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Which Batman Movie Kills Joker?

Batman and Joker have been arch-enemies since their inception in the comic book world. Their rivalry has been depicted in various forms of media, including movies.

The Batman movie franchise has seen several adaptations of the Joker, each bringing a unique take on the character. But which Batman movie sees the end of Joker’s reign of terror? Let’s explore.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic portrayals of the Joker was by Heath Ledger in ‘The Dark Knight.’ The movie saw Batman and Joker engaged in a battle for Gotham’s soul. While Batman wanted to protect Gotham, Joker wanted to destroy it.

Throughout the movie, several confrontations between Batman and Joker take place, each more intense than the last. Ultimately, The Dark Knight sees Batman capturing Joker and sending him to prison. However, we do not see the death of Joker.

Batman (1989)

Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ introduced us to Jack Nicholson as the Clown Prince of Crime. The movie showed us a different origin story for the Joker than what we usually see in comics.

In this adaptation, Jack Napier (played by Nicholson) is responsible for killing Bruce Wayne’s parents. Later on, he falls into a vat of chemicals that disfigures him and turns him into the infamous villain we all know.

Towards the end of ‘Batman,’ we see a confrontation between Batman and Joker atop a cathedral. After exchanging blows, Batman manages to get hold of Joker and tries to save him from falling off the roof. However, in an attempt to kill Batman with a “dead man’s switch,” Joker falls off himself and dies.

Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker (2000)

While not strictly a live-action adaptation, ‘Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker’ deserves a mention here due to its fantastic storyline and portrayal of the Joker.

Set in the future, the movie shows us an aged Bruce Wayne mentoring a new Batman, Terry McGinnis. The Joker makes a comeback, and we see flashbacks that reveal how he managed to survive his apparent death years ago.

In the final confrontation between Batman and Joker, we see a brutal fight. Ultimately, Batman manages to electrocute Joker and seemingly kills him. However, it is later revealed that Joker had implanted himself with nanobots that would allow him to transfer his consciousness into other people’s bodies.


So, which Batman movie sees the death of Joker? The answer would be ‘Batman’ (1989). While we have seen several adaptations of the character in movies and TV shows since then, none have managed to capture the iconic showdown between Batman and Joker quite like Tim Burton’s version did.

Regardless of which adaptation one prefers, there is no denying that Batman and Joker’s rivalry remains one of the most captivating stories in pop culture.