The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in comic book history, and his fate in various Batman storylines has always been a topic of discussion among fans. In this article, we will explore how the Joker died in Batman.
The Killing Joke
One of the most famous stories that depicts the death of the Joker is “The Killing Joke.” In this 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, the Joker tries to prove to Batman that anyone can be driven insane after a bad day.
In one scene, the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, also known as Batgirl, in her spine and kidnaps her father Commissioner Gordon. The Joker then shows Gordon pictures of his daughter’s naked and wounded body to drive him insane.
Eventually, Batman catches up with the Joker at an abandoned carnival where they have a final confrontation. During their fight, Batman offers to help the Joker rehabilitate himself, but he refuses and falls off a ledge while laughing hysterically. It’s unclear whether he died from the fall or was apprehended by authorities.
In Final Crisis, a 2008 crossover event written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by J.G. Jones, Darkseid infects people with his Anti-Life Equation which turns them into mindless slaves. The Joker willingly infects himself with it and becomes Darkseid’s servant.
In one scene, Batman confronts Darkseid and demands that he release Gotham City from his control. The Joker shoots Batman from behind with a gun given to him by Darkseid and seemingly kills him. However, it’s later revealed that Batman was transported through time by Darkseid’s Omega Sanction.
After Darkseid is defeated, the Joker is last seen lying on the ground surrounded by police officers.
Death of the Family
In “Death of the Family,” a 2012-2013 storyline written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, the Joker returns to Gotham City after being absent for a year. He believes that Batman’s allies are preventing him from having a true relationship with Batman, so he decides to kill them all.
In one scene, the Joker captures Batman’s family and creates a macabre dinner party where he plans to kill them all. However, Batman manages to save them and confronts the Joker.
During their fight, Batman punches the Joker in the face which causes him to fall off a cliff into Gotham Harbor. The Joker’s body is never found, but it’s implied that he survived.
The Joker is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous villains in comic book history, and his fate in various storylines has always been up for debate. While his death has been depicted in different ways throughout the years, it’s clear that he will always be remembered as one of Batman’s greatest foes.