There were a lot of theories heading into "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and one of them caught a lot more traction among some circles because of its fascinating possibility: What if the Joker was actually a corrupted version of the second Robin, Jason Todd? We can now say that the rumor is definitely false, as confirmed by "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer.
Todd, in the comics, died at the hands (or crowbar, rather) of the Joker in the "Death of a Family" storyline. The rumor suggested that Jared Leto's Joker may have survived the assault, and driven mad, took up the guise of the Clown Prince of Crime. For evidence, fans of the theory pointed to Joker's cryptic tattoos as a sign, and took the following quote from Ben Affleck in "Batman v Superman" to back up the theory: "20 years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?"
While it's fun to think the theory is plausible, it's definitely not the case. Doing press for "Suicide Squad," Ayer was asked (via Chris Van Vliet) which "Suicide Squad" rumor he thought was the craziest. Ayer replied, "That the Joker is Jason Todd. It ain't the case -- he's not."
Check out Ayer's remarks (around the 3:25 mark) in the video below:
"Suicide Squad," based on the DC Comics team and starring Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot, is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.