‘Suicide Squad’ Easter Egg Reveals Who Really Killed Robin (Maybe)
By now you’re very familiar with the big Robin easter egg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — you know the one: Robin’s suit covered in neon graffiti that reads, “Ha ha ha, joke’s on you, Batman!” The culprit seemed obvious at the time, but thanks to a blink-and-you-might-miss-it easter egg in Suicide Squad, Robin’s real killer might not be such a joker after all…or maybe they are.
As pointed out by several viewers, Suicide Squad has a very brief easter egg suggesting that Robin’s murderer isn’t The Joker, as many fans previously thought. During the ridiculously long opening of the film, each character gets their own introduction scene that features graphics listing their various crimes and skills. The text vanishes so quickly that you might have missed this interesting fact in Harley Quinn’s bio: She claims responsibility for murdering Robin.
Okay, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she did kill Batman’s sidekick, though. Unfortunately, David Ayer’s film is so incomprehensibly edited and overly-crowded with characters that Harley Quinn and The Joker’s backstory doesn’t get the sort of development it deserves — even still, it’s enough to suggest a toxic, manipulative and abusive relationship; the sort of relationship that would lead Harley to cop to a crime she didn’t commit.
Although Harley admitted to killing Robin, that might not be the case. She’s not exactly the most reliable person, and her motives are a bit…irrational. Not only would she do anything for her beloved Mr. J, she’d also do anything just for the hell of doing it. So maybe she killed Robin, maybe she didn’t. But it’s still a pretty interesting little connection to Batman v Superman and the Dark Knight’s dearly departed sidekick.
Neither Zack Snyder nor his producers have officially confirmed the identity of this particular Robin, though a Warner Bros. studio tour guide told visitors back in May that the version featured in Batman v Superman is (or was) Jason Todd. That would make sense, considering that The Joker is responsible for killing Todd in the famous Death in the Family comic book arc — which was released years before Harley Quinn was first introduced in Batman: The Animated Series.
Snyder himself commented on the Robin reference in Batman v Superman earlier this year, saying that the character died “during some run-in with a young Joker,” though he doesn’t specify if the Joker himself did the deed…
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