ByAfshan Jaffery, writer at Creators.co
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Afshan Jaffery

Batman is one of the most eloquent superheroes of DC Extended Universe (DCEU), and no matter what psychologists think about his mental health, we believe that he is a hero every city needs. It is kind of obvious that being a superhero is bat shit crazy, no pun intended. Who wants to go out at midnight and save people from criminals, risking his own life? Only insane people. However, maybe we need insane heroes to deliver justice to insane criminals.

How can a sane person like Commissioner James Gordon catch criminals like The Joker? The honest answer is he can't. We need someone who operate on the same level of manic energy and madness. We don't need a psychologists to tell that Joker is battier than Batman because he said so himself. Is he really mad, or is there some weird, twisted logic which can explain his behavior?

Here are some lesser known facts about The Joker and why he does what he does.

1. The Family Man

Joker and his wife as appeared in 'Batman The Killing Joke' (1988) [Credit: DC Comics]
Joker and his wife as appeared in 'Batman The Killing Joke' (1988) [Credit: DC Comics]

It is damn difficult to imagine The Joker as a family man, but this is true that he was once a beloved husband and soon-to-be father and his sole concern in life was to feed his family. In Batman: The Killing Joke (1988), it was revealed that The Joker was a stand-up comedian who was frustrated because all his jokes were worn out and people had stopped laughing at them, explaining his fascination with "telling a joke." Things started to go south when his pregnant wife died in an accident and he was left with no desire to live.

2. Barbara Gordon: The Librarian

Barbara Gordon a.k.a., The Batgirl [Credit: DC Comics]
Barbara Gordon a.k.a., The Batgirl [Credit: DC Comics]

What can be considered as one of his most heinous crimes, The Joker shot Barbara Gordon right on her doorstep and kidnapped her father Commissioner Gordon. The movie Dark Knight (2008) portrayed him as an insane killer, but in comic books, he was way worse than just a killer. After shooting Barbara Gordon, he undressed a bleeding and whimpering girl so he could take photos of her to torment Commissioner Gordon. He even taunted by calling her a "Coffee Table Edition" when she fell on the ground after taking the bullet.

Barbara became paralyzed and she had to abandon her career as Batgirl as a result of her injuries.

3. Red Hood Mob

Joker wearing the Red Hood Costume [Credit: DC Comics]
Joker wearing the Red Hood Costume [Credit: DC Comics]

Widely known as the leader of Red Hood Gang, Joker has been credited with many crimes he has not originally committed. In Batman: The Killing Joke it was revealed that he was an ex-engineer who was working at the chemical plant before calling it quits to be a stand-up comedian. Later, he was approached by members of Red Hood Gang and they made him an offer to lead them through the chemical plant so they could rob the card factory next door.

They gave him the costume and hood of Red Hood to wear on their rendezvous. Little did he know that he was going to be used as a scapegoat.

4. An Axe To Grind

Joker meeting Batman for the first time. [Credit: DC Comics]
Joker meeting Batman for the first time. [Credit: DC Comics]

Joker has an axe to grind with Batman way before the events of Dark Knight. On the fateful night of the robbery, the criminals were spotted by the security at the chemical plant. While the other criminals were shot, the Joker flees the scene and was cornered by none other than Batman himself, who mistook him for the original Red Hood. In his effort to dodge Batman, he jumped into the chemical basin, which eventually caused his mind to become unstable and created his strange appearance.

The way he is adamant to not kill Batman proves that he considered him responsible for his existence. Not killing Batman and committing crimes right under his nose is Joker's own way of torturing him.

5. Enemy Of My Enemy

Ayatullah Khomeini [Credit: DC Comics]
Ayatullah Khomeini [Credit: DC Comics]

In Batman: A Death in the Family (1988), Joker had been appointed as an Iranian ambassador to the United Nations by Ayatullah Khomeini, which gave him diplomatic immunity in United States, meanings he could not be persecuted for his previous crimes. During his speech at General Assembly — where Batman was also present as Bruce Wayne — he declared that he had been wronged by the world and tried to poison the chamber. However, Superman, in disguise of a security guard, intervened at the right time and inhaled all the gas, saving the lives of everyone inside.

6. Both Oars In Water

Joker [Credit: DC Comics]
Joker [Credit: DC Comics]

Regardless of all his claims of insanity, the things Joker did to his enemies are evident that deep down he wants to be accepted as a normal person. He tortured people just to make a point that anyone can go mad just like him. In Batman: The Killing Joke, after kidnapping Commissioner Gordon, he kept him naked in a cage with a leash around his neck. He also used naked pictures of his daughter, Barbara Gordon, to drive him insane. However, his efforts were not successful and Commissioner Gordon stayed strong, though deeply tormented by the turn of events.

When Batman finally discovered what Joker was doing to Commissioner Gordon, he told him that maybe it was the Joker all along, and not the bad day, because not everyone was like him.

7. A Drop In The Bucket

Joker in the movie 'Dark Knight' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Joker in the movie 'Dark Knight' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

For Joker, murder itself is inconsequential, which means it holds little or no importance in his eyes. He prefers to keep people alive or kill them slowly and painfully. It is the fear and anticipation of pain that is pleasurable for him. Despite the hints given about this lesser-known facts, only the comic book fans know that Joker doesn't look at his victims while killing them. His treatment of Commissioner Gordon, his daughter and even Batman himself are clear evidences that he prefers to torture people slowly as compared to get done with his enemies once and for all.

The Joker people saw in the movie, Dark Knight, was just one version of what the original character is in comics. He is vengeful, sadistic, calculative and maniacal, but above all, he is unpredictable.

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