Jason Todd is the current and most famous of Red Hoods but I thought I'd see from what little we know whether we can be definate that this particular version is Jason Todd, first though some background...(If you know this skip it, I'm adding it for the benefit of those who are less familiar with comics, so no 'but we know all that comments')
Red Hood is a character that has been around for a long time, the first time he appeared in Detective Comics168 in 1951 in a story called 'The Man Under the Red Hood' this was a story that re-wrote the Joker's origin to being firstly a criminal mastermind who wore what can only be described as a bright red bucket on his head and a matching cape, in attempting to rob a chemical factory Red Hood gets cornored by Batman and to escpae dives into a chemical vat, the escape is successful but the chemicals transformed him into The Joker. (this has recently being revisited although slightly differntly by Scott Snyder in his Batman Zero Year run)
This story was then adapted and changed by Alan Moore for 'The Killing Joke' turnig Joker's transformation into a case of mistakan identity and a tragic accident (if you have played Arkham Origins, the Joker and Harley scene plays out this version) this version also brings the idea of a Red Hood gang seperate to Joker, who were ultimatly responsible for the Joker coming into being.
Jason Todd first donned the Red Hood after his reserection (having been crowbared and blown up by the Joker) he uses this new persona to wage a violent war on Gotham's criminal and to later try to kill Grayson (who was Batman at the time) and a lot of other people to try to remove the need for Batman in Gotham.
Right back to the point (if there was a point, I kind of got sidetracked) now Joker and Jason are the two most famous people to don the Red Hood but there have been others and jusging by the first picture there are certain design elements that point towards this being Jason (it's not the Joker) and some that have put some doubt into my mind about whether this could be someone new using the Red Hood title, which is a possibility, nowhere in the intial release is the name Jason Todd mentioned, so here finally is what I'm talking about. (sorry took a while getting there)
Jason Elements: The obvious one is the dual hansguns which have been a trademark of the character since his comeback, the other is the red batsymbol this first appeared in the first issue of the new 52 Red Hood and the Outlaws and was burnt onto an old Nightwing costume byStarfire for Jason to wear after his clothes had been incinerated in a submarine explosion (no really) the other aspect is the description as a vigilante, no other version of Red Hood other then Jason has been a vengeful vigilante so that is an obvious pointer towrds Jason, that and he is the current and previous Red Hood in comic continuity of course.
Elements of Doubt: There are three that come to mind when looking at the new design, these might seem quite minor and can be put down to Rocksteady trying to put their own spin on Red Hood but still I've come this far, the first is the Hodd itself when we are talking about Red Hood we are primarily talking about a full face helmet, he has never actually worn a hood like the one on the Gamestop poster, minor I know but not having that helmet is definatly an element of doubt (I'm guessing there is something else going on under that hood thats yet to be revealed though, I really should stop defeating my own points shouldn't I) the second is the characters girth, he seems to be very bulky and this could be down to paddingand armor (I'm doing it again) but Jason traditionly has always been quite slim and athletic like the other Robins especially around the waist, this new design just seem to big to be Jason.
The third element is the clothing, Jason's usual Red Hood outfit consists of body armor and a leather jacket this is a big difference from the new design and while once again you can put this down to a new spin it stills seems strange to make such a big departure, even something an different as Robin's AC costume kept to traditional colour scemes, this doesn't even come close, which could be the point, so as I said before it's just puts that element of doubt in my mind.
To finish a post which I never meant to be this long (well done if you read all of this, even I started to struggle and I'm writing it) I think it's fairly likely that this is Jason but there just this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that this is something completly different and we are in for a shock, I now can't wait for the offical annoument and synopsis which will make me look like a right plank for writing this, oh well.
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