- Jason Todd’s death at the hands of the Joker was not meant to happen, as revealed in
#25. Superboy-Prime’s actions in attempting to fix the darkness in DC’s timeline inadvertently brought Jason back to life.
- Superboy-Prime’s manipulation of reality caused the revival of Jason Todd, but it was not a deliberate act. Jason’s revival makes sense considering he was never meant to die in the first place.
- Jason Todd’s death was a tragic event that significantly altered his life. It was an anomaly in the DC Multiverse, and his survival in various instances hints at the fact that his death was not part of his destined path.
Red Hood is one of the more tragic characters in the DC Universe. He was a young boy who had an absurdly difficult life, eventually finding a loving family and purpose under the care of Bruce Wayne and the Bat-Family, only to be ripped away from them by The Joker. What has subsequently made Jason’s story even more horrible is the reveal that he was never meant to die.
As stated by the omniscient narrator of
“was never meant to die
Batman Annual #25 – by Judd Winick, Shane Davis, Mark Morales, Alex Sinclair, and Travis Lanham – revealed the larger Multiversal tragedy of Jason Todd’s fate in the mainstream DC continuity, as his death at the hands of the Joker was depicted as an exception, rather than a rule of the character’s destiny across timelines.
This occurred as a result of a major event in DC’s cosmic history, when Superboy-Prime punched the membrane of reality itself. Superboy-Prime was obsessed with the DC Universe and how dark their continuity had gotten. In an attempt to fix this, Superboy-Prime tried to force changes across reality.
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Jason Todd’s Death In Mainstream DC Continuity Shouldn’t Have Happened
It is a great existential weight, to have been the subject of such a singular event in the vast, endless tumult of possibilities that is the Multiverse. Above all else, this is what makes Jason Todd such a tragic figure.
One major change Superboy-Prime caused was the revival of Jason Todd. However, it never seemed like Superboy-Prime intentionally revived Jason. Jason’s revival wasn’t specific, but if he was never meant to die, then his revival makes perfect sense. Jason was a great Robin, a bright, cheerful, sweet boy. His return as Red Hood was the complete opposite; a significantly angrier and darker character, who briefly embraced villainy. While his character has mostly gone back to being heroic, the tragedy is he was always meant to be a hero, and his death was an unusual event in the grand scheme of things.
As stated by the omniscient narrator of Batman Annual #25, Jason “was never meant to die.“ Rather than specifically trying to revive Jason, Superboy-Prime’s goal was to fix the darkness in DC’s timeline. Since Jason was never meant to die, Superboy-Prime’s actions gave the Universe an opportunity to correct that. The DC Multiverse contains countless different possible realities; while certain things, like the death of Batman’s parents, are almost always set in stone, Jason’s death is rarely brought up outside Earth-0, indicating that Jason dying isn’t a regular occurrence.
Earth-0’s Jason Todd May Be The Multiverse’s Most Traumatized
The dark ending of Jason Todd’s life was an anomaly. Often, the DC Multiverse offers an opportunity to look at the darker possibilities contained by the company’s major characters. By contrast, the main continuity version of Jason’s personal history is one of the darkest versions to exist in any DC timeline. It is a great existential weight, to have been the subject of such a singular event in the vast, endless tumult of possibilities that is the Multiverse. Above all else, this is what makes Jason Todd such a tragic figure.
This, along with his resurrection thanks to the meddling of Superboy-Prime, have resulted in making Earth-0 Jason – the one most familiar to readers – perhaps Multiverse’s most deeply traumatized Jason Todd. He has suffered unlike any other version of himself, and struggled to find the place in DC’s heroic landscape that most other versions would grow into naturally. As Red Hood, the character may have found redemption, but it will be difficult for him to ever find peace, after his death at the hands of the Joker.