He does, however, have a big green laser that he blasts Batman with so that he can turn him into a 4-year-old. The Joker on the other hand sees no reason to crack open the mystery of Batman. I'm honestly tempted to make a case for "Beware the Gray Ghost," too, because it's the story that best encapsulates what the idea of Batman means to his readers. If there was any doubt that Dini and Radomski were hanging a lampshade on it, however, that's eliminated when Harley Quinn offers Batman the equally cliché choice of letting her go or saving Catwoman, not realizing he's within arm's reach of the switch that can shut off the machinery. I think you’re absolutely right. There are 4 company that have an address matching 41075 Hwy 195 Haleyville, AL 35565. Joker just goes places and there’s a devious plan, already in place and in motion. Superman, for instance, isn’t just a good man with super-powers, he’s a symbol of everything that’s good and selfless with a face and a logo on his chest, and as much as Batman’s come to symbolize the relentless, single-minded pursuit of justice, the Joker’s done the same, becoming chaos itself. And that’s not really that compelling. Like Luthor, he’s almost omnipresent, the strength of the earlier stories, the visual contrast and the prominence of his character on the TV show pushing him to the forefront for most of the character’s life. So you disagree with the Joker’s characterization of himself in TDK as “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? Therefore, he is the tester of Batman. Actually, while the description of the Joker is seemingly detailed, I found your post lacking in analysis. It’s just a poison that caused their muscles to force a smile. Then when he died, I was like hey I seen that movie. You don't dress up as a bat and drive around in a rocket car to fight supervillains just because you think a spooky cape is going to give you an edge against crime. There’s not a whole lot that’s distinctive about him–when you stack him up against the rest of the arch-criminals, anyway–and aside from the visual aspects, there’s almost nothing in the character that we’d recognize as the Joker of today. I found myself wanting to pick your brain on several point and this will provide incredible banter material in the future. He claims to want to destroy “the schemers” or “people with plans”. 10:16. I think they need to re-evaluate the whole joker fish thing. See more ideas about sims 4, sims, superhero. Nov 2, 2020 - Explore Amanda's board "Sims 4 Superhero CC", followed by 102 people on Pinterest. I’ll be amazed if they don’t go with a darker version of the Riddler in the next Dark Knight film. You know, I just, do things. More importantly, though, this [the Killing Joke] is the story that brings the one great similarity between Batman and the Joker to the forefront: They’re both amazing planners, So you disagree with the Joker’s characterization of himself in TDK as “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. There's a theatricality to Batman, a piece of his character that only really works if you accept that he's a guy who, for all his brooding, truly loves what he does. That connection didn’t orginate with Rogers–that film was the inspiration for the Joker in the first place! It all fits. This is the guy who pushes Batman to his limit in Dark Knight Returns and snaps his own neck after a triple-digit murder spree, just to make everyone think Batman’s finally lost it. Great article Cris, hoping you come out with more features on the bad people. (I had been working on this for a while, but until Chris Sims wrote his excellent piece on the Joker, I had been having a lot of problems structuring it the way I wanted it to flow. Well done! Penguin's story features Batman relying on the Utility Belt and turning his foe's weapons against him, and Joker's finds Batman enduring the pain of an electric chair before escaping. I’ll fix it when I get home. That's a big piece of the mythos, and don't let anyone tell you it isn't. yet all of his attacks in the movie must have required precise planning and thought. I’m sure Siegel wasn’t going for those connotations, but the obnoxious post-structuralist in me says authorial intent is irrelevant, anyway. Great post. Anyway, I’m just going to repeat what everyone else has said. What makes him? He can do anything, so why bother? I just watched it again (the relevant flashback is on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QPGqqLYSjg), and it’s certainly the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen from the animated series folks; it’s something about the way Tim still moves like an acrobat even when he’s been essentially destroyed as a person. By shifting around the focus, putting Batman in the background, it makes the villains we see defeated at the end of every episode seem genuinely threatening. Whereas that Batman of the 1940s is a dour, grim avenger in black and grey who works in secret and things like “a fitting end for his kind” when he “accidentally” kicks a dude into a vat of chemicals, the Joker’s loud and garish enough to broadcast his intentions over the airwaves, and while Golden Age Batman was a lot more prone to witty fight banter, the Joker’s alarmingly direct: From the start, he’s an amazing visual, and it’s a complete inversion of the classic hero and villain formula. It's the allies. I’ve passed this along to a number of people; a really enjoyable and illuminating read. —Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men Origins: Wolverine The story is so good and the art, the art just blows my mind every time I read it. If he’d tried to trademark the fish, he probably would’ve succeeded. For our purposes, though, we need to focus on what it really means to be a "perfect unit of Batman.". In her first appearance, "Pretty Poison," Ivy seduces and attempts to murder Harvey Dent, and it turns out that he still holds a pretty understandable grudge, even after switching sides and becoming a supervillain. However, they have a lot of useful mods, especially ones created by Chris Hatch.) You can see it in the characters, of course, but you can also see it in the way everything is designed. Of course, three years prior to the story, the Joker was already popular and prominent enough to carry his own solo series, even if it did last a short nine issues, so who knows? Holy crap, Chris! That makes narrowing down a single one a pretty daunting task. He’s less a criminal and more a force of nature. For that matter it certainly doesn’t make them anything other than mad. Precisely! I remember when I was very small, reading a little book version of the Laughing Fish, which probably explains so much about what I have become. Short answer: a black-ops agent, Jason Bourne style, who got burned – bad. He’s just also a liar. I try to show the schemers how, pathetic, their attempts to control things really are.”, Of course, as you’ve written, “The Joker” isn’t one character but several depending on who’s writing the story, and besides, the character isn’t always honest…. After you pull away the “chaos” and the “lies,” what’s left for the character? A force of nature is unpredictable, unplanned, has no goal, and unbiased. In other words, the only thing really different about Batman and Joker are their ultimate goals (order versus entropy). I never really heard of him until the batman movie. BackAlleySims (Chris Hatch) This is an 18+ adult site for simmers, so be aware. In fact, in several cases it involved seriously going out of his way. This was the Joker in full end-boss mode, the Final Form of the Clown Prince of Crime that shot and paralyzed Barbara Gordon and gleefully beat Robin to death with a crowbar. It does, after all, have pretty much everything you want to see from Batman: The casual way he takes a thug’s veiled punches and then lays him out in one shot (a trademark of O’Neil’s ’70s Batman), the deduction of where the Joker’s hiding based off the dirt on his shoes, he fights a shark, and of course… well, just look at this thing: Of course, it is a Joker story, and O’Neil did a lot to bring back what was so compelling about the character: He’s on a murder spree that’s ostensibly based on getting revenge against the henchman who sold him out, but beneath the surface, there’s the idea that for the Joker, it’s far easier to just kill five people than find out which one ratted him out. I think Batman realizes he could have easily gone the way of the Joker and understands what drives him, even if he loathes it. From there on out, it just got scarier. For evidence, you don’t need to look any further than the 1966 TV show. His piece provided a helpful baseline for me to work from, and for that I give him kudos and praise.) I came out of that movie wanting to follow the Joker because he turned the craziness into some coherant plan… and i’m only mildly nuts. Maybe. That's a pretty tall order, cramming in everything there is about Batman without making the story feel bloated and overstuffed, but with "Almost Got 'Im," director Eric Radomski and writer Paul Dini—also the show's Story Editor, who'd write most of the best episodes and go on to write Batman stories in the comics on and off for the next 25 years—pull it off. Matt: Not even so much out of malice as much as just curiosity. They let schoolkids do it now. We don’t have enough information to do more than guess. And by now, you’d have to know that he’s totally bugfuck crazy, so he might just kill you because he thinks it’ll be funny. That doesn’t have much to do with this post, but man, those are some good stories. Is this what we can expect from the suddenly more mature Chris? Add to that the fact that he’s around thirty real-time years into his criminal career at this point and would therefore probably be heading off to jail anyway with or without the evidence of his ex-flunkie, and you’ve got someone who breezes into town like a thunderstorm and just starts killing because it’s second nature to him. It’s as close to a turning point for the character as you’re likely to find. Except for the first bank robbery, the movie skips straight ahead to the point after Joker has already conceived and executed all his plans. http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1826024, “It’s not that he can do anything, it’s that he does things unpredictably but realistically and, most importantly, deliberately. Was it just a slow build that returned the Joker to his roots, a combination of his lasting visual appeal and the further refining of Batman as the ultra-competent super-detective adventurer that he evolved into? Dr. Doom, for instance, starts out as a visually interesting character with an awesome name, but until he steals the Power Cosmic and becomes DOCTOR DOOM, he’s just a cool-looking guy that once sent the Fantastic Four back in time to look for pirate treasure. It might not make sense from a realistic perspective, but as a bit of visual shorthand, it's rad as hell. For now, all you need to know is that it’s Batman hitting someone with a chair while asking them to take a seat. Sure… he’d end up getting himself killed or something, but he should help a brother out! ", Q: It's the 25th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series. I DEMAND MY MONEY BACK.”. So lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this guy: That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anybody, given the amount of time I spend thinking about Batman in general, but since seeing The Dark Knight, I’ve been trying to figure out why the Joker has become the kind of character that he is. His understanding of military and police procedure. Your post kicked me in the brain, not the face! When the bank robbers escape the police, they do it by going up, climbing to the roof of the building where they'll eventually face Batman—they're literally above the law, beyond the capabilities of the police. And that observation on Frank Gorshin’s portrayal was spot on. The people he murders are less than nothing to him; it’s not about them. Compare him to Batman. Chris Sims Bat Family Harley Quinn Joker Fictional Characters Superman Character Faces Batman Family. “Now that,” thought seven year old Juicy, “is hardcore”. Meagan Damore May 11, 2016. By focusing on the hapless Sid the Squid, "The Man Who Killed Batman" takes viewers on a tour through Gotham City's underworld, interacting with the Joker, who stands in for Batman's more colorful arch-nemeses, and Rupert Thorne, who represents the more "realistic" gangsters. As you pointed out, you have to accept the Joker’s plan is perfect, since all the evidence you’re given of the plan is the fact that everything works exactly as the Joker wants it to. ATTENTION HOLLYWOOD DIRECTORS: What we want more of is shots of extras hiding things. The best villains, after all, are the ones that bring out the contrasts within the hero himself, and that’s something Batman has to spare. The Train!" And Doom is nothing if not a megalomaniac. The evolution of the character of Joker is one of the things that I looked forward to as it involves not only his sad plight (turning into joker) and the way he keeps on making strategical plans to bait Batman out in the open. It all comes down to Frank Gorshin, who just played the hell out of the role, snapping back and forth from manic glee to genuinely chilling obsession several times in every scene at a pace that would mirror the Joker’s portrayal in Batman: The Animated Series–which also reinvented the Riddler as a far more smug, intellectual villain–twenty-five years later. Incidentally, on the animated series, they added aspects of “Five Way Revenge” to the episode based on “The Laughing Fish” to meet the standard of shark-fighting. You should take more vacations if this is the kind of stuff your brain gets up to when not at work! For example, Joker finds Dent at the hospital and apparently all on his own had filled the place with explosives? On a purely functional level, there's just more in this episode than almost any other. The mob has plans, the cops have plans, Gordon’s got plans. In any case, as entertaining as Cesar Romero’s Joker is–and brother, he is entertaining–he’s just another thematic villain for Batman to deal with that week. I think there’s a lot of disparate theories out there about why the Joker is Batman’s opposite number, and you’ve managed to tie all of them together into something coherent. Well, if the shots are clever and interesting and relatively brief, then yeah, shots of extras hiding things are not necessarily bad. ... Garth, the Renegade Scientist, a name that doesn't exactly have the intimidating ring of, say, the Joker. I picked up some black & white Adams/O’Neil Batman trades last week. Killing the owners of the gems was for the same reason as announcing his crimes ahead of time–because he could. I suppose he could copyright the poison, but he would never want or allow anyone to use the Toxin but himself, so I don’t see any profit in it for him. What a wonderful and thoughtful analysis of the Joker. This article was about how the Joker became so iconic, not what is done with him now that he is already the icon. Also, O’Neil brings in one of the most important and lasting aspects of the character–His “game” against Batman: There are a few more villains who’d rather beat Batman than kill him–the Riddler springs to mind–but by refusing to kill him when the opportunity presents itself, as it does more than a couple of times, the Joker sets himself up as Batman’s equal and adds an even more sinister aspect to his crimes. If the criminals are above the law, then Batman is above them. From the awesome thought-chart to the perfect analysis, this is why the ISB rules! The comics have generally done a much better job of establishing the detailed plans, as well as the executions, than the movies. As for the hired help? Then again, maybe I have this backwards. Why do people work for the Joker? But misdirection for what? Admittedly, the Joker was a pretty big deal — he killed almost as many people in that movie as … Two-Face's, on the other hand (drawn from World's Finest #30's "The Penny Plunderers, which, in case you were wondering, is the source of the giant penny in the Batcave's trophy room), is escaped with cleverness and stealth. I don’t think the Joker in Dark Knight is necessarily a “force of nature,” especially in the same respect as Superman. Whoa – is that, gasp, actual analysis on the ISB? …So, you doing anything later? Bravo! In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. Including four major villains—five if you include Catwoman, six if you want to view Harley Quinn and the Joker as two separate forces, and seven if you really want to make the case for counting Killer Croc based on how the other villains treat him—gives the show an opportunity to show how the bad guys interact with each other when Batman's not around. I think “The Laughing Fish” may have been the first non-Disney comic I ever read. They just start from strange premises…. Gotham has a whole Narrows full of madmen… Pay attention to his face-to-face comments in the Interrogation scene in TDK to Batman. Satan is the adversary – he tests men before God to show they are weak and evil. I read somewhere that the origins of the clown’s make up go back to Medieval plays where such makeup was used to portray the devil. The companies are Joker Enterprises Inc, Big Dog Transport Inc, Chris Sims … Incapable of not smiling? Not to make a huge political point but you can plan stuff like that… and the ‘crazy’ often have a big organizing plan. The Joker cheats, of course, but he literally has an ace up his sleeve. Those two stories did show you just HOW mad and scary the Joker was – and why Batman probably sweats when he faces him. Rather than focusing on a single villain, or even a team-up, it's a story in which four of them cycle through a series of vignettes, cutting straight to the set pieces without sacrificing that moodiness. Chris Sims: It was something that we'd never really heard of. That is why they can never destroy each other, each completes the other. In Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Alti Firmansay's "X-Men 92" #6, the X-Men will come across the Flaming Lips and the Toadies. But even those characters fall short of the gold standard: Scarecrow’s archenemy may be Batman, but Batman’s archenemy is the Joker. You know what I am? More importantly, though, this is the story that brings the one great similarity between Batman and the Joker to the forefront: They’re both amazing planners. Simply amazing! His use of misinformation, his complete disregard of his ‘criminal allies’ but his DESIRE to NOT kill Batman. It showed that these stories can matter—that they can inspire you to do good. 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