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The Joker, Clown Prince of Crime, is Batmans arch-nemesis. An agent of chaos known for his purple three-piece suit and insidious smile, he has caused Batman more suffering than any other villain he has ever faced. His origin and true motivations are shrouded in mystery.
is the original creator of the Joker, he talks openly about this and did do the original concept sketch of the clown faced villain. His trademark Joker Card (Jerry Robinson also drew) has been featured in many Batman movies, comics and animations. The original drawing of the card has also been featured on display in many museums across America. Jerry was also the creative consultant for
-who was the editor on many DC Flagship titles) at the time saw the potential of the character and opted for his survival. So one more hastily drawn panel was added to the very end of the page by Bob Kane that showed the Joker had survived. Were it not for Whitney The Joker would not be here today.
, where he is referenced to have been an engineer at a chemical plant before quitting his job to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. His career change did not prove to be the correct choice, as he failed miserably. In desperate need to support his pregnant wife, Jeanine, he turned to a couple of criminals who planned to break into his previous place of work. The Red Hood persona is given to him, signifying him as the inside man of the operation and also seemingly making him the leader, who would take the fall in the event of the operation going wrong. In the middle of planning, the police call him, informing him that his wife and unborn child have died. Stricken with grief, he attempts to back out, but his hand is forced to continue the operation. When they arrive at the plant, however, security, had been increased unbeknown to him, are waiting for them; and, as the Red Hood runs away, the two other criminals were shot dead. Upon seeing the Batman, the Red Hood jumped over a rail, into a vat of chemicals. He washed up in a nearby waterway, where, upon the removal of his Red Hood, he saw his skin had turned chalk white, his hair green, and his lips ruby red. With this added to the previous misfortunes of his day, he had a psychotic breakdown, and as such the Joker was born. However it is suggested in The Killing Joke, by the Joker himself, that sometimes he remembers his past one way, sometimes another. This leaves the origins of the Joker, as ever, open to speculation.
series. This time around, the story is told from Batman's point of view and not the Joker's. There is nothing about him ever having a wife, a normal crime-free life, or ever having been the Red Hood. However this origin story does not contradict the heavy personality changes the Joker has been essentially revamped with.
Here Jack (no last name) is a perfectly sane but immoral gun-for-hire bank robber with a few mental, emotional, personality disorders, bored with the lack of challenge excitement in his life, until Batman walks into it. He becomes obsessed with Batman and goes to violent extremes to get his attention, acting like a creepy romantic stalker.
and put him on a broken roller coaster, showing him pictures of Barbara in various forms of undress, hoping to prove that any man can go insane after having one bad day. The Batman saved Gordon from the Joker's trauma. Although he put Gordon through a great deal of turmoil, Joker is brought in by the book to show him that Gordon and Batman's way will work. The Joker got taken in by Batman after sharing a joke with him. Batman actually laughed at a joke that The Joker told him at the end of this graphic novel.
, who survived a crowbar attack, but not the explosion of the building that the Joker left him in. Batman was to late to save Jason this time. Batman considers this his greatest failure. Batman begins to search for Joker, finding him in a position of power as a diplomat. Eventually Joker attempts to flee from Batman and Superman for the attempted murder of several diplomats, by getting in a helicopter. A fight on board the helicopter made it crash into the ocean. Batman ordered for
Gordon, Jim Gordon's second wife. This was the second time the Joker had attacked a member of Gordon's family. He did frown, however, in the aftermath of killing Essen, who chose to save a building full of infants rather than taking her shot at the Joker. While he surrendered to the Batman, he taunted Gordon to the point of Gordon shooting him in the kneecap. The Joker lashed out that he may never get to walk again and then started to laugh, adding a punchline about Barbara Gordon, Jim's daughter. Jim had hoped to cripple him. While in transport, the Joker escaped to the country of
over and over again for his own personal entertainment. He also killed Batman every day in order to bring him back and do it over again. Superman was able to overcome this distorted reality with the help of
and a weakened Mxyzptlk, who warned that if the Joker was not stopped, this reality could become permanent. Eventually the Joker's plans were foiled, but he scarred Batman, due to the multiple deaths while part of the distorted reality.
In a major crossover event, the Joker thought that he was dying and so planned a massive crime spree, to "go out with a bang". The Joker planed to use his Venom on the entire world. President Lex Luthor declared war on the Joker, who responded with plans to have Luthor killed.
found out that, with hopes making Joker feel what it was like to be the victim of a piratical joke, the Joker's doctor had changed his CAT Scan results in order to trick the Joker into believing that he had a fatal brain tumor.
and the Superintendent, all in order to force the city to stay inside during the Christmas holiday. He then turns himself into Gotham's Major Crimes unit, before revealing he's planted a bomb throughout the city, as a "Christmas present" for Batman, causing the M.C.U. to rush to save countless Christmas shoppers from death. Joker then begins a shooting spree in the major crimes unit, where he kills several detectives only to be shot multiple times by
Jason Todd, The Second Robin, resurfaced after being thought dead for years at the hands of the Joker. He kidnapped the Joker and tried to get Batman to avenge his death by shooting him. Batman of course, did not.
killing all the members, and questioning King as to why, following his answer of everyone knowing that Joker is too wild he murders him and walks away.Following the Battle for Metropolis,Joker is recruited by Lex Luthor to murder
In Batman #655 the Joker was shot in the face by a deranged police officer, leaving him disabled for a time. After going through intense plastic surgery and some physical therapy, the Joker appeared in Batman #663 with a completely new look. He had a permanent Glasgow smile on his face. While in intensive care he developed an even more lethal form of his Joker Venom, giving it to Harley Quinn to kill his former partners to signal a spiritual rebirth. He later went on a rampage through Arkham Asylum, going as far as trying to kill Harley Quinn as well, which would have been the punchline in his Rebirth. The Batman stopped him and through these events the Joker associated himself with the
When Batman visited him in his cell, asking for information about Black Glove, the Joker dealt Batman a Dead Man's Hand. While in therapy later, the Joker was contacted by the Club of Villains, inviting him into their game which was to end with the death of Batman. He joined them, knowing full well that Batman would survive their attempts at killing him, something he knows a lot about. He killed some of the Club's members before escaping in an ambulance. His ambulance was run off the road by the
While being interrogated by Batman, the Joker claimed that once he realized "his" Batman (Bruce Wayne) was gone, something snapped in him, and his persona went blank, there was no longer a Clown Prince of Crime. He claimed he wanted to help Batman with what was coming from Doctor Hurt, and the only way to gain Batman's trust was to act as Oberon Sexton. Before he could explain any further, Jim Gordon and the GCPD came, ending the Joker and Batman's conversation. Batman took Jim Gordon to the Batcave to discuss the current situation and left Robin, Damian Wayne with the GCPD and the Joker.
With Batman gone, the Joker requested to speak with Robin. Robin went into the room where Joker remained handcuffed, and locked the door behind him. Robin told the Joker that he didn't believe him, and thought he was putting on an act. Joker began to break down and hysterically cry in front of Robin, claiming he wasn't always like this, he was made to be the monster he is. Still not giving into the Joker's emotional episode, Robin began to question Joker being a "force of chaos" and pointed out that everything with the Joker is a careful plan, as he pulled out a crowbar from under his cape. Listening to Robin's cynical remarks, Joker stopped crying and peered through his hand to tell Robin "you sound just like him" just before Robin began to mercilessly beat Joker with the crowbar, the same way Joker beat the second Robin, Jason Todd. Joker screamed in agony for help, the cops outside the door ignored Joker's pleas, leaving him with a vengeful Robin.
The Joker took the beating Damian was giving him with a smile, being that he's a sadomasochist and Damian wasn't buying his act. It turned out the Joker coated his finger nails with Joker Venom before being arrested. When Robin was exposed, he immediately became paralyzed with a familiar-looking grin on his face. Joker took the opportunity to pick up the fallen crowbar, and escape using devices from Robin's utility belt. He later talked Batman into attacking
The Joker was hiding somewhere in the Batcave which he gained access to from the Wayne family graveyard. Joker sent Robin to deal with Pyg and Hurt's men. Robin is quickly subdued and just as Dr. Hurt was about to execute both Dick and Damian, Bruce came back to Gotham. A battle between Dr. Hurt's men and the caped crusaders eventually led to a showdown in the Batcave between Bruce and Hurt. After losing this battle Hurt attempted to flee the cave only to find a row of dominoes that led to the Joker, and a gun halfway between the two of them. Hurt sprang for the gun but slipped on a banana peel and was poisoned and buried alive by the Joker.
As Gordon tries to draw a line between work and home, he gets a phone call from Harvey Bullock telling him to go to the Gotham City Aviary. When Gordon arrives, Bullock informs Jim that the aviary cages are all automated from the control room and there is some troubling video footage from the security cameras that Jim needs to see. Gordon sees the image of a man who resembles his son
Fifteen years ago, Gordon was moving up the ranks within the precinct when he started investigating a string of eight murders that involved the Peter Pan Killer who would sneak into family homes and abduct children from their beds then murder them. Gordon apprehended the Peter Pan Killer when he attempted to abduct a young James Jr.
Now after 15 years, Gordon heads to Blackgate to interrogate the Peter Pan Killer before he was released from prison. Gordon wanted to find out why the killer didn’t go through with kidnapping James Jr. The killer reveals that he was going to kill Gordon Jr. rather than abducting him because James Jr. gave the killer an ominous stare when he entered the boy’s room. The killer also reveals that he murdered a young girl who was friends with Oracle before he visited Gordon’s apartment.
This revelation causes Gordon wonder about his son’s innocence and what exactly happened to the young girl. Oracle has always been under the assumption that James Jr. murdered her friend Bess because she saw James Jr. playing with her friend’s apartment keys with smug look on his face. Gordon has heard this story from Babs before but now he doubts if Babs’ story is actually true. There is a possibility that the killer took the young girl’s keys and dropped them at the Gordon’s apartment by accident. After his conversation with the Peter Pan Killer, Gordon threatens the killer that he will be followed at all times in order to prevent another murder.
, is back in Gotham City. Barbara asks her father if he really thinks it's him coming back, and Jim replies yes. As they continue their talk, Barbara reminds her father that Jim Jr. is really smart and cunning. Jim tells her that it's going to be all right and that they've got police officers looking out for him. Oracle still sticks by her story and she leaves her father with lingering doubts but then James Jr. appears from other side of the diner, staring at his father. James Jr. sits down with his father and explains his return to Gotham. James Jr. begins by apologizing to his father for the theatrics at the aviary. James tells the commissioner that his mother (Barbara Sr.) sent him to Arkham for a psychological evaluation and the doctors clinically diagnosed him as mentally unstable in regards to exhibiting apathetic behavior. However, the doctors prescribed an experimental medicine to help James in stabilizing his emotional imbalance.
James also overheard Oracle's convictions about him and he swears to his father that he has never killed anybody. Gordon still doesn't know what to think about his son until James informs him about his volunteer work at Dr. Thompkins' clinic. James Jr. leaves the cafe and asks that his father will hopefully find it in his heart to forgive him. For a while, Gordon feels this extreme sense of relief that his son is misunderstood but he is changing for the better. When Gordon reaches his apartment, he finds a trail of blood. Gordon follows the trail to James Jr.'s old room. The trail ends in James' closet. Gordon opens the door and finds the body of a schoolyard bully that James Jr. fell victim to when he was young.
It seems everyone was right about James Jr. even though Gordon tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. Gordon immediately goes to the clinic and finds Dr. Thompkins. Gordon confronts Leslie by demanding to know where his son is. Leslie informs Gordon that his son is a model volunteer because anything she asks him to do, he "happily" does. Over time, Leslie has given James Jr. more responsibilities like making "nutrition runs" for newborn babies who come from poor families. Gordon doesn't want to panic Leslie by telling her what he had found at his apartment so he humbly asks her to call him the moment James comes in for his shift. Leslie agrees to Gordon's request and she tries to calm his worries by showing him James' office.
Leslie flips on the lights in James' office and gives Gordon a tour. As Leslie professes how great James is, Gordon on the other hand, can't believe that Leslie would be so naive to willingly put her full trust in someone like James. Gordon peers around the office and finds a vile of James' medicine. The medicine is called Diaxemene which is designed to release a chemical in the brain so the patient can feel empathy. Gordon takes a pill from the vile, thanks Leslie for the tour and makes his way to Barbara's place at Kord Tower.
Gordon gives Barbara the pill that he took from James' office and asks her to run a couple of tests. Barbara knew something was going on with James but she didn't want to rub in her father's face because she could see that Gordon still wanted to hold onto any hope of saving his son. Barbara figures the medicine is supposed to help James in treating or possibly curing his psychotic tendencies but Diaxemene is still in the testing phases and hasn't been approved by the FDA. Gordon is hoping he can convince James to undergo some blood work in order to make sure that he has been taking his pills.
Gordon leaves Barbara to her work while he heads back to the clinic. Barbara breaks down the pill's components and she makes a startling discovery. James has reversed the effect of the pill and now the pill is designed to chemically induce apathy rather than empathy in a certain section of the brain. However, the dosage of James' pill is of such low grade that it wouldn't affect an adult. Barbara relays all of her findings to Gordon's cell phone. Gordon can't understand why James would concoct a pill with such a low dosage then it hits him. Leslie made James responsible for the "nutrition runs" at her clinic. James has been putting his pills in the baby formula and giving it to all the newborns thereby ensuring their development into becoming psychopaths.
Just as Gordon reached the clinic, he is stopped by Det. Bullock who has some really bad news. Bullock says the Joker has escaped Arkham and something horrible has happened to Gordon's ex-wife. Gordon acts quickly by warning Leslie about James then he calls in a small task force to station themselves at the clinic and wait for James to return. Gordon must put the hunt for his deranged son in the hands of his brothers in blue while he accompanies Bullock. Bullock tells Gordon that he received an anonymous phone call from someone who said Barbara Gordon is going to die at the Gotham Plaza Hotel. Gordon and Bullock reach the hotel room where Barbara was staying at and as Gordon entered, he notices a light coming from the bathroom. Gordon falls to his knees in tears because he has found his beloved ex-wife nude in the bath tub with a crimson smile across her face.
Gordon rushes Barbara to the lab at Wayne Enterprises while Bullock calls in Oracle and tells her what has just happened. Oracle reacts by calling Dick and having him meet her father at the lab. Oracle runs a few tests on her mother while Dick injects the anti-Joker Venom. Fortunately, Gordon got to Barbara just in time to save her and the Joker Venom was a derivative of the original. Gordon at this point wants Joker's head on a pike for all the misery he has brought to the Gordons but Dick convinces Gordon that there is no way the Joker could have escaped Arkham and found out where Barbara was so quickly. Dick promises Gordon that he will find Joker and make him talk.
Dick heads to Arkham and conducts a complete sweep of the crime scene. From what Dick could deduce, Joker didn't get very far from Arkham because Dick begins follow a trail of Joker's sweat which seems to be secreting Joker Venom. Dick follows the trail to an abandoned section of Arkham. At this point, Dick figures that Joker must have discovered Victor Zsasz's underground path which leads to the catacombs beneath Arkham. Zsasz used this path to escape Arkham so he could freely kill anyone he wanted in Gotham then he would make his way back to Arkham as if he had never escaped at all.
Dick finds Joker in a dank corner of the catacombs. He notices Joker mumbling to himself about being disappointed. Dick apprehends Joker and begins to interrogate him. Joker starts off by complaining about the fact that Dick isn't the real Batman by saying "You don't scare me little bird” and he isn't saying a word until the real Batman returns. Dick decides to beat down on the Joker until he reveals who he hired to attack Barbara Gordon. Joker laughs hysterically because according to him, the real Batman would have figured out that the Joker does his own dirty work and he would never send some errand boy to take credit for his fun. Dick finally realizes that the Joker was able to escape simply because someone needed him to be the scapegoat for the attack on Barbara Gordon and they were counting on Commissioner Gordon to retaliate by ending the Joker once and for all.
Back at the lab, Gordon sat by Barbara's side as Bullock escorted Oracle back to her apartment. Barbara eventually wakes up and when she laid her eyes on Gordon, she immediately began to scream for help. A doctor comes rushing and injects a sedative into Barbara. Gordon finally realizes that James injected the Joker Venom into his mother as a way to get back at her for institutionalizing him while at the same time he wanted Gordon to think the Joker was responsible for the attack on Barbara in order to bait him into killing the Joker. If Gordon knows how calculating his son can be then he would guess that James has already realized his plan to manipulate everything is falling apart which leaves only one person left for him to torture...Oracle.
Bullock drops Oracle off at her apartment doorstep and just as she entered her apartment, James closes the door right behind her. James and Oracle enter a discussion about on how depraved he is. James respects Oracle because she is the only one who can see him for what he is. Barbara replies to his compliment with a scoff. Oracle always knew James was disturbed and most of those people that he has already killed were actually victims rather people who had it coming. In short, Oracle realizes that James tries to find flaws or start something with another person just so he can justify as well as satisfy his violent tendencies. James smiles and his respect for Oracle's deduction has reached new lengths.
The Joker was a straightforward homicidal maniac killing more than 3 dozen people in his first run in the Batman series. In his first appearance, he left his victims with smiles on their faces after their deaths, something that has become a trademark for the character throughout his many years in publication. In his first appearance, the Joker challenged both the police department as well as Batman when he threatened to kill three people.
In "The Joker Walks His Last Mile" Joker is sentenced to the electric chair. He escaped by faking his own death and when captured later on he could not be electrocuted due to the Double Jeopardy law. The Joker pretended to be a good citizen but soon fell into his old habits.
Censorship Board in the 50's and 60's, DC was forced to make the Joker a seemingly harmless nuisance. In 1964, with a new editor heading the series the Joker was hardly ever seen. The main thing to take away from the Silver Age Joker is his appearance as Red Hood before becoming the Joker. There has never been a distinct break in where the Golden Age Joker ended and the Silver Age Joker began.
, very much interested in the criminally insane. As she worked, the Clown Prince of Crime researched her name which intrigued his mad mind. As he put it, “It’s a name that puts a smile on my face!” He lures Harley into his fiendish trap by telling her stories of an abusive father, runaway mother and overall an awful childhood. After spending time with the silver tongued Joker she falls madly in love and runs off to a costume shop where she steals a Harlequin costume and other accessories which allow her to free the Joker from his padded cell. Finding herself obsessed to the point of insanity, Dr. Quinzel, once a brilliant psychologist, is now a villainous side-kick named
Batman Confidential suggests that they met in a bar before he became the Joker. She also claimed to be the Joker’s girlfriend until he tried to kill her in Batman #663 and later told the Riddler that she and the Joker were through. The Joker is not really interested in her, and he tried to replace her as a henchgirl in Joker's Millions. The "break up" had happened when Joker had attempted to kill all of his old allies and pawns Harley believed she was involved in the Joker's plans only to realize he attempted to kill her last in front of Batman to prove he is transformed.
Unusual Physical Characteristics: The Joker's facial nerves are paralyzed, which makes him appear as if he is perpetually grinning, an expression called a "rictus grin." His green hair and nails, his rouge-red lips, and his chalk-white skin are all directly due to chemical exposure. The Joker's face is also damaged from massive scarring in the shape of a hideous smile.
Due to his mental state, the Joker is immune to fear as he does not understand the concept and sees everything as a joke. He also has an immunity to poison due to prolonged exposure to chemicals. The
have shown immunity to each others' chemicals. As well, the Harlequin of Hate also possesses a very high tolerance for pain. In Birds of Prey #16, the Joker was in a leg cast, but jumbled about as if it was not even there. He has laughed after being shot in
. Most of the time, he seems to enjoy pain, provoking others to take a swing at him; thus, he may, with some truth, be accurately described as a sadomasochist. Bullets seem to do little more than slow him down or put him out of commission temporarily. On several occasions, he has been known to survive explosions and crashes. His bones heal quickly, and it has been hinted in a few comics that he does not physically age.
The Joker is a genius inventor and chemist. Using a seemingly laughable but actually highly dangerous arsenal of comedy-themed weapons, such as his patented laughing gas, a bang-labeled spear-gun, explosive whoopie-cushions, an acid-squirting flower, a high-voltage joy buzzer, razor-sharp cards, poisonous pies, acid spraying water gun, and exploding cigars. He has managed to create an MO which fits his macabre appearance. The Joker is immune to his own venom as well as various similar toxins. The Joker is an excellent marksman, as shown in the story arc "
". He had made accurate headshots on his victims and never missed once; he also demonstrated his accuracy to people in order to get hired for his skills by throwing a deck of playing cards in the air and shot a jack and both joker cards. His accuracy has also been proven when he shot the ropes of hostages he had hanging from a building to distract Batman. The Joker has occasionally demonstrated above average hand to hand combat skills, having caught Batman off guard with a kick on some occasions. He has shown to be adept with non-comedy themed weapons such as guns, knives, explosives, and even such seemingly non-lethal items as a pencil.
In “A Clown at Midnight” and again in Batman #663, there is a panel in which the Joker is sitting in a cell at Arkham waiting for the Dark Knight’s arrival. As he waits, a mosquito lands on his unnaturally pale arms and attempts to suck his blood. The insect dies quickly instead, for the Joker's bloodstream acts like a poison, killing off its unknowing prey.
The Joker does not possess any outright super-human powers; however, he does show several inhuman abilities. The Arkham Asylum story arc suggests that he is "super-sane;" this means that he sees how the universe really is, without any personal illusions, and that his entire personality can alter to fit the circumstances, making him excellent at impersonating and lying as he truly believes what he says. He has the great strength that madmen are often said to have, and is quite agile. And, like so many comic book characters, the Joker always has the habit of cheating death. People have repeatedly assumed him dead, only for him to rise up again and wreak havoc once more.
It is debatable if it classifies as a super power or not, but the Joker's insanity, or his frame of mind, leaves him immune to the Spectre's judgement, though warranted, as Batman explained once that the Joker doesn't actually know what is right and wrong, a crucial understanding the Spectre needs to judge. In a way, one has to know one's deeds are evil or wrong for the Spectre to judge, and the Joker doesn't. Also, both Jim Corrigan and Hal Jordan Spectres have had major problems with navigating the Joker's mind, Corrigan even managed to get lost in it and Jordan literally was blasted out of his boots to the moon when he tried.
The Joker also has the tendency to break the fourth wall and seems to have a heightened sense of awareness that he is a comic book character. He is the only character to talk directly to the reader and has the ability to do things such as "turn" the comic page or handle his own word balloons. The Joker also seems to know that he exists as Batman's perfect foil. In "
" (in Legends of the Dark Knight #65-68), the Joker, thinking that he has killed Batman, figures there is no point to him being the Joker anymore and gets plastic surgery and attempts to lead a normal, sane life. However, upon discovering that Batman is still alive, he reverts to insanity and continues his life as a mass murderer.
Regardless of whether he is insane or faking insanity, his intelligence is obvious and his malevolence unmatched. The villains of Arkham fear and sometimes take orders from him, and those who do not know any better and shrug him off as a clown soon discover him to be a force to be reckoned with. He has a habit of pushing his authority and does not always use henchmen to enforce it. Some notable weight-pushing, leadership, and rogue bossing can be found in Arkham Asylum: ASHoSE,
Much like in the comics the Joker originally burst as a crook who falls into a vat of chemicals upon the sight of the Batman. After this he becomes the Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker has many battles against both Batman and Robin, Dick Grayson. His appearance was much like the comics and was voiced by
. When the series revamped in 1997, his appearance changed slightly, removing the red lips, adding black eyes, as well as making his hair almost black-green. He fights Batman, Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and the new Robin, Tim Drake. The Joker originally started out with a more humorous approach, due to being a children's animated series. But when Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm was released, the Joker left his funny roots, and went to the more evil, darker, psychotic character of the comics. When the animated series was rebooted, the Joker was much darker than his appearance in 1992.
Not only is Batman's origin explored in the first animated movie spin-off of the award winning series, but the Joker's is as well. The Joker was originally a thug in the Sal Valestra gang. His transition from a thug to the Joker is not shown, but is revealed he killed Bruce's then fiancee's father, who did not make Valestra happy. The Joker is a mad killer in the film, when his old boss comes to him for aid, he asks for him to smile. When the Phantasm arrives to kill Valestra, he is dead with a large smile on his face from Joker gas. He also injects his toxin into the Gotham Counselor, who also had a mob background, which the Joker knew him from. The Joker escapes to somewhere we do not know at the end of the movie where he destroys the old Gotham circus.
The Joker appears in the episode "Injustice For All." The Joker is viewed as a senior adviser because of his experience in the Criminal Field. He is also the last member to be caught, ironically because he was the only one who did not have any superpowers.
, who eventually revealed all the Batman's secrets and was brought to a psychotic break, the Joker tried to get Tim to to kill Batman, but at the last moment shoots the Joker instead. In the Batman Beyond present it is revealed that the Joker had one last trick up his sleeve, in the form of a DNA overwrite, which he implanted in Tim Drake so the Joker could make a return appearance.
In the re-imagining of the Batman's early years he is referred to simply as "Joker." He has wild green hair, yellow and red eyes, deep red lips and a blue tongue. He is often barefooted, and uses a monkey fighting style. His trademark Joker Gas is used as well as Razor Sharp Joker Cards. He is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
caused his accident in the chemical plant disfiguring him. Unlike his counterpart in Batman´s world, this Red Hood becomes a real hero, leading a bunch of heroes which are the only opposite force to Injustice Syndicate. Joker also appears in "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous. Where he seems to be the main character and even has his own theme song instead of Batman's. Joker teams up with The Weeper to try to take out Batman's device The Bat-Probe which detects every crime being done. In the end they are successful but are arrested.
, thus creating the Batman. Ironically it would be the Batman who creates the Joker in a way, as when he arrives at a crime scene he spots Napier, who flees and falls over an edge while Batman tries to save him from inevitably falling into the vat of chemicals. The Joker is born and as starts a killing spree and draws an obsession with Vicky Vale. When he announces on TV that he intends to have the Gotham Parade, he throws out millions of dollars, hoping to draw the masses out to release his Joker Gas. Batman intervenes and stops the deaths of many of Gotham's citizens. In the climatic battle, the Joker falls to his death and his body is found with a device that continuously laughs.
grabs the Joker to the rooftop and is never been seen again. His fate remains unknown. This film has been praised to be the best Batman film ever made, including actor/ director/ comic book enthusiast
. The Black Mask wanted a partnership with the Joker in order to kill the Red Hood. The Joker agreed, but later betrays Black Mask. The Joker then tied up Black Mask, Mask's assistant, and eight other men to kill them all by gas fire on a bridge. The Red Hood shows up as the Joker or as the Hood intended, but Hood does not stop Joker from dropping a lighter on the Mask and his gang. Batman stops the fire by dropping foam on bridge with the
. Next, Batman in the Batplane takes the Joker and the Red Hood around Gotham, until the Red Hood cuts the line in a river. The Red Hood kidnaps the Joker in order to torture him much as he did earlier in the movie with a crowbar.
The Joker laughs it off by saying "Do I know you? Did we blow up a school bus together?" In the final scene, Jason Todd, the Red Hood, tells Batman to either kill him or the Joker or he will kill the Joker himself. Batman does neither and stops Jason from killing the Joker, but in one last move the Joker proclaims that he would "be the only one to get what he wants" that night by holding the Batman until the bomb goes off. Jason helps Batman and they both leave the apartment building before it blows up leaving the Joker still alive underneath a remains of the building. Joker then returns to Arkham Asylum at the end of the movie. This Joker was played by Voice Actor, John DiMaggio.
The Joker arrives on the scene much like the way he did in the comics, with a bang. Throughout the movie, The Joker is a force to be reckoned with. He first steals from the mob and then tells them he can easily fix the problem they have been having with the interference of Batman, but he wants half of their money (he says that "if you're good at something, never do it for free"). Eventually the mob gives in and the Joker wastes no time, killing
in person but Batman intervenes. He later announces that he intends to kill the Mayor. When that plan fails as well, he gets another shot at Dent, who is trying to draw the Joker out by being arrested, claiming he is the Batman. The Joker makes another attempt at Dent's life during his transfer but Batman intervenes, after stopping Joker's truck, Joker challenges him as he stands in the street taunting Batman to run him down with his Batpod, but Batman veers off at the last second, crashing. Joker gains the upper hand but is stopped by Gordon. Later when Dent and Rachel Dawes are taken he gets interrogated by the newly appointed Commissioner Gordon and Batman.
He warns Batman that eventually Gotham will cast him out because he's a freak like him. Batman's violent approach to interrogation does not have much affect on Joker, and he reveals his game to Batman, who realizes Joker has arranged the kidnapping of Rachel and Harvey, and then Joker tells Batman the punch line, Batman only has time to save one of them. Once Batman and Gordon leave to save the two who were kidnapped he makes his escape from the police by setting off a bomb that was surgically implanted in one of his henchmen at a previous time. Batman races to find Rachel and instead finds Dent. Gordon races to get to Rachel in time, but the building she is in explodes along with Dent's building, which leaves Rachel dead and Harvey with half his face burned beyond recognition. Joker threatens to blow up a hospital if a Wayne Enterprises accountant who is about to reveal Batman's identity is not dead in one hour. He meets Harvey Dent and convinces him to go for revenge, and sets him loose on Gotham before blowing up Gotham General hospital with no one inside.
The Joker threatens that the city will be taken over by his rules and says the only way to safely leave the city is by boat. Joker then gives a test to the citizens on two ferries he has rigged with bombs, but each ferry is given a detonator to the other vessel, giving the the choice to either blow up the other vessel or spare them, but if neither makes a choice, both will be destroyed. Joker is eventually stopped by the Batman who throws him over the edge of a building, Joker while hanging upside down over the edge states to Batman that they are destined to do this forever and tells him about the location of Dent, saying he brought Dent "down to our level" as Batman goes to find Dent, the police arrest the Joker as he laughed in victory. This Joker was played by the late Heath Ledger.
"Y'know what I noticed ? nobody panics when things go 'according to plan', even if the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I told the press that like a gangbanger will get shot or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's 'all part of the plan', but if I say one, little old mayor will die... well then, everyone LOSES THEIR MINDS!"
In Dark Tomorrow, the Joker acts as one of the bosses but rather than fighting Batman face to face, the Joker instead gets his henchmen to do all the work. This game is considered to be one of the worst Batman games of all time due to its poor controls, awkward camera angles and repetitive gameplay.
MK vs DCU: "An insanely homicidal super-villain, the Joker's white skin, green hair, and blood-red lips belie the chaotic nature underlying his cartoonish appearance. The self-styled "Clown Prince of Crime" has no superpowers, beyond a capacity for incredible violence and a skill at creating deadly mayhem. He frequently concocts elaborate schemes to entrap his arch-nemesis, Batman."
Lego Batman: The Video Game (2008): He is a boss and a unlockable character, his powers/weapon are, immunity to acid, he duel wields 2 Uzis, his special attack is a hand shake (With his hand buzzer), that shocks the victim, and kills them, the hand buzzer can also be used to access certain areas and unlock secrets. The Joker also has a unlockable helicopter for aircraft levels.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009): The Joker acts as the main antagonist in the Arkham Asylum game. He deliberately surrenders to the Batman so that he can return back to Arkham and take over the facility. He is a playable character in the PlayStation 3 version.
The Joker will make an appearance in the sequel to Arkham Asylum. After the events of Arkham Asylum, it is revealed that Joker is dying from the TITAN formula that has poisoned his blood. He has been kidnapping doctors and nurses from all over Arkham City to try and find a cure. He then injects Batman with a sample of his blood, poisoning him too. He then tells Batman that Mr Freeze had been working on a cure but had stopped, he sends Batman looking for it, stating it is the only chance both of them have for survival. Harley Quinn steals the finished cure and takes it to him. When the Joker is confronted in the Steel Mill, the building collapses and whilst Batman is trapped, Joker prepares to take his life. Before he can do this, Talia al Gaul stops him, offering him immortality in exchange for Batman's life. He then holds her hostage and after being defeated by Batman, it is revealed that the 'cured' Joker was merely Clayface immitating him. He is shown to still be infected and is very close to death; Joker then kills Talia al Gaul and tries to steal the cure from Batman, however the bottle smashes and the cure is lost. Joker them succumbs to his illness, after Batman tells his that, even after all he did, he would have saved him. Batman then carries his corpse outside and into Arkham City.
This may not be the end of the Joker's legacy, however. In the Joker's office, beside Harley Quinn's uniform from the first game, lies a positive pregnancy test and at the end of the credits, she is shown singing to a baby, "Hush little baby, don't say a world, Momma's gonna kill for you the whole damn world", and it is most likely the child of the Joker's, leading to the possibility of a sequel.
He won best Character of 2011 at the VGA'S (Video Game Award Show). During his acceptance speech Joker accidentally showed a script for the sequel to Batman: Arkham City, "Batman: Arkham World," a joke made by the Rocksteady team.
Scarred in both body and mind, The Joker is possibly the most insidious criminal the world has ever known, his dark genius festering beneath an eternal jester's grin. Yet, for all the pain and suffering Batman's nemesis has brought the world over the last five decades, virtually nothing has been learned about him. Until now.
In The Further Adventures of The Joker you're invited to accompany some of today's most gifted writers on a descent into madness, a journey in search of The Joker's greatest hopes, dreams...and fears. In these stories of crime, mayhem, horror, and twisted humor, you will discover tales you won't soon forget, tales which will chill your soul and tickle your funny bone.
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