6 things we love about The Joker
"All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day."
Unhinged. Terrifying. Fascinating. That’s our guy. Guess who? The Joker.
One of the most recognisable villains in pop culture, his level of infamy has positioned the Joker as one of the most iconic villains of all time. From the much-loved late Heath Ledger’s role to Jack Nicholson’s standout adaptation, this infamous villain has a history that dates back to 1940. That’s right, this creepy yet cool (don’t fight it) comic character is full of stories, surprises, and scary, scaaaaary thoughts.
Fast forward to 2019, and a new Joker movie is about to be released, with Joaquin Phoenix portraying his haunting origin story.
Get excited guys. And no, not because we’re about to start showing you photos of Margot Robbie in her Harley Quinn gear.
Keep reading to find out more about the villain of all villains.
Well, we don’t actually know… but no one does! Yup, the Joker’s birth name, background, and ‘personal life’ is semi unknown. In fact, his whole identity is. Throughout every single comic, his real identity has been kept completely quiet -the guy doesn’t even have any personal records! Freaky, huh? Ensuring his background has never been revealed is of course a deliberate choice by his creators to make this mysterious character even more interesting.
Batman’s first independent comic came out in April 25, 1940, published by DC Comics, and guess who was there? Only our favourite psychopathic clown! Originally intended to meet a nasty fate early on, the character gets the last laugh (and many lives), appearing in a huge nine out of the first 12 Batman comics. Created by writer Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson, Joker has been wreaking havoc on innocent people in Gotham City as the archenemy of Batsy for decades.
Responsible for a lot of tragedies in Batman's life, some say that he even knows that Batman is actually Bruce Wayne. Often one step ahead, a few of the comics hint that he’s onto good old Brucey. Why? Not only is he responsible for the paralysis of Batgirl and the murder of the second Robbin, but he always seems to hurt the people close to Bruce Wayne. RIP Alfred’s hand. Yup. The Joker cut Batman’s finest ally Alfred’s hand off guys. Say no more.
Now, we’re not saying The Joker is more popular than Batman himself, but… this is a no judgement zone! Anyway. Due to the characters popularity he was given his own comic series. Great idea? Wrong. Unfortunately, back in the day the Comics Code Authority stated that all villains had to be apprehended by the end of every issue. This resulted in the plotline for every issue being the same (he escaped from prison, and ended up back in prison), resulting in his standalones only lasting nine issues. Boo, hoo.
Originally back in the 40’s and 50’s comics, the Joker a sidekick named Gaggy. Later, he was to gain a much more popular sidekick/ lover. Ah. Margot. Oops. We meant Harley Quinn of course. Her story? Pretty… messed up. Portraying The Joker’s psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel, she somehow falls In love with him as she’s treating him, even allowing him to escape Arkham a number of times. Finally driven to madness due to her love for him, she too turns to a life of crime becoming the criminal Harley Quinn, his closest sidekick.
Portrayed by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman movie, this was The Joker’s first cinematic appearance and what an appearance it was. Paving the way for different directors, actors and various narratives to showcase the infamous character, it was just the beginning. We’ve seen the late Heath Ledger’s incredible portrayal in The Dark Knight, Jared Leto’s wacky interpretation in Suicide Squad, and now we can’t wait for Joaquin Phoenix’s depiction in upcoming movie, Joker.