The Joker and the Batman Who Laughs are two of the most iconic characters in the DC Comics universe. Both characters have a twisted sense of humor and a penchant for violence, but they have different motivations and methods.
The Joker is chaotic and unpredictable, while the Batman Who Laughs is calculating and methodical. Despite their differences, these two characters share a deep connection that has been explored in various comic book storylines.
The Origin of the Batman Who Laughs
The Batman Who Laughs is an alternate version of Batman from a parallel universe known as Earth -22. In this universe, Bruce Wayne was exposed to a toxin that turned him into a hybrid of Batman and the Joker.
This new persona has all of Batman’s skills and intelligence but also possesses the sadistic tendencies and sense of humor of the Joker. The Batman Who Laughs then goes on to infect other versions of himself across different universes with his toxin, creating an army of evil Batmen known as the Dark Knights.
The Joker’s Reaction to the Batman Who Laughs
The Joker’s reaction to the Batman Who Laughs is complex, to say the least. On one hand, he sees him as a kindred spirit who shares his love for chaos and destruction.
The idea of an alternate version of Batman who embraces his dark side fascinates him, and he even tries to join forces with him at times. However, on the other hand, he also sees him as a rival who threatens his status as Gotham’s ultimate agent of chaos.
- When they first meet in “Dark Nights: Metal #2,” The Joker seems intrigued by The Batman Who Laughs’ twisted nature.
- In “Batman/Superman #1,” The Joker initially appears jealous when he learns about The Batman Who Laughs’ existence.
- However, later in the same issue, The Joker turns on The Batman Who Laughs and tries to kill him when he realizes that he is a threat to his own power.
Their Interactions in Comic Book Storylines
The relationship between the Joker and the Batman Who Laughs has been explored in various comic book storylines. In “Dark Nights: Metal,” they team up with other evil versions of Batman to try and take over the DC multiverse. However, their alliance is short-lived, as they turn on each other when their individual agendas clash.
In “Batman: The Grim Knight,” an alternate version of Batman who shares the Joker’s love for violence and chaos, The Joker is fascinated by this new version of his old nemesis. However, when The Grim Knight starts killing people indiscriminately, even The Joker sees him as a threat.
In “Batman Who Laughs,” a limited series that explores the character’s origin and motivations, we see how he manipulates the Joker into helping him achieve his goals. However, even then, The Joker sees him as a rival and tries to outdo him at every turn.
The relationship between the Joker and the Batman Who Laughs is complex and multifaceted. While they share a fascination with chaos and destruction, they are also rivals who compete for power in Gotham City. Their interactions in various comic book storylines have explored this dynamic in depth, making them some of the most compelling characters in DC Comics’ rich history.