let inferences be made, re: Bruce's emotions toward the death, how he's actually coped over the years (and how many years?), etc. This could be good, and an Affleck-directed film would be great.
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12:00PM on 10/30/2015
wonder how old they will go with for the character... Casey Affleck?
wonder how old they will go with for the character... Casey Affleck?
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12:22PM on 10/30/2015
YEEESSSSS!
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