#TheJoker, Batman's arch-nemesis, is one of the most popular comic book characters ever created, and it goes without saying that countless cosplayers take up the iconic white face paint, green hair dye and purple suit when a big fan convention comes along. But on the other side of that two-sided coin are those who take their admiration of the character a little too far. As early as a few days ago, policemen were able to apprehend the latest Joker without the help of Batman.
The Man Behind The Joke:
Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, a 29-year-old tattoo model, was arrested by police in Dade County, Miami after witnesses claimed that he was pointing a loaded firearm at passersby and cars in traffic. What made Sullivan stand out and gain media attention was his heavily tattooed look, which took clear inspiration from the Joker.
As seen in the mugshot above, Sullivan took notes from the two most recent iterations of the Joker, specifically those of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. The stitched scars on his cheeks hearken to Joker's speech in Christopher Nolan's most celebrated #Batman movie, while the phrases "Ha Ha" and "Fuck Batman" are spread across his face.
Sullivan was charged for carrying an unregistered concealed firearm. When asked for a permit, Sullivan said that he didn't have one because "it's expensive." Sullivan was detained at the Turner Guilford Knight correctional center, with a bail bond set at $5,000.
The Joker And The Identity Thieves
Believe it or not, Sullivan is not the first Joker to be arrested by policemen.
In September 2012, Christopher Sides was arrested in Florida after concerned citizens called about a Joker lookalike they believed was acting suspiciously. It should be noted that this happened a few months after the mass shooting in a Colorado theater, where James Holmes killed 12 people who had gone to watch The Dark Knight Rises. Holmes later identified himself to authorities as "The Joker."
In March 2017, Jeremy Putnam was arrested by Virginian cops for walking around town in a Joker costume while carrying a sword. Puntam, who looked like the Joker from The Dark Knight, clarified that while he may be a fan of the character, he was in no way a psychopath. As it turns out, Puntam was arrested for wearing face paint, not for carrying a sword. A law in Virginia states that anyone above 16 is not permitted to wear anything that conceals their face - a mandate violated by Puntam which could land him five years in jail.
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