Batman / Batman Joker

Has Batman Killed the Joker?

The Debate

The debate over whether Batman has killed the Joker or not has been raging on for years among comic book fans. While some argue that the Dark Knight has never crossed that line, others believe that there have been instances where Batman’s actions have resulted in the Joker’s death.

Instances of Possible Death

One of the most debated incidents is from the 1988 graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke.” In this story, the Joker paralyzes Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) and kidnaps her father, Commissioner Gordon, to drive him insane.

Batman finds out and confronts the Joker at an amusement park. After a heated exchange, it appears as though Batman kills the Joker by breaking his neck.

Another possible instance is from “Batman: Endgame,” where it is revealed that Batman had unknowingly injected himself with a toxin created by the Joker. As a result, he becomes increasingly violent and aggressive towards his enemies. When he confronts the Joker, it is heavily implied that he kills him.

Batman’s Code

Despite these instances, many argue that Batman would never intentionally kill anyone, even his arch-nemesis. It goes against everything he stands for as a hero and would ultimately undermine his mission to protect Gotham City.

In fact, in “Batman: Under The Red Hood,” when Jason Todd (the second Robin) suggests killing the Joker to end their endless cycle of violence, Batman responds with:

  • “It doesn’t change anything..it doesn’t bring them back. “
  • “Haven’t you heard

    I don’t have a ‘code. ‘”

This statement reinforces the fact that Batman’s moral code is a crucial part of his character and sets him apart from other superheroes.

The Conclusion

So, has Batman killed the Joker The answer is not so simple.

While there are instances where it appears as though he has, it ultimately comes down to interpretation. It is up to the reader to decide whether they believe Batman has truly crossed that line or not.

Regardless of the answer, one thing remains clear – the dynamic between Batman and the Joker will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.