“Snyder Cut”: The Robin Storyline Zack Snyder Originally Planned
While it doesn’t seem like we are getting a “Snyder Cut” the way some people are apparently very eager for, that hasn’t stopped the director behind Batman v Superman from discussing his original plans for the DC Extended Universe/Worlds of DC.
Earlier today, according to CBR, Zack Snyder revealed that the Robin who was implied to have been killed by the Joker in both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad was not Jason Todd, the second Robin was who killed by the Joker in the comics, but instead the OG Robin, Dick Grayson—because giving Dick personality and storylines that belong to Jason is easier than actually acknowledging Todd’s existence.
On Vero, Snyder revealed that the person he planned to have carry the mantle of Robin, post-Grayson’s death, would have been none other than Carrie Kelley, the female Robin that appears in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, which is unsurprising considering how much Miller’s work has clearly influenced the overall look and feel of the DECU under Snyder.
Adding Carrie Kelley to the canon of the DCEU is honestly something that would have been an exciting choice, not only for having a female Robin, but there’s something very interesting about the idea of Batman’s first Robin getting killed off. It reminds me of the original premise behind killing off Bucky in the Marvel Comics, as a statement to explain why Marvel Universe has essentially no young sidekicks, because no responsible hero would want to endanger a kid, right Mr. Stark?
With Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984 going towards a fun, lighter place, it’s currently unknown if they’re going to keep Synder’s vision for the Batman-verse, which, despite my feelings on Batfleck, is more aesthetically in line with that character than others.
Yet, I can’t help but wonder why people who do want to do these darker Batman stories keep trying to exclude Jason Todd. He’s not my favorite Robin, but he’s an interesting character, and stories around him can be super interesting—like the animated Under the Red Hood—but it seems he continues to be the red-headed stepchild when it comes to Robins (well, Jason did have strawberry blonde hair once).
(via CBR, image: Warner Bros.)
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