DC - jason todd /tags/jason-todd en Batman: Three Jokers Has a Curious Thing to Say About The Killing Joke /blog/2020/11/20/batman-three-jokers-has-a-curious-thing-to-say-about-the-killing-joke <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Three Jokers Has a Curious Thing to Say About The Killing Joke</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A man goes to the doctor because he’s been hit with Joker gas and can’t stop laughing. The doctor says, “Don’t worry, it’s nothing serious!”</p> <p>All right, all right, you can put down your tomatoes. I’m done with my joke telling for this column. That sort of thing is best left for the professionals. You know, clowns, comedians…and criminals. The sort of joke tellers who really know how to knock them dead. Or sometimes permanently incapacitated. We’re talking guys who will leave an audience in stitches…if they don’t bleed out before they can get medical assistance.</p> <p>Yes, I’m referring to the Jokers—and no, that’s not a typo. There are three of them. At least, there are in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-three-jokers" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers,</a> </em>Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s thrilling new DC Black Label series which is now complete and collected in one single graphic novel.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/900532._SX1280_QL80_TTD__5fb74844e08e09.42508100.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>First teased at the end of Johns and Fabok’s <em><a href="/graphic-novels/justice-league-2011/justice-league-the-darkseid-war-saga-omnibus" target="_blank">Justice League: Darkseid War</a> </em>and later in <em><a href="/comics/dc-universe-rebirth-2016/dc-universe-rebirth-1" target="_blank">DC Universe: Rebirth #1,</a> Batman: Three Jokers </em>is a taut Gotham-set story focusing on Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood as they investigate three simultaneous Joker attacks. That the attacks were the work of three separate Jokers isn’t really a surprise—it’s right there in the title after all—but <em>how </em>there is suddenly more than one Clown Prince of Crime creating mayhem in Gotham is a mystery that unfolds as the story goes on. However, what I found even more surprising than the book’s central mystery is how much <em>Batman: Three Jokers </em>ties into <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-the-killing-joke-deluxe-new-edition" target="_blank">Batman: The Killing Joke.</a></em></p> <p>While <em>Three Jokers </em>may not be officially labeled a sequel—and I personally wouldn’t call it that—it’s clearly set within the Alan Moore and Brian Bolland comic’s continuity. Events from <em>The Killing Joke </em>are referenced and even appear in flashback moments later on in the story. Fabok’s visual storytelling is openly influenced by Bolland’s work on <em>The Killing Joke</em>, down to his heavy use of nine-panel grids. In other words, if you’re a <em>Killing Joke </em>fan, <em>Three Jokers </em>is likely to be right up your alley.</p> <p>Yet, interestingly, the two books are very different in what they ultimately have to say about the Joker and Batman. In <em>The Killing Joke</em>, the Joker’s reason for torturing and tormenting Commissioner Gordon with the shooting of his daughter was to show how little it takes for someone to snap and give into the darkness. As he famously says, “All it takes is one bad day. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/KillingJokeSpeech_5fb7485f9ea850.44837969.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1051px;" /></p> <p>However, it’s what the Joker says immediately afterwards that <em>Batman: Three Jokers </em>runs with: “You had a bad day once. Am I right? I know I am. You had a bad day and everything changed! Why else would you dress up as a flying rat?”</p> <p>The Clown Prince is not wrong. Batman did have a truly bad day, as all fans know. When he was a child, both his parents were shot to death in front of him by a street criminal named Joe Chill. The grief, anger and immense sadness he felt over the loss inspired him to become Batman to ensure that no other child will ever have to go through the same thing.</p> <p>However, it would appear that while the Joker may have been right about Batman in that earlier confrontation, he isn’t exactly happy about it. (<strong>SPOILER ALERT </strong>for anyone who hasn’t read <em>Batman: Three Jokers </em>yet. I’m about to discuss part of the ending.) In the final chapter of <em>Three Jokers, </em>we learn that the Jokers have kidnapped Joe Chill, ostensibly to make yet another Joker out of him. However, near the end of the book, it’s revealed that the one Joker left standing actually orchestrated it so that Batman would learn the truth about Joe Chill—that the man who murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne deeply, deeply regrets what he did and it’s haunted him his entire life. It’s a heartbreaking confession that happens to arrive at the very end of Chill’s life, but it’s a sincere one, as made evident by the dozens of unsent letters he’s written to Bruce attempting to explain and apologize.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/ThreeJokers1_5fb7488cc97e16.56809143.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>Why would the Joker want Batman to hear it? To, as he puts it, heal Batman’s greatest wound so that <em>he </em>could be his greatest pain. The Joker recognizes that as long as Bruce is, at least in part, driven by the anguish he feels at losing his parents, everything he could possibly do to Bruce (or Babs or Jason) would always be secondary. And after seeing the final Joker directly or indirectly kill the two others, it’s clear that he doesn’t want to share the spotlight with anybody.</p> <p>What this says about the Joker isn’t new—he’s always seen himself as Batman’s dark counterpart, their destinies perpetually linked. That theme weighs heavy on <em>Three Jokers </em>as it did on <em>The Killing Joke </em>before it. Where the two books differ is in what they have to say about the idea of insurmountable pain. <em>The Killing Joke </em>introduced the idea of “all it takes is one bad day,” while <em>Three Jokers </em>seems to suggest it’s not quite that simple. Batman’s <em>never </em>been exclusively motivated by the death of his parents. It’s a part of it, sure, but there’s an even bigger thing that motivates him and it’s also very present in <em>Batman: Three Jokers</em>—compassion. Bruce does what he can to protect the people of Gotham because, like his parents before him, he cares about them.</p> <p>There may be no helping the Joker, but the fact that Batman has that compassion, even extending it to the man who killed his parents, suggests that while one bad day may set you off on a new path, it’s love and forgiveness that can keep you on the right side of it.</p> <p><br /><em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-three-jokers" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers</a> is now available in bookstores, comic shops, libraries and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Three-Jokers-2020/digital-comic/T1997400018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw" target="_blank">as a digital graphic novel.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, writes our monthly Superman column, <a href="/blog/2020/10/01/super-here-forlana-lang-returning-to-clark-kents-life" target="_blank">"Super Here For..."</a>, and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. </em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Three Jokers</a>, <a href="/tags/three-jokers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">three jokers</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/joker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a href="/tags/killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" 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joke</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-black-label" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC Black Label</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-gazette" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-gazette-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette column</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman column</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-graphic-novels" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman graphic novels</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-beedle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim beedle</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/11/20/batman-three-jokers-has-a-curious-thing-to-say-about-the-killing-joke" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Three Jokers Has a Curious Thing to Say About The Killing Joke" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 466651 at /blog/2020/11/20/batman-three-jokers-has-a-curious-thing-to-say-about-the-killing-joke#comments Batman: Three Jokers - Graphic Novel Trailer /videos/batman-three-jokers-graphic-novel-trailer <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Three Jokers - Graphic Novel Trailer</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Thirty years after <em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em> changed comics forever, <em>Batman: Three Jokers</em> reexamines the myth of who, or what, is the Joker and what is at the heart of his ongoing battle with Batman? <em>New York Times</em> bestselling writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok, the team that waged the “Darkseid War” in the pages of <em>Justice League</em>, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and the Joker.</p> <p>In this highly anticipated epic, now available as a hardcover graphic novel, learn why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the decades-long battle between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. In this powerful, emotional story, Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood—all past victims of the Joker—work together to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before!</p> <p>For more on <em>Batman: Three Jokers: </em>h<a href="http://ttps://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-three-jokers​" target="_blank">ttps://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-three-jokers​</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/batman-three-jokers-graphic-novel-trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Three Jokers - Graphic Novel Trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 20:46:13 +0000 Tim Beedle 466567 at /videos/batman-three-jokers-graphic-novel-trailer#comments First Look: Titans' Curran Walters Dons the Red Hood /blog/2020/10/23/first-look-titans-curran-walters-dons-the-red-hood <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: Titans&#039; Curran Walters Dons the Red Hood</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, October 23, 2020 - 18:25</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>A wise man once said that in Gotham, you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. And man, is that proving prescient for <a href="/tv/titans" target="_blank"><em>Titans</em>.</a></p> <p>It’s been revealed that in their third season, <a href="/blog/2020/08/22/dc-fandome-hall-of-heroes-all-the-news-and-highlights" target="_blank">our show’s heroes will be making their way to Gotham</a> where they’ll be facing one of their own—Jason Todd. Angry over the Titans’ actions (or perhaps, lack of actions) at the end of season two, Jason will return for revenge as none other than Red Hood. <a href="https://twitter.com/DCTitans/status/1320764628582846464" target="_blank">And we just got our first look at his new duds.</a></p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Red%20Hood%201_1200_5f971722919f28.49186520.jpg" style="width: 675px; height: 1200px;" /></p> <p>The Titans don’t know what they’re in for…but we do! While Red Hood’s backstory has obviously been changed from the one we’re most familiar with, we have little doubt that the gun-toting former Robin will be every bit as angry and hot for vengeance as he usually is. Played by Curran Walters—who has said many times how excited he was at the prospect of Jason becoming Red Hood—we anticipate plenty of showdowns between Red Hood and his fellow former Robin Nightwing.</p> <p>This image couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as the character of Jason Todd is having something of a moment right now. Earlier this month, his dark origin was <a href="/blog/2020/10/16/batman-death-in-the-family-reveals-the-challenges-of-choice" target="_blank">adapted into an innovative animated movie that gave viewers the chance to alter his fate.</a> Red Hood has also proven to be an integral part of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s acclaimed DC Black Label comic, <a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-1"><em>Batman: Three Jokers,</em></a> and will be one of four playable characters in Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s upcoming <a href="/videos/gotham-knights-world-premiere-trailer" target="_blank"><em>Gotham Knights</em></a> game. However, his appearance on <em>Titans </em>is likely the one that has fans most excited—it’ll be his live-action debut.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Red%20Hood%202_1200_5f97173de7a957.47560188.jpg" style="width: 675px; height: 1200px;" /></p> <p>Along with releasing the first look image, Warner Bros. Television also announced that <em>Titans’ </em>first two seasons will be making their way to HBO Max on November 1<sup>st</sup>, so if you’re a subscriber and you haven’t yet seen them, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on what’s arguably DC’s most action-packed TV series.</p> <p>But for now, let us know what you think of the suit! Are you as excited as Walters for Red Hood to make his debut? What do you think will be the Titans’ reaction? And the one we’ve always wondered…how the heck does he breathe in that thing?!?</p> <p><br /><em>Titans' first two seasons are currently available for streaming on <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/join/" target="_blank">DC Universe </a>and <a href="https://www.hbomax.com/dc?utm_source=dccomics.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=fusion_launch" target="_blank">HBO Max </a>(starting on November 1st).</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans</a>, <a href="/tags/first-look-at-red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">first look at red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood first look</a>, <a href="/tags/first-look-at-red-hood-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">first look at red hood on titans</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood on titans</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/curran-walters" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">curran walters</a>, <a href="/tags/curran-walters-as-red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">curran walters as red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood-suit" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood suit</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans first look</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-season-3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans season 3</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-season-three" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans season three</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Gotham</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-city" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham city</a>, <a href="/tags/hbo-max" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hbo max</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-on-hbo-max" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans on hbo max</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/23/first-look-titans-curran-walters-dons-the-red-hood" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="First Look: Titans&#039; Curran Walters Dons the Red Hood" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Sat, 24 Oct 2020 01:25:05 +0000 Tim Beedle 466262 at /blog/2020/10/23/first-look-titans-curran-walters-dons-the-red-hood#comments Batman: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice /blog/2020/10/16/batman-death-in-the-family-reveals-the-challenges-of-choice <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>We’ve all made choices that we’ve come to regret. Decisions that either didn’t work out the way we’d hoped or expected, or that were made in such haste that we didn’t fully understand what was at stake. Sometimes the results of these choices are an inconvenience, other times they’re profound, and on occasion they may be life shattering. In all cases, however, we think the same thing—if I could do it again, I’d make a different choice. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.</p> <p>But is it really?</p> <p><em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> </em>is DC’s latest animated feature and it boasts a unique twist. The Blu-ray release is interactive, allowing you to decide how certain events are going to turn out. It’s a 21<sup>st</sup> Century update to the original <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">“A Death in the Family” comic storyline,</a> in which DC fans were given the choice to call two phone numbers to determine whether Robin lived or died at the hands of the Joker. Infamously, they chose death, <a href="/blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world" target="_blank">forever altering the direction of Batman comics and the DC Universe</a> and creating a pop culture moment that’s still discussed and debated to this day.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20Batman-holding-Jason_5f88bbfb441745.85501447.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>That decision, along with several others, is once again yours to make in the animated adaptation, giving you the chance to reverse that decision and let Robin survive the Joker’s attack. Doing that creates a sort of alternate continuity of what might have happened if fans had made that choice back in 1988.</p> <p>As someone who came to comics after the 1980s, I’ve often wondered what I would have chosen if I had voted on Jason Todd’s fate. I probably would have wanted him to survive—I’ve never been a big fan of death as a gimmick in comics. The fact that Jason’s demise didn’t stick and resulted in a new Robin who has contributed to a current overabundance of Boy Wonders suggests to me that everything would have been a whole lot cleaner if we’d just stuck with Jason in the first place.</p> <p>The <em>Death in the Family </em>interactive movie makes a pretty good case that you should be careful what you wish for. Much like we’ve been told by every time-travel movie or TV show we’ve seen over the past 35 years, you never know what might result from going back and changing something in the past, even something innocuous. And the death of Robin definitely isn’t innocuous. It had far-reaching effects that extended beyond comics into other media. Batman and the Bat-Family were never the same after Jason met his end.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20Batman-Red%20Hood-Batarangs_5f88bc39e8f5c2.42941926.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Yet, <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>reminds us that even if Jason had survived it, the Joker’s brutal attack on him was still a shocking, traumatic event. It was bound to have some profound impact on Jason’s life, even if it didn’t cut that life short. Discovering those possible outcomes in <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is undeniably shocking—and also a lot of fun.</p> <p>One thing that’s worth knowing is that while <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>stands alone, it’s set firmly in the continuity of the 2010 DC animated movie <em><a href="/movies/batman-under-the-red-hood-2010" target="_blank">Batman: Under the Red Hood.</a> </em>If you’ve seen and enjoyed that movie, you’re probably going to love this one. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out first. <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood</em> gives us our baseline—it’s what’s “supposed” to happen with Jason Todd. Part of the enjoyment of <em>Death in the Family </em>is seeing how the interactivity subverts a lot of those events, something that lands better if you’re already familiar with them.</p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is also arriving at a fortunate time. With the world entering its eighth month of a global pandemic, audiences are hungry for something fresh and different to be entertained by at home, and <em>Death in the Family </em>is certainly that. When watched start to finish, the movie isn’t long—the lengthiest variations run about thirty minutes. However, the point is to explore and make different choices, seeing what might result.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20PUB-30_5f88bd0303b512.84146215.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>I can tell you that my first result was…not good. While entertaining in a sinister way, it was so opposite of what I was hoping would happen if Jason survived that in my second attempt, I chose to let him die just to see some things play out in a way that I was familiar with. My third attempt is where things got interesting. It opened up further choices, none of which were easy to make, and landed me my favorite of the movie’s seven different endings. (I’m not going to spoil it, except to say that it plays like a Grant Morrison-inspired take on <em>Citizen Kane’s </em>“rosebud.”) Credit to writer, director and producer Brandon Vietti for making sure the endings each feel authentic and believable, while remaining dramatically different from each other.</p> <p>Does giving audiences the ability to choose which way the story plays out make for a better movie? It’s certainly different, but I’m not sure I’d say better. There’s still a lot to be said about a singular story told well. However, “A Death in the Family” is the perfect source material for an interactive movie like this. For all of the comic’s notoriety, the story’s not really anything special. It’s infamous entirely because of the gimmick at its center. <em>Batman: A Death in the Family </em>largely gets rid of the story and fittingly doubles down on that gimmick, putting poor Jason’s fate in the hands of his fans again…and again and again.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF_Still_14_5f88bd2e835956.79215671.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>I’d like to think they’ll treat him a bit better this time. Only, after experiencing <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>myself, I’m no longer sure that treating Jason better is better for Gotham and the Bat-Family as a whole. <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>reminds us that it’s impossible to predict what might happen if you could go back and make a past decision differently—there’s just no way to foresee all the possible outcomes. And if your eyes are closed to something like that, 20/20 hindsight isn’t going to do you much good.<br />  </p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, writes our monthly Superman column, <a href="/blog/2020/10/01/super-here-forlana-lang-returning-to-clark-kents-life" target="_blank">"Super Here For...",</a> and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label 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Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>All Robins are good Robins. From the classic Dick Grayson, to the lesser-recognized alternate timeline Robins like Carrie Kelley, Matt McGinnis and Helena Wayne. From Stephanie Brown finally getting to work at Batman’s side after years of struggling for recognition, to Damian Wayne learning from the first Robin how to truly earn the title he once considered his birthright. From Tim Drake accepting the mantle to bring Batman back from the brink of despair, to the entire flock of Robins led by Duke Thomas in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/we-are-robin-vol-1-the-vigilante-business" target="_blank">We Are Robin</a> </em>operating without Batman. But we’re here today to express a controversial opinion.</p> <p>All Robins are good Robins. But Jason Todd was the best.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason5_5f865274163498.22651662.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>That’s right. You may have heard the rumors about Jason’s run as Robin. You may have heard that he was “angry” and “violent,” that he was “disobedient” and “reckless” and had a “mean streak.” You may have even heard that he was in some way responsible for his own death since he was the one who arrogantly went after the Joker alone! Well, you’ve been misinformed. We’re here to set the record straight, with our top five reasons that Jason Todd was the best even well before his return as Red Hood.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason3_5f865310658696.57336819.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 627px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/01_numbers2016_5f6e9f86b414e6.12790417.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Street Punk</strong></h2> <p>Quick! What’s Batman’s defining aspect? No, not the dead parents, the other thing? It’s that he’s filthy, stinking rich. Batman is loaded. Batman has not just money, but Money™. Debuting as a millionaire playboy, Batman’s wealth has only grown over the years, even first graduating to billionaire in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/the-dark-knight-returns-1986/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-0" target="_blank">The Dark Knight Returns.</a></em></p> <p>It was a fine enough origin for the Golden and Silver Age, as a quick explanation for how he can afford those wonderful toys. But as the 1980s loomed, comics entered a strange and tumultuous time as they reckoned with the social issues of the era. Stories like the aforementioned <em>Dark Knight Returns</em> and <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-year-one-deluxe-edition-0" target="_blank">Batman: Year One</a></em> were giving us a new, darker Batman. Dick Grayson was striking out on his own as Nightwing. And Jason Todd was getting a new origin, one which made him a perfect counterbalance to Batman. Originally a circus acrobat cut from the same cloth as Dick Grayson, the Jason Todd of post-Crisis continuity would take on a new origin more suited to his times as a homeless kid living on the streets of Crime Alley, stealing to survive after losing his parents to drugs and crime. These elements of poverty, addiction and wealth disparity made him perfectly suited to the issues of the 1980s—and, perhaps, today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason6_5f86535c3aba05.94873903.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 513px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/02_numbers2016_5f6e9f97f08740.22587295.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Made Batman Laugh</strong></h2> <p>You all know this story. When Batman first met post-Crisis Jason Todd, Batman caught him in the act of stealing the tires off of the Batmobile. Many forget what came next—namely, Batman getting hilariously punked by his soon-to-be adoptive son. But what’s also forgotten is that even before that, Jason made Bruce LAUGH. No mean feat in general, but even more impressive considering that it was in Crime Alley, on the anniversary of his parents’ deaths.</p> <p>That’s right! While you may have heard that Batman took Jason in to keep him from growing up to “do wrong,” Batman’s true motives were far less Billionaire Savior of the Downtrodden, and far more relatable: Bruce just liked having the kid around.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason1_600_5f865399d48ff8.95130236.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 451px;" /></p> <p>Imagine that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason2_5f8653d5540f53.11483868.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 447px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/03_numbers2016_5f6e9fa9cc4d24.45270085.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Feminist</strong></h2> <p>When people think of Jason as the “violent Robin,” they’re mostly thinking of a few specific incidents from Jim Starlin’s run on <em>Batman</em>. What people often forget, though, is the common theme uniting these incidents: Jason specifically lost it on men who were abusing women. From a serial killer who targeted women to a pimp abusing a sex worker to a serial rapist wielding diplomatic immunity to drive his victim to unimaginable ends, it’s clear what most pushed Jason’s hot buttons: abuse and violence targeted at the vulnerable and disenfranchised.</p> <p>In fact, this aspect of Jason’s characterization is so ingrained that, aside from his name and the codename he would later bear, it’s one of the few aspects of post-Crisis Jason that was established as far back as his pre-Crisis incarnation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason8_5f865416d8d4d2.00196986.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 578px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/04_numbers2016_5f6e9fbb783a12.36463714.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Disobeyed Batman</strong></h2> <p>You read that right. Jason disobeyed Batman…just like every other Robin! Why? Because otherwise, the story is boring! Who wants to read a story where Batman is right about everything and Robin is some gormless flunky who hangs around obeying every command? Conflict drives action, and allowing Batman to be wrong and Robin right in defying him, adds interest.</p> <p>And besides, Jason had reasons for his defiance, even when it ended poorly...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/mother_5f865431ea7786.77842518.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 749px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/05_numbers2016_5f6e9fcc8ee242.25874500.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Loved His Mother</strong></h2> <p>With all the flashbacks and retellings of Jason’s death in the years since 1988, it’s easy to forget one key factor. When Jason went after the Joker alone, he was rushing in for a reason that’s all too understandable—to save his own mother.</p> <p>Unfortunately for young Jason, his mother didn’t return that unconditional love. Seeking to cover her own criminal activities, Sheila Haywood, after finding out that her son was Robin, lied to him and told him that the Joker was gone in order to lure him into a trap. Jason’s death, though at the Joker’s hands, ultimately came from the cruelest source of all—a mother’s betrayal. And yet even after all that, Jason might have survived had, seconds before the detonation of Joker’s bomb, he not thrown himself in front of his mother, trying to shield her from the blast.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bomb_5f8654d8103948.80309651.jpg" style="width: 696px; height: 1001px;" /></p> <p>Jason was a teenager, and like any teenager, prone to occasional recklessness and fits of temper. But in the end, it was love that ran Jason afoul of the Joker, and love that led him to sacrifice himself for the same mother who betrayed him. Jason died the same way he lived—a true hero.</p> <p>(Anyway…you all loved him in <em><a href="/tv/the-new-batman-adventures-1997-1999" target="_blank">The New Batman Adventures</a></em> when they changed his name to “Tim Drake.”)</p> <p>But if you agree that Jason Todd deserved better than Death by Joker, you’ve got a chance to set things right. Save his life in <a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">the new interactive <em>Batman: A Death in the Family</em> movie,</a> now available in stores everywhere!<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" style="color: rgb(119, 218, 245); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/let-robin-live-5-reasons-jason-todd-was-best-boy-wonder/" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/is-jason-todd-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">is jason todd the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/why-jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">why jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of robin</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-a-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: a death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family interactive movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animated-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animated movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animation</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466158 at /blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder#comments How "A Death in the Family" Shook the World /blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>How &quot;A Death in the Family&quot; Shook the World</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, October 12, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>This week sees the release of <em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family,</a> </em>the interactive animated movie based on the infamous 1988 comic book storyline that changed Batman and Robin as we know them. For those who aren’t all that familiar with it, this classic Bat-comic was a major turning point for not only the Dark Knight, but comic book culture in general. It saw the murder of Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker in a move that was ultimately decided by fandom.</p> <p>Jason Todd first appeared in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-357/digital-comic/T0037603575001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #357.</a></em> His origin may seem familiar. Perhaps even <em>too </em>familiar. Like Dick Grayson, he was a circus acrobat who lost his parents to crime. Over time, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne, and, with the blessing of Dick, became the new Robin.</p> <p>The reality-altering events of 1984-1985's <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths/digital-comic/T0266400018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">Crisis on Infinite Earths</a></em> gave DC a chance to correct some fan criticism that Jason was no more than a younger Dick Grayson clone. His origin was revamped in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-408/digital-comic/T0037604085001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #408</a></em> (written by <em>The Road to Perditions’</em> Max Allan Collins and penciled by Chris Warner). Jason was now a street kid who first met Batman when he was trying to steel the wheels from the Batmobile. He had a harder edge and a rebellious attitude. He was a Robin for his time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Batman408_5f8102e28b40b6.88515462.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>Or was he? Fans, unfortunately, didn't take to him. Was it his in-your-face attitude? Did they simply miss Dick Grayson? Whatever the reason, the response to the new Jason wasn’t kind and a solution was needed.</p> <p>DC had been looking for a way to test new fan voting technology on something that wasn't trivial. Writing in the postscript for the first edition of the <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">Batman: A Death in the Family</a></em> trade paperback, Batman group editor Denny O’Neil said, “We knew that the technology for polling our readers by telephone was available and we asked ourselves if we could use it—in effect, extend our policy of heeding the opinions fans express in letters and conversations at conventions and comic shops. If we did, it would be a first, and we didn’t want to waste it on anything minor: whether Firestorm’s boots should be red or yellow would not be an appropriate question to ask in this context, particularly since, unavoidably, each called in vote would cost the caller fifty cents. This had to be important stuff. Life-and-death."</p> <p>What could be bigger than deciding the fate of Robin? The stage was set for the story, told in 1988's <em>Batman #426-#429.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DeathFamily_1_5f810329961d28.43507370.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></em></p> <p>When "A Death in the Family" begins, Jason Todd’s world is rocked upon learning that Catherine Todd, the deceased woman who raised him, was not his biological mother. He sets off on a globe-trotting adventure to learn his mother’s true identity and find out if she’s still alive. Batman, knowing what it’s like to grow up without a mother, puts aside his initial apprehension and helps him. While searching in the Middle East, they have a run in with the Joker, who plans to get into the arms dealing business.</p> <p>Eventually, Batman and Robin find Jason’s mother, Sheila Haywood, in Ethiopia. The reunion is happy, until Jason learns his mother is being blackmailed by the Joker. Disobeying Batman’s orders to wait for him, Jason confronts his mother by himself, hoping to free her from the Clown Prince of Crime’s grip. Instead she turns her son over to the Joker.</p> <p>The betrayal from his mother probably hurt Jason much more than what came next—a vicious beating from the Joker with a crowbar.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/crowbar_5f81034790e1c1.22512364.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 786px;" /></p> <p>The Joker betrayed Sheila as well, leaving her and Jason trapped in a warehouse with a bomb. Despite the assault orchestrated by his own mother, Jason used his last ounce of strength in an effort to save her. It was the ultimate act of forgiveness and heroism. It was a move that won over some Jason Todd haters. But would enough be won over to save him?</p> <p>Batman arrived at the warehouse just in time to watch it explode. Was Jason alive or dead? The Dark Knight, the readers, and even DC’s editorial staff didn’t know at first.</p> <p>The cliffhanger for <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-427/digital-comic/T0037604275001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #427</a></em> was followed by a full page ad telling readers “Robin will die because the Joker wants revenge, but you can prevent it with a telephone call.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/batman_-_a_death_in_the_family-095_5f81036791f273.48107903.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>Readers were given two separate numbers to call, one if they wanted Jason to live and another if they wanted him to die. There was a 36-hour window to vote, and DC was prepared for both outcomes.</p> <p>“I had two versions of <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-428/digital-comic/T0037604285001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #428</a></em> in the drawer, awaiting the verdict,” O’Neil wrote in 1988.</p> <p>Batfans got the message and 10,614 readers called in to vote on Jason’s fate. His fate was sealed with 5,343 voting in favor of death, while 5,271 voted for survival. With only a 72-vote margin, the tally was close. If more fans had called in, the history of the Batman universe would be different.</p> <p>The opening pages of <em>Batman #428</em> show the Dark Knight finding Jason’s body. The silent splash page of Batman holding his fallen sidekick has become one of the most iconic pages in comic book history and has served as the cover image for all collected editions of "A Death in the Family" and is recreated for the cover of the new animated movie.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/deathsplash_5f8104106f00b9.33478911.jpg" style="width: 638px; height: 952px;" /></p> <p>It was the most tragic event in Batman's life since his parents’ murder. Superman showed up for the last act of the story in an attempt to calm Batman’s sudden bloodlust. Alas, it all ends with the Joker’s body lost in a helicopter explosion over the water, leaving Batman feeling unresolved.</p> <p>"A Death in the Family" shook the world. “I was emphatically not prepared for the reaction," wrote O'Neil. "As soon as the news of Jason’s expiration got out, our publicity whiz, Peggy May, began getting calls from journalists. Dozens of them. For three long working days and part of a fourth, until Peggy declared a moratorium, I talked. To newspapermen. To disc jockeys. To radio and television reporters. Here and abroad. Again and again. I explained how the voting had worked, how the final decision was not DC’s."</p> <p>The specter of Jason’s death haunted Batman and his allies for many years. Nightwing also felt responsible, since he'd given Jason his blessing. A memorial case was erected in the Batcave to honor Jason’s tenure by displaying his costume. Once Tim Drake became Robin, the failure of Jason Todd served as a constant reminder of how dangerous the job was.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/death_in_the_family_banner_5f8104be5ef3a6.70465948.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 549px;" /></p> <p>To this day, “A Death in the Family” is still one of the few DC stories where the outcome was a direct result of fan participation. How different would Batman’s history have been with 72 additional votes? Would we have ever met Tim Drake?</p> <p>Although Jason Todd eventually returned, “A Death in the Family” still has permanent consequences. When he reappeared over a decade later, Jason struggled to forgive Bruce for allowing the Joker to live. Didn’t his mentor love him enough to avenge him? The storyline that posed that question, <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Under-the-Red-Hood/digital-comic/T0987900018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">“Under The Hood”</a> (written by Judd Winnick and art by Doug Mahnke and various), built on “A Death in the Family” to tell an equally emotional tale.</p> <p><em>Batman Annual #25</em>, which tied up the “Under the Hood” storyline, even used a page from the unpublished version of <em>Batman #428</em> that would’ve seen print had Jason lived.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/12_5f8104d498df19.57052893.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1075px;" /></p> <p>Even though it’s been thirty years, fans are still talking about “A Death in the Family” and the characters are still reeling from its emotional turmoil. Few comic book tales have had greater impact on the DC Universe and its fans.</p> <p>Now, over thirty years later, we have to ask—would you have voted to kill Jason Todd? If you could go back and do it differently, would you? Unfortunately, there’s no changing the past, but with the new <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>animated movie, you have a chance to do the next best thing and choose to let Jason live. What happens if you do? What sort of changes will that bring to the DCU? You’ll soon know and once again, the question of Jason’s death will loom large with Bat-fans.</p> <p><br /><em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> with be available on Blu-ray and DIgital on October 13th (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray). Interested in reading the comic? It's available <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">in print</a> and as <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-A-Death-in-the-Family/digital-comic/T1029100018301?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL3NsaWRlckxpc3Qvc2VyaWVz" target="_blank">a digital graphic novel.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/how-death-family-shook-world/" target="_blank">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe.</a> </em><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes our monthly Batman column, <a href="/blog/2020/05/15/gotham-gazette-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too" target="_blank">"Gotham Gazette." </a>Follow him on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/TBUJosh" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-a-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: a death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of robin</a>, <a href="/tags/robins-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robin&#039;s death</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-kills-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker kills robin</a>, <a href="/tags/fans-choose-robins-fate" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fans choose robin&#039;s fate</a>, <a href="/tags/denny-oneil" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">denny o&#039;neil</a>, <a href="/tags/dennis-oneil" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dennis o&#039;neil</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-storylines" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman storylines</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman movie</a>, <a href="/tags/new-batman-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">new batman animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/joshua-lapin-bertone" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joshua lapin-bertone</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="How &quot;A Death in the Family&quot; Shook the World" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 12 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 466150 at /blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world#comments Bats at Bat: Who's on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball? /blog/2020/10/07/bats-at-bat-whos-on-first-when-the-batman-family-plays-baseball <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Bats at Bat: Who&#039;s on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The stadiums may be empty, but believe it or not, the MLB playoffs have arrived. And where general audiences are kept away, you can’t keep Gotham’s first family in vigilantism off the diamond. No, they pretty much go wherever they please, whether it’s through the iron gates of Arkham Asylum, atop the roof of Gotham Central, or across the field of the local stadium. But that does beg a rather important question to fans who love their baseball as much as their Batman: In a dugout full of the Dark Knight’s greatest allies, who plays what position? Even more important, what’s their walk-up song as they come up to bat? Here’s where we’ve landed on this most important issue…</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/batman-baseball_5f7d181bbbdfb3.35113300.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Batman</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #27 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-27/digital-comic/T0039000275001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">His Detective 24ֱ debut.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Center Field (He commands the outfield.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: All he needs are four notes to strike fear and awe into his enemies. That dramatic horn swell from Shirley Walker’s score for <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>. You know the one: “Ba, ba, BA-BAAAAAAA!!!”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/WFST_15_300-1_5f7d183b339357.60938378.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1028px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Dick Grayson</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #38 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-38/digital-comic/T0039000385001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">Ditto.</a>)</p> <p>Position: First Base (Obviously.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: “Entry of the Gladiators.” You probably know it as that one circus song that plays when the clowns come out. But try and divorce it from that cultural cache and you’ll feel the original sense of grandeur and wonder that the piece entailed, like you were about to witness something joyous and mesmerizing the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Can’t take the circus out of the boy.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/RedHood_5f7d1875398977.60078348.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 742px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Jason Todd</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #72 (<a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/how-death-family-shook-world/" target="_blank">If you get it, you get it.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Second Base (Naturally.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Ever the rebel, Jason’s going with something hardcore, with an attitude that expresses how he’s gonna do things his way alone, and probably do it better than you. “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine would be perfect. We’re thinking…oh…around 4 minutes and 12 seconds in.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/TimDrake_5f7d188d47fec0.19016393.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Tim Drake</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #89 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-442/digital-comic/T0037604425001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">The year he came on the scene.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Third Base (Inevitably.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Duckboy’s just a big ol’ nerd, and that’s why we love him. So, he’s probably going to pick an intricate math rock song. Probably a choice refrain from the middle of “2112” by Rush.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DamianWayne_5f7d18a9035f32.93884863.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Damian Wayne</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #1 (He accepts nothing less.)</p> <p>Position: Shortstop (Do NOT call him “Shortstop.”)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: “Ride of the Valkyries.” Damian’s approach to the plate is nothing short of operatic in its epic proportions. At least, that’s how he sees it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DukeThomas_5f7d18c06fbb06.76359964.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 924px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Duke Thomas</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #12 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/We-Are-Robin-2015-2016/comics-series/44205?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">That’s all the issues he got in<em> We Are Robin</em>.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Catcher (Rock solid, unshakeable.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Duke really came into his own around 2015 as part of the street team of unauthorized Robins in the DCYou era, so he’s probably really into the mid-10s hip hop scene. Something like “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Batgirl_5f7d18d90b69d5.71313825.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 677px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Barbara Gordon</strong></h2> <p>Babs doesn’t have a field position—she’s the field manager. Any diehard baseball fan will tell you that the game is really more of a competition of strategy than athleticism. And in the great game, it’s the field manager who moves the pieces around. Barbara’s experience as Oracle makes her the most vital team member to success—a skill set and expertise which would be wasted if she were relegated to playing a mere field position. You know, not that we’re making a point or anything. What’s an analogy?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Huntress_5f7d18f5d0d563.67892512.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Helena Bertinelli</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #13 (In Italian culture, it’s a lucky number!)</p> <p>Position: Pitcher (Accurate AF.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Helena’s way too cool for the room, or any arena. But if she’s gotta take the field, she’s gonna go full Madonna from <em>A League of Their Own</em>. One of her ‘80s hits, like “Into the Groove.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/batwoman-baseball_5f7d19107328f7.77619197.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Kate Kane</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #52 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/52/comics-series/157?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">The series from whence she came.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Designated Hitter (She does have the most experience, after all.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Whatever song you’re thinking of, it’s not gay enough. “All the Things She Said” by t.A.T.u is a good starting point, but she can probably do better.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/CassandraCain_5f7d19295da314.57702639.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1007px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Cassandra Cain</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #25 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batgirl-2000-2006-25/digital-comic/T0215400255001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Her victory number</a>.)</p> <p>Position: Left Field (Fast as the wind, reflexes unmatched, she’s exactly the sort of player you want where the toughest balls go.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Similar to Dick and Damian, but she’s serious about it and always delivers. Cass is all about balletic movement. This isn’t sport to her—this is poetry. Play her onto the field gently with Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” and before long, you’ll believe a ball can fly.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Spoiler_5f7d1944a1afe4.93761017.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1063px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Stephanie Brown</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #0 (Tell her she can’t have it, she’ll only wear it harder.)</p> <p>Position: Right Field (Where the fewest balls go. She’s busy heckling the other team.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: “Never Gonna Give You Up,” by Rick Astley. Every single time.</p> <p><br /><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/bats-bat-whos-first-when-batman-family-plays-baseball/" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/baseball" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Baseball</a>, <a href="/tags/if-batman-played-baseball" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">if batman played baseball</a>, <a href="/tags/what-baseball-position-would-batman-play" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">what baseball position would batman play</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark knight</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/red-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red robin</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-drake" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim drake</a>, <a href="/tags/damian-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">damian wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/duke-thomas" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">duke thomas</a>, <a href="/tags/signal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">signal</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/batwoman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/kate-kane" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kate kane</a>, <a href="/tags/orphan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">orphan</a>, <a href="/tags/cassandra-cain" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cassandra Cain</a>, <a href="/tags/spoiler" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">spoiler</a>, <a href="/tags/stephanie-brown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">stephanie brown</a>, <a href="/tags/helena-bertinelli" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Helena Bertinelli</a>, <a href="/tags/huntress" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">huntress</a>, <a href="/tags/baseball-season" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">baseball season</a>, <a href="/tags/baseball-playoffs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">baseball playoffs</a>, <a href="/tags/mlb-playoffs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mlb playoffs</a>, <a href="/tags/mlb-finals" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mlb finals</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/07/bats-at-bat-whos-on-first-when-the-batman-family-plays-baseball" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Bats at Bat: Who&#039;s on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball?" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466121 at /blog/2020/10/07/bats-at-bat-whos-on-first-when-the-batman-family-plays-baseball#comments Batman: Death in the Family (2020) /movies/batman-death-in-the-family <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family (2020)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-primary-coverimage field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="schema:primaryImageOfPage" resource="/sites/default/files/movie-covers/2020/10/Movies-Thumb_BMDITF_5f7b958460f585.33853508.jpg"><a href="/sites/default/files/movie-covers/2020/10/Movies-Thumb_BMDITF_5f7b958460f585.33853508.jpg" title="Batman: Death in the Family (2020)" class="colorbox" rel="gallery-node-466079-jfv_GKNEPvY"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/movie_cover/public/movie-covers/2020/10/Movies-Thumb_BMDITF_5f7b958460f585.33853508.jpg?itok=Tnp5OdHP" width="575" height="290" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Trained as Batman’s protégé, Jason Todd brings a relentless sense of justice as Robin, who sets his sights on bringing down the Joker. But can Batman save Robin from a fate worse than death? Tragedy, revenge and redemption await in this groundbreaking DC film! Who will live? Who will die? Who will watch over Gotham?</p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by your remote control. Central to the short film is an adaptation of “Batman: A Death in the Family,” the 1988 landmark DC comic book event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.</p> <p>Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, <em>Batman:</em> <em>Death in the Family</em> offers an inventive take on the long-demanded story. In the new animated presentation, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and the Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. And while Vietti's previous DC animated movie, <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood,</em> provides a baseline, the story also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film.</p> <p>In addition, <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>also includes four additional DC Showcase shorts: <em>Adam Strange</em>, <em>Sgt. Rock</em>, <em>The Phantom Stranger</em> and <em>Death</em>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-cast field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Cast:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Bruce Greenwood</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Vincent Martella</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">John DiMaggio</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Zehra Fazal</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Gary Cole</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Karl Urban</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Keith Ferguson</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">William Salyers</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Audrey Wasilewski</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Leonard Nam</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Jamie Chung</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Darin De Paul</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Keith Szarabajka</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Kari Wahlgren</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Peter Serafinowicz</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Michael Rosenbaum</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Natalie Lander</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Grey Griffin</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Roger Craig Smith</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Charlie Weber</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Roger R. Cross</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Kimberly Brooks</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Ray Chase</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Fred Tatasciore</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-directors field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Directors:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:director">Brandon Vietti</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:director">Bruce Timm</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:director">Sam Liu</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:director">Butch Lukic</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-writers field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Writers:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:author">Brandon Vietti</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:author">Louise Simonson</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:author">Walter Simonson</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:author">Tim Sheridan</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:author">J.M. DeMatteis</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:author">Ernie Altbacker</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-producers field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Producers:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Brandon Vietti</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:producer">Bruce Timm</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Sam Liu</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:producer">Butch Lukic</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Jim Krieg</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:producer">Amy McKenna</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Sam Register</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-genre field-type-list-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Genre:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:genre">Action</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:genre">Adventure</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:genre">Science Fiction</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:genre">War</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-animated-short" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family animated short</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family interactive movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-short" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family interactive short</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family-interactive-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family interactive movie</a>, <a 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2020 22:07:18 +0000 Tim Beedle 466079 at /movies/batman-death-in-the-family#comments Batman: Death in the Family - "A Danger to Our Mission" (Exclusive) /videos/batman-death-in-the-family-a-danger-to-our-mission-exclusive <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family - &quot;A Danger to Our Mission&quot; (Exclusive)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Bruce Wayne reaches a painful realization and makes a difficult choice about Robin in this exclusive clip from the upcoming <em>Batman: Death in the Family.</em></p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family, </em>DC's first interactive movie, will be available on Blu-ray and Digital on October 13, 2020 (note that the interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray). For more on this unique new release: <a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">/movies/batman-death-in-the-family</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/batman-death-in-the-family-a-danger-to-our-mission-exclusive" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Death in the Family - &quot;A Danger to Our Mission&quot; (Exclusive)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:39:45 +0000 Tim Beedle 466074 at /videos/batman-death-in-the-family-a-danger-to-our-mission-exclusive#comments Jason Fabok Channels the Past in Bringing Batman: Three Jokers to Life /blog/2020/09/29/jason-fabok-channels-the-past-in-bringing-batman-three-jokers-to-life <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Jason Fabok Channels the Past in Bringing Batman: Three Jokers to Life</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Albert Ching</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>After the shocking ending to <em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-1" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #1</a></em>—seriously, did you see what Jason Todd did?—the stakes continue to escalate in <em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-2" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #2,</a></em> out this week from the creative team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Jason Fabok and colorist Brad Anderson.</p> <p>Prior to the release of <em>Three Jokers #1</em>, we caught up via phone with Fabok from his home in Canada to discuss teaming with Johns for the long-anticipated series, the influence of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s <em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em> and the enduring impact of character’s very first appearance back in 1940.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_3_5f729217746eb1.41829553.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p><strong>How did you approach the visual style of <em>Batman: Three Jokers</em>?</strong></p> <p>Right from the beginning, Geoff and I had talked a lot about <em>Killing Joke</em>. I studied what Brian Bolland was doing and used that as my foundation to build upon. At the same time, I wanted to infuse it with some of my favorite influences. There are nods to <em>Batman </em>’89, in the design of the buildings and the setting of Gotham. That was my introduction to Batman, I’ve always wanted to see it come alive on the page.</p> <p>I’m using that 1980s aesthetic, and then bringing it to 2020. Reaching into the past to get my foundation, and then taking that forward and into my own direction. I just wanted to go with my gut feeling of how I’ve always wanted to draw a Batman story and it flowed from there. Even the designs of Barbara Gordon are taken right out of classic 1980s Batgirl comics—Batgirl’s Bat-bike is taken directly out of old-school comics from the ’70s and ‘80s.</p> <p>Especially when it comes to panel layouts, you’re going to notice a lot that comes directly out of <em>Killing Joke</em>. There are a lot of nods to that. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_1_5f729234a29a59.43355547.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 784px;" /></p> <p><strong>What was your process in making each of the titular Three Jokers distinct?</strong></p> <p>We did lots of research. I did tons of different drawings. I probably did concept sketches for almost every single Joker who’s ever appeared in comics history. (<em>Laughs</em>) Different costumes, even just subtle little changes.</p> <p>In the end, we decided on the Golden Age Joker, who is this stoic thinker—he’s not a psychotic, laughing clown. He just kind of stares you down and he’s really creepy. He’s actually become my favorite. Then you’ve got your prankster Joker from the ‘50s; then you have your <em>Killing Joke</em>, modern Joker.</p> <p>I consciously chose to draw the characters with very similar bone structure and builds. People keep bringing up, “How come Batman wouldn’t notice there are three different Jokers?” It’s because they look like they all could be the same guy. They all fit together, but at the same time, there are subtle differences, especially when it comes to personalities.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_4_5f729273234188.61618478.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1074px;" /></p> <p>I’m drawing from all eras, and different looks and different takes. There are even some references to <em>Batman: The Animated Series </em>in this book as well. I can even hear Mark Hamill’s voice coming out of the Joker when I’m drawing him. I’m not really interesting in deviating too far from what everybody’s expecting—I really wanted to deliver a classic Joker, the way that I want to see Joker look in a comic book.</p> <p><strong>Have you learned anything about the Joker that you didn’t know before? </strong></p> <p>I really loved going back and reading older comics. I’ve probably read <em>Killing Joke </em>now more than any other single comic book. There are so many little subtle things that Brian Bolland does with his art, and little subtle things that Alan Moore drops in there about the character of the Joker that you pick up as you read it more and more.</p> <p>I really enjoy the Golden Age Joker. I re-read <em>Batman #1</em> and really enjoyed that issue. I still feel like that issue stands up—the way the Joker was originally portrayed as this really freaky, scary gangster, but not in a super-psychotic way. He’s a thinking villain—he’s going to outsmart you. He can go toe to toe with Batman when it comes to his mind, and the way he can manipulate him. When you think back to <em>Batman </em>’89 and Jack Nicholson’s performance, I think he’s pulling a lot from that first issue. You can really see it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_5_5f7293e5240719.74109861.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 784px;" /></p> <p>It really made me think—there might be so many different takes on the Joker that have just been kind of forgotten. When people read <em>Three Jokers </em>and they see this Golden Age Joker in our book, they’ll be opened up to a different version of the Joker—something you haven’t seen on the page very often, and yet, it’s classic. And there are some incredible lines that Geoff has written for this character. It’s going to terrify them.</p> <p>This book is an exploration of the Joker, it’s an exploration of the history of Batman and the Joker. I’ve been viewing it as a love letter to the fans of Batman—I really want to give them something great. I don’t think anybody’s going to see where we’re going with this.<br />  </p> <p><em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-2" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #2</a> by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson is now available in print <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Three-Jokers-2020-2/digital-comic/T1936000025001?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL3NsaWRlckxpc3Qvc2VyaWVz" target="_blank">and as a digital comic book.</a></em></p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Three Jokers</a>, <a href="/tags/three-jokers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">three jokers</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-2" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: three jokers #2</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jason Fabok</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok interview</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-comic-book-artist" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok comic book artist</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-three-jokers-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok three jokers interview</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-batman-three-jokers-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok batman: three jokers interview</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: three jokers interview</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: the killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-89" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman &#039;89</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/geoff-johns-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">geoff johns</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-black-label" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC Black Label</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/09/29/jason-fabok-channels-the-past-in-bringing-batman-three-jokers-to-life" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Jason Fabok Channels the Past in Bringing Batman: Three Jokers to Life" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Albert Ching 465987 at /blog/2020/09/29/jason-fabok-channels-the-past-in-bringing-batman-three-jokers-to-life#comments