The Joker. DC’s most iconic villain and nemesis of the Batman is known to be one of the greatest fictional characters of all time. The Clown Prince of Crime has been portrayed across many different mediums ever since his inception in 1940’s Batman #1, but almost didn’t make it past his debut. The Joker was originally killed at the end of that issue until the writers saw a future for the character and rewrote his ending to have him behind bars instead. Thank goodness.
Now he is such a fundamental part of the Batman mythos. He is the other side to Batman’s coin, a villain so complementary that it would be hard to imagine Batman’s nemesis being anybody else. To celebrate the rich history of the character and mark 50 years since the Joker first appeared on television in 1966, Burger Fiction (via CBR) has put together a video recounting Mr. J’s history. From 1966’s Batman, to 1989’s Batman, to Batman: The Animated Series, and more recently Suicide Squad.
Check out the 10-minute documentation below and remind yourself just how special this character is.
After all this time the Joker is one character we haven’t got tired of and won’t be for quite some time. He is the focal point anytime he’s on screen or in the panel of a comic-book. Will there be interactions of the character that displease some? Absolutely. Will there be times when the character misses the mark? Sure. But everybody has their Joker and whatever version that may be, it will always be there. Here’s to 50 more years of The Clown Prince of Crime.
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