Joker in other media
|Adaptations of the Joker in other media|
|Created by||Jerry Robinson (concept)
|Original source||Comics published by DC Comics|
|First appearance||Batman #1 (Spring 1940)|
|Films and television|
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Suicide Squad (2016)
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, 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.
- 1 Live-action
- 2 Animation
- 2.1 Earlier appearances
- 2.2 DC animated universe
- 2.3 The Batman
- 2.4 Krypto the Superdog
- 2.5 Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- 2.6 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
- 2.7 DC Super Friends
- 2.8 Batman: Under the Red Hood
- 2.9 Young Justice
- 2.10 The Dark Knight Returns
- 2.11 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
- 2.12 Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite
- 2.13 Son of Batman
- 2.14 Batman: Assault on Arkham
- 2.15 Robot Chicken
- 2.16 Lego Batman: Be-Leagured
- 3 Video games
- 3.1 Batman: Dark Tomorrow
- 3.2 Batman: Vengeance
- 3.3 Lego Batman: The Videogame
- 3.4 Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
- 3.5 Batman: Arkham Asylum
- 3.6 DC Universe Online
- 3.7 Batman: Arkham City
- 3.8 Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- 3.9 Injustice: Gods Among Us
- 3.10 Batman: Arkham Origins
- 3.11 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
- 3.12 Infinite Crisis
- 3.13 Batman: Arkham Knight
- 4 Prose
- 5 References
The first 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.
Batman (TV series) and Batman (1966 film)
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.
Batman (1989 film)
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. In 2003, American Film Institute named Nicholson's performance #45 out of 50 greatest film villains.
Canceled fifth film
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. 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. 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.
OnStar commercials and Birds of Prey
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.
The Dark Knight (2008)
The origin story of the Joker is being worked into in the first season of Gotham, with Easter eggs and teasers on the character placed throughout the season. 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.
Suicide Squad (2016)
- The Joker appeared as a recurring villain in the 1968-1969 Filmation series The Adventures of Batman, voiced by Larry Storch.
- Storch reprises his role for two crossover episodes of the 1972 series The New Scooby-Doo Movies. In both episodes, he teams up with Penguin and runs afoul of Batman, Robin, and the Mystery Inc. gang.
- He also appears in five episodes of Filmation's 1977 series The New Adventures of Batman voiced by Lennie Weinrib.
- The Joker makes an appearance in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians episode "The Wild Cards" voiced by Frank Welker. This episode features a version of the Royal Flush Gang. The leader of the group Ace turns out to be a disguised Joker assisting in Darkseid's latest plot. Batman deduced Joker's masquerade upon noticing that the Joker's house of cards fortress was short the Joker's namesake card.
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.
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.
Krypto the Superdog
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
The first incarnation that appears is a heroic alternative reality version known as the Red Hood. Shown to be an extremely capable fighter, he able to hold his own against multiple members of the Injustice Syndicate and wields projectile weapons shaped like spades (a reference to his mainstream counterpart's playing card motif). At his hideout in the Ace Chemical Plant, 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'. Red Hood tries to rally his world's heroes (alternate versions of the villains from the 'normal' universe) against the Injustice Syndicate but they are defeated. In the episode "Deep Cover for Batman!", Red Hood tries to use a device to recruit help from the 'mainstream' Earth but he is captured by the Injustice Syndicate. During scenes in this episode, Red Hood's face is shown in shadow with a bit of green hair and a wide grin that clearly resembles the Joker. After the heroes are freed and the villains defeated, Red Hood thanks Batman and hopes his counterpart can return the favor.
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. He makes his debut in the episode "Game Over for Owlman!" when Batman is now a wanted fugitive. Batman has no option but to team up with the Joker to stop Owlman's crime spree especially when Owlman was upstaging the 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'.
The Joker makes an appearance in the episode "Legends of the Dark Mite!" along with the Penguin and other Batman villains. The Joker appears in the teaser to the episode "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!" when he's 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. The 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. The 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.
The episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!" shows a Future with a third version of the character. After the original Joker discovers he has six months to live, he creates a 'son,' aka Joker Jr., to destroy Batman's image. Joker Jr. wrecks the Batman Museum, killing Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in the process in front of Damian Wayne. The second Batman goes after him but is captured and is told Joker Jr.'s origin, and shown a plan to spray Gotham with the Joker gas from a Batman statue. However, the new Robin 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.
In the Scooby-Doo crossover created by Bat-Mite, a fourth 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. 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.
The Joker reappears in the episode "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 which were all substituting due to Batman being critically injured. Fortunately, Batman makes a special exosuit to free the others and foil the Joker. In one last attempt to kill the Dark Knight, the Joker tries to electrocute his nemesis 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 the episode "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, the 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, Joker managed to make his escape. He later met up with Lex Luthor and 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, the 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.
The Joker appears in the opening for the episode "Powerless", where he has assembled the group 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 the episode "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, the Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Kite Man, Gentleman Ghost, Black Manta, the 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 the Joker tried to escape, Jeff got in his way and knocked him out. His final appearance was in the finale "Mitefall" as one of the guests at the series cancellation party set up by Ambush Bug. He was mainly seen alongside Harley.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
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".
DC Super Friends
"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.
Batman: Under the Red Hood
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. Several years later, Batman and Nightwing goes to Joker for information in Arkham Asylum about the new version of Red Hood. Joker merely taunts Batman about Robin's death and then reveals that there is no connection. After Red Hood's murderous attacks, Black Mask hires Joker to kill Red Hood. However, Joker kidnaps Red Hood's eight underbosses and Black Mask then holds them hostage inside an oil tanker. With Red Hood's actions designed to lure Joker away from Arkham's safety to could kill him, Red Hood beats, kidnaps and brings Joker to Crime Alley. Batman is then forced to either kill Jason or Joker, but Batman refuses to do either and disarms Todd. Joker prevents Batman from stopping Jason's bomb 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 Todd disappears. Joker is then sent back to Arkham.
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. As in the comics, it was he who discovered the Justice League's mountain hideout. He is apparently immune to telepathy. 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".
The Dark Knight Returns
The Joker appears in the two-part adaption of The Dark Knight Returns, voiced by Michael Emerson. In the first part, he 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, the Joker goes on a few more acts of murderous rampage, killing 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 civilians on the way. Batman becomes enraged and breaks the Joker's neck after a struggle, paralyzing him. The Joker, however, proclaims that Batman will be hunted as a murderer for his death, meaning that he has won. He then breaks his own neck, killing himself.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
A statue of the original version of Red Hood can be seen inside the Batcave at the end of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite
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.
Son of Batman
Batman: Assault on Arkham
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. The Joker is first seen taunting Harley Quinn during the Suicide Squad's mission within Arkham Asylum. He angers Harley to the point where Quinn fires a hail of bullets in his prison cell, attempting to kill him after he threw her out of a moving car a few months ago. The Joker then found a way to escape from his cell and set off to get his clothes and the bomb, which he hid in Harley's mallet. After the Joker and Harley rekindled their "relationship," they escaped Arkham with the mallet. They secretly boarded Deadshot's stolen helicopter. After a short duel on the copter, it crashed into a building. While Batman took down Harley and tried to disarm the bomb, Joker and Deadshot fought a few levels above. For most of the fight, the Joker seemed to be winning, but eventually Deadshot gained the upper hand despite suffering from severe injuries. As Deadshot trapped the Joker in the falling helicopter, the Clown Prince of Crime merely laughed as the helicopter was falling to the streets below and into his apparent death. However, Amanda Waller later revealed that the Joker's body was never found (as the Clown Prince of Crime later appears in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City).
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).
Lego Batman: Be-Leagured
The Joker appears in numerous Batman-related video games:
Batman: Dark Tomorrow
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 but isn't actually fought in the game. He sends a number of lunatics down to fight you instead.
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
The Joker is a playable character in Lego Batman: The Videogame, with his vocal effects provided by Steven Blum. 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.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
The Joker is also a playable character in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, voiced by Richard Epcar. 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 Asylum
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.
DC Universe Online
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.
Batman: Arkham City
The Joker appears as one of the main antagonists in the 2011 sequel Batman: Arkham City, voiced again by Mark Hamill. In the second game set in the Batman: Arkham video game universe, the Joker is locked up in the new city sized prison "Arkham City" operated by Hugo Strange and is involved in a turf 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. After finding the Joker, Batman is captured and infected with a sample of the villain's diseased blood, contracting the same disease. The Joker also informs the Dark Knight that he has sent dozens of samples of his blood out to Gotham, forcing Batman to try and find a cure. After Batman stops Strange's plans, the Dark Knight confronts the Clown Prince of Crime but Talia al Ghul kills the "Joker" 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, the Joker attempts to make himself immortal with Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pit only for Batman to stop the Clown Prince of Crime. When Batman cures himself, the Joker accidentally destroys the last of the cure when he stabs Batman, causing the vial to drop. When Batman says to the Joker "Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done, I would have saved you," the Joker laughs and responds "That actually is...pretty funny..." before succumbing to the disease and dying with a smile on his face. Batman carries the Joker's corpse 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. His death is the influence for Harley Quinn to pursue revenge upon Batman in the expansion Harley Quinn's Revenge.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Injustice: Gods Among Us
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.
Batman: Arkham Origins
The Joker appears as the main antagonist in the 2013 prequel Batman: Arkham Origins, voiced by Troy Baker (for the first time). 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. Later, the Joker holds a meeting with the remaining assassins in the Gotham Royal Hotel, which the Joker has taken over. During the meeting, he reveals himself to the assassins, then kills Electrocutioner when the assassin shows disrespect. When Batman arrives, he destroys a construction site just for fun, which infuriates Batman appalled by the Joker's actions thus far. He attempts to pummel the Clown Prince of Crime, but is attacked by Bane fighting Batman on the veranda with the Joker egging them on. When the GCPD arrive, the Joker shoots at them and the fleeing Bane. Bane fires a rocket at the Joker which knocks him from the top of the hotel, but Batman manages to save him. The Joker becomes troubled with Batman's choice to save him and becomes obsessed with the Dark Knight. Later at Blackgate, the Joker is questioned by psychologist Harleen Quinzel and confesses the workings of his own troubled mind while Harleen begins to fall for him. During this time, the Joker is actually playable, with a move set that includes vicious kicks and jabs, throwing cards and a lethal handshake via joy buzzer as well as his Red Hood guise. In the end, the Joker believes he and Batman were destined to meet each other. In the final confrontation, Batman fights Bane once more, but the Joker puts himself in an electric chair that will kill him unless Bane dies. Batman finds a loophole and defeats Bane. Later, Batman finds the 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 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. Using the warden's secret escape route, the Joker broke into the Administration building and took him hostage. Deciding to make the place his "new winter, spring, summer and fall home," the Joker proceeded to decorate the place in his own twisted style, while trapping the warden in booby-trapped room. Since the access codes were in his possession, the Joker later came face to face with Batman again; he refused to simply handover the codes and left Batman to find the Warden. The 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, the Joker kills them and escapes while disguised as one of them.
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.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
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).
Batman: Arkham Knight
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, representing Batman's fears of his long ties to the Joker and his concern for his allies as the crisis escalates. Joker's blood also caused four other people to become more Joker-like, with Batman keeping an eye on them until one breaks out and kills the other three (Although he then kills himself when he realizes that Batman is also infected). Batman also sees hallucinations that recreate Joker paralyzing Barbara and torturing Jason Todd. 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. However, he is able to break free by showing the Joker his greatest fear, being forgotten after his death, and locks him in Arkham within his mind forever.
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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