If you’re a fan of DC comics and movies, you might have been left wondering at the end of the movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ whether the person shown was really the Joker. The movie ended with Batman running away from the police as they chased him on his bike, and then he comes across an injured man lying on the road. As he turns him over, we see that it is a clown wearing Joker’s mask.
The scene ends with Commissioner Gordon saying, “I never said thank you.” to which Batman replies, “And you’ll never have to.” Then he picks up Joker’s mask and rides away into the night.
So was it really the Joker at the end of Batman? Let’s break it down.
Firstly, we need to understand that this scene was added as a tribute to Heath Ledger who played Joker in the movie. He had passed away before the movie was released, and this scene was added in his honor.
Secondly, if we look closely at the mask worn by the clown, we can see that it is not exactly like Joker’s mask. It is similar but not identical. This could be because it was just a random clown wearing a similar mask rather than being Joker himself.
Thirdly, if we remember correctly from earlier in the movie when Batman had captured Joker and left him hanging from a building before leaving to save Harvey Dent, we saw that Joker’s face had no makeup or scars on it. So if this person at the end of Batman were indeed Joker, he would have had to apply his makeup again after escaping from police custody.
Lastly, if we consider all of these factors together along with what happens next in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, which takes place eight years later than ‘The Dark Knight’, where we see that there is no mention of Joker or any indication that he is still alive or active in Gotham City during that time; it seems highly unlikely that the person at the end of Batman was actually Joker.
In conclusion, while it’s understandable to want to believe that Joker somehow survived and was lying on the road at the end of Batman, it seems more likely that it was just a tribute to Heath Ledger and not meant to be taken as a continuation of the story. So, we can safely assume that Joker did not survive the events of ‘The Dark Knight’.