I have heard some people say that Jar Jar backlash made GL to downgrade Jar Jar's character in AOTC and ROTS. I really don't like or believe the idea of Darth Jar Jar. It completely contradicts the role that he had in TPM and that would have shown that Qui Gon made a wrong choice of bringing Jar Jar with them. I believe that Jar Jar's role was given to R2D2 and 3PO in the next movies.(The child friendly characters of the OT which Jar Jar had their role in TPM) Just replace R2D2 and 3PO in those movies with Jar Jar and you get a plot that makes sense. 1.Jar Jar could have been with Anakin and Padme on Tatooine. 2.In the factory section Jar Jar could have been the one saving Padme from being burned. 3.Jar Jar could have face a monster in the Geneosis arena similar to Anakin,Obiwan and Padme. And he might have been a more competent fighter in that section compared to TPM. 4.Captain Panaka or Captain Typho would have proposed the idea of giving Palpatine total control to the senate instead of Jar Jar. 5.And in the end Jar jar could have either died in AOTC or he could have died in episode 3. Has George Lucas ever revealed the ideas that he had for Jar Jar in the AOTC and ROTS ?