The ongoing feud between Batman and Joker is one of the most iconic rivalries in the history of comic books. Batman’s arch-nemesis, Joker, is a mastermind criminal who always has something up his sleeve. However, one question that has been puzzling fans for a long time is whether Batman knows Joker’s real name or not.
There have been several instances in the comic books where Batman seems to know Joker’s real name. In “Batman: Confidential #7-12,” Batman discovers the identity of Joker while investigating a murder case. He finds out that the man who would become the Joker was once an engineer named Jack, who fell into a vat of chemicals and emerged as the Clown Prince of Crime.
In “Batman: The Killing Joke,” Joker claims that his past is multiple-choice and that he prefers his past to be “multiple choice.” This suggests that even if Batman were to learn his true identity, it may not be accurate.
However, it is also important to note that in many storylines, including “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Batman: Year One,” and “The Dark Knight,” Batman does not know Joker’s real name.
It is clear that there is no consistent answer when it comes to whether or not Batman knows Joker’s true identity. Some storylines suggest that he does while others suggest that he doesn’t.
Regardless of whether or not Batman knows the Joker’s true identity, their rivalry remains one of the most intense and engaging in all of comics. The mystery surrounding Joker’s true identity only adds to his enigmatic character, making him even more intriguing as an adversary for Batman.
In conclusion, while there have been instances where it seems like Batman knows Joker’s real name, there have also been many storylines where he does not. Ultimately, it may be up to individual interpretation as to whether or not Batman truly knows who his arch-nemesis really is.