Batman and Joker’s relationship has been one of the most iconic rivalries in comic book history. The Caped Crusader, sworn to protect Gotham City from all forms of evil, has faced off against the Clown Prince of Crime countless times over the years. However, one question that has been on everyone’s mind is whether Batman finally kills Joker in the end.
The Unbreakable Bond:
Batman and Joker share a unique bond that goes beyond the typical hero-villain relationship. They are two sides of the same coin, with Batman representing justice and order while Joker embodies chaos and anarchy. Their conflict has defined each other’s existence, making it impossible for one to exist without the other.
The Killing Joke:
In Alan Moore’s graphic novel ‘The Killing Joke,’ Joker escalates his war on Batman by Targeting his closest ally, Commissioner Gordon. He shoots Gordon’s daughter Barbara (aka Batgirl) and tortures Commissioner Gordon to prove a point – anyone can be driven insane like him with just “one bad day.”
Batman’s Moral Code:
Despite everything that Joker does, Batman remains steadfast in his moral code – he never kills his enemies. It is this unwavering belief that sets him apart from other superheroes who may have taken a different approach towards their enemies.
In Scott Snyder’s ‘Batman: Endgame,’ Joker unleashes a deadly virus on Gotham City, turning its citizens into crazed monsters. Batman finds himself pushed to his limits as he races against time to find a cure while also battling the infected hordes.
The Final Showdown:
In the climactic finale, Batman tracks down Joker to an abandoned carnival where they engage in their final battle. The fight is brutal as both men are pushed to their limits. In a moment of desperation, Batman uses a serum that turns him into a temporary superhuman.
The Final Blow:
As the fight comes to an end, Joker lies defeated on the ground. He taunts Batman, knowing that he is about to die from the virus. In a moment of rage, Batman picks up a batarang and prepares to strike Joker down once and for all.
The Ambiguous Ending:
The story ends with an ambiguous panel where we see Batman holding the batarang over Joker’s prone body. The final fate of Joker is left up to interpretation – did Batman finally break his moral code and kill his arch-nemesis? Or did he simply disarm himself in a moment of realization?
In conclusion, the question of whether Batman kills Joker in the end remains unresolved. While some fans believe that Batman finally crossed the line and ended Joker’s reign of terror, others argue that he remained true to his moral code until the very end. Regardless of what actually happened in ‘Batman: Endgame,’ one thing is certain – their relationship will continue to be one of the most compelling and iconic rivalries in comic book history.