The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in comic book history. He has appeared in various forms of media, including movies, TV shows, and video games. However, his fate in Batman Beyond has left many fans wondering what happened to the Clown Prince of Crime.
In the Batman Beyond animated series, which takes place in the future, we see an elderly Bruce Wayne mentoring a new Batman named Terry McGinnis. The Joker is presumed dead, having not been seen for decades after his last battle with Batman.
However, in the season one episode “The Return of the Joker,” it is revealed that the Joker did not die as everyone believed. Instead, he had been kidnapped and brainwashed by a group of scientists working for Gotham’s crime boss, Derek Powers.
The Joker was transformed into a hybrid of himself and Powers’ right-hand man, Mr. Timm. This new version of the Joker was more dangerous than ever before, as he had access to advanced technology and weapons.
When Terry confronts this new Joker, he triggers a hidden personality within him that allows him to break free from his brainwashing. The real Joker resurfaces and battles Terry in an epic showdown.
In the end, it is revealed that Tim Drake (formerly Robin) was also involved in the plot to kidnap and brainwash the Joker. Drake had become bitter towards Bruce Wayne for not allowing him to continue as Robin after he was injured on a mission.
Drake’s plan backfires when he tries to take control of the brainwashed Joker himself and ends up getting killed by him instead. The real Joker sacrifices himself to save Terry from an explosion caused by Tim Drake’s actions.
In conclusion, while it was believed that the Joker had died long before Batman Beyond takes place, it turns out that he was simply kidnapped and brainwashed by Derek Powers’ scientists. The “Return of the Joker” episode provides closure to the Joker’s story in the Batman Beyond universe, while also introducing a new and more dangerous version of the classic villain.