Jason Todd gets ready to battle Pennywise in a new trailer for the fan-made independent film Red Hood IT. Many versions of the character of Jason Todd, and his common alias Red Hood, have popped up in comics, TV, and animated films since 1983. But the closest thing to a live-action version of the character is in the form of Gotham's "Red Hood Gang," despite the existence of demand for the character in the DCEU.
Pennywise the Clown, meanwhile, re-entered the public consciousness in 2017 with Andres Muschietti's megahit re-imagining of Stephen King's classic novel IT. Though the movie was mostly left out at awards season, it set a new standard for horror movies at the box office and drew mostly positive reviews. The clown's adversaries in the original story are children - but a new fan trailer wonders what it would be like if he became the target of a more dangerous vigilante.
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As seen on the popular YouTube channel Robot Underdog, the fan-made trailer for Red Hood IT featured a long-haired Jason Todd (played by Noel Schefflin) in the midst of his quest to find and kill Pennywise. You can watch it above. There's no clown in this trailer, but there's a good look at Red Hood himself. There have been a couple of fan-made trailers for IT: Chapter Two featuring none other than Jessica Chastain as adult Beverly - but Red Hood IT is the real thing. The full film is expected to be released on Robot Underdog sometime in early April.
You can also watch a prior preview for Red Hoot IT as part of the official announcement of the channel's new series "Robot Underdog Presents," which finds the founders collaborating with independent filmmakers to bring their projects to a wider audience. In this video, co-writers/directors Hisonni Johnson and Alberto Triana describe the premise of Red Hood IT, which plants Pennywise into the Batman universe with Red Hood on his trail. Johnson says the film solves one of Gotham City's biggest problems: How does it have so many rogues? In this universe, Gotham only has one rogue: It. And of course, Pennywise is It's favorite form.
Red Hood IT is clearly a big deal for both the filmmakers and Robot Underdog, as the inaugural film to be distributed for "Robot Underdog Presents." It should certainly excite fans of Jason Todd and Red Hood, since there's barely been a depiction of the character in the flesh. And if you've ever dreamed of Pennywise getting his comeuppance at the hands of someone his own size and not a child, this could be your opportunity to see it.
The trailer reveals Red Hood and shows where the filmmakers went with their vision of a Gotham terrorized by a singular, shape-shifting rogue. But it also raises a big question of its own: What does Pennywise look like? That remains to be seen. And the entire premise hints that It will take other forms, perhaps other familiar villains. But it's clear that Red Hood IT will focus on the battle between Jason Todd and perhaps the only clown more dangerous than the Joker.