Batman and the Joker have one of the most complex relationships in comic book history. The Dark Knight’s arch-nemesis has caused him countless pain and suffering, yet Batman still finds himself drawn to the Clown Prince of Crime.
This is especially evident in the 2015 video game, Batman: Arkham Knight. In this game, Batman keeps seeing Joker even though he’s supposed to be dead. But why?
The Beginning of the End
The story of Arkham Knight picks up after the events of Batman: Arkham City. The Joker is dead and Batman is left to pick up the pieces. However, it’s not long before a new threat emerges in Gotham City – the Scarecrow has returned and is terrorizing its citizens with his fear toxin.
The Return of the Joker
As Batman tries to stop Scarecrow, he starts seeing visions of Joker everywhere he goes. At first, he assumes it’s just a side effect of Scarecrow’s toxin, but as time goes on, it becomes clear that something else is going on.
So why does Batman keep seeing Joker?
The Answer Lies in Their History
To understand why Batman keeps seeing Joker, we have to look at their history together. The two characters have been locked in a battle for decades – each one trying to prove that their way is the right way.
- They share a twisted connection that goes beyond good vs evil.
- They are two sides of the same coin.
- Joker represents chaos while Batman represents order.
The Joker Lives On
In Arkham Knight, it’s revealed that Joker had infected Batman with a special strain of his blood during an earlier encounter. This strain was designed to activate after his death and create hallucinations for whoever it infected. Batman was unknowingly carrying this virus and it starts to take effect when he comes into contact with Scarecrow’s fear toxin.
The Ultimate Showdown
As the game reaches its climax, Batman is forced to confront his inner demons and face the Joker once and for all. The Joker represents everything that Batman has been fighting against – chaos, anarchy, and madness. By defeating the Joker, Batman can finally put his past behind him and move on.
Batman: Arkham Knight is a game that explores the relationship between Batman and Joker in a way that no other medium has done before. By using hallucinations as a plot device, the game is able to delve deep into the psyche of both characters and explore their complex history together.
So why does Batman keep seeing Joker? Because their relationship is so complex that even death can’t keep them apart.
The Joker’s legacy lives on through his infecting strain of blood, which forces Batman to confront his past once and for all. Ultimately, Arkham Knight provides closure for this iconic rivalry while also showing us just how deep their connection truly runs.