Joker Fan Theories That Change Everything
- Published: 01 October 2019
- While a number of talented actors have given us their own takes on Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime, it's what we don't know about the character that makes his presence so intriguing and terrifying. Some fans have tried to fill in those gaps themselves, and the results are both absurd and horrifying much like the Joker himself.
Tim Burton's 1989 Batman not only heralded a new era in well-made, serious comic book movies, but it also offered a major reimagining of a huge part of the Caped Crusader mythos. The event that sent Bruce Wayne on the path to becoming Batman: the night his parents were robbed and killed by an otherwise petty criminal named Joe Chill. In the world of the '89 cinematic Batman, however, the Joker is responsible for the ignoble end of Thomas and Martha Wayne. That reveal only increased Bruce Wayne's loathing of the Joker, which motivated him to stop this criminal menace, and helped elevate the Joker to arch-villain status.
Or, per one fan theory pertaining specifically to Burton's Batman, what if the Joker was the same Joker from most other Batman media, and wasn't the guy who killed the Waynes? Adherents to this theory say that since Batman is so obviously mentally and emotionally tortured, he projects blame for the death of his parents onto the Joker because that's the guy he's fighting. The Dark Knight merely planted the Joker connection into his memory in order to explain his own hatred for the guy.
While some theories seem to balance on the fine line between fan fiction and canon, others are… a little more out there. Strap in kiddies, because we're in for a bumpy ride. Keep watching the video to see the Joker fan theories that change everything!
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