There’s no Batman adversary more iconic than the Joker. But how much do you know about this crazy killer? Some think he started his life as Jack Napier, however that hasn’t been officially accepted as canon. They say he’s got super sanity, which is a heightened sensory perception that makes him farther on the spectrum past psychopaths and sociopaths. There are also rumors that he even knows Batman’s true identity, which is why he’s been known to target those close to Bruce Wayne.
After all these years, neither Batman nor the Joker can seem to rid themselves of the other. But is that what they really want? Would there be a Joker without a Batman? Or more importantly, would there be a Batman with the Joker?
Those are just some of the questions that led us to do some more research about the Clown Prince of Crime. Here are some more facts about the Joker that may cause you to suit up in your Batman costume to save the city from the chaos the Joker creates. Or maybe you’re more of a villain. We won’t judge if you choose to rock a Joker costume instead.
- The Joker was supposed to be killed off after his first run-in with Batman almost 80 years ago. But luckily, additional frames were ordered by the editor in charge depicting the villainous clown coming back to life.
- His first sidekick wasn’t the infamous Harley Quinn. A little clown named Gagsworth A. Gagsworthy, Gaggy for short, filled that roll. Gaggy caught the Joker’s eye after circus performer attacked another clown out of resentment for being sent down to the freak show division of the circus.
- The Joker’s most iconic sidekick and girlfriend Harley Quinn did not make her debut in the comics. Her first appearance was in the 90s in “Batman: The Animated Series” as the Joker’s appointed therapist in Arkham Asylum, Harleen Quinzel.
- The character was inspired by the film based on the novel by Victor Hugo named “The Man Who Laughs.” The main character’s face is surgically disfigured into a permanent smile to pay for the crimes committed by his father.
- In the DC Universe, the Joker has the highest individual body count. In The Joker: Devil’s Advocate his body count is over 2,000 people. But since that came out more than 20 years ago, that number is closer to 3,000 now.
DC Comics created one of the greatest rivalries of all time. We’re excited to see what’s next for Batman and the Joker. We won’t have to wait long. Joker is set to premiere in October 2019. Although it is separate from the DC Extended Universe, we’re excited to see what Joaquin Phoenix does with the character. We’ll keep you posted on all things DCEU and more, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest to stay up-to-date!