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80 Facts about Jason Todd that you need to know:

I decided to make this post because there are so many misinformation flying around in tumblr about Jason that needed to be corrected.

1) Pre-crisis Jason’s parents were Joseph Todd and Trina Todd, Post-crisis Jason’s parents were Wills Todd, Catherine Todd (step-mother) and Shelia Woods (biological mother) and N52 (and Arkhamverse) Jason’s parents were Wills Todd and Catherine Todd (biological mother this time). 
2) Jason was also legally adopted by Bruce Wayne (Pre-crisis, PC and N52) and Natalia Knight (Pre-crisis).
3) Joseph and Trina Todd (who worked in the circus and were called the flying Todds) were murdered by the Killer Croc and Jason saw their dead bodies lying at the lake which really traumatized him. 
4) Pre-crisis Jason was blonde, not red headed. And Jason in Post-crisis and N52 (and Arkhamverse) has a black hair.
5) Wills Todd was a petty criminal who got himself involved with two face which eventually what got him killed. 
7) N52 Wills had a big and poor family with many brothers and sisters, but Jason never got the chance to meet his uncles and aunts.
6) N52 Wills was alcoholic and abusive towards Jason and his mother. 
7) Post-crisis Jason (kind of) liked his father and was upset over his death while N52 Jason hated him. 
8) Catherine Todd was a drug addicted who dead due to overdose. 
9) N52 Catherine Todd (who was the daughter of a really rich family) met Wills a bad boy who used to hung out around her school and got pregnant with Jason. The two eventually got married before Jason was born (which wasn’t a happy marriage) and like PC Catherine, she become a drug addicted and died because of it.
10) Jason (PC and N52) really loved Catherine and was (and still is) deeply affected by her death. He also blamed himself for her death. 
11) Jason used to be the one who take care of his parents instead of the other way around and never got the chance to have a normal childhood. 
12) Arkhamverse Todds were really bad parents who tried to sell Jason (when he was just born!) to crime lord to buy off their debts, but the criminal wasn’t amused by this and beat up Wills. 
13) When he grow older (and before meeting Batman), Jason sold out his parents to the same crime lord in exchange of him staying out of his territory. 
14) Jason was a very smart student with bright future ahead of him (stop writing him as freaking stupid who fail at school in fanfics! Cause he was canonically an A’s student!). 
15) Jason really, really loves reading and learning. 
16) Jason read different kinds of books like science, politics, educational, languages…etc, but it’s noted that his favorite type of books is literature. 
17) Jason and Alfred used to have their own book club where they discuss and read Shakespeare.
18) Jason is fluent in many languages like Germany, Russian…etc and can read lips too. 
20) Jason is fast learner and has some good computer skills. 
21) Jason is very harsh against criminals who hurt children and Women. 
22) Jason has a short temper and some serious anger issues, but he can also be pretty chill at times. 
23) Jason is anti-hero which means he did some really good stuff and some really bad stuff which he wasn’t (isn’t) proud of.
24) Jason was the shortest Robin before he died and he’s currently the tallest one. 
25) PC Jason was younger than Dick by seven years and older than Tim by two. 
26) N52 and Rebirth Jason’s canon age is between 18-20 years old (yes, he’s actually underage).
27) PC Jason was Robin for three years. He met Batman when he was twelve and died when he was fifteen. 
28) N52 Jason was Robin for only one year like Dick and Tim (yeah, the n52 time line is seriously messed up and it’s better to ignore it). He met Batman when he was sixteen and died when he was seventeen. 
29) Jason smoked when he was a kid, but he never smoked when he returned. 
30) Jason and Dick were never close, not in Pre-crisis, PC nor N52 (because he was fighting with Batman at that time and also because he was jealous of Jason for being adopted by Bruce first while he was just a ward) which was something Dick deeply regretted after Jason died and made him try his best to there for Tim and Damian. 
31) N52 Jason has a childhood friend called Gabby who comforted him when he get upset and he protected her from bullies.
32) Jason used to respect and really admire (and kinda jealous of) Dick when he was Robin, but not anymore. 
33) The two used to have a rocky relationship when Jason returned as Red Hood in PC and at the beginning of N52, but they currently have a friendly relationship with each other and Dick sees him as a brother while Jason veryyyyyyyy deep down consider him a family. 
34) Jason was really admired by PC Tim. And N52 Tim decided to not call himself Robin and instead call himself Red Robin from the beginning to honor Jason’s memory. 
35) Jason love cars. 
36) Jason and Tim weren’t close at all in PC, but they are pretty close in N52 and Tim consider Jason the closest thing to a brother he ever had. They also worked together a lot. 
37) Jason and Damian are not close, but they have begrudged respect toward each other. 
38) In Batman and Robin convergence (which is canon to PC time line), Damian was pretty jealous of how friendly Batman acted with Jason and decided to randomly attack him to prove himself and Jason wasn’t amused.They eventually made up and Damian actually called him by his first name instead of Todd.
39) Jason and Damian worked together as Wingman and Flamebird in Batman Inc.
40) Jason, Dick, Tim and Damian are all legally Bruce’s children in PC (Cass was actually never legally adopted). In N52, only Jason and Damian are acknowledged as Bruce’s sons while Dick is considered to be the younger brother to Bruce and Tim as the protege (because his parents are alive and well). 
41) Alfred (in N52) told Jason that he is as much as a son to him as he’s to Bruce. 
42) Rena was Jason’s first girlfriend and he was pretty crazy about her. 
43) Jason used to have a crush on Donna and Barbara. 
44) Jason dated Rose Willson, Essence and Isabel. 
45) Jason and Kori were really close friends before she left the Outlaws. 
46) Jason and Kara (supergirl) kind of have a friendly relationship in N52. 
47) Jason has so many mothers and mother figures. Catherine, Trina, Sheila, Natalia, Talia (well, until she wasn’t…), Ducra, Kate and Renee.
48) Natalia was a villain in Batman Pre-crisis who took Jason from Bruce in nasty custody battle just to get close to him and actually win and became Jason’s adopted mother. She eventually started to see and love Jason as a son and even sacrificed her own life to save him. Jason was deeply affected by her death. 
49) Ducra was Jason’s teacher in N52 who Jason really respected and admired. She died at beginning of RHATO and her death also affected Jason a lot.
50) Jason is called “pup” by Ducra.
51) In alt-universe, Jason got adopted by Kate (batwomen) and Renee who both truly loved and cherished him. Jason died (of course…) later on in Kate’s arms which affected her and Renee a lot. 
52) Shelia Woods was Jason’s biological mother who abandoned him as infant and betrayed him as teenager to the joker. 
53) Despite what she did, the last thing Jason did before he died was protecting her. 
54) Sheila last words to Batman before she died was about Jason deserving more than her and how he truned out fine and become a hero without her involvement. 
55) Jason is considered to be the best and strongest fighter out of all Robins. 
56) Jason is the last and the chosen warrior of All Caste. 
57) Jason has magic swords that can only work on magic beings (but some writers forget about this condition or simply ignore it…). 
58) Jason is the Joker’s favorite Robin and not only because he killed him, but also because he really liked his attitude. 
59) Jason’s death considered by the joker as his greatest victory and his death anniversary was the only date joker actually bothered to remember. 
60) Jason’s face was burned by the joker who wasn’t happy that he returned to live. 
61) In Arkham Knight, the joker kidnapped and tortured Jason for a year and considers messing up with Jason’s mind to be the happiest moments in his life in a very long time. The joker also considers Jason as his, not Batman’s.  
62) Pre-crisis Jason and Bullock are buddies who solve crimes together sometimes.  
63) Jason has two proteges, Sasha (Scarlet) and Duela (Joker’s daughter). He succeeded with the former and failed with the later. 
64) The militia in Arkham knight really respect and loyal to Jason. 
65) Deathstroke was Jason’s right hand in AK. 
66) Slade and Jason meet again in N52 where they battled against each other and eventually teamed up and saved each other lives. 
67) Ra’s Al ghoul really hates Jason. 
68) Roy was (is?) Jason’s best friend and the person he trusted the most. 
69) Jason and Roy lived with each other for a while, had a joined bank account and even started their own business which was called Red-Arse (yeah, I know). 
70) Jason and Roy actually met each other back in the 80′s NTT and shared a really nice moment. 
70) Jason was NEVER an official member of the teen titans. He only helped them up when Donna asked for his help when he was a Robin. 
71) Jason was supposed to have a little sister in RHATO, but the plan was scratched after Lobdell left the book. 
72) Didio admitted in one of his interview that DC got so many demands for Jason to have his own series and it was the most requests they got for a series ever. 
73) Jason was part of a team called the challengers with Donna, Kyle and “Bob”. He liked Donna, hated Kyle and didn’t trust “Bob”. 
74) Neil’s admitted in one of his interview that the vote which decided Jason’s death wasn’t legit and it was just one person who made the different. 
75) Jason is semi-confirmed to exist in the DCEU. 
76) Bruce Timm confirmed that Tim in the Batman animated series was supposed to be Jason (which is why he was given Jason’s personality and origin) because he liked how different he was from Dick, but he couldn’t call him Jason because he was dead and Tim was the current Robin at that time. 
77) Jason was born in August, met Bruce in February, died in April and was revived in October.
78) Jason was Robin, Red Hood, Red Robin, Wingman, Arkham Knight, Batman and maybe Red X (he was also nightwing at some point, but we don’t talk about this…). 
79) Jason was brain damaged for a year when he was revived before Talia found him and shoved him in the pit which both healed and drove him mad at the same time. In N52, Rebirth and UtRH movie, it was the pit that brought him back. 
80) Jason currently is teaming up with Artemis (not the one from the YJ show) and Bizarro and they called DC’s Dark Trinity in the new Red Hood and the Outlaws series (which I strongly recommend).

Well, that’s it. I don’t know if you guys noticed, but there’s actually no facts related to Bruce and Jason’s relationship because there are so many and felt they deserved their own post which hopefully will be released tomorrow :)

Note: If you guys have any question related to this post, you are welcome to ask me in my blog and I will do my best to answer you.

The Weird History of Batgirl

Because I can let’s talk Batgirl, shall we? 

It all starts in 1954 with a horrible book called “Seduction of the Innocent” a psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham claimed in his book basically everything wrong with society came from comics. One of his most famous claims was that Batman and Robin were gay and in a relationship and Batman comics were making young boys gay. The book blew up, there were Congressional hearings and the adoption of the “Comics Code”. DC was left with a major issue, millions of Americans had heard that Batman was gay and making their sons gay, so in 1956 they gave him a girlfriend. 

Kathy Kane, Batwoman. She was… um… you can imagine a woman hero in the 1950s made up solely to give Batman a case of the not gays? she was about as effective as you can expect, rather than an utility belt she had a utility purse. Basically she was there to tease Batman, or to need to get saved by Batman. Now Dick’s age between 1940 and the late 1970s was a little vague but the first 20ish years Robin was very young (9-10 years old). Starting in the late 1950s and early 1960s to reflect a slightly different age demographics of the readers DC started to shift him to be more of a middle school age. As a result the question was raised “Does Robin have a case of the not gays?” 

In 1960 DC answered that question and gave us Bat-Girl (note the spelling) Betty Kane was Kathy Kane’s niece. She was basically the same as Batwoman in being basically useless, teasing Dick (as you can see) and needing to be saved by him. She didn’t last long She showed up a number of times between 1960 and 1964 when a new editor thankfully canned the fainting doormat love interests. Betty wasn’t seen or heard from for about 10 years, briefly she appeared in the Teen Titans in the 1970s 

(wait is her hand on Dick’s butt?) I don’t think they explained where she went or anything. After Crisis on Infinite Earths Batwoman and Bat-Girl were written out of history. Bette Kane (note the spelling) would return as the hero Flamebird with a new history 

in 1966 Ratings were struggling in the live action Batman TV show and Executive producer William Dozier asked Batman editor Julius Schwartz to come up with a female hero to help attract women to the show. It was Dozier to came up with the idea that she’d be the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon. Selling the idea of Batgirl (note the spelling) to ABC is a big part of why they got a 3rd season of the show. in 1967 DC comics rolled out the first comic appearance of Batgirl

As you can see she still had an utility purse but at least she wasn’t in a skirt. Unlike Batwoman and Bat-Girl Babs refused to retire when ordered by condescending male Batman on grounds of her gender. Shortly there after Yvonne Craig brought Batgirl to life on the Batman TV show, the character was so popular she almost got her own spin off TV show (which would have been great) 

Sadly Batgirl was not enough to save the Batman TV show and the 3rd season was it’s last. But Batgirl was here to stay, She was a hard working Ph.D head of Gotham City public library, who appeared regularly in comics. She was very much her own crime fighter and a career woman which ruffled some feathers in 1971 DC published an open letter to people who had a problem with an empowered lady hero. 

“I’d like to say a few words about the reaction some readers have to Batgirl. These are readers who remember Batwoman and the other Bat-girls from years back … They were there because romance seemed to be needed in Batman’s life. But thanks to the big change and a foresighted editor, these hapless females are gone for good. In their place stands a girl who is a capable crime-fighter, a far cry from Batwoman who constantly had to be rescued [by] Batman.“

In the early 1970s Babs became a Congresswoman (only one term), retired, came back, went on a blind date with Clark Kent and come out as Batgirl to her dad. In 1975 DC started a comic called “Batman Family” which co-stared Batgirl and Robin starting the iconic partnership that would define both characters for years

Batgirl would also partner with Supergirl, she would give the eulogy for Supergirl during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Some things got changed about Babs after Crisis (for example she was Jim’s adopted daughter) Since the early 1980s struggled to find a place for Batgirl, and post-Crisis it got worse. in 1988 Alan Moore wrote The Killing Joke

In which Barbara is shot and crippled by the Joker in an effort to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. The story is still deeply controversial since Babs’ feelings about the attack are not explored in any way and her suffering is only about the emotional impact it has on two male characters (Her father, and Batman). In 2006 Moore apologized calling the story “shallow and ill-conceived” He recounted the react from DC editor Len Wein and Dick Giordano when he asked if it was okay to cripple Barbara. According to Moore they told him “Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.” a line that has become iconic of comic’s disregard and downright hate of female characters. 

While many (male) writers and editors at DC assumed this was the end of the character and she would be retired the husband wife team of DC editor Kim Yale and writer John Ostrander refused to allow this to be the end. Revamping Barbara’s character as the wheelchair using super hacker, and brains of the DC, Oracle

11 years after Killing Joke DC did a major year long cross over event for all Batman books/characters. It was called No Man’s Land, Gotham City suffered a massive earthquake and after years of getting bailed out by the federal government. Gotham is evacuated and closed off from the rest of the US. However the poor, the criminals and a dedicated force of Gotham’s finest refuse to leave the city. Batman is missing at first and the city is protected by a new Batwoman

Batman returns and the two work together for a time till it’s revealed that the new Batgirl/woman is Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress. She took up the Bat mantle to keep hope alive in a battered city and to win approval from Batman who had been against her violent ways. They have a falling out and Bruce demands the suit which Bertinelli gives up. 

Meanwhile during No Man’s Land Babs took in a mute girl who they find has extreme fighting skills. This is Cassandra Cain, the daughter of the assassin David Cain. After Bertinelli gives up the Batgirl uniform it’s passed to Cain.

Cain would be the first Batgirl to get her own comic book (Batgirl Volume 1 and Volume 2) She would learn out to talk and read, build friendships with Barbara Gordon and Stephenie Brown as well as other Batfam members, have a brief relationship with Superboy, and prove herself maybe the most skilled fighter in the Batfam (even giving Bruce a run for his money) 

Of course all good things must end and DC turned her evil in a really dumb way that I won’t go into, and was hand waved away as “mind control” She bounced around between being and not being Batgirl in the middle 2000s before passing the job on to Stephenie Brown, Cassandra would return as Black Bat, the Batman of Hong Kong, and in DC rebirth as Orphan, now a much less talkative version of herself who seems not to really do full sentences 

Then there’s Stephanie Brown. Steph was originally the hero Spoiler. She was the daughter of a D list villain named “Cluemaster” (think a shitty Riddler) and was motivated to spoil his crimes. Despite Batman’s misgivings Tim Drake as Robin (without revealing his identity) helps her and they become friends, partners and boyfriend and girlfriend. She suffers through being kinda a member of the Batfam but not really, Tim girlfriend, an awkward teen pregnancy subplot that was all about Tim’s feelings and not hers. Things got better as Steph became a regular in Cass’s Batgirl. In 2004 there was a story arch where Tim Drake’s father Jack Drake learned he was Robin and forced Tim to retire. As a result Batman took Stephanie on as Robin. DC did what it tends to do to Lady characters and screwed her over. Steph was apparently tortured to death during the War Games crossover event (also the only black member of the Bat stable of characters was also murdered during that event, good times) Many fans reacted very poorly to this, and to he disrespect executive editor Dan DiDio showed in 2007 when he said that “She was never really a Robin”.

In 2008 Steph’s death was revealed to have been faked and she returned to the DCU. In 2009 Cassandra Cain handed over the title and uniform of Batgirl to Steph. Steph would soon rework the outfit to include her iconic Spoiler purple, she’d work closely with Barbara Gordon and was now a College Freshman rather than a high schooler, she dealt with Tim as Red Robin, Daman Wayne, and Dick Grayson’s Batman at different points during her run in Batgirl Volume 3 between 2009 and 2011

in 2011 DC rebooted reality for the New52, despite fan protests like Cassandra Steph was retconned out of reality till DC rebirth where Steph has returned as Spoiler, seemingly once again a high schooler and Tim Drake’s girlfriend

Finally in 2011 DC rebooted everything. In the new reality Barbara Gordon’s paralysis only lasted 3 years. DC has never really managed to clear up the story if she was or wasn’t Oracle, how she got to walk again etc. She’s also depicted as much younger than the past and her relationship with Dick Grayson was erased. This new Barbara has proved controversial with fans, many of who object to removing one of the only handicapped characters from DC. As well as moving Babs from an arguably central role in the DCU and Batfam to more of a side character. Others have struggled with the texting teenager characterization of this Batgirl. 

“…The wonderful aspect of Michael Keaton’s portrayal is that you felt almost sad for him, the fact that he looked so uncomfortable in his own skin, in his own house, talking to people who were suppose to be his best friends. You wonder where does he fit in in the world, thus when you see him sitting in the Batcave in front of the console you realize this is where he belongs, this is where he should be.”–Dan Didio

anonymous asked:

Okay but why would you and how would you go about doing that considering she’s dead?

i really don’t understand people saying “oh she’s dead” like this isn’t a bullshit comic book show like the only reason and i have sources on this that e1 laurel is still dead is because marc guggenheim is really pissed everyone at DC got mad at him for killing her, and that dan didio let all the DC writers say all this anti Arrow stuff in interviews. There’s no reason for her to still be dead except marc is mad that everyone hates him.

it’s fucking comics. she could walk in and someone could be like “wait didnt you die?” and she could just be like “i got better” and that would be that. her sister is on a fucking timeship and people want me to be like oh well she’s dead! like sorry marc i hate to side with dan on anything but uh, this is why this is the last thing you’ll ever get to do for DC Comics