1 Aug

The Joker

Batman's arch nemesis, The Joker, is one of the most iconic fictional villains of the last century. So start cackling maniacally, because today we're celebrating his birthday!


From: The Killing Joke

The character, simply known as The Joker, has appeared in hundreds of comic books, dozens of television programs, cartoons, video games, and a few movies. But what do we really know about him? The answer is, not much, which is one of the reasons the Joker appeals to so many people, he's an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Of course there have been origin stories, but none are ever the same, and in most instances the Joker's history of how he came to be is unknown. But we do know the history of the Joker we've all come to know and fear, and it starts with this guy...


For obvious reasons

His name is Conrad Veidt, you may recognize him from your nightmares, or the 1928 film, The Man Who Laughs. The creators of the Joker used Veidt as an inspirational image for the look of the Joker, (again, for obvious reasons). So now the Joker had his memorable look, but only in comic strips. we didn't get our first live-action look at the homicidal maniac until 1966...

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Where we got this guy...

Cesar Romero gave the Joker life on the Batman television series. His cackling laugh really gave us a slight sinister edge to the character, but other than that, Cesar was pretty tame. No violent murders, no setting people on fire or mass poisonings.... although he did turn Gotham City' s water supply into jelly. I know, dark shit, right? Well a scarier Joker was right around the corner....

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Here's Joker!

With Jack Nicholson taking up the role in 1989's Batman, we got a much more gruesome look into the Joker. This Joker killed without mercy, or hesitation, or thought. He's terrifying for that reason, an unemotional monster of mayhem (you like that? I liked that, that''s why I wrote it). Although in this version we do get to see the origin of the Joker and why he has such a beef with Batman. But the worst and by worst I mean the best was still to come...

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"Wanna see a magic trick?"

In The Dark Knight Rises, Heath Ledger, with pockets full of knives and lint, not only gave us the most chilling representation of the Joker with his scarred face and mysterious past, he won the Academy Award for it. Ledger's Joker is a relentless, homicidal maniac bent on watching the world burn around him. In other words, he nailed it. But least we not forget...

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"Hello Batsy!"

The Joker from Batman: The Animated Series is my personal favorite. He's just the right amount of evil and crazy, oh and he's voiced by Luke Skywalker. That's right, Mark Hamill has by far the greatest and most bone-chilling cackle of anyone who's dared played the Joker. It's brilliant, so brilliant in fact he's lent his voice in multiple formats, including, the new video game, Arkham Asylum.


Now add Hamill's laugh and shit your pants in delight.

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