Joker in other media

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Adaptations of the Joker in other media
Created byBill Finger
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson
Original sourceComics published by DC Comics
First appearanceBatman #1 (April 25, 1940)
Films and television
Film(s)Batman (1966)
Batman (1989)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Joker (2019)
Television
show(s)
Batman (1966)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
The New Batman Adventures (1997)
Justice League (2001)
The Batman (2004)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Justice League Action (2016)
Harley Quinn (2019)

The Joker, the archenemy of the fictional superhero Batman, has appeared in various media. WorldCat (a catalogue of libraries in 170 countries) records over 250 productions featuring the Joker as a subject, including films, television series, books, and video games.[1][2] Live-action films featuring the character are typically the most successful.[3]

The Joker has been portrayed by Cesar Romero in the 1966 Batman television series, Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman, Heath Ledger in the 2008 film The Dark Knight, and Jared Leto in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. Joaquin Phoenix will play the character in the 2019 solo origin story film Joker. Over the years, various actors have provided the character's voice in animated, motion comic, and video game form. Mark Hamill is often credited as the iconic voice of the Joker.[4][5]

Live-action[edit]

Television[edit]

Batman (1966–1968 TV series)[edit]

Cesar Romero as the Joker in Batman.

Cesar Romero portrayed the Joker in the 1960s Batman television series. Romero refused to shave his distinctive mustache for the role, so it was partially visible beneath the white face makeup applied.[6] This version of the Joker is based on the character in the 1960s comics, who is more of an elaborate prankster than a psychopathic murderer.[7]

Batman OnStar commercials (2000–2002)[edit]

The Joker was played by Curtis Armstrong in one of the six Batman OnStar commercials that ran from 2000 to 2002.[8]

Birds of Prey (2002–2003 TV series)[edit]

The Joker makes a cameo appearance in an episode of the 2002–2003 series Birds of Prey, portrayed by Roger Stoneburner and voiced by Mark Hamill (who has voiced the Joker in various DC projects).[9]

Gotham (2014–2019)[edit]

"One of the themes of the show has always been how people can always change themselves from one identity to another. So, with Cameron Monaghan's character, first with Jerome and then to Jeremiah, then from Jeremiah to this new character. Obviously, we were always saying that this character is not the Joker but we were always saying what are different elements of the Joker that we can actually use and bring out and develop? Weighing the way you can look at and say, hey, this character may not be the Joker but we can imagine how this character could have lead [sic] to a character like the Joker, down the road somewhere. So, to that I want to say, there are some elements, I'd say, of the character of the Joker himself that we see down the road that have not been present so far, either in Jerome or in Jeremiah. But those elements and characters are present in the new iteration of Jeremiah that comes out."[10]

—Showrunner John Stephens on the relation to the Joker

Precursors to the Joker appear throughout Gotham, a television series exploring the origins of the Batman lore. Believing that the Joker shouldn't precede Batman, showrunner Bruno Heller initially didn't want to use the character,[11] but later decided to "scratch the surface" of his origin because "this is America — nobody wants to wait."[12] Jerome Valeska, the mentally unhinged son of a nymphomaniac circus performer, was introduced as an homage to the Joker in an episode of the first season, portrayed by Cameron Monaghan.[13] While Monaghan wasn't comfortable drawing from the previous live-action actors who had played the Joker, he did take influence from Mark Hamill in his performance, as well as various comic books featuring the supervillain.[14] The character was brought back at the start of the second season but was promptly killed off in the third episode, after which various civilians begin imitating him and a voice-over proclaims that his legacy will be "death and madness". Bruno Heller explained in an interview that the intention was to create a deep-rooted mythology for the Joker's backstory, and that he is an inevitable part of Gotham City's history that didn't create himself out of nothing: "There's a tradition in forebears and ancestors of those characters that went into creating them. So, to me, Jerome is genuinely the mother and father of the Joker."[15]

Despite this, Jerome's revival was hinted at in the season two finale and he was resurrected for a three-episode arc in season three. According to executive producer Ken Woodruff, the intention was to "delve back into the mythology of the Joker, and characters that may or may not be the Joker -- but more likely characters that are an amalgamation of what we'll come to know as the Joker."[16] Jerome returned in the fourth season in which he gathers a team of supervillains to wreak havoc on Gotham City. Monaghan had pitched a storyline with Jerome at the start of the season, which the producers rejected but borrowed ideas from. Jerome is ultimately killed a second time, and his twin brother Jeremiah Valeska is introduced. After getting sprayed by Jerome's insanity-inducing gas, Jeremiah undergoes a Joker-like transformation and became a villainous presence on the show. Whereas Jerome was impulsive and anarchistic, Jeremiah is depicted as more calculating and intelligent.[17][18][19]

Neither Jeremiah nor Jerome are intended to be the Joker himself. According to showrunner John Stephens, "Jeremiah is not the Joker. What we've always gone with is that Joker is somewhere out there, and he's watching the actions of Jeremiah and Jerome and possibly even another one, and he's adopting them as inspirations as the person he'll one day become". Another precursor was introduced so that they could create someone with a personal attachment to Bruce Wayne, and so that they could adapt other aspects of the Joker not seen in Jerome.[20]

Monaghan reprised his role as Jeremiah in the fifth and final season, which portrays the character as having grown more arrogant after his plan succeeded at the end of season four, but still unsatisfied with the way he ended things with Bruce.[21] The actor took influence from David Bowie and Tim Curry from The Rocky Horror Picture Show for his performance as Jeremiah, but stated in January 2019 that "the character I most enjoyed playing is the one in the final episode that we haven't seen yet". However, he affirmed that this third and final character is not a biological triplet of Jerome and Jeremiah, but rather Jeremiah transformed into a more insane, radically altered persona that incapacitates everything that came before on the show after he falls into a vat of chemicals.[22][23] The same month, John Stephens reiterated that while Jeremiah would undergo a major transformation in Season 5, the full fledged Joker would not be appearing: "You never see a full transformation into the Joker, but you do see another transformation. Jeremiah undergoes another evolution in his character to become another amalgam of Jeremiah and Jerome that I think audiences are gonna look at and say, 'If it's not the Joker then it's definitely an antecedent or a proto-Joker that lives there'".[24]

Titans (2018)[edit]

Joker is shown as one of the several villains murdered by Batman in Trigon's reality.[25]

Powerless (2017)[edit]

The Joker makes a cameo in Powerless episode "Wayne or Lose".

Film[edit]

Batman (1966)[edit]

Cesar Romero reprised his role in the 1966 film Batman, in which the Joker is a member of the United Underworld, alongside fellow Gotham City villains the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman.

Batman (1989)[edit]

Jack Nicholson as the Joker in a publicity still for Batman (1989).

Jack Nicholson played the Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman. The Newsweek review of the film stated that the best scenes are due to the surreal black comedy portrayed in the Joker.[26] In 2003, American Film Institute ranked Nicholson's performance #45 on their list of 50 greatest film villains.[27] Hugo Blick[28] and David U. Hodges play younger versions of the character in flashbacks in Batman and Batman Forever, respectively.

In the film, Jack Napier is the right-hand man of mob boss Carl Grissom prior to his transformation into the Joker. During a confrontation with the vigilante Batman in a chemical factory, Napier's face is wounded by a ricocheting bullet and he falls into a vat of chemical waste, turning his skin white, his hair green and his lips red. A botched attempt at plastic surgery leaves him with a permanent rictus grin. Driven insane by his reflection, the Joker kills Grissom and takes over his syndicate, launching a crime wave designed to outdo Batman. The Joker describes himself as "the world's first fully functional homicidal artist" who makes avant-garde "art" by killing people with cosmetics laced with Smylex, which leaves its victims with a grotesque grin similar to his own.[29] Bruce Wayne later recognizes the Joker as the mugger who murdered his parents years ago, leading him down the path of becoming a crime-fighter. After telling Batman that they "made each other", the Joker attempts to escape via helicopter, but Batman ties a grappling hook around his leg and attaches it to a stone gargoyle, causing the Joker to fall to his death when the statue breaks loose of its moorings.

Nicholson was to reprise his role in Batman Unchained, the fifth film planned for the series.[30][31] The Joker was to return as a hallucination in Batman's mind caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin, and Harley Quinn was to appear as his daughter trying to get revenge on Batman for his death.[32] Due to the critical and commercial failure of Batman & Robin, this film was cancelled.

The Dark Knight (2008)[edit]

Heath Ledger played the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 film The Dark Knight. Ledger's interpretation of the character was specifically influenced by the graphic novels Batman: The Killing Joke and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. In the film, he wears the character's traditional colour palette, while his facial appearance includes clown makeup that covers facial scars of a Glasgow smile. This version of the Joker embodies themes of chaos, anarchy, and obsession; he expresses a desire to upset social order through crime, and defines himself by his conflict with Batman. The character explores techniques found in Ledger's previous performances, including his clown act in Terry Gilliam's fantasy film The Brothers Grimm. It also references paintings by artist Francis Bacon, Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange, and various punk rock musicians.

The Joker is considered to be Ledger's finest performance; he himself regarded it as his most enjoyable. When the film was released in July 2008, six months after the actor had died from an accidental prescription drug overdose, the performance caused a sensation and received universal acclaim; Ledger was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[33][34]

DC Extended Universe (2013–present)[edit]

Jared Leto as the Joker in a promotional poster for Suicide Squad (2016).

Jared Leto portrays the Joker in the DC Extended Universe.[35] Originally set to appear in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the character was ultimately cut and only referenced in the film.[36][37]

Jared Leto debuts as the Joker in David Ayer's 2016 film Suicide Squad.[38] Flashbacks reveal that the Joker manipulated psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel into falling in love with him during his time as her patient at Arkham Asylum. He eventually managed to convince Dr. Quinzel to free him, and he electrocuted her before taking her to the Ace Chemicals plant. Quinzel then voluntarily fell into the solution that created her lover, bleaching her skin and completing her transformation into Harley Quinn.[39] At some point, the Joker killed his archenemy Batman's partner, Robin, with Harley's help. Quinn was ultimately apprehended and forced into joining Amanda Waller's government task force composed of captured supervillains.[40] In the present day narrative, the Joker attempts to extract Harley from the task force. He tortures one of Waller's security officers for the location of the facility where the nano explosives used as leverage over the criminals are manufactured, and threatens an A.R.G.U.S. scientist there to disable the bomb implanted in Harley's neck. After commandeering a military helicopter, the Joker and his men rescue Harley during the task force's mission in Midway City. The chopper is shot down, however, and Harley falls out while the Joker seemingly perishes in the explosion, prompting Quinn to rejoin the task force. After the "Suicide Squad" defeat the Enchantress, the Joker, who survived the crash, breaks into Belle Reve Prison with his gang to free Harley from her cell, and the pair reunite as the movie ends. Critics praised Jared Leto's performance despite his character's negligible screen time.[41][42] Mark Hamill, the voice of the Joker in various DC projects, said that he "loved" Leto's take on the character.[43][44] Although many scenes featuring the Joker were omitted from the theatrical release, some of this unused footage did make it into the extended cut.[45][46] Leto also appeared as the Joker in the music video "Purple Lamborghini", by Skrillex and Rick Ross, from the film's soundtrack.[47]

Jared Leto is set to reprise his role in multiple upcoming DCEU instalments, including Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, an as-of-yet untitled film centred on the Joker and Harley Quinn, and a solo film focused on the character with the studio's intent being that the film will "pave the way" for all other Suicide Squad-related projects.[48][49][50][51][52]

Joker (2019)[edit]

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in Joker (2019).

In August 2017, Warner Bros. announced that a Joker origin film was in development with a plot that takes place in Gotham City during the 1980s as a "hard-boiled crime drama" set outside of the DC Extended Universe. Directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay co-written with Scott Silver, Joker will be released on October 4, 2019.[53][54][55][56] On July 14, 2018, Joaquin Phoenix was cast as the film's lead Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who becomes the titular villain in this incarnation.[57] The supporting cast includes Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Josh Pais, and Douglas Hodge.[58][59][60] Lawrence Sher acts as the project's director of photography while Bradley Cooper serves as a producer.[61][62] In August 2018, it was reported that the film will carry a modest $55 million budget and likely receive an R rating due to female nudity.[63] Principal photography commenced in September 2018 and concluded that December.[64][65]

Theatre[edit]

The Joker appears in the 2011 theatrical production Batman Live, portrayed by Mark Frost. He masterminds a plot to defeat Batman by uniting several of the superhero's greatest foes, including Harley Quinn, Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Scarecrow.[66][67] The show is an adaptation of the Batman property, drawing inspiration from the 1966 television series, Tim Burton's series of Batman films, and the 1992 animated series, among others.[66][68][69]

Animation[edit]

Television[edit]

Filmation[edit]

The Joker appears as a recurring villain in the 1968–1969 Filmation series The Adventures of Batman, voiced by Larry Storch.[70] He also appears in five episodes of Filmation's 1977 series The New Adventures of Batman, voiced by Lennie Weinrib.[71]

Hanna-Barbera[edit]

Storch reprises his role as the Joker in two crossover episodes of the 1972 series The New Scooby-Doo Movies, in which he teams up with the Penguin and runs afoul of Batman, Robin and the Mystery Inc. gang.

The Joker appears in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985–1986) episode "The Wild Cards", voiced by Frank Welker.[72][73] He assists Darkseid by disguising himself as Ace, the leader of the Royal Flush Gang.

DC animated universe[edit]

Mark Hamill voiced the Joker for various projects, beginning with the DC animated universe.

The Joker appears in various animated series set within the DC animated universe, voiced by Mark Hamill, who is often credited as the iconic voice of the character because of his wide range of "joyful, gleeful, maniacal, [...] malevolent and evil laughs."[4][5] The Joker first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995). The show is notable for introducing his sidekick and lover, Harley Quinn, to such popularity that she became a character in the comics. The Joker was also featured in the spin-off film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).[74]

The Joker returned in the follow-up series The New Batman Adventures (1997–1999) with a stylistic redesign. His white skin now had a bluish-grey tinge, while his eyes had their sclerae removed, and were replaced by cavernous black spaces with white pupils. His trademark red lips were omitted, focusing more attention on his teeth, and his green hair was darkened. His suit's colours were also changed from purple and yellow to purple and green. In the Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000) episode "World's Finest", the Joker travels to Metropolis and makes a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman. In the Justice League (2001–2006) episodes "Injustice For All" and "Wild Cards", the Joker joins Luthor's Injustice League, and pits the Justice League against the Royal Flush Gang as part of an elaborate ruse, respectively. In "A Better World", a lobotomised Joker is briefly seen in an alternate universe ruled by the Justice Lords. The Joker was later featured in the Static Shock (2000–2004) episode "The Big Leagues", in which he starts a crime spree.

The Joker made his final chronological appearance in the direct-to-video feature film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000), in which he mysteriously returns to Gotham City forty years in the future, apparently unaged since his battles with the original Batman. Flashbacks reveal that before he died, the Joker kidnapped and tortured Robin (Tim Drake), turning him into an insane, miniature version of himself dubbed 'Joker Junior', learning Batman's secret identity in the process. The Joker's death was edited and redubbed amid controversy surrounding the Columbine High School massacre; the original version sees Joker Junior shoot the Joker in the heart, whereas the edited version simply sees him push the Joker into damaged cables to be electrocuted out of sight. However, a microchip implanted in Drake's neck was revealed to have possessed a copy of the Joker's consciousness and DNA, allowing him to take over his host until he is defeated by the new Batman (Terry McGinnis).

The Batman (2004–2008)[edit]

The Joker appears in The Batman, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.[75] This version has long dreadlock hair, is barefoot, and initially wore an Arkham Asylum straitjacket before later adopting his signature purple suit. The Joker also appears in the direct-to-video spin-off film The Batman vs. Dracula (2005).

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

The Joker appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Jeff Bennett.[75] His appearance and personality are similar to the Silver Age version drawn by Dick Sprang. His counterpart on a parallel earth is a vigilante known as the Red Hood.

Young Justice (2010–2013, 2019)[edit]

The Joker appears as a member of the Injustice Gang in Young Justice, voiced by Brent Spiner.[76][75]

Teen Titans Go! (2013–present)[edit]

The Joker makes multiple unspoken appearances in Teen Titans Go!.

Justice League Action (2016–present)[edit]

The Joker appears in Justice League Action, with Mark Hamill reprising his role.[77][75]

Harley Quinn (2019)[edit]

The Joker will appear in the upcoming series Harley Quinn, with Alan Tudyk providing the voice.[78]

Film[edit]

Troy Baker voiced the Joker in Batman: Assault on Arkham, reprising his role from the video game Batman: Arkham Origins.

Video games[edit]

As Batman's nemesis, the Joker has appeared in several Batman-related video games.

Early appearances (1988–2003)[edit]

The Joker's earliest video game appearance was in Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988) developed by Ocean Software for 8-bit home computers such as the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 and by Data East for other platforms such as the Apple II, Commodore Amiga, and PC.[86] The game contains two parts that can be played in any order—the Joker's story or the Penguin's story.[87] The Joker also appears in several games based on the 1989 film, released between 1989–1992, including Batman: The Movie for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and ZX Spectrum;[88] Batman: The Video Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy;[87] Batman for the Genesis;[87] and an arcade game, Batman.[89]

Two games were released based on Batman: The Animated Series. The first was the Konami-developed game Batman: The Animated Series (1993) for Game Boy.[90] The second, The Adventures of Batman & Robin, was released for the Super NES as an action adventure platform and for Genesis as a side-scrolling shooter.[87] The only game based on the Batman Beyond franchise, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, was released as a companion to the eponymous film for Game Boy Color, PlayStation and Nintendo 64.[87] Batman: Vengeance (2001) was released for several platforms, based on The New Batman Adventures and starring its voice cast, including Mark Hamill as the Joker.

The Joker is featured in the platform game Batman: Return of the Joker, released for the NES in 1991 and the Genesis in 1992.[87] Other games include Batman: Chaos in Gotham (2001) for Game Boy Color, Justice League: Injustice for All (2002) for Game Boy Advance, and Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003) for GameCube and Xbox. The Joker also makes a cameo in Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003), released for several platforms.

Lego[edit]

  • The Joker is a playable character in Lego Batman: The Videogame (2008), voiced by Steven Blum.[91] He leads a group of villains—Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, and Killer Moth—to spread his toxin in Gotham City.
  • The Joker returns in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012), voiced by Christopher Corey Smith. He breaks out of Arkham Asylum using "The Deconstructor", a kryptonite-powered weapon developed by Lex Luthor.
  • Smith reprises his role as the Joker in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014), who joins Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom. There are several versions of the character with different abilities and costumes.
  • The Joker is a playable character in Lego Dimensions (2015), voiced again by Smith. In the story mode, he is a member of Lord Vortech's army of villains that face off against the three main heroes (Batman, Wyldstyle, and Gandalf) in Springfield from The Simpsons. He is also featured in the story mode for The Lego Batman Movie, voiced by Andre Sogliuzzo.
  • The Joker is one of the main characters in Lego DC Super-Villains, with Mark Hamill assuming the role from Smith.[92][93] He & Harley Quinn are first seen breaking into Wayne Tech until they were captured by Batman, but are freed when Green Lantern accidentally hits Solomon Grundy into the Batwing. After they're freed, the duo later escape from the Gotham Clock Tower until their getaway helicopter is crashed by Lex Luthor & Mercy Graves. Later, Joker recruits Riddler, Scarecrow & Clayface to get his joy buzzer (and the rest of their equipment) at the Gotham City Police Department. Their break-in was successful until the Joker's truck crashed into the Iceberg Lounge, knocking him unconscious. Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD arrest him, sending him to Arkham Asylum. Joker later breaks out of Arkham with the help of Solomon Grundy, Malcolm Merlyn, Captain Cold, Reverse-Flash and Livewire where the latter and Joker escape from an experiment of Hugo Strange. Afterwards, he works with Clayface, Harley Quinn, & Sinestro to free Black Adam from the Gotham City Museum of History's Egyptian exhibit from Kahndaq. After a Boom tube malfunction caused by Lex Luthor, he, Harley, & the Rookie are transported to the planet, Apokolips, where they unexpectedly encounter Darkseid at his citadel before the trio is saved by the Justice League. The Joker later travels to Nanda Parbat with Batman and the Flash to meet up with the League of Shadows to stop the forces of Darkseid. Following Darkseid's defeat, he escapes the Justice League with the rest of the Legion of Doom regardless of what choice the Rookie makes.

Batman: Arkham[edit]

The Joker's character design for the main trilogy of the Batman: Arkham franchise.[94][95]

Mark Hamill reprises his role as the Joker in the main trilogy of the Batman: Arkham franchise,[96][97] while Troy Baker voices a younger version of the character in the prequel Arkham Origins.[98] This depiction of the Joker has received widespread acclaim, as critics have lauded the voice acting and exploration of his rivalry with Batman.[99][100][101][102] The Joker won the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards "Character of the Year" award for his appearance in Arkham City.[103]

  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), the Joker takes over Arkham Island in an elaborate trap set for Batman. He releases all of the inmates and injects his thugs with the "Titan formula", a more potent version of Bane's Venom drug, to create an army of genetically-enhanced henchmen. After foiling the other freed villains' agendas, Batman confronts and defeats the Titan-enhanced Joker atop Arkham Asylum. In the PlayStation 3 version, the Joker is a playable character in Challenge Maps where opposing thugs are replaced with Arkham guards.[104][105]
  • In Batman: Arkham City (2011), the Joker is involved in a gang war with Two-Face and the Penguin in Professor Hugo Strange's new city-sized prison "Arkham City". The Joker infects Batman with his poisoned blood after it is revealed that he is slowly dying as a result of his Titan overdose in Arkham Asylum, thus motivating Batman to find a cure for them both. Despite Batman's best efforts, however, the Joker ultimately succumbs to the disease and dies. During the credits, he can be heard singing Only You (And You Alone). The Joker also appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.
  • The prequel Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) features the Joker and Batman's first encounter. The Joker kidnaps and poses as "Black Mask" (voiced by Brian Bloom[106]) and uses the crime lord's vast wealth to hire eight assassins (consisting of Killer Croc, Deathstroke, Firefly, Copperhead, Deadshot, Electrocutioner, Shiva, and Bane) to kill the new vigilante in Gotham City on Christmas Eve. After being apprehended by Batman, the Joker meets and shares his past with Dr. Harleen Quinzel at Blackgate Prison before escaping and taking over the penitentiary. The Joker then attempts to corrupt Batman by coaxing him into killing Bane but fails and realizes that his nemesis is his philosophical opposite, thus beginning his obsession with the Dark Knight. During the credits, he can be heard singing Cold, Cold Heart. The Joker is playable in the game's multiplayer mode, and he also appears in Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate.
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight (2015), Batman begins to hallucinate the Joker when the residue of the latter's blood in his system mixes with Scarecrow's fear gas, causing the Dark Knight to experience his nemesis' memories of Barbara Gordon's crippling and Jason Todd's torture. The Joker's blood also infected four other individuals: Henry Adams, Johnny Charisma, Christina Bell, and Albert King. Each of them develop aspects of the Joker's personality and appearance, though they are all ultimately killed. Batman is eventually able to fully break free from the Joker's influence and locks him away within his mind. During the credits, the Joker can be heard singing Look Who's Laughing Now. He also appears in the Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC story.
  • At the end of the PlayStation game Batman: Arkham VR (2016), the events of which are set before Batman: Arkham Knight, the Joker possesses Batman and kills Nightwing and Robin. The entire game is then revealed to be a nightmare in Batman's mind.

Injustice[edit]

  • The Joker appears as a playable character in Injustice: Gods Among Us, voiced by Richard Epcar. In an alternate universe, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which detonates a nuclear bomb that destroys Metropolis, killing millions of its citizens. Driven insane, Superman murders this Joker and takes over Earth with the Regime. The primary universe's version nearly destroys Metropolis with a nuclear bomb as well, but he is accidentally transported to the Regime universe when the Insurgency versions of Batman and Lex Luthor bring most of the Justice League to their world. The Joker is ultimately defeated by Luthor of the Insurgency and taken back to the primary universe by Batman's prime version.
  • The Joker returns as a playable character in Injustice 2, with Richard Epcar reprising the role.[75] While still deceased in the alternate universe, he appears as a hallucination to Harley Quinn caused by Scarecrow's fear gas. Refusing to let the Joker be abusive, Harley defeats the hallucination and breaks free of the toxin's influence. Character dialogue indicates that the Joker is either the primary universe iteration, a fear toxin hallucination of the alternate iteration, or that he tricked Nekron into restoring him to life. After executing Brainiac in his single-player ending, the Joker mixes Earth with a number of alien civilisations and watches as the people begin to slaughter each other.[107]

Telltale's Batman[edit]

"John Doe" in a promotional image for Batman: The Enemy Within.

Anthony Ingruber voices the Joker, initially referred to as "John Doe", in Telltale Games' episodic point-and-click graphic adventure Batman video game series.[108]

  • The Joker makes his debut in the first season, titled Batman: The Telltale Series.[109] Bruce Wayne meets "John Doe" for the first time as a patient at Arkham Asylum. John gives Bruce information regarding the Children of Arkham's plans before starting a prison riot. John is among the inmates present during Lady Arkham's siege of the asylum, and is later seen at a bar in Gotham City watching Bruce/Batman on live television.
  • The Joker returns in the second season, titled Batman: The Enemy Within.[110] Agency director Amanda Waller reveals that after being discharged from Arkham, "John Doe" joined a criminal cabal called "The Pact", consisting of the Riddler, Bane, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, and John's former psychiatrist Harley Quinn, whom John claims to be in love with. When Riddler nearly jeopardises their plans, John betrays him by giving Bruce sufficient information to arrest him. John later recruits Bruce into the organisation and, after secretly deducing that he is Batman, helps him uncover the group's plan to steal the LOTUS virus from a rogue division of the Agency called SANCTUS. After Harley betrays the Pact to escape with the virus, John helps Bruce search for her at a defunct carnival and murders several Agency operatives. Bruce confronts John and either retains his trust or shatters their friendship. The former choice results in John helping Bruce to apprehend Harley, while the latter decision leads to John saving Harley and vowing to become Batman's mortal enemy. Adopting the identity of the "Joker", John either becomes a ruthless vigilante set on bringing Waller to "justice" by any means necessary, or transforms into a psychopathic criminal intent on psychologically torturing Bruce. Regardless of the choices the player makes, Batman ultimately defeats Joker and sends him back to Arkham Asylum. He is last seen in his cell being visited by Bruce or vowing to return.

Other games[edit]

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