WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Ty Templeton, Monica Kubina and Joshua Reed, on sale now.
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 dives right back into the DC Animated Universe. The book continues Batman’s adventures after the events of the classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon, as well as its follow-up, The New Batman Adventures. In the first animated series, viewers were introduced to Dick Grayson’s Robin. In the follow-up, Tim Drake stepped in as the new Boy Wonder, as Dick moved on to become Nightwing.
However, comic book fans know that between Dick and Tim, there is another Robin: Jason Todd. When the animated series first aired, it appeared as if they had simply offered their own take on the Batman mythos, which didn’t include Jason. However, with the release of Batman: The Adventures Continue #1, it’s now apparent that isn’t the case, because Jason Todd has just returned to Gotham City.
To be clear, when the comic was first announced, co-writer Paul Dini confirmed Jason Todd’s appearance. “What we’re doing with this is looking at this as a chance to go back and actually acknowledge that was a part of the animated Batman’s history,” Dini said. “For the first time, you’re going to see that story and you’re going to see what happened in that relationship. So, it’s our chance to not only to do Jason Todd but also the Red Hood.”
Dini’s mention of the Red Hood is especially interesting, when taking into account the comic series’ first issue. In The Adventure Continues #1, Jason Todd only appears in a single panel, as he looks at Batman zipping across the Gotham City sky from a distance. Jason is partly covered in darkness — a clear echo of not only the rage inside of him, but his transformation as the Red Hood.
What is perhaps most notable about Jason is that he has a scar over his left eye. This would indicate he has gone through a terrible incident, much like his comic book counterpart, who was brutally beaten and left for dead by the Joker in the infamous Batman storyline, “Death in the Family.”
Before the release of issue #1, it was unclear how Jason would factor into Batman: The Adventures Continue. Now, more details are apparent. Jason’s time as Robin appears to have taken place just like in the comics, in between Dick and Tim. His brief appearance in The Adventures Continue #1 indicates he has now returned to Gotham as the Red Hood. The scar on his face is a sign that he is no longer the Robin Bruce once knew and that he, too, was likely left for dead at one point during his time as the Boy Wonder.
However, this is the DCAU and things could always end up being slightly different. Did Jason fall at the hands of the Joker, or will it be revealed later on that something else happened to him to transform him into the Red Hood? Whatever the answer is, it seems apparent Bruce will have to answer for what happened to Jason. It’s no accident that in the panel where we see the former Robin, Bruce’s narration reads, “I forgot how much fun Gotham can be.” Right now, he’s having fun as Batman, but this levity won’t last long — not when Jason is about to make his presence known. Then, all hell will break loose.
Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Ty Templeton's Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 teased the DCAU debut of a fan-favorite DC comics character.