Joker in other media

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Adaptations of the Joker in other media
Created by Jerry Robinson (concept)
Bill Finger
Bob Kane
Original source Comics published by DC Comics
First appearance Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
Films and television
Film(s) Batman (1966)
Batman (1989)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Television
show(s)
Batman (1966)
The Adventures of Batman (1968)
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
The Batman (2004)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)

Although Batman's archenemy, the Joker, originated as a comic book character, he has appeared in several other media. The Joker has been portrayed by Cesar Romero in the Batman television series, Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman, and Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, which posthumously earned Ledger the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Throughout the years, Larry Storch, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker, Mark Hamill, Michael McKean, Allen Enlow, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett, Steve Blum, Michael Dobson, John Kassir, Richard Epcar, John DiMaggio, Corey Burton, Brent Spiner, Christopher Corey Smith, Michael Emerson and Troy Baker have all provided the voice for the character in animated, motion comic, and video game form.

Live-action[edit]

"Batman" (Serial)[edit]

The first Batman was initially set to feature the Joker as the villain. Unfortunately, it was the middle of World War II, so the plot soon metamorphosed to reflect the times. The change in theme must have come after sets were already being built, because the Joker's carnival hideout stayed in the final draft.

Batman (TV series) and Batman (1966 film)[edit]

Cesar Romero (standing) in his role as The Joker in Batman

Cesar Romero portrayed the character in the 1960s Batman television series. The Joker of this series is characterized by a cackling laugh and comedy-themed crimes, such as turning the city's water supply into jelly and pulling off a stand-up comedy-themed bank heist. In one episode he competed with Batman in a surfing contest. Romero refused to shave his distinctive mustache for the role, and it was partially visible beneath his white face makeup. Romero reprised his role in the 1966 film Batman. A parody of Batman, Joker has his own "utility belt" and "Jokermobile". Stories sometimes saw Joker teamed up with the Penguin and Catwoman. In the movie, he is teamed up with both of them and the Riddler as well. The only information on his past life is a remark by Batman that the Joker had been a hypnotist in his youth.

Burton/Schumacher series[edit]

Batman (1989 film)[edit]

A snapshot from Tim Burton's version of Batman. Batman is fighting with The Joker, who is portrayed by Jack Nicholson

In the film, the character is a gangster named Jack Napier, the right-hand man of mob boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance). Napier is disfigured during a confrontation with Batman (Michael Keaton) in a chemical factory; he is shot in the face by a ricochet from his own pistol, which severs the nerves in his facial muscles, before falling into a vat of chemicals. Although there are many versions of the Joker's origins, the filmmakers decided to use one loosely resembling the origin in the 1988 graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, in which he is disfigured when he falls into a vat of chemicals at the Axis Chemical plant, turning his hair emerald green, his skin chalk-white and his lips ruby-red.

Driven completely insane by his reflection, he kills Grissom and takes over his syndicate, launching a crime wave designed to "outdo" Batman, who he feels is getting too much press. He describes himself as a "homicidal artist" who makes avant-garde "art" by killing people with Smilex gas, which leaves its victims with a grotesque grin. Bruce Wayne confronts the Joker, and later recognizes him as the mugger who murdered his parents. The Joker kidnaps reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) and attempts to massacre Gotham City, but Batman foils his plan. During the ensuing battle, Batman and the Joker discover each other's identities and realize that they "made each other". As the Joker is about to escape in a helicopter, Batman ties a grappling hook onto the Joker's leg and attaches it to a stone gargoyle; the Joker falls to his death when the gargoyle breaks loose of its moorings. The Joker is portrayed by Jack Nicholson. The young Napier is played by Hugo E. Blick.

Batman Forever[edit]

The character reappears in the 1995 film Batman Forever in a flashback by Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) of the night his parents were killed, played by David U. Hodges. He is credited as "Shooter".

Canceled 5th film[edit]

The Joker was one of the villains planned to star in Batman Triumphant, the fifth in the Batman film series, with Nicholson reprising his role from the first film.[1] He would return as a hallucination in Batman's mind caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin. Harley Quinn would appear as the Joker's daughter trying to get revenge on Batman for her father's death.[2] However, due to the almost universally negative reception of Batman & Robin, the previous film in the series, Batman Triumphant was scrapped, and the franchise was put on hiatus for eight years.[3]

Reception[edit]

Nicholson's performance was very well-received; Newsweek's review of the film stated that the best scenes in the movie are due to the surreal black comedy portrayed in this character.[4] In 2003, American Film Institute named Nicholson's performance #45 out of 50 greatest film villains.[5][6]

OnStar commercials and Birds of Prey[edit]

During the OnStar "Batman" ad campaign, the Joker appears in one commercial, played by Curtis Armstrong. Roger Stoneburner makes a cameo appearance as the character in an episode of Birds of Prey. Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in various animated shows throughout the 1990s, provides the Joker's voice in the scene, and he is the only one of the two actors to be credited.

The Dark Knight (2008)[edit]

Gotham[edit]

The Joker will appear in the TV series Gotham.[7]

Animation[edit]

Earlier appearances[edit]

DC animated universe[edit]

The Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, as he appears in Batman: The Animated Series.

The Joker is voiced by Mark Hamill in several animated shows in the DC animated universe:

  • In Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker is the series' most recurring villain, first appearing in the second episode, "Christmas with the Joker", where he escapes Arkham before Christmas (although in the series' original broadcast order on Fox Kids, the Joker's first episode to air was "Joker's Favor"). In the feature film spin-off Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, it is revealed that he was once a hitman for mobster Salvatore Valestra. A later episode reveals that he went on to start his own gang with the first target being the Ace Chemicals plant, where Batman foils the robbery and knocks him into a vat of acid. Several episodes mention that his real name is Jack Napier (a reference to Tim Burton's Batman film). It most notably appears on his police file in the episode "Joker's Wild". However, later episodes suggest that this may only be an alias. The series is notable for introducing Harley Quinn, the Joker's sidekick, who became one of the few original characters from the show to successfully cross over to the comics.
  • The Joker also appears in the series' follow-up The New Batman Adventures and features prominently as one of the main villains in the one-hour crossover episode with Superman: The Animated Series ("World's Finest") when he travels to Metropolis and makes a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman in exchange for one billion dollars. With Superman no match for the Joker's cunning and Batman outclassed by Luthor's superior technology, Batman and Superman join forces to take the Joker and Luthor down. The Joker is apparently killed when a Wing he is wrecking Metropolis in is destroyed, although his body is not found, and he returns to Gotham shortly after for later episodes of The New Batman Adventures.
  • The Joker also appeared in Static Shock in the episode "The Big Leagues". He comes to Dakota and recruits Hot-Streak, Kangor, Shiv, and Talon into starting a crime spree but are foiled by Static, Batman and Robin.
  • He appears in Justice League in the episodes "Injustice for All" and "A Better World" (the latter of which features an alternate world in which the Joker has been lobotomized by Superman and is now the superintendent of Arkham Asylum). His most prominent episode is "Wild Cards", where he plants a multitude of bombs across Las Vegas and televises the Justice League's attempts to find and disarm them in a mockery of reality television. To add drama to the broadcast, he pits the League against the Royal Flush Gang, which in this version consists of five superpowered teens. The bombs turn out to be a ruse to attract viewership so Ace, a psychic, can render everyone watching the broadcast insane. The plan backfires when, during a fight with Batman, Ace turns her powers on the Joker, rendering him temporarily catatonic.
  • The Joker is featured in the DCAU film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, where he mysteriously returns to Gotham after having been presumed dead for 35 years. It is revealed in a flashback that the Joker and Harley Quinn had kidnapped Robin (Tim Drake) and tortured him, turning him into "Joker Junior", an insane, miniature version of the Joker; while under Joker's power, Tim had also revealed Batman's secret identity. After the Joker ordered Tim to kill Batman, Drake ultimately killed the Joker himself by shooting him with the deadly "Bang" flag gun (in the edited version, Drake pushes the Joker into a room with hanging electrical wires and two tanks of water. The Joker crashes into one, and the wires slip down. The Joker then runs forward to get him, but instead slips and turns on the wires, electrocuting himself). As a twist, the future Joker is actually none other than Tim Drake, the Joker having implanted a microchip in his brain which contained his DNA, memories, and personality, transforming the former Boy Wonder into a genetic duplicate of himself with his own mind in control. Batman's successor, Terry McGinnis, ultimately destroys the chip, saving Drake and (in the DCAU continuity) destroying the Joker once and for all. In Justice League Unlimited, it is revealed in the second season finale "Epilogue" that the Joker used Cadmus's genetic technology to rewrite his DNA over Drake's.

The Batman[edit]

The Joker's redesigned appearance in The Batman.

A different interpretation of the Joker appears in the animated series The Batman, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson in English and Naoki Tatsuta in Japanese. This incarnation sports a purple and yellow straitjacket, fingerless gloves, bare feet, wild green hair, and red eyes. The Joker also moves and fights with a Monkey Kung Fu-like style using his feet as dexterously as his hands, and often hangs from the walls and ceilings (as the series progresses, these abilities do not appear as much). His appearance becomes somewhat refined later in the series, where he adopts the more traditional garb of a purple suit and spats, but he still has wild hair and wears no shoes, save one episode. In "Strange Mind", Batman and Hugo Strange travel into the Joker's mind and find the Joker's former self, a low-level office worker who dreams of "making people laugh". In "Two of a Kind", Joker says the same thing to Harley when she attempts therapy.

The Batman vs. Dracula[edit]

In the film The Batman vs. Dracula, which takes place in the universe of The Batman, the Joker escapes from Arkham, having learned of the location of buried treasure, and runs into the Penguin, whom he disposes of with electric joy buzzers, only to run into Batman. Towards the end of the ensuing battle, the Joker plummets into the river where he is electrocuted and apparently killed by his own buzzers. However, he is later revealed to have survived, having been accidentally rescued by a fisherman. He heads towards Gotham Cemetery, where the treasure is hidden, and encounters the Penguin again, unaware he has now been made a servant of Count Dracula. Despite Penguin's warnings, Joker ventures into his master's crypt, running into the count himself. His blood promptly drained, the Joker turns into a vampire.

Vampire Joker robs a blood bank to sustain himself; after chugging several vials he comments "A bold finish of wild cherries with a hint of oak." He encounters the Batman yet again and the two fight. Joker is captured in the end and taken to the Batcave, where Batman experiments on ways to treat his undead state and tries to make him reveal Dracula's hiding place. Joker is unable to give him any information, for he is under Dracula's control. Batman eventually develops an antidote and cures Joker, who seems to have lost his memory of being a vampire. Nonetheless, Joker inadvertently reveals the location of Dracula's crypt and is sent back to Arkham.

Krypto the Superdog[edit]

In the TV show Krypto the Superdog, the Joker's trained pet hyenas, Bud and Lou, are villains and enemies of Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Superdog. The Joker himself does not appear in the show, but is mentioned on various occasions. The hyenas are named after Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

Batman: The Brave and the Bold[edit]

In Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Deep Cover for Batman!"[8] a heroic alternative reality version of the Joker called Red Hood appears and is voiced by Jeff Bennett. He is shown to be an extremely capable fighter, able to hold his own against multiple members of the Injustice Syndicate. In addition, he wields projectile weapons shaped like spades (a reference to his alternate universe counterpart's playing card motif). Like the Joker, this Red Hood was disfigured after falling into a chemical vat at the Ace Chemical Plant. In his case, he was already a superhero and was actively dropped in by Owlman. His sanity is said to have been "Bent, but not broken."

The Joker himself made his debut on the show in the episode "Game Over for Owlman!" (a continuation of "Deep Cover for Batman!") also voiced by Jeff Bennett. His appearance and personality is very similar to the Silver Age version, as drawn by Dick Sprang.[9] With the police and some of his superhero friends after him, Batman has no option but to team up with Joker to stop Owlman's crime spree especially when Owlman was upstaging Joker. During that time, the Joker briefly becomes a hero, but ultimately goes back to his evil roots because being a good guy was "just not him". Joker makes an appearance in "Legends of the Dark Mite!" along with the Penguin and other Batman villains.

Joker appears in the teaser to "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!" when he is being tailed by Batman and Green Arrow during a series of robberies. He is captured after his car's many means of propulsion are destroyed by the combined efforts of the heroes. Joker also appears in the episode "Death Race to Oblivion!" as one of Mongul's racers. He creates tough obstacles for Batman and the others until after he is out of the race. He occasionally provides a play-by-play of the race while doing so, breaking the Fourth Wall. He is transported to a cell with the other losing villains and later put in a green cell created by Guy Gardner's power ring. Joker appears again among other villains in a bidding for a supersonic weapon held by arms dealer Joe Chill in the episode "Chill of the Night!" He later appears in "Emperor Joker!", along with his love, Harley Quinn and again in the episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!".

In the Scooby-Doo crossover created by Bat-Mite, Joker was voiced by Corey Burton. In typical Joker style, he takes over an episode, which is called "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!". Even the theme song is a "Jokerized" version, with several of his fellow criminals shown. The episode is shown from his point of view as he unites with the Weeper to try and foil Batman's plan to officially root out crime, creating a reversal of the protagonist/antagonist roles. He reappears in "Night of the Batmen!", where he plans to make everyone on Earth insane just like him. He also captures Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Aquaman, and Captain Marvel: all were substituting for Batman, who was critically injured while fighting Kanjar Ro. Fortunately, Batman makes a special exosuit to free his partners and foil Joker. In one last attempt to kill the Dark Knight, Joker tries to electrocute him with his Joy-Buzzer, but Batman anticipated this and counterattacks by shocking Joker himself.

He also appears in both the opening and the main plot of "Triumvirate of Terror". In the opening, he was seen playing baseball with the Legion of Doom against the Justice League International. In the main plot, Joker tries to kill Batman and Vicki Vale by launching a giant exploding pie onto them. But, as a predictable result, Batman escaped, freed Vicki, and dodged the pie before it hit. However, the Joker managed to make his escape. He later met up with Lex Luthor and the Cheetah, both who were having trouble dealing with their enemies Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively. They agree to switch enemies to destroy them. As such, Joker went after Wonder Woman. However, before he could kill her with a giant hammer, Luthor teleported the heroes and villains to their hideout, where they were going to kill them all on a worldwide broadcast. Fortunately, just as the villains switched heroes to fight, the heroes did the same, triple-teaming on them to defeat them. He also appears in the opening for "Powerless", where he has assembled a group called the Jokers of All Nations to fight the Batmen of All Nations. This team is made up of an Inuit, a hockey player, a Scotsman, a Cossak, and a sumo wrestler.

Joker also appears in the opening for "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth" where he was hosting a celebrity roast to literally roast Batman. He has also invited Clock King, Gorilla Grodd, Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Kite Man, Gentleman Ghost, Black Manta, Riddler, and Solomon Grundy to the roast. The Joker has even forced Jeff Ross to roast Batman, but it turns out that Ross was a distraction for Batman to escape the roasting stick. When Joker tried to escape, Jeff got in his way and knocked him out. His final appearance was in "Mitefall" as one of the guests at the series cancellation party set up by Ambush Bug. He was mainly seen alongside Harley Quinn.

"The Knights of Tomorrow" shows the Future, where Joker is apparently killed when falling off a pier. Years later, by which time Batman has married Catwoman, retired and had a son, the Joker resurfaces. He discovered his chemicals left him six months to live, and claims he gave the Doctor 'six seconds'. He creates a 'son' (voiced by Marc Worden) for himself, with who to destroy Batman's image. The new Joker aka Joker Jr. wrecks the Batman Museum, killing Bruce and Selina in the process. The new Batman, Dick Grayson, goes after him but is captured and is told the new Joker's origin, and shown a plan to spray Gotham with Joker gas from a Batman statue. However, the new Robin Damian Wayne, Bruce and Selina's son frees Batman. The Joker is then defeated when the head of the Batman Statue is hurled of by an explosion then sprays him with laughing gas.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths[edit]

A parallel earth, heroic version of the Joker called "the Jester" appears in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths voiced by James Patrick Stuart. He is a longtime ally of that Earth's Lex Luthor and a former member of their world's Justice League/Justice Underground. He sacrifices his life taking out two supervillains in the process at the beginning of the film so that Luthor can escape and get help for their Earth which has been besieged by the villainous Crime Syndicate of America. Back at his lair, he is shown to have a monkey called Harley, whom Lex sadly informs that "the Jester is never coming back".

DC Super Friends[edit]

"The Joker's Playhouse" (2010) was an original video animation produced for Fisher-Price Imaginext's DC Super Friends and included as a DVD insert for the toyline. The episode features Joker taking over the Hall of Justice and the Super Friends running the gamut to reclaim it. The Joker is voiced by John Kassir.

Batman: Under the Red Hood[edit]

The Joker appears in the animated original movie which is based on the same book, Batman: Under the Red Hood, voiced by John DiMaggio. As Red Hood, he appears in one of the flashback scenes showing some material from Batman: The Killing Joke, where it is implied that several people have used the Red Hood persona (another nod to The Killing Joke). The Joker is hired by Ra's al Ghul to distract Batman and Jason Todd, the second Robin, from the terrorist's plan to destroy the world economy. The Joker lures the Dynamic Duo to Sarajevo, Bosnia, where he beats Jason with a crowbar and leaves him to be killed by a bomb. Feeling guilty for Jason's death, Ra's al Ghul revives the boy with the Lazarus Pit. Years later, Jason returns to Gotham as a crime lord calling himself the Red Hood, purposely taking his murderer's former criminal identity to attract his attention. After his first encounter with the Red Hood, Batman goes to Joker for information in Arkham Asylum. Joker claims that there is no connection, and taunts Batman about Jason's death. When Red Hood tries to kill him, Black Mask hires the Joker to kill his newest competitor. The Joker kidnaps Jason's eight underbosses and Black Mask, and holds them hostage inside an oil tanker. Jason arrives and reveals that his previous actions were designed to lure the Joker away from the safety of Arkham so that he could kill him. Jason beats and kidnaps the Joker and brings him to Crime Alley. He tries to force Batman to either kill him or the Joker, but Batman refuses to do either and disarms the former Boy Wonder. Joker prevents Batman from stopping a bomb Jason planted, saying, "I'm the only one who's going to get what he wants tonight". The bomb goes off, but Batman and Joker survive, while Jason disappears. The Joker is then sent back to Arkham.

Young Justice[edit]

The Joker appears in the Young Justice episode "Revelations", voiced by Brent Spiner. He was part of the Injustice League, and seen controlling Poison Ivy's plants all over the world.[10] As in the comics, it was he who discovered the Justice League's mountain hideout. He is apparently immune to telepathy, as shown in issue #2 of the tie-in comic series when Martian Manhunter tried to enter his mind, but doubled over in pain with Joker replying "Scary in there, isn't it?". He uses switchblades as weapons, similar to Heath Ledger's portrayal. He also has a fourth-wall awareness, shown when he looks into the camera and says "Admit it: you can't turn away".

The Dark Knight Returns[edit]

Michael Emerson voices The Joker in the two-part adaption of The Dark Knight Returns.[11] In the first part, the Joker is in a catatonic state, but is brought out of it by hearing of Batman's return, where he stands up and says "Batman.... Darling". In the second part, he goes on a few more acts of murderous rampage, exterminating everyone in a talk show interview with Joker toxin, and handing out poisoned cotton candy to children. Batman confronts him and stabs him in the eye with a Batarang, but the Clown Prince of Crime escapes through the Tunnel of Love, gunning down many more civilians on the way. Batman becomes enraged and, after a struggle, slightly breaks the Joker's neck, paralyzing him; the Joker, however, proclaims that he has won, and that he will label the Dark Knight as a murderer, shortly before fully breaking his own neck and killing himself.

Son of Batman[edit]

Joker makes a cameo appearance in Son of Batman, laughing in his Arkham Asylum cell. His laugh is provided by Dee Bradley Baker.

Batman: Assault on Arkham[edit]

Joker will appear in the upcoming Batman: Assault on Arkham, a film based on the Batman: Arkham video games series, with Troy Baker reprising his role from Arkham Origins.

Video games[edit]

The Joker appears in numerous Batman-related video games:

Batman: Dark Tomorrow[edit]

The Joker is a villain in Batman: Dark Tomorrow, voiced by Allen Enlow. He kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and leaves a deck of cards with no jokers in it, in Gordon's office for Batman to find. This leads Batman to fight through a rampage at Arkham Asylum to find him. Joker is the last boss in Arkham Asylum but isn't actually fought in the game. He sends a number of lunatics down to fight you instead.

Batman: Vengeance[edit]

Based on The New Batman Adventures, and starring its voice cast, including Hamill as the Joker, he and Harley Quinn mastermind a plan to destroy Gotham City once and for all using an explosive, flammable compound consisting of Joker Toxin and a new substance called Promethium.

Lego Batman: The Videogame[edit]

The Joker is a playable character in Lego Batman: The Videogame with his vocal effects provided by Steven Blum.[12] where he leads a group of villains in a mission to spread Joker toxin to all of Gotham City. He has dual Uzis, and can kill enemies using a lethal joybuzzer, which can also be used to power generators. He has a helicopter with a grappling hook. He leads a group of villains consisting of himself, Harley Quinn, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and Killer Moth. His plan is to fill Gotham cathedral with his laughing gas and then blow the cathedral up to spread the gas all over Gotham. An unlockable alternate version of the character has the tropical costume worn by the Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe[edit]

He is also a playable character in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe voiced by Richard Epcar.[13] Joker sports an array of magically endowed trick (but often lethal) weapons and fatalities and (storywise) he is also reasonably stronger due to the rage caused by the merging universes. Once he realizes that, he breaks from the mission Lex Luthor gave him and goes after Batman. He also easily defeats Sonya Blade and interrupts a fight between Deathstroke and Kano so he can kill the latter himself. Later in the story, the Joker turns on Deathstroke just for the fun of it and defeats him as well. As the two worlds separate, Joker discovers that he has retained his new powers and manages to take over Gotham, crowning himself "Mayor Joker". Under his rule, the city quickly falls into chaos. Joker now holds tournaments where contests fight to the death for his amusement, with the winner fighting Joker.

Batman: Arkham[edit]

The Joker appears in the Arkham game series. Mark Hamill reprises his role of the Joker for the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum as the main antagonist. In the game, he takes over Arkham in an elaborate trap set for Batman, and combine a more potent version of Bane's Venom, called Titan, with his army of thugs to create "an army of a thousand Banes". After foiling the other villains' agendas, Batman confronts the Titan-enhanced Joker atop Arkham. In the PlayStation 3 version of the game, players are able to actually play the Challenge Maps as the Joker, with thugs replaced by Arkham guards.[14][15]

Hamill plays The Joker for a final time as one of the two main antagonists in Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to Arkham Asylum. In the game, Joker is locked up in Arkham City, the new city sized prison operated by Hugo Strange and is involved in a turf war against Penguin and Two-Face, and it is revealed that as a result of his exposure to the Titan formula, he is slowly dying. After finding the Joker, Batman is captured and injected with a sample of Joker's diseased blood contracting the same disease. Joker also informs the Dark Knight that he has sent dozens of samples of his blood out to Gotham, forcing him to try and find a cure. After Batman stops Strange's plans, he confronts "Joker" but Talia kills him and retrieves the cure only for the real Joker to appear and kill Talia with a gun from behind as Clayface reveals himself. After defeating Clayface Joker attempts to make himself immortal with Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pit only for Batman to stop him. When Batman cures himself, Joker accidentally destroys the last of the cure when he stabs Batman, causing him to drop the vial. Batman says to the dying Joker "Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done, I would have saved you." Joker laughs, coughs, and responds "That actually is...pretty funny..." before succumbing to the disease and dying. Batman carries the corpse of the Joker out of the city, with Catwoman looking on, his thugs broken and Harley Quinn crying out in anguish, and lays him on the hood of a police car as Batman leaves silently. During the credits, he can be heard singing Only You (And You Alone) and also laughing through some of the song. The Joker also appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, the mobile version of the game. His death later became the influence for Harley Quinn to pursue revenge upon Batman in the expansion Harley Quinn's Revenge. Batman: Arkham City's Joker was awarded the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards "Character of the Year" award.[16]

The Joker appears as the main antagonist in the prequel Batman: Arkham Origins, voiced by Troy Baker, which focuses on the first meeting between Batman and Joker and their conflicting philosophies. Before the game's plot, Joker kidnaps Roman Sionis aka Black Mask from his safe house and poses as him as he plans to send Gotham into anarchy. To rid himself of the newly arrived Batman, "Black Mask" hires eight assassins to kill Batman. When Batman goes after Sionis at Gotham Merchants Bank, the Joker finally reveals himself. Later, Bane fires a rocket at the Joker which knocks him from the top of a building, but Batman manages to save him. Joker becomes troubled with Batman's choice to save him and becomes obsessed with the Dark Knight. Later at Blackgate, Joker is questioned by psychologist Harleen Quinzel and confesses the workings of his own troubled mind while Harleen begins to fall for Joker. During this time the Joker is actually playable, with a move set that includes vicious kicks, throwing cards and a lethal handshake via joybuzzer. In the end, Joker believes he and Batman were destined to meet each other. In the final confrontation, Batman fights Bane once more but Joker puts himself in an electric chair that will kill him unless Bane dies. Batman finds a loophole and defeats Bane. Later, Batman finds Joker who tries to get Batman to kill him; Batman refuses, merely beating Joker and he is taken away back to custody. An amused Joker shows enthusiasm at the possibilities of a future fighting Batman. During the credits, he can be heard singing Cold, Cold Heart while being returned to his cell at Blackgate.

The Joker is playable in Origins' multiplayer mode. If a player controlling a custom Elite Thug gets to an entry gate as the Joker is demanding they let him in, the thug is replaced with the Joker. He has a lethal joybuzzer melee attack and two guns, The Ace of Spades (a large revolver) and The King of Hearts (a rapid-fire gun that shoots small explosives).

The Joker returns in Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, with Troy Baker reprising his role. Joker is among the three criminals kingpins that takeover Blackgate following Toyman being blown up. Using the warden's secret escape route, Joker broke into the Administration building and took him hostage. Deciding to make the place his "new winter, spring, summer and fall home", Joker proceeded to decorate the place in his own twisted style, while trapping the warden in booby-trapped room. Since the Cryto Sequencer codes were in his possession, Joker later came face to face with Batman again; he refused to simply handover the codes and left Batman to find the Warden. Joker also proceeded to pump his Joker gas into areas Batman would likely visit. He later faced Batman again, deciding he should defend his home from a "qualified burglar on private property". However, Batman renders him unconscious after a difficult fight. Confronted by guards later, Joker kills them and escapes while disguised as one of them.

The Joker's depiction in the Arkham games has been widely praised. Critics have lauded the voice acting and the exploration of The Joker and Batman's relationship.

DC Universe Online[edit]

Mark Hamill once again reprises his role for DC Universe Online. In the game's trailer, he is shown with Harley Quinn using a rocket launcher to initially attack The Flash. After an explosion set off by Black Adam kills both The Flash and Green Lantern, Joker wakes up and pushes Quinn's corpse aside (whether she protected him willingly or Joker used her as a shield is left up to debate) as he coughs from the smoke. He looks through his goggles to see Deathstroke hitting a suspended Batman with a bent steel pole. Claiming the sole right to kill Batman, Joker promptly picks up the rocket launcher and fires it. Batman is shown later as having survived the attack, but Deathstroke is killed. The Joker and Lex Luthor are the only survivors. In present Gotham City, he takes over a decrepit amusement park with Harley Quinn. In the hero campaign, the players help Batman in fighting Joker who attacks the Special Crimes Unit’s inaugural ball in the Regal hotel. The player defeat Joker who manages to escape. Joker later collaborates with T.O. Morrow in order to develop a new type of Joker Venom and pays Deathstroke to dispose of Riddler. Besides Harley Quinn, Joker is served by Joker Anarchists, Joker Hiding Schizos, Jokandroids, Joker Dawgs, Joker Derangers, Joker Lunatics, Joker Madcaps, Joker Stooges, Joker Wags, Joker Wisecrackers, J1N1 Robots, Lefty, Righty, and Fullhouse.

Joker can also be used in Legends PVP matches, a form of short player versus player matches where the players use the weapons, powers and abilities of iconic DC heroes or villains. The Joker is available for 70 Marks of Legends, and is the only character that can switch between two movement sets: acrobatics, in which he fights with a crowbar and using the One Handed fighting skill, or flying, in which he uses dual pistols to fight. Joker, as Batman, can be used with two skins: his normal appearance and Arkham Joker, dressed with a torn asylum immate uniform and a slightly grittier look. If a player using Joker defeats an enemy player using Robin while using the crowbar, the player will get a feat, as he or she has "recreated" Jason Todd´s murder at the hands of the Joker.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes[edit]

The Joker returned in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, with Christopher Corey Smith taking over the role from Steven Blum.

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

The Joker appears as a playable character in this DC fighting game. Richard Epcar reprises his role from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. In an alternate universe, the Joker tricked Superman into destroying Metropolis with a nuclear weapon, killing the residents, including Lois Lane (who was pregnant with Superman's child). Superman killed Joker in retaliation, losing his moral compass and becoming a tyrant. The Joker from the normal universe is accidentally recruited along with the heroes to stop Superman's Regime; Joker allies with the now-heroic Harley Quinn and her Joker clan to defeat the alternate Superman. The Joker later marries Harley and playful smashes her head into the cake; however, the years of abuse he subjected her to finally made Quinn snap and slit his throat with the ceremonial knife.

Infinite Crisis[edit]

The Joker will appear as a playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena game Infinite Crisis.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham[edit]

The Joker will return in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, with Richard Epcar reprising his role once more.

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