DC - joker kills robin /tags/joker-kills-robin en Batman: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice /blog/2020/10/16/batman-death-in-the-family-reveals-the-challenges-of-choice <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: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice</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, October 16, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>We’ve all made choices that we’ve come to regret. Decisions that either didn’t work out the way we’d hoped or expected, or that were made in such haste that we didn’t fully understand what was at stake. Sometimes the results of these choices are an inconvenience, other times they’re profound, and on occasion they may be life shattering. In all cases, however, we think the same thing—if I could do it again, I’d make a different choice. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.</p> <p>But is it really?</p> <p><em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> </em>is DC’s latest animated feature and it boasts a unique twist. The Blu-ray release is interactive, allowing you to decide how certain events are going to turn out. It’s a 21<sup>st</sup> Century update to the original <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">“A Death in the Family” comic storyline,</a> in which DC fans were given the choice to call two phone numbers to determine whether Robin lived or died at the hands of the Joker. Infamously, they chose death, <a href="/blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world" target="_blank">forever altering the direction of Batman comics and the DC Universe</a> and creating a pop culture moment that’s still discussed and debated to this day.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20Batman-holding-Jason_5f88bbfb441745.85501447.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>That decision, along with several others, is once again yours to make in the animated adaptation, giving you the chance to reverse that decision and let Robin survive the Joker’s attack. Doing that creates a sort of alternate continuity of what might have happened if fans had made that choice back in 1988.</p> <p>As someone who came to comics after the 1980s, I’ve often wondered what I would have chosen if I had voted on Jason Todd’s fate. I probably would have wanted him to survive—I’ve never been a big fan of death as a gimmick in comics. The fact that Jason’s demise didn’t stick and resulted in a new Robin who has contributed to a current overabundance of Boy Wonders suggests to me that everything would have been a whole lot cleaner if we’d just stuck with Jason in the first place.</p> <p>The <em>Death in the Family </em>interactive movie makes a pretty good case that you should be careful what you wish for. Much like we’ve been told by every time-travel movie or TV show we’ve seen over the past 35 years, you never know what might result from going back and changing something in the past, even something innocuous. And the death of Robin definitely isn’t innocuous. It had far-reaching effects that extended beyond comics into other media. Batman and the Bat-Family were never the same after Jason met his end.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20Batman-Red%20Hood-Batarangs_5f88bc39e8f5c2.42941926.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Yet, <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>reminds us that even if Jason had survived it, the Joker’s brutal attack on him was still a shocking, traumatic event. It was bound to have some profound impact on Jason’s life, even if it didn’t cut that life short. Discovering those possible outcomes in <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is undeniably shocking—and also a lot of fun.</p> <p>One thing that’s worth knowing is that while <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>stands alone, it’s set firmly in the continuity of the 2010 DC animated movie <em><a href="/movies/batman-under-the-red-hood-2010" target="_blank">Batman: Under the Red Hood.</a> </em>If you’ve seen and enjoyed that movie, you’re probably going to love this one. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out first. <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood</em> gives us our baseline—it’s what’s “supposed” to happen with Jason Todd. Part of the enjoyment of <em>Death in the Family </em>is seeing how the interactivity subverts a lot of those events, something that lands better if you’re already familiar with them.</p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is also arriving at a fortunate time. With the world entering its eighth month of a global pandemic, audiences are hungry for something fresh and different to be entertained by at home, and <em>Death in the Family </em>is certainly that. When watched start to finish, the movie isn’t long—the lengthiest variations run about thirty minutes. However, the point is to explore and make different choices, seeing what might result.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20PUB-30_5f88bd0303b512.84146215.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>I can tell you that my first result was…not good. While entertaining in a sinister way, it was so opposite of what I was hoping would happen if Jason survived that in my second attempt, I chose to let him die just to see some things play out in a way that I was familiar with. My third attempt is where things got interesting. It opened up further choices, none of which were easy to make, and landed me my favorite of the movie’s seven different endings. (I’m not going to spoil it, except to say that it plays like a Grant Morrison-inspired take on <em>Citizen Kane’s </em>“rosebud.”) Credit to writer, director and producer Brandon Vietti for making sure the endings each feel authentic and believable, while remaining dramatically different from each other.</p> <p>Does giving audiences the ability to choose which way the story plays out make for a better movie? It’s certainly different, but I’m not sure I’d say better. There’s still a lot to be said about a singular story told well. However, “A Death in the Family” is the perfect source material for an interactive movie like this. For all of the comic’s notoriety, the story’s not really anything special. It’s infamous entirely because of the gimmick at its center. <em>Batman: A Death in the Family </em>largely gets rid of the story and fittingly doubles down on that gimmick, putting poor Jason’s fate in the hands of his fans again…and again and again.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF_Still_14_5f88bd2e835956.79215671.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>I’d like to think they’ll treat him a bit better this time. Only, after experiencing <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>myself, I’m no longer sure that treating Jason better is better for Gotham and the Bat-Family as a whole. <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>reminds us that it’s impossible to predict what might happen if you could go back and make a past decision differently—there’s just no way to foresee all the possible outcomes. And if your eyes are closed to something like that, 20/20 hindsight isn’t going to do you much good.<br />  </p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, writes our monthly Superman column, <a href="/blog/2020/10/01/super-here-forlana-lang-returning-to-clark-kents-life" target="_blank">"Super Here For...",</a> and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column.</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-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label 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Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/16/batman-death-in-the-family-reveals-the-challenges-of-choice" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 466186 at /blog/2020/10/16/batman-death-in-the-family-reveals-the-challenges-of-choice#comments How "A Death in the Family" Shook the World /blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world <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>How &quot;A Death in the Family&quot; Shook the World</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">Monday, October 12, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>This week sees the release of <em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family,</a> </em>the interactive animated movie based on the infamous 1988 comic book storyline that changed Batman and Robin as we know them. For those who aren’t all that familiar with it, this classic Bat-comic was a major turning point for not only the Dark Knight, but comic book culture in general. It saw the murder of Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker in a move that was ultimately decided by fandom.</p> <p>Jason Todd first appeared in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-357/digital-comic/T0037603575001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #357.</a></em> His origin may seem familiar. Perhaps even <em>too </em>familiar. Like Dick Grayson, he was a circus acrobat who lost his parents to crime. Over time, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne, and, with the blessing of Dick, became the new Robin.</p> <p>The reality-altering events of 1984-1985's <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths/digital-comic/T0266400018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">Crisis on Infinite Earths</a></em> gave DC a chance to correct some fan criticism that Jason was no more than a younger Dick Grayson clone. His origin was revamped in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-408/digital-comic/T0037604085001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #408</a></em> (written by <em>The Road to Perditions’</em> Max Allan Collins and penciled by Chris Warner). Jason was now a street kid who first met Batman when he was trying to steel the wheels from the Batmobile. He had a harder edge and a rebellious attitude. He was a Robin for his time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Batman408_5f8102e28b40b6.88515462.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <p>Or was he? Fans, unfortunately, didn't take to him. Was it his in-your-face attitude? Did they simply miss Dick Grayson? Whatever the reason, the response to the new Jason wasn’t kind and a solution was needed.</p> <p>DC had been looking for a way to test new fan voting technology on something that wasn't trivial. Writing in the postscript for the first edition of the <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">Batman: A Death in the Family</a></em> trade paperback, Batman group editor Denny O’Neil said, “We knew that the technology for polling our readers by telephone was available and we asked ourselves if we could use it—in effect, extend our policy of heeding the opinions fans express in letters and conversations at conventions and comic shops. If we did, it would be a first, and we didn’t want to waste it on anything minor: whether Firestorm’s boots should be red or yellow would not be an appropriate question to ask in this context, particularly since, unavoidably, each called in vote would cost the caller fifty cents. This had to be important stuff. Life-and-death."</p> <p>What could be bigger than deciding the fate of Robin? The stage was set for the story, told in 1988's <em>Batman #426-#429.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DeathFamily_1_5f810329961d28.43507370.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></em></p> <p>When "A Death in the Family" begins, Jason Todd’s world is rocked upon learning that Catherine Todd, the deceased woman who raised him, was not his biological mother. He sets off on a globe-trotting adventure to learn his mother’s true identity and find out if she’s still alive. Batman, knowing what it’s like to grow up without a mother, puts aside his initial apprehension and helps him. While searching in the Middle East, they have a run in with the Joker, who plans to get into the arms dealing business.</p> <p>Eventually, Batman and Robin find Jason’s mother, Sheila Haywood, in Ethiopia. The reunion is happy, until Jason learns his mother is being blackmailed by the Joker. Disobeying Batman’s orders to wait for him, Jason confronts his mother by himself, hoping to free her from the Clown Prince of Crime’s grip. Instead she turns her son over to the Joker.</p> <p>The betrayal from his mother probably hurt Jason much more than what came next—a vicious beating from the Joker with a crowbar.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/crowbar_5f81034790e1c1.22512364.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 786px;" /></p> <p>The Joker betrayed Sheila as well, leaving her and Jason trapped in a warehouse with a bomb. Despite the assault orchestrated by his own mother, Jason used his last ounce of strength in an effort to save her. It was the ultimate act of forgiveness and heroism. It was a move that won over some Jason Todd haters. But would enough be won over to save him?</p> <p>Batman arrived at the warehouse just in time to watch it explode. Was Jason alive or dead? The Dark Knight, the readers, and even DC’s editorial staff didn’t know at first.</p> <p>The cliffhanger for <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-427/digital-comic/T0037604275001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #427</a></em> was followed by a full page ad telling readers “Robin will die because the Joker wants revenge, but you can prevent it with a telephone call.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/batman_-_a_death_in_the_family-095_5f81036791f273.48107903.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>Readers were given two separate numbers to call, one if they wanted Jason to live and another if they wanted him to die. There was a 36-hour window to vote, and DC was prepared for both outcomes.</p> <p>“I had two versions of <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-428/digital-comic/T0037604285001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Batman #428</a></em> in the drawer, awaiting the verdict,” O’Neil wrote in 1988.</p> <p>Batfans got the message and 10,614 readers called in to vote on Jason’s fate. His fate was sealed with 5,343 voting in favor of death, while 5,271 voted for survival. With only a 72-vote margin, the tally was close. If more fans had called in, the history of the Batman universe would be different.</p> <p>The opening pages of <em>Batman #428</em> show the Dark Knight finding Jason’s body. The silent splash page of Batman holding his fallen sidekick has become one of the most iconic pages in comic book history and has served as the cover image for all collected editions of "A Death in the Family" and is recreated for the cover of the new animated movie.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/deathsplash_5f8104106f00b9.33478911.jpg" style="width: 638px; height: 952px;" /></p> <p>It was the most tragic event in Batman's life since his parents’ murder. Superman showed up for the last act of the story in an attempt to calm Batman’s sudden bloodlust. Alas, it all ends with the Joker’s body lost in a helicopter explosion over the water, leaving Batman feeling unresolved.</p> <p>"A Death in the Family" shook the world. “I was emphatically not prepared for the reaction," wrote O'Neil. "As soon as the news of Jason’s expiration got out, our publicity whiz, Peggy May, began getting calls from journalists. Dozens of them. For three long working days and part of a fourth, until Peggy declared a moratorium, I talked. To newspapermen. To disc jockeys. To radio and television reporters. Here and abroad. Again and again. I explained how the voting had worked, how the final decision was not DC’s."</p> <p>The specter of Jason’s death haunted Batman and his allies for many years. Nightwing also felt responsible, since he'd given Jason his blessing. A memorial case was erected in the Batcave to honor Jason’s tenure by displaying his costume. Once Tim Drake became Robin, the failure of Jason Todd served as a constant reminder of how dangerous the job was.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/death_in_the_family_banner_5f8104be5ef3a6.70465948.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 549px;" /></p> <p>To this day, “A Death in the Family” is still one of the few DC stories where the outcome was a direct result of fan participation. How different would Batman’s history have been with 72 additional votes? Would we have ever met Tim Drake?</p> <p>Although Jason Todd eventually returned, “A Death in the Family” still has permanent consequences. When he reappeared over a decade later, Jason struggled to forgive Bruce for allowing the Joker to live. Didn’t his mentor love him enough to avenge him? The storyline that posed that question, <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Under-the-Red-Hood/digital-comic/T0987900018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">“Under The Hood”</a> (written by Judd Winnick and art by Doug Mahnke and various), built on “A Death in the Family” to tell an equally emotional tale.</p> <p><em>Batman Annual #25</em>, which tied up the “Under the Hood” storyline, even used a page from the unpublished version of <em>Batman #428</em> that would’ve seen print had Jason lived.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/12_5f8104d498df19.57052893.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1075px;" /></p> <p>Even though it’s been thirty years, fans are still talking about “A Death in the Family” and the characters are still reeling from its emotional turmoil. Few comic book tales have had greater impact on the DC Universe and its fans.</p> <p>Now, over thirty years later, we have to ask—would you have voted to kill Jason Todd? If you could go back and do it differently, would you? Unfortunately, there’s no changing the past, but with the new <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>animated movie, you have a chance to do the next best thing and choose to let Jason live. What happens if you do? What sort of changes will that bring to the DCU? You’ll soon know and once again, the question of Jason’s death will loom large with Bat-fans.</p> <p><br /><em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> with be available on Blu-ray and DIgital on October 13th (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray). Interested in reading the comic? It's available <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">in print</a> and as <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-A-Death-in-the-Family/digital-comic/T1029100018301?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL3NsaWRlckxpc3Qvc2VyaWVz" target="_blank">a digital graphic novel.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/how-death-family-shook-world/" 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 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/2020/05/15/gotham-gazette-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too" target="_blank">"Gotham Gazette." </a>Follow him on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/TBUJosh" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</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/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-a-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: a death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</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/death-of-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of robin</a>, <a href="/tags/robins-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">robin&#039;s death</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-kills-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker kills robin</a>, <a href="/tags/fans-choose-robins-fate" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">fans choose robin&#039;s fate</a>, <a href="/tags/denny-oneil" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">denny o&#039;neil</a>, <a href="/tags/dennis-oneil" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dennis o&#039;neil</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-storylines" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman storylines</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman movie</a>, <a href="/tags/new-batman-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">new batman animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/joshua-lapin-bertone" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joshua lapin-bertone</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/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="How &quot;A Death in the Family&quot; Shook the World" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 12 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 466150 at /blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world#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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