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)
Suicide Squad (2016)
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)
Gotham (2014)

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, Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, and will soon be portrayed by Jared Leto in the upcoming film Suicide Squad. 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, Troy Baker and Dee Bradley Baker have all provided the voice for the character in animated, motion comic, and video game form.



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

Cesar Romero portrayed the character in the 1960s Batman television series. In this series, the Joker 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. Cesar 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.

The origin story of the Joker is being worked into the first season of Gotham, with Easter eggs and teasers on the character placed throughout the season.[1][2][3][4][5] Season 1 introduces a "Proto-Joker" named Jerome Valeska (played by Cameron Monaghan) who appeared in the episode "The Blind Fortune Teller". He is the son of a Haly's Circus snake dancer named Lila Valeska, whom he killed because of her being an "insistent, nagging whore" and was arrested by James Gordon as a result. When discussing the character, Bruno Heller stated "We're going to find out how the hell Jerome, the proto-Joker we met earlier in this season, connects with the Joker as people known him. That's the big focus of the beginning of the second season. We're going to tell the story of how the Joker came to be". The character will reappear in the second season as the main focus of the beginning of the season.[6]

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 Joker's voice in the scene, and he is the only one of the two actors to be credited.


A snapshot from Tim Burton's version of Batman. Batman is fighting with Joker (portrayed by Jack Nicholson).

In the film, the Joker is played by Jack Nicholson (and by Hugo Blick in a flashback). He starts the movie as 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 through his cheeks 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. Also, the questionable surgeon he sees after the incident lifted the skin over the bullet holes to seal them, leaving him with a permanent rictus grin.

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 similar to his own. Bruce Wayne confronts the Joker, and later recognizes him as the mugger who murdered his parents. The Joker abducts 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.

Jack Napier appears briefly in a flashback in the 1995 film Batman Forever, portrayed by David U. Hodges. The flashback is a re-creation of the death of Bruce Wayne's parents from the 1989 film.

Jack Nicholson has received critical acclaim for his performance; 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.[7] In 2003, American Film Institute named Nicholson's performance #45 out of 50 greatest film villains.[8][9]

The Joker, in promotional material for Suicide Squad (2016)

Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jared Leto will portray the Joker in the DC Comics' shared universe films. Joker will make his debut in the 2016 film Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer. [10]

Cancelled appearances[edit]

The 1943 serial Batman was initially set to feature the Joker as the villain. However, because the film was made in the middle of World War II, 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 remained in the finished film.[citation needed]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]


Early appearances (1968-1985)[edit]

DC animated universe (1992-2006)[edit]

Maniacal clown with a playing card
The Joker as he appears in Batman: The Animated Series.
Actor Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill provided the voice of the Joker in the DC Animated Universe.

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

  • The Joker is the series' most recurring villain in Batman: The Animated Series. He first chronological appearance was in the second episode "Christmas with the Joker" where he escapes Arkham before Christmas, though the episode "Joker's Favor" was aired first, marking his first aired appearance. In the feature film spin-off Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, it is revealed that he was once a hitman for mobster Salvatore Valestra. Later episodes reveal 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, and that his real name is Jack Napier (a reference to the 1989 film). However, later in The New Batman Adventures it is suggested 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 follow-up series The New Batman Adventures. He is also featured prominently as one of the main villains in the crossover with Superman: The Animated Series 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 the flying wing he is wrecking Metropolis in is destroyed, although his body is not found. He later appeared in several subsequent episodes.
  • 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.
  • The Joker appears in Justice League. In the episode "Injustice for All", he forces his way into Lex Luthor's Injustice Gang. In the episode "A Better World", an alternate version has been lobotomized by Superman of the Justice Lords and is now the superintendent of Arkham. In his most prominent episode "Wild Cards", he plants a multitude of bombs across Las Vegas and televises the attempts to find and disarm them in a mockery of reality television. To add drama to the broadcast, he pits the Justice League against five superpowered teens. The bombs turn out to be a ruse to attract viewership so the psychic Ace can render everyone watching the broadcast insane. The plan backfires when Ace turns her powers on the Joker, rendering him temporarily catatonic.
  • The character's legacy was responsible for a motorcycle gang's existence. The Joker is featured in the DCAU film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. He mysteriously returns to Gotham after having been presumed dead for 35 years. A flashback revealed that the Joker had kidnapped and tortured Tim Drake, turning Robin into an insane, miniature version of himself dubbed Joker Junior (voiced by Andrea Romano). While under the Joker's power, Robin had also revealed Batman's secret identity. After the Joker ordered Joker Junior to kill Batman, Joker Junior ultimately killed the villainous clown himself. In the unedited version, Joker Junior shoots him with the deadly "Bang" flag gun. In the edited version, Joker Junior pushes him into a room with hanging electrical wires and tanks of water then the Joker crashes into one and the wires slip down and then runs forward to get Joker Junior but instead slips and turns on the wires, electrocuting himself. As a twist, the Joker's future incarnation is actually none other than his final victim due to the Joker having implanted a microchip into Tim's brain which contained his DNA, memories and personality, transforming Drake into a genetic duplicate of himself with his own mind in control. The new Batman (Terry McGinnis) ultimately destroys the chip, saving the Joker's host and destroying the villain once and for all (in the DCAU continuity).
  • Although the Joker never directly appears in Justice League Unlimited, the episode "Fearful Symmetry" reveals that the five superpowered teens he used were originally from a Cadmus building and the first season finale "Epilogue" revealed that the Joker's genetic technology was originally Cadmus property as well.

The Batman (2004-2008)[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. Upon first being introduced he sports a purple and yellow straitjacket, fingerless gloves, bare feet. He has large green dreadlocks that are based off a Jester's hat, and red irisless 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 possesses the same wild hair and wears no shoes, save one episode. In "Clayface of Tragedy - Part 1", he is responsible of transforming Ethan Bennett into Clayface by mutating him using his "Joker-putty". In "Strange Mind", Batman and Hugo Strange travel into the Joker's mind and find the villain's former self, a low-level office worker who dreams of "making people laugh." In "The Laughing Bat", after tiring of being constantly thwarted by Batman, he decides to become Batman himself and disposes of the real Batman by administering him with Joker venom, driving him to the verge of insanity. In "Two of a Kind," the Joker says the same thing to Harley Quinn when she attempts therapy.

In the film The Batman vs. Dracula, 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 the Penguin's warnings, the 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. The 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. The Joker is unable to give him any information, for he is under Dracula's control. Batman eventually develops an antidote and cures the Joker, who seems to have lost his memory of being a vampire. Nonetheless, the Joker inadvertently reveals the location of Dracula's crypt and is sent back to Arkham.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011)[edit]

The Joker appears on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Jeff Bennett.

The first incarnation that appears is a heroic alternative reality version known as the Red Hood.[14] Red Hood was disfigured when he fell into a chemical vat after being actively dropped in by Owlman, leaving his sanity 'bent' but not 'broken'.[14] The second incarnation is the Joker himself. This version's appearance and personality is very similar to the Silver Age version as drawn by Dick Sprang.[15] He makes his debut in the episode "Game Over for Owlman!" when Batman is now a wanted fugitive. He later appears in "Emperor Joker!" along with his love Harley Quinn.

In the Scooby-Doo crossover created by Bat-Mite, a new incarnation (voiced by Corey Burton) appears. In typical Joker style, he takes over the episode "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!". Even the theme song is a 'Jokerized' version, with several of his fellow criminals shown.

Young Justice (2010-2013)[edit]

The Joker appears in the Young Justice cartoon series, voiced by Brent Spiner. In the episode "Revelations", he was part of the Injustice League and seen controlling Poison Ivy's plants all over the world.[16] As in the comics, it was he who discovered the Justice League's mountain hideout. He is apparently immune to telepathy.[17] He uses switchblades as weapons, similar to Heath Ledger's portrayal. He also has a fourth-wall awareness, shown when he looks at the camera and says "Admit it: you can't turn away".


A parallel earth, heroic version 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".

The Joker appears in the animated original movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, voiced by John DiMaggio. During a flashback, he was once an early version of Red Hood as several people have used the persona. Hired by Ra's al Ghul to distract Batman from the terrorist's plan to destroy the world economy, Joker lures the Dynamic Duo to Sarajevo, Bosnia, where he beats Jason Todd with a crowbar and leaves Robin to be killed by a bomb.

The Joker appears in the two-part adaption of The Dark Knight Returns, voiced by Michael Emerson.[18]

The Joker appears as the main antagonist alongside Lex Luthor in Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, an adaptation of the video game of the same name, with Christopher Corey Smith reprising his role.

The Joker appears as the main antagonist in Batman: Assault on Arkham, with Troy Baker reprising his role from Batman: Arkham Origins. Set in the Batman: Arkham video game universe, the Joker has hidden a bomb somewhere in Gotham to which Batman is trying find.

Other appearances[edit]

The Joker makes several appearances on Robot Chicken, voiced once again by Mark Hamill (in "But Not In That Way" and "Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack") and by Giovanni Ribisi (in the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise).

"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 the Joker taking over the Hall of Justice and the Super Friends running the gamut to reclaim it. The Joker is voiced by John Kassir.

The Joker appears in the animated special Lego Batman: Be-Leagured, with John DiMaggio reprising the role from Batman: Under the Red Hood.[19]

Video games[edit]

As Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker has appeared as a character or antagonist in several Batman-related video games.

The Joker's earliest video game appearance is in Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988), developed by Ocean Software. The game also features the Penguin, and allows the player to complete its two independent storylines in any order. In 1991, Batman: Return of the Joker (also known as Batman: Revenge of the Joker) featured the Joker in a platforming shoot-em-up game. The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1994) was based on the 1992 animated series and included the Joker alongside other characters. The game was released for the Super Nintendo as an action adventure platformer, while the Sega Genesis version was a side-scrolling shooter.[20]

The only game based on the Batman Beyond franchise, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) was released as a companion game to the animated film of the same name, set in a world where Batman has been forced to retire due to his age, and a new Batman has risen to take his place.[20] The Joker is a villain in Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003), 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 but isn't actually fought in the game. He sends a number of lunatics down to fight you instead. 2001's Batman: Vengeance is based on The New Batman Adventures, and starring its voice cast, including Mark 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.[21] 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, Mad Hatter, 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 during Batman: The Killing Joke.

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

The Joker appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, with Christopher Corey Smith reprising his role. He joins Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom, but then helps fight Brainiac. He temporarily gets hit with violet energy, filling him with love. Joker gets sent to jail with Lex and a miniature Brainiac at the end. His mocking of Brainiac soon turns into cowardice when he accidentally releases the alien villain from the bottle, as he and Luthor shiver in panic, Brainiac prepares to vengefully beat them up. The character has several incarnations that appear as separate playable characters: the original version, the 1960s television series version, The Dark Knight incarnation (via downloadable content) and the Batman Beyond era version (via downloadable content).

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe[edit]

The Joker is also a playable character in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, voiced by Richard Epcar.[22] The 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, the 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. the Joker now holds tournaments where contests fight to the death for his amusement, with the winner fighting him.

Batman: Arkham series[edit]

Troy Baker took over Mark Hamill's voice of the Joker.

The Joker as the main antagonist for the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, voiced once again by Mark Hamill. In the first game set in the Batman: Arkham video game universe, he takes over Arkham Asylum in an elaborate trap set for Batman, and combine Titan (a more potent version of Bane's Venom) with his army of thugs to create "an army of a thousand Banes". After foiling the other villains' agendas, Batman confronts a Titan-enhanced Joker atop Arkham. In the game's PlayStation 3 version, players are able to actually play the Challenge Maps as the Joker with thugs replaced by Arkham guards.[23][24]

The Joker appears as one of the main antagonists in the 2011 sequel Batman: Arkham City, voiced again by Mark Hamill. The Joker is locked up in the new city sized prison "Arkham City" operated by Hugo Strange and is involved in a gang war against the Penguin and Two-Face. It is revealed that he is slowly dying as a result of his exposure to the Titan formula. The Joker eventually succumbs to his disease and dies with a smile on his face. During the credits, he can be heard singing Only You (And You Alone). The Joker also appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown. The Batman: Arkham City version of Joker was awarded the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards "Character of the Year" award.[25]

The Joker appears as an antagonist in the 2013 prequel Batman: Arkham Origins, voiced by Troy Baker. This game is a prequel in the Batman: Arkham video game universe which focuses on the first meeting between Batman and the Joker as well as their conflicting philosophies. Before the game's plot, the Joker kidnaps and poses as Black Mask (Roman Sionis), planning to send Gotham into anarchy. To rid himself of Batman, "Black Mask" hires eight assassins to kill Batman. When Batman goes after Sionis at Gotham Merchants Bank, the Joker finally reveals himself. During the credits, he can be heard singing Cold, Cold Heart while being returned to his cell at Blackgate. The Joker is playable in the Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer mode. If a player controlling a Joker Elite gets to an entry gate as the Joker is demanding they let him in, the thug is replaced with 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. He is among the three criminal kingpins that takeover Blackgate following Toyman being blown up. The Batman: Arkham Origins depiction of the Joker has been widely praised. Critics have lauded the voice acting and the exploration of the Joker and Batman's relationship.

Despite his death in Arkham City, The Joker returns in Batman: Arkham Knight voiced once again by Mark Hamill as a hallucination caused by the residue of his blood in Batman and Batman's exposure to Scarecrow's fear toxin. In the final encounter with Scarecrow, Bruce is injected with fear toxin and has a nightmare where he becomes Joker himself and kills Batman's friends and foes and destroys Gotham. However, he is able to break free by showing the Joker his greatest fear, being forgotten after his death, and locks him in an Arkham-esque prison within his mind forever.

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, the Joker wakes up and pushes Quinn's corpse aside (whether she protected him willingly or the 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, the Joker promptly picks up the rocket launcher and fires it. Batman is shown later as having survived the attack, but Deathstroke is killed. Joker and Lex Luthor are the only survivors. In present Gotham City, he takes over a decrepit amusement park with Harley. In the hero campaign, the players help Batman in fighting the Joker who attacks the Special Crimes Unit’s inaugural ball in the Regal hotel. The player defeat the Joker who manages to escape. The 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, the 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.

The 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. The 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 the 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.

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

The Joker appears as a playable character in the DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, with Richard Epcar reprising his role from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. In an alternate universe, Joker tricked Superman into destroying Metropolis with a nuclear weapon, killing the residents, including Lois Lane (pregnant with Superman's child). Superman killed Joker in retaliation, losing moral compass and turns into a tyrant. In the normal universe, Joker was fighting Batman when they were accidentally recruited along with the heroes to stop Superman's Regime; Joker allies with Harley Quinn's heroic counterpart and her Joker clan to defeat Superman's alternate version, although an attempt at killing her after she was defeated by Lex Luthor's heroic counterpart as well as his being beaten by Luthor had her giving up on him, as well as being forced back to his dimension. Joker also appears in two different endings for the Classic Battle mode. In his own ending, although he failed to retain control of the Joker Clan in the Regime Universe, Joker nonetheless became convinced that a similar cult could be formed at his own universe, and was implied to have succeeded by causing enough terrorist attacks to force the people to make him ruler and create a dystopia under his rule. During other playable modes, Joker many alternate outfits: his 'mainstream' attire, his 'alternate' attire, his design from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, and the two attires (his tropical outfit and his Red Hood outfit) from Batman: The Killing Joke.

Infinite Crisis[edit]

The Joker will appear as a playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena game Infinite Crisis, voiced again by Richard Epcar. The Gaslight Earth version of the character is voiced by Fred Tatasciore, and the Atomic Earth version is voiced by Nolan North.


Published in 1990, The Further Adventures of The Joker (edited by Martin H. Greenberg) assembled 20 short stories about the Clown Prince of Crime. The content of its material ranged from macabre to campy. All of the stories featured in the book are considered non-canon in relation to mainstream DC Comics continuity.

In the short story "On a Beautiful Summer's Day, He Was" by Robert McCammon, the Joker is suggested to have been born a monster, not made one by circumstance. The story concerns him as a young boy named "Junior" who derives pleasure from killing small animals (the second and most serious component of the so-called "homicidal triad") and collecting their bones. The story notes that his father is also insane and demands his family "smile" at his jokes. In a chilling scene, he beats his wife demanding she laugh while the boy listens through the wall, grinning. The end of the story has him graduating to murder, killing a neighborhood boy who discovers his makeshift graveyard. The story identifies the Joker's last name as Napier.

In Best of All, another tale in the anthology, the Joker attempts to torment Batman by revealing that Leslie Thompkins is his mother. When Batman later questioned Leslie about the claim, she explained that earlier in her life she worked in an orphanage and she refereed to all of the boys and girls under her care as her "children", a young Joker being one of them. It is also revealed that the Joker murders his abusive, alcoholic father as a child, and spent years afterward in a mental institution.


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