The Joker is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe created by Bob Kane. He is the arch-nemesis of Batman, the main character and antagonist of The Joker Blogs, and near-universally recognized throughout modern popular culture as the archetypal "Monster Clown" villain. In all episodes of The Joker Blogs, he has been portrayed by series creator Scott McClure.
During the events of The Dark Knight, the Joker shares two stories, and nearly shares a third, that supposedly reveal the reasons he acquired the scars on his face. Given their unprovability, direct contradictions of each other, and penchant for playing upon the specific fears and discomforts of each person he told, both stories and have been discarded as lies.
The following are the stories the Joker tells in the film:
Parental Abuse Edit
To Gamble, who had shown himself easily angered by allusions to a potentially poverty-stricken upbringing, the Joker told the first story, while placing a razor blade against the side of Gamble's mouth.
"My father was ... a drinker; and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not ... one ... bit. So, with me watching, he takes the knife to her ... laughing while he does it. He turns to me, and he says ... 'Why ... so ... serious?' He comes at me with the knife ... 'Why so serious?!' ... he sticks the blade in my mouth ... 'Let's put a smile on that face!' ... and ... why so serious?"
The Joker then kills Gamble immediately off-camera, likely by breaking his neck given the visible lack of blood, before offering a single job opening to Gamble's surviving lieutenants, with the caveat that the position will go to whichever of them can stab the rest to death using Gamble's broken pool cue.
According to the Joker, his wife was cut up and they couldn't get surgery done because of their lack of money. This leads him to cutting his face into a smile, showing her that he did not care about the scars, he just wanted to see her smile again. According to the Joker, she could not stand the sight of him and left.
The final story that the Joker tells is unknown because he is captured by Batman. However, of all the stories given, there is a significant chance that it would have been the "real" one, due to the special status he is regularly demonstrated as ascribing to Batman.
Arrival in GothamEdit
Shortly after the death of Ra's Al Ghul, Batman discussed with Lieutenant James Gordon the effect that he had made on Gotham City since his appearance. Gordon then revealed that a criminal with "a taste for theatrics" recently committed a double homicide and an armed robbery, leaving behind a Joker playing card as a "calling-card". Gordon also warned that just as escalation occurs in terms of the police force against crime, so might the scale and style of criminality change in reaction to Batman's appearance.
Some time later, the Joker would orchestrate the theft of a large shipment of ammonium nitrate from the Gotham Docks. The explosive chemical was saved for storage in the Gotham General Hospital and on two passenger ferries some time later.
"I believe that whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you ... stranger."
- The Joker to the bank manager.
Several months later a group of bank robbers, (Grumpy, Happy, Dopey, Chuckles, Bozo and an unidentified-bus driver) under the direction of the Joker, robbed Gotham National Bank which was used as a money-laundering front for Gotham's gangs. The masked robbers whittled down their own numbers within minutes in a series of calculated betrayals. Finally only "Bozo" remained, who revealed himself as the Joker to the manager of the bank, who had earlier confronted the robbers with a shotgun. The Joker then escaped with the bank's cash in a yellow school bus, concealing his identity by driving within a convoy of other buses.
Dealing with the MobEdit
"Oh, and by the way, this suit? Wasn't cheap. You oughta know, you bought it..."
- The Joker to the Mob
The Joker just after his "magic trick". Shortly following the bank robbery, Italian crime boss Sal Maroni mentioned the Joker's recent theft of Mob owned cash to his fellow crime leaders at a business meeting, dismissing him as a threat and saying that he was a "nobody" wearing a "cheap purple suit and make-up". The Joker, overhearing this comment and the plan presented to the Mob by Chinese mobster, Lau, arrived unannounced at the meeting while faking a laugh, as he saw their "so called plan" as a bad joke. He also described the meeting as a "group therapy session". The mobsters were at first unwilling to even hear him out, and Gambol, one of the crime lords who seemed to take the most dislike for the Joker when setting eyes on him, sent one of his men to take him out by force, but the Joker unexpectedly said he was going to perform a magic trick by making a pencil "disappear" and embedded the pencil in the table, and then when Gambols's goon was about to grab him, the Joker quickly countered his attack and shoved him head-first into the pencil where it indeed disappeared inside the man's head via eye socket, instantly killing him. The Joker also mentioned that his suit wasn't cheap and that they ought to know this since they bought it, which meant that he used the money he stole at the start of the film to buy his suit. He proposed that it was Batman's interference that had resulted in idealistic leaders like Harvey Dent rising in popularity, and offered his services to kill him for half of all the money that Lau, an illegitimate Chinese accountant, took away from Gotham for safe keeping. He also warned them that Lau would betray them if arrested, claiming to know a squealer when he saw one. While the Bratva mobster, the Chechen, and Maroni were interested, Gambol, angered by the Joker's lack of respect, attempted to attack him, forcing the Joker to reveal his insurance policy: several grenades hidden under his coat, allowing him to make a quick escape. Frustrated, Gambol proceeded to put a bounty on him. The Joker later took revenge that night by having his men come to Gambol, claiming to have killed the Joker. In a bit of unintended tragic irony regarding the fate of his actor, the Joker's 'dead' body is brought inside in a garbage bag before attacking Gambol and proceeding to tell him the origin of his mouth scars as a way of psychological torture and intimidation, then when Gambol is most terrified and shaken, the Joker proceeds to kill him with the knife. Then with the remains of Gambol's men overpowered and at his mercy, he takes a pool stick and breaks it in half, making it sharp-like and says that there is only one spot open at the moment to join his "team", then throws the piece of the sharpened pool stick at the middle of Gambol's scared men and has his gang, made up mostly of mentally-ill and unstable vicious crooks escaped from Arkham Asylum who seem to have taken the Joker as their leader, make Gambol's men fight to death with the stick until only one is left, and advises them to "make it fast".
The Joker's ThreatEdit
- "Harvey, Harvey, Harvey Dent. Oh, 'scuse me. I wanna drive!"
- ―Joker to his unconscious truck driver
Realizing that Batman had retrieved Lau from Hong Kong and that the police had struck a deal to testify against them, Sal Maroni and the Chechen relented, finally hiring the Joker to kill the Batman. The Joker first kidnapped a Batman impersonator named Brian Douglas, filmed his murder and hung the body, complete with white make-up and a Joker scars, outside the mayor's office. In the murder tape he sent to the media, the Joker viciously mocks Brian and terrorizes him to the point of leaving him absolutely frozen and weeping. The Joker also taunts his beliefs towards Gotham's criminals and his actions. Afterwards, Joker proceeds to give Gotham an ultimatum. Batman must take off his mask and turn himself in to the authorities and every day the Batman refuses to do so, he will murder innocent people. As a result of the Batman not turning himself in, the first major victims were Janet Surillo, the judge presiding over Dent's indictments, and then Commissioner Gillian Loeb.
Later, the Joker and his gang stormed a fundraiser at Bruce Wayne's penthouse to kill Harvey Dent and was confronted by Batman. The Joker only managed to escape by throwing Rachel Dawes out a window, who Batman then lept after and saved.
The killings then continued with two incidents and an attempt on the mayor's life at a memorial for the murdered police commissioner. The Joker appeared in public without makeup, impersonating one of the Honor Guards, and shot his rifle at Mayor Anthony Garcia, but Gordon was struck in the back after willfully leaping in front of Garcia, in order to fake his death to avoid any future attempt by the Joker of attacking him with his family at home. As a result of this, Batman told Dent to call a press conference so he could reveal his identity and stop the killings. In a surprise move, Dent instead claimed to be the Batman himself and was subsequently arrested.
While being transported, the Joker and his gang attacked the caravan of police vehicles to eliminate Dent. Batman soon arrived to stop the assault, but stayed his hand at killing the Joker. The Joker prepared to unmask Batman but Gordon, disguised as a SWAT soldier, stepped behind him and aimed his shotgun at his back. The Joker was sucessfully jailed at MCU, and as a direct result, Gordon was promoted to Commissioner by Mayor Garcia.
Assault on GothamEdit
"I had a vision ... of a world without Batman. And it was so...boring."
- The Joker on television.
With the Joker in custody, Gordon and Batman believed his madness was over, but became alarmed when he informed them that Harvey Dent had gone missing. Desperate, Gordon let Batman torture the Joker for information, but the Joker seemed unshaken by the pain. Instead, he gleefully told Batman his view of people as selfish and violent, only needing a little pressure before descending to madness. He also admited he could never kill Batman, considering him his only equal. Dent's kidnapping was part of a test, to see if Batman would save him or Rachel, whom the Joker could tell Batman cared for. The Joker willingly told him where both were located. After most of the police were gone, the Joker took his guard hostage and escaped by detonating a phone-activated bomb he surgically planted in the stomach of one of his men who was arrested with him, with Lau in tow. Gordon was disheartened when he realized the Joker wanted to be captured.
Dent and Rachel each awoke tied to chairs with barrels of explosive material surrounding them and a speakerphone hooked up to the other's location. Rachel confessed her love for him and agreed to marry him. Harvey fell on the floor and his left side was completely immersed in turpentine. Batman arrived but found Dent instead of Rachel. He realized that the Joker had lied about Rachel and Dent's whereabouts to further crush Batman's morale. Batman rescued Dent as the building exploded and Harvey's face was badly burned, while Gordon was unable to rescue Rachel before the explosion. In the hospital, Harvey was driven to madness over the loss of Rachel, and blamed Batman, Gordon and the Joker. This act caused Sal Maroni to tell Gordon the Joker's location, finding him and his craziness "too much" for business. The Joker later met the Chechen in a container ship with Lau and was given his reward: half the mobs smuggled money, which he casually burned along with Lau. He then betrayed the Chechen and took control of his men.
The Joker then made a call to a news program where Coleman Reese was threatening to go public on the news with information about Batman's identity. He was interrupted by the Joker who stated he had changed his mind, believing Gotham to be too boring without Batman. To "give others the fun", he threatened that if someone didn't kill Reese in sixty minutes he would blow up a hospital. Gordon then abandoned his ambush on the Joker to focus on evacuating all city hospitals.
Contact with Harvey DentEdit
- "Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes...chaos. I'm an agent of chaos."
- ―The Joker to Dent.
After the Joker threatened Gotham once again, he traveled to Gotham General Hospital disguised as a nurse to talk to Harvey Dent about joining him in bringing chaos to Gotham, but Dent was reluctant to do so, and the Joker gave Dent a chance to kill him by giving him a cocked and loaded pistol. Dent then decided to leave his fate to chance by flipping his signature coin, but the coin landed on "heads". Dent let Joker live, and the two escaped from the hospital before it was blown up by Joker.
- "Tonight, you're all going to be a part of a "social experiment.""
- ―The Joker
The Joker declared that he would rule the streets and that anyone left in Gotham would be subjected to his domain. He told people they could leave now but that he would have a surprise for them in the tunnel and on the bridge, which people then avoided, using instead two ferries, one ship full of ordinary civilians and one of criminals, as Gordon feared the Joker would want to recruit them. However, the Joker had loaded each of the ferries with explosives. In hopes of showing everyone how evil and corrupt they can be, he gave the passengers of each ship the detonator to the explosives of the each others' ferries and offered both survival if they detonate the other ferry. If they didn't choose by midnight, the Joker would blow up both ships. Batman discovered not only the Joker's location at an unfinished skyscraper, but that the majority of his "gang" were actually hostages wearing clown-masks with unloaded guns taped to their hands and that the people dressed as hostages were the actual criminals. Batman was forced to fight not only the Joker's men but the SWAT teams as well to save the hostages. He finally confronts the Joker, which led to a fist fight between the two. Joker manages to get the upper-hand however and pins batman under the scaffolding. He gleefully waited as the ferry's deadline neared, and was visibly disappointed when both groups of passengers refused to kill the other to save themselves. The civilians voted to blow up the other ferry, but could not bring themselves to actually do so, while one of the criminals stepped forward, took the detonator, and threw it out a porthole saying that the cops should have done that from the start. Before Joker could detonate both ferries, Batman shot his wrist-blades at him and threw Joker over the edge. But Batman caught him with his grapple gun and left him hanging for the police to capture.
"You truely are...incorruptible aren't you?"
- The Joker to Batman.
With this act, the Joker acknowledged that Batman really is incorruptible and revealed that Dent is no longer the "White Knight" of Gotham. Joker has unleashed Dent on the city, wreaking chaos and terror into Gordon's associates. Joker then stated that Dent was the "ace in the hole" in his ultimate plan to show the people of Gotham that everyone is corruptible, thus undoing Dent's work before his transformation. Batman left the Joker to dangle helplessly as he was approached by the SWAT team. As they approached him, he laughed maniacally, swaying on the line.
The Joker BlogsEdit
Joker is played by Scott McClure, and is the protagonist-villain of Joker Blogs.
Time in ArkhamEdit
Joker is imprisoned in Arkham Asylum after his arrest at the end of the Dark Knight. He undergoes several patient interviews, especially by a Harleen Quinzel. He reveals that he likes being in Arkham, and doesn't want to leave, although Harleen tries to get to the bottom of his problems. He also doesn't want to be sent to a prison in fear of his own life. Joker escapes his cell with the help of a guard called Steve, and starts raiding in the offices, and looks for Doctor Harleen's. He ends up in Doctor Jeremiah Arkhan's cell (the owner of Arkham Asylum), and realises he is in the wrong office. But he sticks around the office and accesses Jeremy's computer, and looks up information on the internet and discovers Metropolis businessman Lex Luthor is looking for property to own, and Joker leaves a message at his headquarters for an offer and to strike up a deal, hoping to remain in the Asylum if Lex is in control. The guard who released him arrives, and Joker kills him with his own torch, and leaves the body in Harleen's office as a present.
Joker begins to be interviewed by Arkham doctor Hugo Strange, who tries to hypnotise him to get to the bottom of his madness. But Joker is beaten up by Hugo after making remarks towards his wife and home. Jeremiah approaches Joker to get him to sign a forum that he wouldn't take further action on the matter.
Joker escapes Arkham Asylum with the help of a fellow inmate, who he shoots dead on camera. Joker kidnaps Jeremiah's nurse and puts her in the trunk of Jeremiah's car and back of the car awaiting him (with a camera set up in the car to capture him). When Jeremiah arrives, Joker points a gun at him and gets him to leave the car park against his will and not to disrupt any guards who are searching for the Joker in the Asylum. Joker (with Jeremiah against his will) kidnap Lyle Reevas from his home, who Joker hits with a bat. Joker then takes Jeremiah back to his home, where he bounds and gags Jeremy alongside his wife with duct tape, before tormenting them on camera. He then leaves a bomb with his wife, before taking Jeremy away so he does as Joker says.
Joker uses Jeremy's nurse to drive, and they take Lyle to a sewer where Joker locks him in (presumably with Killer Croc) and leave him there. They then go to Kopski's house, and Joker handcuffs Jeremy and his nurse in the car to deal with Kopski, who Joker ties up in his own bathtub and makes sign a sucide note that Joker typed up on the computer. Joker then throws a camera (still plugged into a socket) into the bathrub, electrocuting and killing Kopski. Joker leaves the apartment, and notices a homeless man watching them. He gets Jeremy to accompany him when approaching the man, who is called Theodore, and Joker offers him a job to be his camera man and video him during the night. Theodore agrees, who appears to have suicidal tendencies, and becomes Joker's camera man. Joker gets the nurse to drive them to a church where Harleen and Kopski's brother Guy are getting married. Joker disrupts the wedding, and shoots Guy in the stomach killing him. The guests flee (except Harleen and camera man Jack Ryder who is videoing). While Joker approaches Harleen, the lights go out and Batman appears at the Church. Joker and Jack Ryder flee into the basement, but Joker is grabbed by Batman who swears he should of let Joker die. But Batman is shot by Harleen, and Joker appears to try and flirt with her, but she shoots him in the arm. Batman disappears, and Joker steals the camera from Jack (its unknown what he does with him as he is just seen about to attack Ryder).
Joker flees the building and gets into the car. He gets the nurse to take them to a car park, and goes to disfigure her with a knife after making up a story about bullies causing his cheek scars. But the Gotham City Police Department are searching Gotham for Joker, and cars arrive at the car park. Jeremy escapes, and Joker and Theodore escape from the police by firing at them. They steal a police car, and drive around the city, and Joker captures Jeremy again who they find running across a road. The police are all over Gotham, and Joker takes Jeremy back to his street, where its only mere minutes till the bomb he left with Jeremy's wife is to explode. Joker handcuffs Jeremy to a police car and forces him to sign the asylum over to Lex Luthor. But Joker goes against his word, and makes Jeremy witness his house blow up with his wife still inside. Jeremy attempts to attack Joker, who gets knocked out. Joker gives Theodore an envelope and the tape with the night's footage on it to post on the internet, and lets him leave alive. Joker then sits next to an unconscious Jeremy, and phones the police and asks he wants to go home, before laughing away to himself watching the fireworks caused by the explosion.
Joker is arrested and sent back to Arkham Asylum. While in a holding cell, he is approached by Lex who is now owner of Arkham Asylum. Joker then told him that he helped him get the place and asks Lex if he is going to keep his end of the bargain. Lex replies yes, and a happy Joker shakes hands with Lex, stating "pleasure doing business with you Lex".
Joker appeared in the first segment of Further Evidence titled "He Can't Because He is Dead" revealing him murdering the security guard before dumping him in Harleen's office, and also getting in contact with Lex Corp, first revealing how he got in contact with Lex Luthor.
In the last Further Evidence titled "Therapy Ends", Dr. Quinzel, now taken the name Dr. Kopski, confronts the Joker for the first time in six months after the wedding incident. He badly brusied and the therapy sessions (which Harleen had not been attending) have become a time for the security guards to assault the Joker. Harleen finally states that there is no fixing the Joker, that she'll give the guards a raise for what they've done and he will die down in maximum security. The episode ends as the Joker tells the guards a "joke" before they beat him, which is disturbing exactly what is about to happen at the asylum.
- Scott McClure also played the role of Thomas Elliot.
- Joker appears to be based off other incarnations of the Jokers, not just Heath Ledger's, such as the animated series Joker.
- Therapy Begins
- Arkham Bound
- Meet Steve
- A Dream Come True
- My Funny Valentine
- An Apple a Day
- The Easter Charade
- Artistic Merit
- Died on the 4th of July
- Two Cops, a Clown, & a Police Department
- Car Trouble
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lyle
- Dinner with the Arkhams
- Road Trip
- Killing Kopski
- Get Me to the Church on Time
- Three Minutes to Midnight
- Shotgun Wedding
- Staff Verification
- Home Sweet Home