Issue 54 – Jason Todd

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  • Intro

  • Background (7:18)

    • Jason Todd created by Gerry Conway & Don Newton in Batman #357 (March 1983)

    • Jason was the second Robin, after Dick Grayson left to become Nightwing

    • Originally the son of circus acrobats who were killed by a criminal, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne in the pre-Crisis continuity

    • Post-Crisis, he was revamped to be an orphan attempting to steal the tires off the Batmobile

    • Batman takes him in as protege to prevent him from becoming a criminal

    • A Death in the Family – Jason is searching for his biological mother, but she’s blackmailed by Joker to draw him out – Joker beats Jason and blows up the warehouse, and Jason dies

      • This was voted on by fans, as Jason was not a popular character among the fanbase

    • Years later, revealed that when Superboy-Prime altered reality, it brought Jason back to life, although he suffered amnesia – Talia al Ghul takes him in and used a Lazarus Pit to restore his health, although it affected his mind

    • Begins to plot his revenge on both Batman and the Joker – Joker for killing him, and Batman for not being able to save him

    • Becomes Gotham crime lord known as the Red Hood – beats Joker within an inch of his life, but spares him to use against Batman

    • Confronts Batman and wants to know why he never killed Joker – gives Bruce ultimatum: kill me, or I kill Joker – Bruce disarms Jason, and Joker escapes

    • Becomes an anti-hero with no qualms about killing villains, and ends up in Arkham, where he kills dozens of inmates before escaping

    • New 52 – revamped origin again, revealing that Joker was responsible for his parents’ deaths – now he heads up the Outlaws, a group of anti-heroes looking for redemption

    • Rebirth – once again Batman takes him in, but realizes he’s too violent – he becomes Red Hood after his resurrection, which places him at odds with Bruce – creates new Outlaws group with Bizarro and Artemis

  • Issues (16:00)

    • Revenge oriented – both against Joker and Batman

    • Forced into Robin mantle by Batman – dyed his hair like Dick, and was told he became Robin to keep him out of trouble – always living in Dick’s shadow (23:50)
    • Troubled youth led to life of crime – also potential BPD and depression – led to suicidal thoughts (34:30)

    • Insanity as a result of Lazarus Pits (40:14)

  • Break (45:40)

  • Treatment (46:35)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe (50:31)

  • Skit (62:09)

  • Ending


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