So obviously there were a lot big reveals from the start of DC’s Rebirth phase, but one of the most puzzling things to me is the fact that there are now 3 Jokers. This has been something that’s been building since Batman became Bat-God and asked the Mobius chair the true identity of the Joker. I guess he wasn’t exactly expecting the answer he got. So let’s talk Rebirth craziness!
We’ve heard discussions before about the Joker’s real origin possibly being revealed during the new phase of DC. The Joker’s identity actually being revealed wasn’t something I was personally a fan of. The Joker being such a mysterious chaotic force has always been part of the reason as to why he was so fascinating. We’re so used to getting origin stories explaining why these characters became the person they are now. But the fact that we simply don’t know what made this guy so messed up, dehumanised to him the point where you don’t really see him as a person, more just this chaotic monster who cannot be stopped.
During Scott Snyder’s run, the question of him being immortal was even brought up. But then it was quickly revealed that that wasn’t true, it was just the Joker messing with Batman. Or was he? Perhaps there’s more to the immortal story than was once believed.
Because now we’re hearing that there isn’t one Joker, there isn’t two Jokers, there’s three! Right now it seems that the three Jokers are:
- The original Joker from the 1940s: He was crazy but not necessarily as dark as the next Joker
- Killing Joke Joker: Things stopped being funny and he was truly terrifying
- New 52 Joker: You know the one who was running around with his ripped off face taped to his flesh.
Now these Jokers are definitely 3 different people, as Rebirth mentioned that there were 2 in different places at the same time. So this isn’t some weird multiple personality thing or something like that, they are actually 3 different people (unless there’s some weird explanation as to how the same person can be at 2 different places at the same time, but you know, comics).
Thinking about what this means for continuity for too long makes your head hurt, have there always been 3? Do they decide between them who gets to mess with Batman for the next few years? But just going off the simple fact that there are 3 different people who are all the Joker, what does it mean, well for everything?!
Look, in the world of comics, weird things happen all the time. And you scratch your head, and you prematurely freak out (*cough* Captain America), but sometimes you just need to see where this is all going.
But for the sake of it, based on the little of what we know, I’ll make my snap judgment, I’m not a fan. My perception of the Joker (I know wahh not mah Joker) has been this person with a very strong philosophy. His actions are based on his skewed worldview. He believes that chaos is the normal state, and for people to act otherwise is to deny the true nature of life. So instead of trying to conform to what he perceives as abnormal behaviour, he acts just as crazy as how he perceives the world. To the Joker, he’s not really the crazy one, everyone else is. And what’s terrifying is that we don’t know why he sees the world this way. What happened to him that made him completely lose the notion of normalcy and sanity?
His chaotic nature draws him to Batman. He looks to Batman as someone like him, but is denying their true nature. Joker believes Batman wastes his time trying to create order, it doesn’t make sense. Which is why their relationship has always been so interesting to watch unfold.
But now that’s changed. Now we have 3 different people as the Joker. It’s no longer about one man’s strong philosophy conflicting with another, it’s about 3 different people with seemingly unknown worldviews and motivations. So my perception of the Joker has been completely confused, I have no idea who these 3 people are and the way they think.
The dynamic between Joker and Batman inherently changes with the fact that now we know there have been different people interacting with him.
But ya know, comics right. It would be unfair to completely dismiss this idea without first letting the creators tell the story. And maybe we’ll need to re-evaluate the way we view the Joker, but as long as the story is well executed then I can’t really complain. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how they explain this all!
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