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How Did Batman Kill the Joker?

Batman and the Joker have been archenemies for decades, with their battles playing out in comic books, movies, and TV shows. The Joker, a psychotic criminal mastermind, is Batman’s most notorious foe. However, there are several instances in which Batman has killed the Joker.

Batman is known for his no-kill policy, but in some cases, he has broken this rule. The Joker has caused significant damage to Gotham City and its people, leading Batman to believe that eliminating him would be a necessary evil.

One of the most notable instances of Batman killing the Joker occurred in Frank Miller’s graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns.” In this story, an older and retired Bruce Wayne dons his suit once again to save Gotham from chaos.

The Joker is also older and more frail but still deadly. In their final confrontation, the Joker orchestrates a series of explosions that kill hundreds of people. Batman finally snaps and breaks the Joker’s neck.

Another instance of Batman killing the Joker happened in the alternate universe storyline “Flashpoint.” In this world, Thomas Wayne (Bruce Wayne’s father) becomes Batman after Bruce dies instead of Thomas’ wife Martha becoming the Joker as in the main universe.

Thomas’ version of Batman is much more brutal than his son’s. When he confronts the Flash (Barry Allen), who is trying to reset reality to its original state, Thomas tells Barry that he killed his world’s version of the Joker by shooting him in cold blood.

In “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker,” it is revealed that Tim Drake (the third Robin) killed an imposter posing as the real Joker with a gun after discovering that he had brainwashed and tortured the original Joker into becoming himself again.

Though these examples show instances where Batman or someone else killed the Joker, they are usually considered non-canon or alternate universe stories. In most versions of DC Comics’ continuity, including movies and TV shows, Batman never kills his arch-nemesis.

In conclusion, while Batman’s no-kill policy is well-known, there have been instances where he or someone else has killed the Joker. These storylines are typically non-canon or alternate universe versions of the characters. Regardless, their dynamic remains one of the most iconic in comic book history.