Tom Cruise’s MI7 Rant Synced To Classic Rudolph Cartoon Is Too Funny. [25][31] This version has been cited in many stories, including Batman: The Man Who Laughs (in which Batman deduces that the Red Hood survived his fall and became the Joker), Batman #450 (in which the Joker dons the Red Hood to aid his recovery after the events in "A Death in the Family", but finds the experience too traumatic), "Death of the Family",[93] and Batman: Three Jokers (which asserts that it is the canon origin story). Introduced as a psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor; the character became a goofy prankster in the late 1950s in response to regulation by the Comics Code Authority, before returning to his darker roots during the early 1970s. [111][112] The other version, popular in comic books from the late 1940s to the 1960s and in the 1960s television series, is an eccentric, harmless prankster and thief. He will be played by The Wayne, John's Son. [55] The Joker quits his job as a lab assistant, becoming a stand-up comedian to support his pregnant wife. He has collaborated with criminals like the Penguin, the Riddler and Two-Face, although these partnerships rarely end well due to the Joker's desire for unbridled chaos, and he uses his stature to lead others (such as Killer Croc and the Scarecrow). Apparently Jerry Robinson or Bob, I don't recall who, looked at the card and they had an idea for a character ... the Joker. Kane countered that Robinson's sketch was produced only after Finger had already shown the Gwynplaine image to Kane, and that it was only used as a card design belonging to the Joker in his early appearances. "[17], Years after the end of the 1966 television series, sales of Batman continued to fall and the title was nearly cancelled. One of the most iconic characters in popular culture, the Joker has been listed among the greatest comic book villains and fictional characters ever created. In 2013, DC Comics reissued the series as a trade paperback. He's super modern too, so his favorite movies include Jaws, Die Hard, The Thing, Ghostbusters and Batman. [155] The character has joined supervillain groups like the Injustice Gang and the Injustice League to take on superhero groups like the Justice League. At first it didn't look much like the Joker. Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood investigate if there are imposters or if there really are Three Jokers. We've read loads of different stuff, like his name being Jerome/Jack/Joseph et cetera and from falling down in chemicals to being a psych [53], In the 1988 story "A Death in the Family", the Joker beats Jason Todd with a crowbar and leaves him to die in an explosion. Nobody truly had an identity for Joker, with the name "John Doe" that was given to him by the Asylum Staff. [67] The Joker commits whimsical, brutal crimes for reasons that, in Batman's words, "make sense to him alone". He falls in a vat of chemicals following a confrontation with Batman, resulting in his skin being bleached and driving him insane. ... What did Batman show the Joker when he dropped his batpants? [16] The character was intended to be killed in his second appearance in Batman #1, after being stabbed in the heart. [49] The Joker temporarily escapes justice when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini appoints him the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, giving him diplomatic immunity; however, when he tries to poison the U.N. membership, he is defeated by Batman and Superman. [176], Harley's co-creator, Paul Dini, describes their relationship as Harley being someone who makes the Joker feel better about himself, and who can do the work that he does not want to do himself. [31][67], In "Under the Hood" (2005), a resurrected Todd tries to force Batman to avenge his death by killing the Joker. ", "Scott Snyder On 'Death of the Family': 'It'S A Love Letter To Batman From The Joker' [Interview]", "100 Greatest Comic Book Villains of All Time", "40 Greatest Joker Moments −39 : Peer review", "Bizarro Back Issues: The Strange Saga Of The Joker'S Daughter (1976)", "Ask Chris #173: The Trouble with the Joker's Girlfriend Harley Quinn", "5 'Justice League' Stories Fit For Film", "Justice League of America Vol. [199] As in the comics, the character's personality and appearance shift; he is campy, ferocious or unstable, depending on the author and the intended audience. Alan Moore would elaborate on this take with his acclaimed one-shot tale Batman: The Killing Joke, depicting the character as a failed comedian who dons the Red Hood to provide for his pregnant wife. The Joker's real name and identity hasn't been uncovered either. The reasons why the Joker was disguised as the Red Hood, and his identity before his transformation have changed over time. It was sometime afterwards, that those individuals b… Breyfogle conceived the idea as a means to expand on Anarky's characterization, but O'Neil (by then the editor for the Batman series of books) was opposed to it, and only allowed it to be written under protest, and with a promise that the revelation would eventually be revealed incorrect. That doesn't seem to matter—just how he is now. [162] The Joker possesses abnormal body imagery, reflecting an inversion of order. While not formally connected to any other film series, but only to the, controversial, story from the comic of the same name. It is suggested that the Joker is sane, and feigns insanity to avoid the death penalty. And What Mysteries & Questions Remain? Sourced from Reddit, Twitter, and beyond! In 1994's "Going Sane", the villain tries to lead a normal life after Batman's (apparent) death, only to become his old self again when Batman reappears; in "Emperor Joker", an apparently omnipotent Joker cannot destroy Batman without undoing himself. Although none of the identities revealed in the comics for the The Joker ever gave him a full name, \"Jack Napier\" was used in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman and later utilized in the DCAU as well. The Joker is Batman most iconic nemesis but does the Clown Prince of Crime have a true real name? At these moments, the Joker is depicted as expressing remorse for his acts;[131][132] however, during a medically induced period of partial sanity in Batman: Cacophony he tells his opponent, "I don't hate you 'cause I'm crazy. He can be found as i_Padds on Twitter making bad puns. Although the Joker refuses, he shows his appreciation by sharing a joke with Batman. [128] The character's earliest on-screen adaptation was in the 1966 television series Batman and its film adaptation Batman, in which he was played as a cackling prankster by Cesar Romero (reflecting his contemporary comic counterpart). In "The Joker's Utility Belt" (1952), he mimicked Batman's utility belt with non-lethal items, such as Mexican jumping beans and sneezing powder. Finger thought the concept was incomplete, providing the image of Veidt with a ghastly, permanent rictus grin.[5]. The film received critical acclaim for Phoenix's performance, and criticism for its portrayal of mental illness and violence. [96] The superhero Atom sees the Joker's memory of burning his parents alive (after they find him killing animals) in The Brave and the Bold #31,[97] and Snyder's "Zero Year" (2013) suggests that the pre-disfigured Joker was a criminal mastermind leading a gang of Red Hoods. [35][124], The Joker is alternatively depicted as sexual and asexual. In "To Laugh and Die in Metropolis" (1987) the character kidnaps Lois Lane, distracting Superman with a nuclear weapon. I cut the picture out of the book and gave it to Bob, who drew the profile and gave it a more sinister aspect. His first appearance was in April 25, 1940 in the Batman comic books. Asked why he came to Metropolis, the Joker replies simply: "Oh Superman, why not? [251] The character also appeared in Lego Batman: The Videogame (2008), Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012) and its animated adaptation, and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014) (the latter three voiced by Christopher Corey Smith),[252][253][254] as well as Lego DC Super-Villains (2018), with the role reprised by Hamill. Joker’s nearest connection to Thomas Wayne in Hollywood films was ’89 Batman having Jack Nicholson’s Joker as the killer of Bruce’s parents. [113], The Joker is obsessed with Batman, the pair representing a yin-yang of opposing dark and light force; although it is the Joker who represents humor and color and Batman who dwells in the dark. [237][238][239][240] Like The Dark Knight before it, Joker grossed over $1 billion at the box office, breaking contemporary financial records, and earned numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor for Phoenix. [227][228] The Joker has featured in a number of animated projects, such as 2009's Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Jeff Bennett)[229] and 2011's Young Justice (voiced by Brent Spiner),[230] and comic book adaptations (including 2010's Batman: Under the Red Hood and 2020's Batman: Death in the Family, in which he is voiced by John DiMaggio). [35][44] Rogers expanded on Adams' character design, drawing the Joker with a fedora and trench coat. Either they or the Joker himself could have altered his file to show that he had operated under a variety of aliases. [35] Adams modified the Joker's appearance, changing his more average figure by extending his jaw and making him taller and leaner. But if he always knew who the Joker was, fans might be wondering why then did Batman ask the Mobius Chair for the Joker's real name. It looked more like a clown. "Endgame" restores the Joker's face, and also reveals that he knows Batman's secret identity. [133][134], The Joker has no inherent superhuman abilities. [62] The Joker's face was restored in Snyder's and Capullo's "Endgame" (2014), the concluding chapter to "Death of the Family". He has his fateful first meeting with Batman, which results in his disfigurement. [21] Comic book writer Mark Waid suggests that the 1942 story "The Joker Walks the Last Mile" was the beginning point for the character's transformation into a more goofy incarnation, a period that Grant Morrison considered lasted the following 30 years. In a 1975 interview in The Amazing World of DC Comics, Robinson said he wanted a supreme arch-villain who could test Batman, not a typical crime lord or gangster designed to be easily disposed of. An unreliable narrator, the character is uncertain of who he was before and how he became the Joker: "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another ...if I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! Here, the character is a laboratory worker who becomes the Red Hood (a masked criminal) to steal 1 million dollars and retire. "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge" has the Joker taking violent revenge on the former gang members who betrayed him;[33] in "The Laughing Fish," the character chemically adds his face to Gotham's fish (hoping to profit from a copyright), killing bureaucrats who stand in his way. Although his primary obsession is Batman, the Joker has also fought other heroes, including Superman and Wonder Woman. When I arrived he was holding a playing card. The Joker is a supervillain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940), published by DC Comics. [122] In "The Clown at Midnight" (Batman #663 (April 2007)), the Joker enters a meditative state where he evaluates his previous selves to consciously create a new personality, effectively modifying himself for his needs. This Joker appeared on the cusp of the Bronze Age and the Modern Age. Bretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt; (March 25, 2013). [25] The Joker's Silver Age transformation into a figure of fun was established in 1952's "The Joker's Millions". There has never been a true origin that explains who the Joker is, with a number of conflicting backstories being proposed. Around the same time, DC Comics found it easier to market its stories to children without the more mature pulp elements that had originated many superhero comics. [175] Joker mirrors his identity through Harley in her appearance, and even though he may ignore or act indifferent towards her, he continues to try to subject her to his control. The character was popular, and was adapted into the comics as the Joker's romantic interest in 1999. [116] Although the Joker claims indifference to everything, he secretly craves Batman's attention and validation. The supervillain returns in "The Clown at Midnight" (2007) as a cruel, enigmatic force who awakens and tries to kill Harley Quinn to prove to Batman that he has become more than human. [53] After Batman rescues Gordon and subdues the Joker, he offers to rehabilitate his old foe and end their rivalry. For other characters or uses of (The) Joker, see, "They've given many origins of the Joker, how he came to be. The story arc explores the symbiotic relationship between the Joker and Batman, and sees the villain shatter the trust between Batman and his adopted family. It also appeared that John was also unaware of his past and didn't remember his life prior to Arkham, how he got there or even his own name. [104], Renowned as Batman's greatest enemy,[105][106][107][108] the Joker is known by a number of nicknames, including the Clown Prince of Crime, the Harlequin of Hate, the Ace of Knaves, and the Jester of Genocide. Batman briefly became the God of Knowledge, sitting on the chair of the New God called Metron.He asked the chair a simple question; what is the Joker's real name? [51], Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke expands on the Joker's origins, describing the character as a failed comedian who adopts the identity of the Red Hood to support his pregnant wife. [141][142], The Joker is portrayed as skilled in melee combat, from his initial appearances when he defeats Batman in a sword fight (nearly killing him), and others when he overwhelms Batman but declines to kill him. [73][129] Given the opportunity to kill Batman, the villain demurs; he believes that without their game, winning is pointless. Because he has an even deeper, more important, secret to protect. [141] Even with his unpredictability and lack of superhuman powers, the 2007 limited series Salvation Run sees hundreds of villains fall under his spell because they are more afraid of him than the alternative: Luthor. [32][67][137][138] The villain is immune to venom and most poisons; in Batman #663 (April 2007), Morrison writes that being "an avid consumer of his own chemical experiments, the Joker's immunity to poison concoctions that might kill another man in an instant has been developed over years of dedicated abuse. As Batman's deadliest enemy, he still remains a mystery and with his own multiple-version stories on what happened, the Joker's past life as a normal Gotham citizen seems like a myth that he himself has created. 3: The Injustice League", "Why So Serious? Burton’s movie again depicted Joker’s origins with the character falling into a vat of chemicals and driven insane by his disfigurement, and this name would become the Joker’s most common alias. The remaining two Jokers, The Golden Age-inspired "The Criminal" and "The Comedian" of Batman: The Killing Joke fame, are ready to carry out their final plan. [25] However, the Joker says that this story may not be true, as he prefers his past to be "multiple choice". [79] The Joker is arrested, and then-Robin Damian Wayne beats him with a crowbar, paralleling Todd's murder. "[34] O'Neil's 1973 run introduced the idea of the Joker being legally insane, to explain why the character is sent to Arkham Asylum (introduced by O'Neil in 1974 as Arkham Hospital) instead of to prison. I'm crazy 'cause I hate you," and confirms that he will only stop murdering when Batman is dead. [185] The character is considered one of the four top comic book characters, alongside Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. – Jerry Robinson, the Joker's creator[91], Although a number of backstories have been given, a definitive one has not yet been established for the Joker. Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. [83] He disappears for a year, returning to launch an attack on Batman's extended family in "Death of the Family" so he and Batman can be the best hero and villain they can be. ... Bill Finger had a book with a photograph of Conrad Veidt and showed it to me and said, 'Here's the Joker.' We discussed that and Bill [Finger] and I never wanted to change it at that time. Joker's most widely recognized real name was introduced in Tim Burton’s Batman, with the character being a gangster named Jack Napier. As the show's popularity waned, however, so did that of the Batman comics. [19][61] Capullo's Joker design replaced his traditional outfit with a utilitarian, messy, and disheveled appearance to convey that the character was on a mission; his face (surgically removed in 2011's Detective Comics (vol. [114] The Joker is typically seen in a purple suit with a long-tailed, padded-shoulder jacket, a string tie, gloves, striped pants and spats on pointed-toe shoes (sometimes with a wide-brimmed hat). He said he created the character as Batman's larger-than-life nemesis when extra stories were quickly needed for Batman #1, and he received credit for the story in a college course:[12], In that first meeting when I showed them that sketch of the Joker, Bill said it reminded him of Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs. The first issue was released on August 25, 2020 and ended on October 28, 2020. The character's popularity has seen him appear on a variety of merchandise, such as clothing and collectible items, inspire real-world structures (such as theme park attractions), and be referenced in a number of media. [19], The character's regular appearances quickly defined him as the archenemy of the Dynamic Duo – Batman and Robin; he killed dozens of people, and even derailed a train. Conversely, in Batman: Streets of Gotham's 2010 "The House of Hush" arc, The Joker is revealed to be named Sonny, a little boy who's kidnapped by a mobster named Sallie Guzzo, and abused both physically and sexually for many years. [42] Detective Comics #168 (1951) introduced the Joker's first origin story as Red Hood: a criminal who, during his final heist, vanishes after leaping into a vat of chemicals to escape Batman. He can be credited and Bob himself, we all played a role in it. There have been many different interpretations of the Joker across movies, comics, and games, however, with writers reinventing the character as they see fit. He had a new villain. A big list of batman jokes! Later on, The Joker kills Sallie, and repeats words only Sonny could know. [20] By issue #13, Kane's work on the syndicated Batman newspaper strip left him little time for the comic book; artist Dick Sprang assumed his duties, and editor Jack Schiff collaborated with Finger on stories. "[193] Complex, CollegeHumor, and WhatCulture named the Joker the greatest comic book villain of all time[181][135][194] while IGN listed him the top DC Comics villain in 2013,[195] and Newsarama as the greatest Batman villain. Beginning with Batman #251's "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge", the character returns to his roots as an impulsive, homicidal maniac who matches wits with Batman. Robinson said that other contemporary villains used guns, and the creative team wanted the Joker—as Batman's adversary—to be more resourceful. The antithesis of Batman in personality and appearance, the Joker is considered by critics to be his perfect adversary. Instead, the Joker (flanked by an army of "Jokerized" supervillains) launches a final crime spree. I wanted somebody that would make an indelible impression, would be bizarre, would be memorable like the Hunchback of Notre Dame or any other villains that had unique physical characters. 2) #1) was reattached with belts, wires, and hooks, and he was outfitted with mechanics overalls. In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight, the Joker was voiced by Mark Hamill, who previously voiced the character in various other related mediums, most notably the DC Animated Universe. [75] The Joker kills Alexander Luthor, Jr. in Infinite Crisis (2005) for excluding him from the Secret Society of Super Villains, which considers him too unpredictable for membership. The Joker is a supervillain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940), published by DC Comics. Jack escapes, but falls into an empty vat as gunfire punctures chemical tanks above him. [Opinion]", "Geek'S 20 Greatest Joker Moments Ever, Part III", "Almost Got Him: 10 Times the Joker Almost Nailed Batman", "Roundtable Review: 'Batman And Robin' #13", "Black Mass: Batman And Robin #16 [Annotations]", "Geek'S 20 Greatest Joker Moments Ever, Part I", "Batman: Death of the Family #17 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo – review", "Batman Writer Scott Snyder Addresses Huge Surprise", "Batman Writer Scott Snyder Addresses Huge Surprise (Page 2)", "Two Years After DC's Rebirth, What's Been Answered? "[89][90] This revelation was the basis for the miniseries Batman: Three Jokers, written by Geoff Johns with art by Jason Fabok. [17], The character was introduced in Batman #1 (1940), in which he announces that he will kill three of Gotham's prominent citizens (including Henry Claridge). : The Many Looks of Joker (Page 2)", "Bizarro Back Issues: The Joker's Solo Series (1975)", "Frank Miller's 'Dark Knight' brought Batman back to life", "Scott Snyder Talks About the Joker's Brutal Return", "Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe Edition review", "Batman: Alan Grant & Norm Breyfogle Speak Out", "Scott Snyder Plays Joker In 'Death of the Family, "Post-Convergence Batman Will Have New Status Quo 'No One Has Done in 75 Years of Batman, "The Joker War is over, but it changed Gotham City", "The Joker is getting his own monthly comic from DC", "Geek'S 20 Greatest Joker Moments Ever, Part II", "So What Really Happened at the End Of 'The Killing Joke'? [84][85] The Joker returns in the 2014 storyline "Endgame" in which he brainwashes the Justice League into attacking Batman, believing he has betrayed their relationship. the Joker is recruited by the Black Glove to destroy Batman, but betrays the group, killing its members one by one. During the "Darkseid War" storyline, Batman used Metron's Mobius Chair during the fight between the Justice League and Grail to know the Joker's true name. The heist goes awry; the comedian leaps into a chemical vat to escape Batman, surfacing disfigured. [128] The Joker and Batman represent opposites: the extroverted Joker wears colorful clothing and embraces chaos, while the introverted, monochromatic Batman represents order and discipline. [48] The late 1980s saw the Joker exert a significant impact on Batman and his supporting cast. [115] No crime – including murder, theft, and terrorism – is beyond the Joker, and his exploits are theatrical performances that are funny to him alone. The trickster is simultaneously subhuman and superhuman, a being that indicates a lack of unity in body and mind. [191] In 2009, the Joker was second on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Villains,"[192] and in 2011, Wired named him "Comics' Greatest Supervillain. One night. And that was the Joker! Although the 1970s restored the Joker as an insane, lethal foe of Batman, it was during the 1980s that the Batman series started to turn around and the Joker came into his own as part of the "Dark Age" of comics: mature tales of death and destruction. Frank Miller interpreted the character as fixated on death and uninterested in sexual relationships, while Robinson believed that the Joker is capable of a romantic relationship. [168] Batman is wealthy, yet the Joker is able to triumph through his own innovations. [2][6] These adaptations of the character have been received positively[19] on film,[196][197] television,[198] and in video games. Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke's 'The Man Who Laughs' is a modern-day retelling of Joker's first appearance, intended as a loose sequel to Batman: Year One. It was published as part of his Batman run. [39] Because the Comics Code Authority mandated punishment for villains, each issue ended with the Joker being apprehended, limiting the scope of each story. [143] He is talented with firearms, although even his guns are theatrical; his long-barreled revolver often releases a flag reading "Bang", and a second trigger-pull launches the flag to skewer its target. Although Quinn loves the Joker, he is obsessed with Batman and uses her to achieve his goals at her expense. This story altered the Batman universe: instead of killing anonymous bystanders, the Joker murdered a core character in the Batman fiction; this had a lasting effect on future stories. [83], The Joker is portrayed as having no fear; when fellow supervillain Scarecrow doses him with fear toxin in Knightfall (1993), the Joker merely laughs and says "Boo! [45][31] Several months after Crisis on Infinite Earths launched the era by killing off Silver Age icons such as the Flash and Supergirl and undoing decades of continuity,[46] Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (1986) re-imagined Batman as an older, retired hero[47] and the Joker as a lipstick-wearing celebrity[36][46] who cannot function without his foe. [180][206][207] The Joker then appeared in the animated television series The Adventures of Batman (1968, voiced by Larry Storch),[208] The New Adventures of Batman (1977, voiced by Lennie Weinrib)[209] and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985, voiced by Frank Welker). 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