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‘Batman v Superman’ director debunks Joker-was-Robin fan theory

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Zack Snyder has offered fans a more prosaic explanation for the appearance of Robin’s costume in Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder has debunked a fan theory about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is that the caped crusader’s former sidekick Robin had morphed into supervillain the Joker .

Related: Batman v Superman: can a Joker card of a fan theory save Zack Snyder’s film?

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The theory had been gathering steam since the release of the superhero blockbuster, as a way of explaining the new Batman’s out-of-character behaviour: Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight targets Superman on minimal evidence and kills bad guys on the streets of Gotham.

At one point in the film, Batman walks past a Robin costumethat has bullet holes, in his Batcave. Fans have suggested that photographs of a topless, tattooed Jared Leto in character as the Joker for the forthcoming film Suicide Squad show scars on his left and right shoulders in the same position as the holes in the Robin costume.

Related: Batfleck begins: Ben Affleck ‘has written his own Batman movie’

But Snyder told IGN he has a more orthodox explanation for the scene, one that recalls the 1988 graphic novel A Death in the Family . “In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run in with a young Joker,” he said. “To me, it was a fun backstory … to play with. The whole idea was that there had been loss and sacrifice.”

Snyder added: “[Batman] doesn’t really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin – a dead Robin – it would help us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.”

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Affleck’s agent, Patrick Whitesell, told the Hollywood Reporter this week that the actor and Oscar-winning film-maker had written his own script for a Batman movie set in Warner Bros’ planned “DC Comics superhero universe”. However, he also said his client was currently only contracted for two more appearances as Batman, in two forthcoming Justice League films which are due in 2017 and 2018.

Related: Kevin Smith: Batman v Superman showed ‘fundamental misunderstanding’

Batman v Superman has been heavily criticised for its lack of humour, notably by Affleck’s friend and sometime director Kevin Smith .

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In related news, Birth.Movies.Death reports that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie is having reshoots, in order to lighten the tone and add more comedy.

Suicide Squad, about a team of DC Comics supervillains who are allowed out of jail to complete an “impossible” mission, has been the subject of huge interest since a trailer featuring an irreverent tone and plenty of bad-guy wisecracking hit the web. However, the fan site reports that the promo featured most, if not all, of the movie’s jokes, and that new scenes are being shot to ensure it doesn’t misrepresent the final movie.

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Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Suicide Squad is due in cinemas this August.

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’

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President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.

I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.

"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.

"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.

https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1218141834842660864

Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.

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‘Contempt of Congress is illegal’ declared one of Trump’s newest attorneys – just days before the House voted to impeach

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One of the lesser-known names on the new list of lawyers President Donald Trump approved to defend him during the Senate impeachment trial delivered a damning remark last month – damning for President Trump, that is.

"Contempt of Congress is illegal," said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.

The Washington Post's Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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