Times The Joker Was Actually Right
- Published: 02 October 2019
- The Clown Prince of Crime has been around for almost eight decades. And anyone who's been around that long is bound to do something right. It might be by accident, for purely selfish reasons, or utter insanity, but while it's hard to imagine, here are some times that the Joker was actually right.
In the DC Comics line-wide event Dark Nights: Metal, DC's heroes face antagonists from the Dark Multiverse. In particular, they're assaulted by evil, alternate versions of Batman, and perhaps the most vicious of them all is the Batman Who Laughs a black leather-clad, bone white-skinned Bruce Wayne with a spiked metal headband covering his eyes. The Batman Who Laughs is a version of Bruce Wayne driven mad by neurotoxin after killing the Joker, falling victim to one last Joker trap.
When Batman confronts his dark echo in Dark Nights: Metal #6, he has help. The villain overpowers him, but the Joker appears and shoots Batman Who Laughs from behind. Together, Batman and Joker are able to defeat the darker Bruce Wayne, and Joker doesn't hold back.
Though his full reasoning is never totally explained, the Joker has a vested interest in stopping the Dark Multiverse Batman from the start of Dark Nights, in the prologue issue The Casting. Maybe he just didn't want the competition.
After the defeat of the Batman who Laughs, the character returned in a few issues of Justice League before getting his own mini-series alongside another alternate-reality Bruce Wayne, the gun-toting Grim Knight.
At the end of Batman Who Laughs #1, the Joker fools Batman into thinking he's looking for protection. Instead, the Joker enters the Batcave and shoots himself, infecting Batman with his Joker toxin. As he passes out, the Joker warns, "The only way you'll beat him… is to become him." By the end of the third issue, Batman decides the Joker's right. In spite of Alfred's passionate objections, Batman stops fighting the Joker toxin and allows it to run its course. Keep watching the video to see the times the Joker was actually right!
He helped defeat an evil Batman | 0:16
He saved Batman from himself | 1:08
He became a white knight | 2:04
He was framed | 3:18
He was Gotham's top cop | 4:09
He worked it out with Batman | 5:03
He sacrificed himself | 5:56
He briefly became sane | 6:53
He helped humanity survive | 8:08
He helped beat the evil Justice League | 9:01
He worked against the Black Glove | 9:55
He stopped a Joker-like Lex Luthor | 11:10