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Fox released a teaser the other day with a straight up tease of a young Joker debuting on Gotham. If you want to hear about that then just look here, because I'm not planning on covering it in depth. No, I'm here to tell Fox why we don't want to know the Joker's story or why he is the way he is.

See, the Joker has always had an ambiguous backstory. Every time you think you're getting his history he pulls the rug from under your feet and reveals that your leg was being pulled the whole time. And we wouldn't have it any other way. The Joker is as far from a sympathetic character as it gets, because at the end of the day, we love to hate him. Something about his mad and nonsensical thought process has had us hooked from day one. He makes very little sense and really seems to have no end goal for the most part, at least, not that he lets on anyway. That's not to say he doesn't have a plan, he almost always has a plan, but even when it's foiled he never seems to bothered and his apparent interests often seem to contradict each other.

So how do you create an origin for a character like that? Well, you don't. Because when you're talking about a guy who consistently tries to level an entire city just for kicks, there isn't really anything that can be dreamed up which would satisfy us. Our imaginations are much more powerful than we give them credit for. It's a simple fact: the more we know about and understand something, the less scary it becomes. It's a lot more enjoyable to speculate about the Joker being an ex-soldier or a failed comedian than it is to have it handed to to us that he went crazy simply after falling into a pile of acid. If we get to project our own history onto the character, then we create a villain that appeals to us personally, one shrouded in mystery and thus much more frightening than the most soul destroying tragedy imaginable.

So if we see an origin for the Joker on Gotham, rather than just a tease and some foreshadowing, then I'll be sorely disappointed. Because no matter how brilliant, interesting or compelling it is, the majority of (or at least a large proportion of) us comic fans will dislike it. And when fanboys with computers dislike something, boy does the world know about it.

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