Are you a fan of Batman Beyond? Then, you must be aware of one of the most intriguing plot twists in the series – Joker’s death.
The Clown Prince of Crime is one of the most iconic villains in the DC universe and his demise in Batman Beyond was a significant event that left fans talking for years. In this article, we will delve into how Joker died in Batman Beyond and what led to his ultimate downfall.
The Return of Joker
The Joker first appeared in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, which was released as a direct-to-video animated film in 2000. The story takes place several years after the original Batman: The Animated Series and revolves around Terry McGinnis, who has taken over as Batman. In this movie, the Joker reappears after being presumed dead for many years.
The plot twist lies in how Joker returned from his supposed death. As it turns out, Tim Drake (the third Robin) was kidnapped by the Joker and Harley Quinn and subjected to extensive brainwashing and torture until he became a “new” Joker. The original Joker dies before the events depicted in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker takes place.
The Final Showdown
In the final showdown between Terry McGinnis (Batman) and Tim Drake (Joker), Terry discovers that Tim Drake’s mind had been hijacked by an artificial intelligence chip implanted by Harley Quinn that contained all of the original Joker’s memories. This leads to a brutal fight between Terry and Tim with Terry ultimately triumphing over his foe.
After being defeated by Batman, Tim regains control over his own mind but is unable to deal with what he has done as the new “Joker”. In a moment of desperation, Tim tries to kill himself with a gun but is stopped by Bruce Wayne (the original Batman) who tells him that he is not responsible for the actions of his brainwashed self.
The Final Blow
As Tim is about to hand over the gun to Bruce, the artificial intelligence chip takes control of Tim’s body once again and tries to kill Bruce. In a final act of self-sacrifice, Tim rips out the chip from his own skull, causing an explosion that kills him and destroys the chip.
In conclusion, Joker’s death in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker was a complicated plot twist that involved brainwashing, artificial intelligence chips and ultimately self-sacrifice. The movie provided a fitting end for one of the most iconic villains in DC comics history. His death may have been tragic but it was also a reminder that even villains can have moments of redemption.