Warning: SPOILERS for Young Justice Season 3, Episode 6
Fans of the Young Justice TV series were happy just to get another season, but now, they just got a major tease that Jason Todd is already transforming into the famous Red Hood in DC's animated universe.
If Batman fans have been waiting to figure out how to watch the new Young Justice, the time has definitely come. Until now the animated series has only alluded to the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin. But in the newest episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders, fans got their first confirmation that Jason is silently playing out his comic book path to Red Hood. Even if the heroes themselves have yet to realize who is behind the mask...
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Young Justice Confirmed Jason Todd's Death
Even if viewers of Young Justice had never heard of Jason Todd, or any other Robin than Dick Grayson or Tim Drake, the show itself gave them all the information needed. In Season 2 of Young Justice the heroes gather in the underground cave serving as a memorial to those Justice League heroes who fell in battle. Among the holograms were Blue Beetle, Aquagirl, and an unnamed, unexplained Robin.
The deceased Robin wasn't hidden, but put front and center. So even if he wasn't explicitly named, DC Comic fans knew exactly who the sidekick was, and could assume the story being implied along with it. The Young Justice version of the memorial to Jason Todd may be different, but his death at the hands of the Joker went without saying. Of course, fans didn't know that the third season of the show would reveal Jason's story AFTER death was also going to be canon, as well.
Meet The 'Red Hooded Ninja' of Season 3
Now we must jump to season three of the series, which has swapped in new Young Justice heroes and allies (like the season before). But when Tara Markov (known to comics fans as Terra) goes missing, her brother Brion leads his superhuman friends to the League of Shadows' front door. Considering the role played by Ra's al Ghul in the past, it's not a bad selection for a first place to look. But when the heroes arrive on Infinity Island looking for answers, they find only Sensei, the villainous underling of Ra's. Standing at his side is Ubu, the familiar enforcer of the League... and another, mysterious ninja.
The character is never given a name, and is credited only as 'Red Hooded Ninja.' But the show knows exactly how to tease fans of the bodyguard's true identity. So those who wish to remain SPOILER-FREE or see the episode for themselves, stop reading now. But for those who want to know how Young Justice is adapting Jason Todd's rise as Red Hood, read on.