DC - batman: the killing joke /tags/batman-the-killing-joke en Five Batman Facts You Think Are True...But Aren't /blog/2020/11/04/five-batman-facts-you-think-are-truebut-arent <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Five Batman Facts You Think Are True...But Aren&#039;t</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Do you consider yourself a Batman expert? Have you spent hours reading everything related to the Caped Crusader? Well, if you think you know Batman, think again. There are many misconceptions floating around about the Dark Knight and his world and some of them may surprise you. It’s well known that Batman thrives on rumors, exaggerations and myths to make him more frightening to the criminals of Gotham. However, some of them have gotten so out of hand that even the fans believe them! Here are five things that you probably think are true about Batman…but aren’t.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/batman-alfred-page_5fa1ccb6621b22.29102178.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 728px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Myth #1: Alfred raised Bruce from childhood and helped him begin his vigilante career.</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Truth: </strong>Alfred is a late addition to the Batman saga. He wasn’t introduced to the story until Batman had already met Robin, Joker, Catwoman and most of his rogues gallery. By the time Alfred met Bruce Wayne, in 1943’s <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-16/digital-comic/T0037600165001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">Batman #16</a></em>, he had already been operating as the Caped Crusader for years. In fact, Alfred was initially unaware of Bruce’s double life until he accidentally discovered the Batcave.</p> <p>Think that’s shocking? Just wait! Did you know that for a long time the beloved butler was treated as a joke? While modern books portray Alfred as Bruce’s wise, dry-witted surrogate father, for years he was somewhat dimwitted and not all that great at his job. Check out 1944’s <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-22/digital-comic/T0037600225001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #22</a></em> for an example of how Alfred was initially portrayed.</p> <p><strong>Why the Myth Persists: </strong>The idea of Alfred raising Bruce was first seen in the <em><a href="/tv/super-friends-1973-1974" target="_blank">Super Friends</a></em> episode “The Fear” in 1985 and then became part of comic book canon in Modern Age continuity. This backstory was also used in the 1989 <em><a href="/movies/batman-1989" target="_blank">Batman</a> </em>movie, Chris Nolan’s <em><a href="/movies/batman-begins-2005" target="_blank">Batman Begins</a></em> and the television series <em><a href="/tv/gotham" target="_blank">Gotham.</a></em> Most of the world has known Alfred as the man who raised Bruce, and comic book fans have known no other version since 1987. So, it’s not hard for fans to mistakenly believe this has always been the case. (It’s probably the best version of the story anyway.)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/bruce-wayne-discovers-batcave_5fa1ccd6137ee2.50521675.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 391px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Myth #2: Wayne Manor is the house Bruce Wayne grew up in.</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Truth: </strong>Bruce didn’t purchase Wayne Manor until he was an adult. In <em>Detective 24ֱ #205</em>, Bruce tells Dick about the day he bought his luxurious home. Readers are treated to a flashback where a realtor shows Bruce the mansion and the millionaire secretly muses about how this will be the home that launches his crimefighting career.</p> <p><strong>Why the Myth Persists:</strong> We all love continuity, but in the early days of comics, it wasn’t strictly observed. Stories were inconsistent on the origins of Wayne Manor, and it was later established as the Wayne family home for generations. "The Return of Bruce Wayne" details the construction of the Manor and what it meant for Bruce’s ancestors. Most flashbacks to Bruce’s childhood show him growing up in Wayne Manor, making the <em>Detective 24ֱ #205</em> flashback puzzling to today's Bat-fans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/batman-robin-golden-age-origin_5fa1cceeb34e34.47681456.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 718px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Myth #3: Bruce Wayne adopted Dick Grayson because he knew the boy needed a family.</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Truth: </strong>When Bruce began training Dick as Robin, he had no intention of keeping him. Robin existed to help catch Boss Zucco, then Dick was supposed to return to his life as a traveling acrobat. Check out 1940’s <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-38/digital-comic/T0039000385001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Detective 24ֱ #38</a></em> if you think we’re making this up.</p> <p>After Boss Zucco is arrested, Bruce tells Dick he’s going back to the circus and the only reason Robin sticks around is because he insists on it. Nowhere in the story is there any mention of Dick being Bruce’s ward or long-term plans to raise the boy. In fact, if you check out the original story, Bruce never gets custody of Dick, Batman just takes the orphan into his car and they drive away from the circus without telling anyone. Five years later, <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-32/digital-comic/T0037600325001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #32</a></em> expanded upon the origin story with Bruce forcing Dick to retire as Robin after he avenged his parents’ death and the Boy Wonder going to great lengths to convince Batman to make him his permanent partner. <em>Batman #213</em>, which came out decades later in 1969, is the first version of the origin story that shows Bruce legally gaining custody of Dick.</p> <p><strong>Why the Myth Persists</strong>: Robin’s origin has been retold many times and over time those retellings have cleaned up some of the bugs in the Golden Age narrative. In most cases, Bruce takes Dick in because he sees a kindred spirit and wants to give the orphan a better life. Dick becoming Robin is usually an afterthought to the adoption process. This was the case in <a href="/blog/2018/11/20/titans-reimagining-an-iconic-batman-storyline" target="_blank">"Batman: Year Three,"</a> <em><a href="/tv/batman-the-animated-series-1992-1995" target="_blank">Batman: The Animated Series,</a></em> <em><a href="/movies/batman-forever-1995" target="_blank">Batman Forever</a></em> and <em><a href="/tv/titans" target="_blank">Titans.</a></em> These retellings have played such a big part in how fans perceive Robin’s history that it’s easy to be unaware of the original story.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/bruce-wayne-harvey-harris-robin-batman_5fa1cd11323014.22480576.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 736px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Myth #4: Dick Grayson was the first Robin.</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Truth:</strong> Some fans argue over how many Robins there are (and if Carrie Kelley counts), but every debate has left out the original Boy Wonder. That’s because Dick Grayson was not the first Robin—Bruce Wayne was! Years before he became Batman, a young Bruce stanned a superstar detective named Harvey Harris and approached the man about becoming his apprentice. The billionaire boy didn’t want Harvey to recognize him, so he wore the iconic Robin costume. Harris agreed to train the mysterious boy and gave him the name Robin. This wasn’t a one-off forgotten story either. Bruce’s tenure as Robin was revealed in <em>Detective 24ֱ #226</em>, and later stories like <em>Batman #213</em> and <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Untold-Legend-of-the-Batman-1980-1/digital-comic/T0868400015001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">The Untold Legend of the Batman #1</a></em> referenced it.</p> <p><strong>Why the Myth Persists:</strong> Although Harvey Harris was reimagined for Modern Age continuity (in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-Annual-2/digital-comic/T0007300025001?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">Detective 24ֱ Annual #2</a></em>), the story was altered so that Bruce never became Robin. This more modern continuity has positioned Dick Grayson as the first Robin and media retellings followed suit, making Bruce’s tenure as the Boy Wonder a forgotten chapter in Bat lore.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/11-NOV/KillingJoke_5fa1cd3406f402.62708545.jpg" style="width: 699px; height: 1056px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Myth #5: Joker fell into a vat of chemicals in <em>The Killing Joke.</em></strong></h2> <p><strong>The Truth: </strong>If you think the Joker fell into a vat of chemicals in his origin flashback in 1988's <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Killing-Joke/digital-comic/T0634000018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">Batman: The Killing Joke,</a></em> then you’re experiencing a case of the Mandela Effect. Despite what numerous summaries and fan recollections say, the man who would become the Joker didn’t fall into a chemical vat during his origin flashback.</p> <p>Don’t believe us? Check your copy and you’ll find that Joker ran from Batman and jumped over a railing into a body of water. Since the water was filled with chemical waste, the unnamed man became the Joker. Many people recall the Joker falling, but in the <em>Killing Joke</em> version—and in the original version of his origin in <em>Detective 24ֱ #168</em>—he jumps intentionally. And although the future Clown Prince was at a chemical plant, he didn’t fall into a vat.</p> <p><strong>Why the Myth Persists:</strong> One year after <em>The Killing Joke</em> was published, director Tim Burton’s first Batman film was released, ushering in a new wave of Batmania. Most moviegoers fondly remember the cinematic Joker’s origin, which involved a mobster named Jack Napier (played by Jack Nicholson) accidentally falling into a vat of chemicals after a confrontation with Batman. Because both origins involve chemical plant shenanigans, as well as the Joker receiving his iconic complexion after being submerged in toxic waste, fans have merged the stories in their head. Subsequent Joker origin stories have used the “accidentally fell into a chemical vat” version and over time, it’s become the standard. When writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo retold the Joker’s origin once more in 2013’s <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-2011-2016-24/digital-comic/T1055500245001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #24,</a></em> they had the Red Hood deliberately fall into a chemical vat, bringing the more familiar version into canon.<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/5-batman-facts-you-think-are-true-arent/" target="_blank">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe.</a> </em><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em 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/blog/2020/09/29/jason-fabok-channels-the-past-in-bringing-batman-three-jokers-to-life <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Jason Fabok Channels the Past in Bringing Batman: Three Jokers to Life</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Albert Ching</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>After the shocking ending to <em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-1" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #1</a></em>—seriously, did you see what Jason Todd did?—the stakes continue to escalate in <em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-2" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #2,</a></em> out this week from the creative team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Jason Fabok and colorist Brad Anderson.</p> <p>Prior to the release of <em>Three Jokers #1</em>, we caught up via phone with Fabok from his home in Canada to discuss teaming with Johns for the long-anticipated series, the influence of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s <em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em> and the enduring impact of character’s very first appearance back in 1940.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_3_5f729217746eb1.41829553.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p><strong>How did you approach the visual style of <em>Batman: Three Jokers</em>?</strong></p> <p>Right from the beginning, Geoff and I had talked a lot about <em>Killing Joke</em>. I studied what Brian Bolland was doing and used that as my foundation to build upon. At the same time, I wanted to infuse it with some of my favorite influences. There are nods to <em>Batman </em>’89, in the design of the buildings and the setting of Gotham. That was my introduction to Batman, I’ve always wanted to see it come alive on the page.</p> <p>I’m using that 1980s aesthetic, and then bringing it to 2020. Reaching into the past to get my foundation, and then taking that forward and into my own direction. I just wanted to go with my gut feeling of how I’ve always wanted to draw a Batman story and it flowed from there. Even the designs of Barbara Gordon are taken right out of classic 1980s Batgirl comics—Batgirl’s Bat-bike is taken directly out of old-school comics from the ’70s and ‘80s.</p> <p>Especially when it comes to panel layouts, you’re going to notice a lot that comes directly out of <em>Killing Joke</em>. There are a lot of nods to that. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_1_5f729234a29a59.43355547.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 784px;" /></p> <p><strong>What was your process in making each of the titular Three Jokers distinct?</strong></p> <p>We did lots of research. I did tons of different drawings. I probably did concept sketches for almost every single Joker who’s ever appeared in comics history. (<em>Laughs</em>) Different costumes, even just subtle little changes.</p> <p>In the end, we decided on the Golden Age Joker, who is this stoic thinker—he’s not a psychotic, laughing clown. He just kind of stares you down and he’s really creepy. He’s actually become my favorite. Then you’ve got your prankster Joker from the ‘50s; then you have your <em>Killing Joke</em>, modern Joker.</p> <p>I consciously chose to draw the characters with very similar bone structure and builds. People keep bringing up, “How come Batman wouldn’t notice there are three different Jokers?” It’s because they look like they all could be the same guy. They all fit together, but at the same time, there are subtle differences, especially when it comes to personalities.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_4_5f729273234188.61618478.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1074px;" /></p> <p>I’m drawing from all eras, and different looks and different takes. There are even some references to <em>Batman: The Animated Series </em>in this book as well. I can even hear Mark Hamill’s voice coming out of the Joker when I’m drawing him. I’m not really interesting in deviating too far from what everybody’s expecting—I really wanted to deliver a classic Joker, the way that I want to see Joker look in a comic book.</p> <p><strong>Have you learned anything about the Joker that you didn’t know before? </strong></p> <p>I really loved going back and reading older comics. I’ve probably read <em>Killing Joke </em>now more than any other single comic book. There are so many little subtle things that Brian Bolland does with his art, and little subtle things that Alan Moore drops in there about the character of the Joker that you pick up as you read it more and more.</p> <p>I really enjoy the Golden Age Joker. I re-read <em>Batman #1</em> and really enjoyed that issue. I still feel like that issue stands up—the way the Joker was originally portrayed as this really freaky, scary gangster, but not in a super-psychotic way. He’s a thinking villain—he’s going to outsmart you. He can go toe to toe with Batman when it comes to his mind, and the way he can manipulate him. When you think back to <em>Batman </em>’89 and Jack Nicholson’s performance, I think he’s pulling a lot from that first issue. You can really see it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers_5_5f7293e5240719.74109861.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 784px;" /></p> <p>It really made me think—there might be so many different takes on the Joker that have just been kind of forgotten. When people read <em>Three Jokers </em>and they see this Golden Age Joker in our book, they’ll be opened up to a different version of the Joker—something you haven’t seen on the page very often, and yet, it’s classic. And there are some incredible lines that Geoff has written for this character. It’s going to terrify them.</p> <p>This book is an exploration of the Joker, it’s an exploration of the history of Batman and the Joker. I’ve been viewing it as a love letter to the fans of Batman—I really want to give them something great. I don’t think anybody’s going to see where we’re going with this.<br />  </p> <p><em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-2" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #2</a> by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson is now available in print <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Three-Jokers-2020-2/digital-comic/T1936000025001?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL3NsaWRlckxpc3Qvc2VyaWVz" target="_blank">and as a digital comic book.</a></em></p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Three Jokers</a>, <a href="/tags/three-jokers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">three jokers</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-2" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: three jokers #2</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jason Fabok</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok interview</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-comic-book-artist" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok comic book artist</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-three-jokers-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok three jokers interview</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok-batman-three-jokers-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason fabok batman: three jokers interview</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-three-jokers-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: three jokers interview</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: the killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-89" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman &#039;89</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/geoff-johns-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">geoff johns</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-black-label" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC Black Label</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/09/29/jason-fabok-channels-the-past-in-bringing-batman-three-jokers-to-life" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Jason Fabok Channels the Past in Bringing Batman: Three Jokers to Life" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Albert Ching 465987 at /blog/2020/09/29/jason-fabok-channels-the-past-in-bringing-batman-three-jokers-to-life#comments First Look: The Three Jokers Continue Their Reign of Terror /blog/2020/09/25/first-look-the-three-jokers-continue-their-reign-of-terror <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: The Three Jokers Continue Their Reign of Terror</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/Batman-Three-Jokers_Cv2_Fabok_5f6d4ede6a21f5.56710190.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>There are many ways to describe the Joker: psychopath, super-villain, terrorist, chaos agent…family man?!?</p> <p>Oddly, that does seem to be the case as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s <em>Batman: Three Jokers </em>enters its second chapter. While death and destruction reign in Gotham City, one of the Jokers behind it all heads out to the suburbs where a happy home seems to await him. (Okay, “happy” is a very relative term here, as it always is when we’re talking about the Clown Prince of Crime.) Living with the Joker as the head of your household is hardly Ozzie and Harriet, but this is still a surprising development. Especially since the last time we left <em>Three Jokers, </em>Red Hood had just put a bullet through the head of one of the titular clowns.</p> <p>Look, we’re not saying anyone should mourn the Joker, but cold-blooded murder does not typically a hero make. Then again, Jason’s never truly claimed to be a hero and you don’t need us to tell you that there’s a whole lot of baggage when it comes to Red Hood and the guy that put him in the ground. But it’s a pretty safe bet that Batman’s going to be far from thrilled by Jason’s actions, quite possibly setting up a showdown between the Dark Knight and his former Robin—and with two Jokers still on the loose, that’s the last thing Gotham needs right now. And what about Batgirl? She was there alongside him when Red Hood shot the Joker, and while she claims to be against Jason’s actions…do we really believe her?</p> <p>Clearly, the Joker doesn’t need to be the one pulling the trigger to create major problems within the Bat-Family. But now, after reading <a href="/reader/#/comics/465631" target="_blank">this first look at </a><em><a href="/reader/#/comics/465631" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #2,</a> </em>the Bats aren’t the only family we’re concerned about. Who is this woman and young boy? Can they truly be the Joker’s family? Check out the preview, let us know your thoughts and be sure to grab the new issue when it lands in stores next week.</p> <p align="center"><a href="/reader/#/comics/465631" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/ThreeJokers2_preview_5f6d509b5b5c30.31823226.jpg" style="width: 720px; height: 374px;" /></a></p> <p><em><a href="/comics/batman-three-jokers-2020/batman-three-jokers-2" target="_blank">Batman: Three Jokers #2 </a>by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson is in stores</em><em> and available digitally on Tuesday, September 29.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/joker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a 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typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham city</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-preview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book preview</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book first look</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/09/25/first-look-the-three-jokers-continue-their-reign-of-terror" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="First Look: The Three Jokers Continue Their Reign of Terror" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 465969 at /blog/2020/09/25/first-look-the-three-jokers-continue-their-reign-of-terror#comments Gotham Gazette: Big Losses and Small Triumphs /blog/2020/07/23/gotham-gazette-big-losses-and-small-triumphs <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Gotham Gazette: Big Losses and Small Triumphs</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The first shots have been fired in “The Joker War” and I have to say, I don’t think I’d want to be anywhere near Gotham right now. If this were the <em>real </em>Gotham Gazette and not just a Batman column we’ve named after it, I think today’s headline would just be something like, “GET OUT IF YOU CAN, AND IF NOT, IT WAS NICE KNOWIN’ YA!” followed by all the places the Joker has attacked, and maybe a short article in the fashion section about how Punchline is really making purple work this season because…dang, girl!!!</p> <p>On the subject of Punchline, can we just talk about how ridiculously good a fighter she is? I mean, we knew she looked great and could talk a good game, and we were pretty impressed when she took down Harley Quinn a couple of issues back. But she more than held her own against Batman this week. Granted he’d just been poisoned, but still, the Joker’s newest lieutenant has some real grit.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batman95_4_5f18d73ecdb715.92153572.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>Of course, the Joker’s no slouch either, and he seems to be everywhere lately. This week, it was his headline-grabbing antics in <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-95" target="_blank"><em>Batman #95</em></a> that got everyone’s attention and it’s not hard to figure out why. Thanks to him, Bruce Wayne is now penniless and under investigation, and even worse, all of Bruce Wayne’s money, businesses and assets are now his. Alfred’s dead, Lucius Fox has been heavily dosed with Joker toxin, Catwoman’s been shot and the Bat-Family is hanging together by a thread. As for Batman, he’s hardly 100%<em>. </em>The Joker and his minions had him on his heels for much of <em>Batman #95</em>, and his ultimate fate there at the end is a little uncertain.</p> <p>Even accepting that he’s probably not dead, things aren’t looking so good for the Dark Knight right now. However, in one hopeful sign, he’s not entirely alone in Gotham. While his steadfast ally Commissioner Gordon hasn’t been seen much since the Batman Who Laughs had his way with him, his acting replacement, Harvey Bullock, isn’t buying into the Joker’s backroom shenanigans. That makes sense. While Bullock is far from perfect, he does want to clean up the crime in Gotham and being a member of the GCPD, he knows what corrupt deals smell like. He also knows what it’s like to lose everything. The thought of that doesn’t frighten him, which makes him more than willing to die on a hill he believes in, such as denying the Joker’s obviously suspect requests. At this point, the only thing Bullock really has is his pride and reputation as a straight-shooting cop, and it’s clear he’s not willing to sacrifice either of them, even if it does mean he eventually gets kicked off the GCPD.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batman95_3_5f18d831e37d68.11223105.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <p>“The Joker War” is really just getting started over in <em>Batman, </em>but in the world of <em>Nightwing, </em>I worry that it may be over—and that the Joker has won. <a href="/blog/2020/06/19/gotham-gazette-working-on-some-new-material" target="_blank">I mentioned last month</a> that you really need to be paying attention to what’s happening in <em>Nightwing, </em>and if you followed my advice, you now know why. Dick Grayson— </p> <p>Wait…is he Dick Grayson, or is he still Ric Grayson? At this point, who knows?</p> <p>At any rate, the guy formerly known as Dick Grayson is now completely under the Joker’s control as of <a href="/comics/nightwing-2016/nightwing-72" target="_blank"><em>Nightwing #72</em>.</a> And I don’t mean he’s being coerced into working for him against his will or secretly working as a double agent—he’s 100% Team Joker. Of course, it’s no secret that Grayson has been different since he was shot by KGBeast. In fact, it’s debatable if you can even still call him Nightwing. We’ve learned that part of this is because the doctor who was tapped to help him recover turned out to be a member of the Court of Owls—let’s be real, that would do a number on anybody<em>. </em>However, proving that things in Blüdhaven can <em>always </em>get worse, the crystal that Dr. Haas used to replace Grayson’s actual memories with false ones has now fallen into the Joker’s possession…and as you can imagine, he wasted no time in using it for his own psychotic purposes.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Nightwing72_1_5f18d85737f0c5.41911057.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <p>So, now Dick’s bad. Like, fighting with Punchline over who gets to kill Batgirl bad. And what I have to wonder is…how much more of all this can his mind take? Even assuming aligning himself with the Joker doesn’t get him killed, Dick’s mind has been partially destroyed and then manipulated multiple times. I worry about its state, even if he does manage to undo the Joker’s hypnosis. <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-55" target="_blank"><em>Batman #55</em></a><em>—</em>the comic where Nightwing first got shot—showed us how vulnerable our heroes’ minds are against an effectively armed opponent. But a bullet isn’t the only way to destroy someone’s mind, and I worry that the Joker may ultimately complete the work that the bullet started when it comes to Dick—um, Ric—er, Ferdinand. (Seriously, read <em>Nightwing, </em>guys.)</p> <p>You know whose mind is sharp as ever, though? Barbara Gordon. Not only did she immediately realize something was wrong with Dick, but she also managed to do what NO ONE ELSE has been able to do so far in “The Joker War.” She defeated the Joker.</p> <p>I’m not going to equivocate here. <a href="/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-47" target="_blank"><em>Batgirl #47</em></a> is an absolute must-read comic. It doesn’t matter if you read the series regularly or not—it’s a standalone “The Joker War” one-shot. You don’t need to be aware of anything else happening in the series prior to the issue. You don’t even need to be aware of anything else happening in “The Joker War.” And yet, <em>Batgirl #47 </em>is a magnificent example of how these line-wide crossovers can stoke creative fires and occasionally inspire brilliance. Writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Robbi Rodriguez have built upon the foundation of <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-the-killing-joke-deluxe-new-edition" target="_blank"><em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em></a> as well as all of the heroic development that Babs has seen herself through in the years since to create what might be the perfect follow-up to Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s iconic Joker story.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batgirl47_4_5f18d87ebf9a38.39540127.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>While Batgirl has faced the Joker plenty of times in the years since he paralyzed her, <em>Batgirl #47 </em>finds him once again knocking at her door, this time aided by some cutting-edge tech that the Wayne fortune provided him. With the push of a button, Barbara’s spinal implant is under his control and she once again finds herself gasping at his feet, in pain and unable to move.</p> <p>This is one I don’t want to spoil for you if you haven’t read it yet, but I’ll say that this tightly-packed story plays like a quiet, sometimes brutal triumph over what’s one of comics’ most infamous violations (<a href="/blog/2020/07/22/batgirls-last-laugh" target="_blank">make sure you read Castellucci's guest post about how it came together,</a> if you haven't yet). And best of all, it’s all Barbara. There’s no nick-of-time rescue from Batman or her father—Batgirl takes down the Joker on her own. It’s a personal victory for Barbara and could very well be a deeply cathartic one for Batgirl fans.</p> <p>But right now, it’s really the only victory the Bat-Family has managed to pull off—and in the larger story, it’s not much of a setback for the Joker. His ego’s likely far more damaged than his plan. We don’t know what lies ahead for the Clown Prince of Crime and his ruthlessly efficient allies. We don’t know how much damage he’ll do. We don’t know what role the rest of the Gotham City underworld may play and where Catwoman may slot into it. We don’t know where the Robins are or when Jim Gordon will enter the fight. And while Batgirl may have won her own personal battle against the Joker, it’s clear this war is far from over.</p> <p>Let’s hope the city can survive it.<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, writes our monthly Superman column, <a href="/blog/2020/07/08/super-here-forthe-politics-of-superman" target="_blank">"Super Here For..."</a>, and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. </em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/gotham-gazette" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-gazette-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette column</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" 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property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dcu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dcu</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-beedle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim beedle</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/07/23/gotham-gazette-big-losses-and-small-triumphs" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Gotham Gazette: Big Losses and Small Triumphs" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 453273 at /blog/2020/07/23/gotham-gazette-big-losses-and-small-triumphs#comments Batgirl's Last Laugh /blog/2020/07/22/batgirls-last-laugh <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batgirl&#039;s Last Laugh</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Cecil Castellucci</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 12:30</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p><strong>SPOILER ALERT: The following post contains frank discussion and plot points from both <em>Batman: The Killing Joke </em>and this week’s <em>Batgirl #47.</em></strong></p> <p>As a writer, it’s no easy task to be told that the Joker is going to come to come over to Barbara Gordon’s apartment and not leave until he gets what he wants from her. But when you write comics, missives come down to you all the time and your job is to go with the flow. It’s always a great and interesting challenge to try to contribute to the larger shared universe narrative while also pushing the character that you are caring for forward. The aim is always to contribute to the canon of the character while finding the balance between honoring the core of who that person is and what came before in their story.</p> <p>So, the question for me with my piece of the “Joker War” puzzle was how to not fall into the same trap that has shadowed Batgirl: the legacy of Moore and Bolland’s <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-the-killing-joke-deluxe-new-edition" target="_blank"><em>The Killing Joke</em>.</a> In that controversial book, it posits that the Joker was just a man wanting to do the right thing, but one bad day drove him to become insane. In <em>The Killing Joke</em>, Joker turned forever from being a bit of a silly villain into a dark one, and he took Barbara Gordon into the darkness with him. The ripple effect of that book is a life altering moment for Batgirl.</p> <p>Now they seem to be ever entwined in a danse macabre about that one bad day for Barbara.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batgirl47_1_5f188eb676cc46.93555218.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <p>The moment that the Joker shoots Barbara and then sends naked pictures of her in clear pain to a bound and leashed Jim Gordon is burned into the brain of everyone who has read it even these 32 years later. It’s still a moment that people talk about. One horrible moment that seems to last forever and a moment that Batgirl never seems to be able to own for herself. In one fell swoop, the Joker altered the course of Batgirl’s trajectory as a hero.</p> <p>Over and over again, that moment in <em>The Killing Joke </em>is used to torture Batgirl, to force her to relive her trauma and is often used as a plot device by (let’s face it, mostly male) creators to further the service of <em>their</em> story, not Batgirl’s or Barbara’s. Because the bummer is that traumatic moment was in service of moving the story ahead for other male characters—Jim Gordon, the Joker and Batman.</p> <p>And quite frankly, I think Barbara has had enough.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batgirl47_3_5f188f641eff26.96426950.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>So, in <a href="/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-47" target="_blank"><em>Batgirl #47,</em></a> I really wanted to address what we know about Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and dig into how she might really, after all this time, confront the Joker if he were to knock on her door again. The first thing I did was to have a long deep conversation with my wonderful editor Jessica Chen. Jessica and I both agreed on and were determined to make clear that Barbara was not going to be the victim this time in the face of the Joker. Of course, he still scares her and things could go very badly for both her and Gotham. But this time she was going to confront this trauma. She was going to face it with the savvy that we know her character has. This time she was going to have agency in her own story. This encounter with the Joker was going to serve Batgirl’s narrative. Not Joker’s. Not Batman’s. Not Gotham’s. Batgirl’s.</p> <p>After Jess and I had our talk, we looped in artist Robbi Rodriguez. One thing that Robbi and I agreed that we wanted to do was to echo <em>The Killing Joke</em> in terms of visuals, so that we’d use some of the motifs from that comic, but center things on Barbara and switch the POV to her. We wanted her to be the one that’s telling the story. I think it’s effective and that Robbi really brought a lot of pathos to the page. This had to be a story about a person facing their demons and diminishing their power a little bit—to fight back against them. To finally be able to claim your own story after being silenced by it for so long. To find your voice in the telling of it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batgirl47_5_5f188f87e46fe9.80671083.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <p>Think about it. There is no one in the Bat-Family like Barbara Gordon. She is a thoughtful, empathetic, brilliant and resilient woman. When she faced the aftermath of what the Joker had done to her by shooting and paralyzing her, she processed it and then asked herself, how can I still be a hero?  What are my skills? What can I offer? What do I know? That is who Barbara is. We’ve seen how Barbara prepares. She loves homework! She is a hero no matter what you throw at her.</p> <p>Which is why it was time to have her turn the tables on the Joker.</p> <p>In this issue of <em>Batgirl</em>, there is no Batgirl. It’s Barbara-centric because Batgirl is a mask that Barbara, the true hero, wears. Since I knew that the issue was going to be taking place at her house, we wanted to show how Barbara is ready not only for him, but for any contingency. One of the conceits of “The Joker War” is that the Joker knows the secret identities of all of the Bat-Family. So. there was no need to make it separate or to contrive to find a way for her to protect her identity. He knows who she is, and the Joker thinks that he has the upper hand over her because of their complicated history. Of course, that’s where he’s wrong.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batgirl47_6_5f188fa9bc3db5.71989823.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>The thing about Barbara Gordon’s implant is that it could be construed as an Achilles heel and is often mishandled. Or even worse, it gets thought of in an ableist way. But we know that Babs understands that the time with her implant is limited at best. She knows that at any moment it can fritz out. It has before and it will again. And you can damn well believe that she is ready for that. In addition, trauma and being triggered by trauma can render you unable to move. I believe that she has mentally prepared for that fact as well.</p> <p>In the overall picture, Joker is always interested in control. So, in this issue, using his newly acquired gizmos from Wayne Enterprises, he decides that the best way to get what he wants from Barbara is to control her body. Controlling it by shattering her spine has worked before, and in a way his attempt at control here mirrors what so many men attempt to do in society—exert control over women’s bodies. Joker thinks that he has advantage over her when he uses his device to make her a puppet, but his plan is flawed because he’s thinking in a linear way.</p> <p>Barbara doesn’t think in a linear way. She can see the whole picture in a flash, and she doesn’t need her ability to walk to defeat him. Barbara knows how to fight from the ground. Her cognitive memory and muscle memory are flawless. Her world has been expanded by her time in the chair, her time as Oracle, her time fighting the Oracle robot. Her eidetic memory has allowed her to amass loads of information and assess best practices in any situation, even if she is prone.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batgirl47_8_5f18921e5b55e9.66714789.jpg" style="width: 699px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <p>But in order to really shift the dynamic here, I knew that I needed to have Barbara use the weapon that the Joker is best known for: Laughter.</p> <p>The Joker uses laughter as a weapon to throw everyone off balance. It’s all a joke to him. Cold-blooded killing. Torture. Revenge. Nothing has any meaning.</p> <p>But we also know that the thing that strikes to the core of an insecure man is laughter. And women know that the thing a man fears most is being laughed at. So here, we have Barbara turn the Joker’s most dastardly weapon onto him. She pulls out her own implant to regain advantage with her own body. And then she laughs at him.</p> <p>It’s my hope, that by facing the Joker head on and reclaiming her power, Barbara Gordon finally gets the last laugh.</p> <p><br /><em><a href="/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-47" target="_blank">Batgirl #47,</a> a "Joker War" tie-in issue by Cecil Castellucci, Robbi Rodriguez and Jordie Bellaire, is now available in print <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batgirl-2016-47/digital-comic/T1615400475001" target="_blank">and as a digital comic.</a></em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Cecil Castellucci is the Eisner nominated and New York Times bestselling writer of Batgirl, Female Furies, Shade the Changing Girl, Plain Janes and much more. Be sure to follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/misscecil" target="_blank">@misscecil.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batgirl" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-47" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl #47</a>, <a href="/tags/joker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: the killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/killing-joke-follow-up" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">killing joke follow-up</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-shoots-barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker shoots barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon-paralyzed" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon paralyzed</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon-shot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon shot</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-batgirl-rematch" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker batgirl rematch</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-joker-rematch" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl joker rematch</a>, <a href="/tags/cecil-castellucci" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cecil Castellucci</a>, <a href="/tags/cecil-castellucci-batgirl" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cecil castellucci batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/cecil-castellucci-guest-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cecil castellucci guest blog</a>, <a href="/tags/cecil-castellucci-guest-article" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cecil castellucci guest article</a>, <a href="/tags/cecil-castellucci-killing-joke-story" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cecil castellucci killing joke story</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-war" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker war</a>, <a href="/tags/the-joker-war" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Joker War</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-war-tie-in" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker war tie-in</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-war-one-shot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker war one-shot</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-war-side-story" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker war side story</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/commissioner-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">commissioner gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/robbi-rodriguez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robbi rodriguez</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dcu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dcu</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Gotham</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-comic" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl comic</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/07/22/batgirls-last-laugh" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batgirl&#039;s Last Laugh" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 22 Jul 2020 19:30:00 +0000 Cecil Castellucci 453268 at /blog/2020/07/22/batgirls-last-laugh#comments DC Direct - Celebrating 80 Years of the Joker /videos/dc-direct-celebrating-80-years-of-the-joker <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>DC Direct - Celebrating 80 Years of the Joker</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Now that's worth smiling over! DC Direct celebrates 80 years of the Joker with this countdown of ten of their most popular Joker statues and action figures from over the past 20+ years. Did your favorite make the list?</p> <p>For more from DC Direct: <a href="/dcdirect" target="_blank">/dcdirect</a></p> <p>The Clown Prince of Crime has been terrorizing Gotham for eight terrifying decades! Relive twelve moments that defined the Joker in this special anniversary feature: <a href="/blog/2020/05/01/laughing-in-fear-twelve-moments-that-defined-the-joker" target="_blank">/blog/2020/05/01/laughing-in-fear-twelve-moments-that-defined-the-joker</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/dc-direct-celebrating-80-years-of-the-joker" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="DC Direct - Celebrating 80 Years of the Joker" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 01 May 2020 19:53:30 +0000 Tim Beedle 451641 at /videos/dc-direct-celebrating-80-years-of-the-joker#comments Laughing in Fear: Twelve Moments That Defined the Joker /blog/2020/05/01/laughing-in-fear-twelve-moments-that-defined-the-joker <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Laughing in Fear: Twelve Moments That Defined the Joker</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, May 1, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>All the world loves a clown, so let’s all show Joker some affection for his 80<sup>th</sup> anniversary. For eight decades, the Joker and his iconic grin has been an important part of the Batman mythos, serving as a chaotic balance to the Caped Crusader’s sense of justice and order. Batman wouldn’t enjoy the popularity he has today without his greatest nemesis, and like the Dark Knight, the Joker has grown and evolved since his debut into the villain we love today. So, to honor Gotham’s greatest villain as he celebrates his anniversary, we’re taking a look back at twelve comic book moments that helped to shape the Clown Prince of Crime.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Batman%20%231_5eab7f35cdff76.72645425.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 981px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/01_numbers2016_5e9904ebab0860.21693941.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />His First Kill</h2> <p>The Joker first appeared in 1940’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-1/digital-comic/T0037600015001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank"><em>Batman #1</em></a> and he hit the ground running! While it takes some characters years to develop and evolve, the Joker that readers met in 1940 is mostly the same maniacal villain we know today. Don’t let the Golden Age time period fool you into expecting a more subdued criminal. If anything, this early Joker was even MORE sinister! Everything was here in his first story, from his iconic purple suit, to his poisonous Joker Venom, to his appetite for murder. It was a man named Henry Claridge who had the honor of being the Joker’s first kill, which the Clown Prince followed by murdering three more people all in the same story. He almost killed Robin, but it would take another few decades before he achieved that dark goal. Still, the Joker was already a terrifying match for Batman in 1940, and the Clown Prince was just getting started.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Detective%2024ֱ%20%23168_5eab7f543c10d9.23285765.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 690px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/02_numbers2016_5e990503153452.88714712.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />His Origin Revealed</h2> <p>In 1950, readers learned more about the Joker’s beginnings in an origin story that still persists to this day. <em>Detective 24ֱ #168</em> featured Batman investigating a cold case—the disappearance of a criminal called the Red Hood. After robbing a card company, Red Hood escaped through a chemical plant and dove into a vat of toxic waste to avoid Batman. The impromptu swim turned his hair green and skin bright white, into the familiar face of the Joker—this was a pretty big surprise to readers of the time who assumed it was makeup!</p> <p>This early story may be one of the most important Joker tales ever published, considering the number of times it’s been referenced in later comics and popular media adaptations. Joker’s “chemical bath” has largely become the Joker’s agreed upon origin and was used in Tim Burton’s 1989 <em>Batman </em>film and on Fox’s <em>Gotham.</em> Plus, the name Red Hood has become iconic in its own right, thanks to a Joker murder victim named Jason Todd.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Joker%20Boner_5eab7f7391a599.10459772.JPG" style="width: 700px; height: 981px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/03_numbers2016_5e99051a0c58d2.03489562.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Joker Gets a Boner                              </h2> <p>You’ve seen the internet memes, and we’re here to tell you that it’s not a photoshop! The Joker’s rant about boners comes from a real comic. Don’t believe us? Check out <em>Batman #66</em> (if you can find a copy, that is) to read the Joker’s curious dialogue yourself.</p> <p>Are you all done giggling? Before the days of Fortnite, TikTok and AirPods, the word “boner” was another way of saying “epic fail.” But even more remarkable? If you can stop snickering and look beyond the dated dialogue, <em>Batman #66 </em>is a fun story where the Joker tries to redeem his dignity to the Gotham press, but Batman keeps on beating him. However, the internet never forgets, so we have a feeling the Joker will be trying to live this one down for a long time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Batman251_5eab7f8dd288a2.06741287.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1063px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/04_numbers2016_5e99052e34e0d0.71384475.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />The Clown Prince Makes a Murderous Comeback</h2> <p>Imagine a version of the Batman mythos where the Joker isn’t around. It’s hard to fathom, isn’t it? Believe it or not, that’s just how the world of Gotham looked before the Joker returned in the classic <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-251/digital-comic/T0037602515001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank"><em>Batman #251</em>.</a></p> <p>The Clown Prince of Crime had been absent for four years as the Batman titles were trying to find a more grounded approach and had refrained from using some of the hero’s more colorful villains. However, you can’t sideline the Joker for long and his return wound up being his deadliest story in years. Recently escaped from Arkham (which was unnamed at the time), the Joker began killing his old crew members, committing murder on panel for the first time in 31 years. This story, “The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge,” is where many of the Clown Prince’s familiar tropes began, such as his Arkham incarcerations, his hesitancy to murder Batman and his more streamlined redesign. If you love Mark Hamill’s version of the Joker from <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>, you have this story to thank.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Joker%20%23%201_5eab7fa923e053.51165058.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1070px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/05_numbers2016_5e990545608938.44377031.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Joker Gets His Own Title</h2> <p>In 1975, the Joker did something no other DC villain had done before—star in his own ongoing series! <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Joker-1975-1976/comics-series/8027?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9zZXJpZXNTbGlkZXI" target="_blank"><em>The Joker</em></a> ran for nine issues and featured the Clown Prince going up against non-Gotham superheroes and rival super-villains. It was something of a curious title. Since the Joker was the protagonist, the restrictions from the 24ֱ Code regarding the book were a bit tighter, forcing all the stories to end with the Joker receiving comeuppance for his crimes. The villain’s bloodlust also had to be toned down, but the series still effectively captured the Clown Prince of Crime’s essence. The schemes were nutty, the guest stars were inspired and the entire series made for a fun reading experience. Unfortunately, the comic was cancelled after the 9<sup>th</sup> issue, but the Joker wasn’t going anywhere. He still had big plans in Gotham.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Joker%20Fish_5eab7fc49159c1.52224610.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1037px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/06_numbers2016_5e99055f4985d7.86270766.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Gone Fishin’</h2> <p>In 1978, the Joker unveiled another twisted scheme in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-475/digital-comic/T0039004755001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ #475</em></a>—Joker Fish! After fish from Gotham’s contaminated waters are found displaying an eerie Joker smile, we learn it’s all part of the Clown Prince of Crime’s latest plan. Step one: make Joker Fish, step two: copyright Joker Fish, step three: ?????, and step four: profit!</p> <p>Admittedly, it’s a pretty strange plan, and it hits a snag because there’s no way to profit off of a fish’s physical appearance and you can’t copyright wildlife. Unsurprisingly, the Joker doesn’t take the news too well and begins lashing out. This classic two-parter by Steve Engelhart and Marshall Rogers featured the Bat-Villain at his deadliest and his most unpredictable. Haven’t read the comic and are wondering why the story sounds so familiar? It might be because it was later adapted into one of the most memorable episodes of <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/The%20Killing%20Joke_5eab7fdf63f295.68971999.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 704px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/07_numbers2016_5e990576c65189.97142778.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />All It Takes is One Bad Day</h2> <p>In 1988, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland came together to produce one of the most infamous Joker stories of all time—<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Killing-Joke/digital-comic/T0634000018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank"><em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em>.</a> The brief, mature-readers graphic novel takes a look at what drives Batman and the Joker’s conflict, as the Dark Knight makes one last attempt to end the cycle of violence. Of course, Joker has no interest in ending any violence and makes his intentions known by breaking into Commissioner Gordon’s house, crippling his daughter Barbara and kidnapping Jim. As the Clown Prince tries to drive Gordon mad through psychological torture, he thinks back to his own origins.</p> <p>The book contains flashbacks to the Joker’s life before he became a criminal, using elements from the original Red Hood story and new ideas conceived by Moore. Notably, for the first time, the Joker is presented as a tragic figure in <em>The Killing Joke</em>. Perhaps he was just a man who wanted to do the right thing, but one bad day drove him insane. Of course, the story leaves it ambiguous if what we witness is his real past, and that ambiguity is carried over to the story’s final pages as well, which have led fans to wonder why Batman is laughing with the Joker. <em>The Killing Joke</em> may be 32 years old, but it still inspires just as much discussion and debate today as it did when it was first published.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Death%20in%20the%20Family_5eab80000d8737.34947674.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 699px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/08_numbers2016_5e99058d4cf0f2.37226638.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />A Death in the Bat-Family</h2> <p>How do you follow the most notable Joker story of all time? That’s easy, you kill Robin!</p> <p><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Death-In-the-Family/comics-story-arc/848?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">“A Death in the Family,”</a> which ran in <em>Batman #426-429</em>, hinges on a chilling scene where the Joker ambushes Robin (Jason Todd) and beats the Boy Wonder senseless with a crowbar, leaving him tied up in a warehouse with a bomb. Usually this would be the part of the story where Batman shows up in time to save his best pal, but sadly, the Dark Knight was too late. However, before you get too mad at the Joker, know that his success here had some unexpected help. A 1-900 number polled fans over whether Robin should live or die, and well…death won out. “Death in the Family” raised the stakes for Batman and the Joker’s rivalry, and although Jason Todd was later revived, the murder remains one of the most evil things the Clown Prince of Crime has ever done.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/HarleyQuinn_5eab80199710b7.79089148.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/09_numbers2016_5e99059f650581.49660534.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Joker Gets a Girlfriend</h2> <p>In 1950, the Joker was given an origin. In 1978, he was given a fish. And in 1999, he got a girlfriend! Harley Quinn, the Joker’s devoted and lovesick partner, is arguably the most enduring thing to come out of <em>Batman: The Animated Series </em>(and certainly one of the best). Viewers loved her chemistry with “Mistuh Jay” and enjoyed the way she brought out new sides to the Joker’s personality. As a result, it was a no-brainer to bring her to the comics.</p> <p>Harley Quinn made her continuity debut in 1999’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Harley-Quinn-1/digital-comic/T0200900015001?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank"><em>Batman: Harley Quinn</em></a> one-shot. Like her animated counterpart, Harley was the Joker’s psychiatrist at Arkham who decided that she’d rather be his girlfriend than his shrink. These days, Harley is almost more famous than her murderous ex, and she’s currently starring in her <em>own</em> hit animated series. Ms. Quinn may have left the Joker behind, but their days together changed the Clown Prince, whether he wants to admit it or not.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/No%20Man%27s%20Land_5eab803a4373b8.65268204.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1082px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/10_numbers2016_5e9905b141d209.86549010.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Another Gunshot, Another Gordon</h2> <p>In <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-741/digital-comic/T0039007415001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ #741</em>,</a> the Joker gave readers yet another reminder of how cruel he can be when he murdered Sarah Essen-Gordon in cold blood. The shocking story was the concluding chapter in the year-long “No Man’s Land” saga, and Gotham City was starting to return back to normal. But the Joker couldn’t resist one last caper, so he kidnapped a group of babies. When Commissioner Gordon’s wife Sarah discovered the Joker in the Gotham City Police Department basement, she confronted the Clown Prince without backup. Sarah managed to save the babies, but in exchange, the Joker coldly shot her in the head. When Jim Gordon learned his wife had been murdered, he snapped and almost executed the Clown Prince. Batman managed to calm the Commissioner down, and Gordon only wound up shooting Joker in the knee. Chillingly, this amused the villain, who thought it was a reference to the fact that he crippled the Commissioner’s daughter Barbara.</p> <p>The scene is heartbreaking, and it’s another example of Joker cruelly taking something away from Batman’s world.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Emperor%20Joker_5eab805b927c09.34894867.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1063px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/11_numbers2016_5e9905c9975661.70156479.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />The Joker Rules the World</h2> <p>If you’re still reading this, you’re probably thanking your lucky stars that the Joker is a mortal man. If someone as dangerous as him also happened to have superpowers…well, who knows what he could do?</p> <p>That question was explored in a 2000 storyline called <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Superman-Emperor-Joker/digital-comic/T1515400018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">“Emperor Joker,”</a> which is oddly enough, a Superman storyline. In “Emperor Joker,” the Clown Prince convinces the powerful prankster Mister Mxyzptlk to give him his powers, which the Joker uses to remake the world in his looney image before setting his sights on the Dark Knight. The Joker kills Batman, revives him, then finds another painful way to kill him, then revives him, and continues with this cycle for what seems like forever. Luckily, the DC heroes are able to trick the Bat-Villain into losing his powers, but they won’t be forgetting the reign of Emperor Joker anytime soon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/Death%20of%20the%20Family_5eab8078d89469.91700544.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/12_numbers2016_5e9905dc8a5391.48240949.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Breaking Up the Bat-Family</h2> <p>In 2011, DC 24ֱ relaunched all their titles in what was called The New 52, and of course, the Joker played a memorable role. After escaping from Arkham Asylum in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-2011-2016-1/digital-comic/T1056100015001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ #1</em>,</a> he infamously sliced off his own face and disappeared for months. However, he wasn’t gone long. The Joker resurfaced in a 2012 Batman crossover event called <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-2011-2016-Vol-3-Death-of-the-Family/digital-comic/T1188800018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">“Death of the Family”</a> where he psychologically tortured all of Gotham’s heroes. He kidnapped Barbara Gordon’s mother, targeted Dick Grayson’s circus friends and just generally found creative ways to attack Batman’s allies in personal ways. Ultimately, the Joker demanded that Batman choose between him and his family. Although the Dark Knight refused and was able to defeat the Joker, the Clown Prince’s psychological warfare had a major impact on Batman’s allies, who no longer trusted the Caped Crusader. Joker effectively put a rift in the Batman Family, making it appear that he was the victor after all.</p> <p><br /> Still smiling? Well, you should know this about our eccentric evildoer. The Clown Prince of Crime is far from done, and with highly anticipated books like <em>Three Jokers </em>and storylines such as “Joker War” on the horizon, it’s likely we’ll be seeing that terrifying grin in our nightmares for many, many years to come. Happy 80<sup>th</sup>, Joker!<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Laughter truly must be the best medicine, considering how long the Joker's been causing trouble. You can celebrate the Clown Prince of Crime by picking up the 100-page <a href="/comics/the-joker-80th-anniversary-100-page-super-spectacular-2020/the-joker-80th-anniversary-100" target="_blank">Joker 80th Anniversary Super Spectacular,</a> which is now available in comic shops and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Joker-80th-Anniversary-100-Page-Super-Spectacular-2020-1/digital-comic/T2059200015001?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">as a digital download.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes our monthly Batman column, <a href="/blog/2020/04/13/gotham-gazette-where-you-lead" target="_blank">"Gotham Gazette." </a>Follow him on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/TBUJosh" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">For more anniversary retrospectives, check out Josh's previous lists of twelve moments that defined <a href="/blog/2020/03/19/boy-wonderful-twelve-moments-that-defined-dick-grayson" target="_blank">Dick Grayson </a>and <a href="/blog/2020/04/17/purrfect-history-twelve-moments-that-defined-catwoman" target="_blank">Catwoman.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/joker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-80th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker 80th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-80" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label 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class="body-insertable"><div align="center"><strong><em>Detective 24ֱ </em>#1000 Named Bestselling Comic Book of 2019 </strong></div><div align="center"><strong>by Diamond Comic Distributors</strong></div><div align="center"> </div><div align="center"><strong>Techno-Virus Thriller <em>DCeased</em> Featuring the Dark Knight </strong></div><div align="center"><strong>Also Makes List of Top Ten Comic Books for 2019</strong></div><div align="center"> </div><div align="center"><strong><em>Batman: Damned, Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman: White Knight</em>, and<em> Mister Miracle</em></strong></div><div align="center"><strong>Join <em>Watchmen</em> as Top-Selling Collected Editions</strong></div><p align="center"> </p><p><strong>BURBANK, CA</strong> (January 10, 2020) – DC’s landmark tribute to Batman, <a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-1000" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ </em>#1000</a>, was named the bestselling comic book of 2019 earlier today by Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD), the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise. This marks the second year in a row that DC has topped the comic book sales charts, following the stellar sales of 2018’s <em>Action 24ֱ </em>#1000.</p><p>As the cornerstone of Batman’s 80th anniversary, the 96-page tribute to Gotham City’s Dark Knight featured an unbelievable lineup of storytelling talent, a series of decade-spanning variant covers, and a robust retailer variant program, as well as introducing a new version of the Super-Villain Arkham Knight into DC continuity. The book was praised as an incredible tribute to Batman, receiving rave reviews from fans, retailers, and comics trade media alike.</p><p><a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-1000" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ</em> #1000</a> wasn’t the only title to make the DCD list of bestsellers; <a href="/comics/dceased-1" target="_blank"><em>DCeased </em>#1</a>, the debut issue of Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, James Harren, and Stefano Gaudiano’s frightening story of DC’s heroes making a last stand against a life-consuming techno-organic plague, came in at #5 on the list.</p><p>DC was also well-represented on DCD’s list of bestselling graphic novels and trade paperbacks, with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s iconic <a href="/graphic-novels/watchmen-1986/watchmen-2019-edition" target="_blank"><em>Watchmen</em></a> gaining top honors as the #1 trade paperback for 2019. Of the top 10 graphic novels and trades, DC took five spots including <em>Watchmen</em>, with the collected edition of <a href="/graphic-novels/mister-miracle-2017/mister-miracle" target="_blank"><em>Mister Miracle</em></a> by Tom King and Mitch Gerads coming in at #5, Sean Gordon Murphy’s <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-white-knight-2017/batman-white-knight" target="_blank"><em>Batman: White Knight</em></a> at #7, Moore and Brian Bolland’s <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-the-killing-joke-deluxe-new-edition" target="_blank"><em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em></a> at #9, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-damned-2018/batman-damned" target="_blank"><em>Batman: Damned</em></a> hardcover ranking #10.</p><p>“These rankings demonstrate how Batman continues to be an important part of our publishing success, in comic books, original graphic novels and collected editions,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “I’m incredibly happy to see how enthusiastically fans responded to <em>Detective 24ֱ </em>#1000, especially during Batman’s 80th anniversary and to have the best-selling comic book two years in a row is a fantastic achievement.”</p><p>For more information on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/">www.dccomics.com</a>,  the DC <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/DCEntertainmentTV">YouTube channel</a>, or follow @DC24ֱ and @TheDCNation on social media.</p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/detective-comics-1000" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Detective 24ֱ #1000</a>, <a href="/tags/mister-miracle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Mister Miracle</a>, <a href="/tags/watchmen-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Watchmen</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-damned" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: damned</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-white-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: white knight</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: the killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/best-seller-list" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">best seller list</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/01/10/batman-casts-a-giant-shadow-over-2019-comic-book-sales" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman Casts A Giant Shadow Over 2019 Comic Book Sales! " class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0000 Official Press Release 450128 at /blog/2020/01/10/batman-casts-a-giant-shadow-over-2019-comic-book-sales#comments Batman, a History of Heroics: 1980s-1990s /blog/2019/04/02/batman-a-history-of-heroics-1980s-1990s <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman, a History of Heroics: 1980s-1990s</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">DC</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The 1980s was arguably the most consequential decade for Batman since his debut, with the release of three of his most widely read and influential storylines and the debut of his first modern movie. It was also a time of change for comics in general, which took a turn towards the dark, mature and sophisticated, driven by the work of writers like Frank Miller, Chris Claremont and Alan Moore. The result was a setting in which a hero like Batman, who works in shadows, could thrive.</p><h2><strong><u>1980s</u></strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/JasonTodd_5ca277a11ccb79.95111520.png" style="width: 700px; height: 1066px;" /></p><p>In 1983, <em>Batman </em>#357 introduced a new orphan, named Jason Todd, whose parents had been eaten by Killer Croc. One year later, in <em>Batman</em> #368, Dick Grayson retired as Robin, and Jason Todd adopted the name.</p><p>In 1986, the four-issue series <em>Batman: The Dark Knight</em>, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson, redefined the hero as an older, tougher warrior coming out of retirement to reclaim Gotham City from criminals who had overtaken it. It also introduced the first female Robin. It became the first DC story arc to be collected in book form, as <em>Batman: The Dark Knight Returns</em>, and has remained continuously in print.</p><p>That same year, Frank Miller also collaborated with artist David Mazzucchelli to update Batman’s origin story in <em>Batman</em> #404–407. The book collecting those stories, <em>Batman: Year One</em>, was another best-selling title.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/KillingJoke1_5ca27b0e921b96.22190216.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Tragedy and death touched Batman in 1988. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s <em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em> was a nightmarish story about the Joker shooting Barbara Gordon and leaving her for dead. That same year, DC allowed readers to vote on the fate of Jason Todd, the second Robin. The readers voted “thumbs-down,” and as a result Todd lost his life in an explosion caused by the Joker.</p><p>But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in the late eighties. Batmania hit the public again when Tim Burton’s <em>Batman</em> movie premiered in 1989. Starring Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, it was the first live action portrayal of Batman to embrace some of the character’s darker moments and was a massive box office success. At the time, <em>Batman </em>broke the opening weekend record and became the fastest movie to gross $100 million.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/fullres-00450834_5ca27852cbca68.15582523.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 593px;" /></p><p>In the comics, Batman began exhibiting an excessive, reckless approach to fighting crime—a result of the pain of losing Jason Todd. This torment continued and Batman worked solo until the decade’s close, when Tim Drake became the third Robin.</p><h2><strong><u>1990s</u></strong></h2><p>In 1992, Tim Burton’s follow-up Batman movie, <em>Batman Returns,</em> featured the return of Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight, facing off against Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Penguin and Catwoman. That same year, <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em> made its debut on TV. A critical and popular success that featured Kevin Conroy as the voice of the Dark Knight and the first appearance of the iconic Harley Quinn character, the series continued under a variety of names for most of the decade.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/fullres-00195827_5ca2786ecd1885.59447421.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 593px;" /></p><p>In 1993, DC published the “Knightfall” story line, which culminated when the ruthless and powerful new villain known as Bane broke Batman’s back. An antihero named Azrael became the new Batman, and Catwoman and Robin each received an ongoing series title of their own.</p><p>Also that year, <em>Batman: Mask of the Phantasm</em> became the first feature-length Batman animated film. The movie, which was produced by the team behind <em>Batman: The Animated Series </em>and featured the same voice cast, would go on to win acclaim with both fans and critics, and would eventually pave the way for a far-ranging series of animated films from DC featuring both the Dark Knight and other heroes of the DC Universe.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/04-APR/fullres-BatmanMaskPhantasm_5ca278cb54e3f5.09136957.JPEG" style="width: 700px; height: 933px;" /></p><p>While Batman had faced catastrophe within his own life, in the decade’s closing crossover arcs, his entire city would be treated to much of the same. In the “Cataclysm” story line, Gotham City was devastated by an earthquake and cut off from the United States government. Deprived of many of his technological resources, Batman fought to reclaim the city from gangs of criminals during the 1999 “No Man’s Land” arc, which seriously altered the world and nature of Batman’s comics across the entire line until its conclusion late that year.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Look for more on Batman’s long history of heroics next week as part of DC’s Batman 80<span style="font-size: 9.75px; line-height: 0; position: relative; vertical-align: baseline; top: -0.5em;">th</span> anniversary celebration.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/a-history-of-heroics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">a history of heroics</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman history</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-legacy-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman legacy</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-80" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman 80</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-80th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman 80th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book history</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-legacy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book legacy</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-knight-returns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark knight returns</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-dark-knight-returns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: the dark knight returns</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-year-one" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: year one</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: the killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/killing-joke" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">killing joke</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a href="/tags/frank-miller-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">frank miller</a>, <a href="/tags/alan-moore-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Alan Moore</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman movie</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-burton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Tim Burton</a>, <a href="/tags/michael-keaton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Michael Keaton</a>, <a href="/tags/jack-nicholson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jack Nicholson</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-returns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman Returns</a>, <a href="/tags/danny-devito" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Danny Devito</a>, <a href="/tags/michelle-pfeiffer" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">michelle pfeiffer</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-the-animated-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: The Animated Series</a>, <a href="/tags/kevin-conroy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kevin conroy</a>, <a href="/tags/knightfall" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Knightfall</a>, <a href="/tags/bane" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bane</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-mask-of-the-phantasm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm</a>, <a href="/tags/no-mans-land" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">no man&#039;s land</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/04/02/batman-a-history-of-heroics-1980s-1990s" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman, a History of Heroics: 1980s-1990s" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 02 Apr 2019 17:00:00 +0000 DC 445474 at /blog/2019/04/02/batman-a-history-of-heroics-1980s-1990s#comments Batman: The Killing Joke - Graphic Novel Trailer (:30 version) /videos/batman-the-killing-joke-graphic-novel-trailer-30-version <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: The Killing Joke - Graphic Novel Trailer (:30 version)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>One of the bestselling comics in history and a defining story of the Joker, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke left a permanent mark on the world of the Dark Knight. Available wherever comics and graphic novels are sold.</p><p>For all the latest Batman news: <a href="/characters/batman" target="_blank">/characters/batman</a></p></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/batman-the-killing-joke-graphic-novel-trailer-30-version" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: The Killing Joke - Graphic Novel Trailer (:30 version)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:28:27 +0000 Tim Beedle 443583 at /videos/batman-the-killing-joke-graphic-novel-trailer-30-version#comments