The Joker is the main antagonist in The Dark Knight and was the alias used by one of Gotham City 's many criminals. Differing from common criminals in terms of appearance, mentality and agenda, the Joker was known for his impeccable and ruthless criminal tactics and plans, which managed to make his succeed where most other criminals couldn't.

Unearthed after the meteoric rise of the vigilante known as the Batman , the Joker eventually sought to help the criminal mob bosses that had their plans hindered by the vigilante's interference. Given the go-ahead by the mob to put a stop to Batman, Joker employed brutal and heinous crimes to lure out the Bat, threatening to kill someone each passing day that the Batman does not turn himself in.

His irrational and threatening nature has managed to stir the citizens of Gotham into fear and began to blame Batman for his appearance. The various crimes he had committed was nearly enough to make the Batman surrender, and nearly drove all of Gotham to do his bidding out of fear.

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The st

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The story depicts Bruce Wayne as an old man, coming out of retirement to be Batman again. Miller would go on to write a companion story in 1987 titled Year One , showing Batman's first adventure. In 2001 , Miller wrote and illustrated a sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again . This is later established as the " Dark Knight Universe ."

DKR was originally published as a four-issue limited series in a then-new printing format called prestige format. This format later became more common. In addition to Frank Miller's story and pencils, Klaus Janson inks, and Lynn Varley provides colors for the series. Just as the characters of Norse mythology have their Ragnarok, Frank Miller sought to create a fitting end for the character of Batman.

Originally conceived as an evil "court-jester" type, the character was initially rejected by studio writer Bill Finger as being "too clownish," but he later relayed the idea to Bob Kane . Kane, who started out as a gag artist, loved the concept and encouraged its production. Finger found a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the silent film The Man Who Laughs , and it was from this photograph that the Joker was modeled. This influence was referenced in the graphic novel Batman: The Man Who Laughs , a retelling of the first Joker story from 1940.

In his initial dozen or so appearances, starting with Batman #1 (1940), the Joker was a straightforward spree killer/mass murderer, with a bizarre appearance modeled after the symbol of the Joker known from playing cards. It is of note that in his second appearance he was actually slated to be killed off, with the final page detailing the villain accidentally stabbing himself, lying dead as Batman and Robin run off into the night. DC editor Whitney Ellsworth thought the Joker was too good a character to kill off, suggesting that he be spared. A hastily drawn panel, calculated to imply that the Joker was still alive, was subsequently added to the comic.

For the next several appearances, the Joker often escaped capture but suffered an apparent death (falling off a cliff, being caught in a burning building, etc.), from which his body was not recovered. In these first dozen adventures, the Joker killed close to three dozen people, impressive for a villain who didn't use giant robots, mutant monsters, or space lasers, as was the status quo between 1940 until around 1942. Ironically, the turning point came in "Joker Walks the Last Mile" ( Detective Comics #64), when the Joker was actually executed in the electric chair only to be chemically revived by henchmen.

The Joker is the main antagonist in The Dark Knight and was the alias used by one of Gotham City 's many criminals. Differing from common criminals in terms of appearance, mentality and agenda, the Joker was known for his impeccable and ruthless criminal tactics and plans, which managed to make his succeed where most other criminals couldn't.

Unearthed after the meteoric rise of the vigilante known as the Batman , the Joker eventually sought to help the criminal mob bosses that had their plans hindered by the vigilante's interference. Given the go-ahead by the mob to put a stop to Batman, Joker employed brutal and heinous crimes to lure out the Bat, threatening to kill someone each passing day that the Batman does not turn himself in.

His irrational and threatening nature has managed to stir the citizens of Gotham into fear and began to blame Batman for his appearance. The various crimes he had committed was nearly enough to make the Batman surrender, and nearly drove all of Gotham to do his bidding out of fear.

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The st

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The story depicts Bruce Wayne as an old man, coming out of retirement to be Batman again. Miller would go on to write a companion story in 1987 titled Year One , showing Batman's first adventure. In 2001 , Miller wrote and illustrated a sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again . This is later established as the " Dark Knight Universe ."

DKR was originally published as a four-issue limited series in a then-new printing format called prestige format. This format later became more common. In addition to Frank Miller's story and pencils, Klaus Janson inks, and Lynn Varley provides colors for the series. Just as the characters of Norse mythology have their Ragnarok, Frank Miller sought to create a fitting end for the character of Batman.

Originally conceived as an evil "court-jester" type, the character was initially rejected by studio writer Bill Finger as being "too clownish," but he later relayed the idea to Bob Kane . Kane, who started out as a gag artist, loved the concept and encouraged its production. Finger found a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the silent film The Man Who Laughs , and it was from this photograph that the Joker was modeled. This influence was referenced in the graphic novel Batman: The Man Who Laughs , a retelling of the first Joker story from 1940.

In his initial dozen or so appearances, starting with Batman #1 (1940), the Joker was a straightforward spree killer/mass murderer, with a bizarre appearance modeled after the symbol of the Joker known from playing cards. It is of note that in his second appearance he was actually slated to be killed off, with the final page detailing the villain accidentally stabbing himself, lying dead as Batman and Robin run off into the night. DC editor Whitney Ellsworth thought the Joker was too good a character to kill off, suggesting that he be spared. A hastily drawn panel, calculated to imply that the Joker was still alive, was subsequently added to the comic.

For the next several appearances, the Joker often escaped capture but suffered an apparent death (falling off a cliff, being caught in a burning building, etc.), from which his body was not recovered. In these first dozen adventures, the Joker killed close to three dozen people, impressive for a villain who didn't use giant robots, mutant monsters, or space lasers, as was the status quo between 1940 until around 1942. Ironically, the turning point came in "Joker Walks the Last Mile" ( Detective Comics #64), when the Joker was actually executed in the electric chair only to be chemically revived by henchmen.

The Joker is a fictional character who appears as the main antagonist in Christopher Nolan's 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. Based upon the …

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the ...

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman , the film is the second ...

Heath Ledger's Joker in the 2008 blockbuster film,  The Dark Knight , is one of the most captivating supervillains in film history (and responsible for one  of the 15 Oscar nominations Batman films have received over the years ). Joker has many memorable quotes within the film. Here are his ten best. 

After a crashing a meeting of the various mob bosses, discussing what to do about Batman (and after an awesome quote in and of itself, where he does a "magic trick" by making a pencil disappear by driving it into the eye of one of the mob boss' underling), Joker suggests his solution for their problems - simply kill Batman. They laugh and tell him, "If it's so simple, why haven't you done it already?" and he replies...

After the mob bosses ultimately take him up on his offer and give him literally tons of money, Joker wants to make it clear that he is about rebelling from all society, even criminal society, so he proves it by lighting his massive cash haul on fire...

On July 18, the latest in a long line of Batman films will hit theaters in the United States: “ The Dark Knight .” Once again, the Batman’s arch-enemy, the Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime, will share the screen with the Dark Knight detective. This should come as no surprise; the Joker is as much a part of the Batman as any component of the hero’s rich tapestry of history. In fact, the Joker’s history in comics is as tightly tied to his history in cinema, and the new film is just the latest chapter. In this first of a two-part series, we will look at the entire history of the DC Comics villain on the page, on television,and on film from his earliest inspirations to the present day.

The Joker first appeared in “Batman” #1 (1940), but his specific origins are under dispute. According to Bill Finger, writer and co-creator of Batman, he showed co-creator and artist Bob Kane a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the 1928 silent film “The Man Who Laughs.” It was from this photograph that the Joker was reportedly modeled. “The Man Who Laughs” was based upon a Victor Hugo novel of the same name and told the story of Gwynplaine, an English nobleman who was mutilated by King James II after his father offended the monarch. Gwynplaine’s mouth was cut into a horrible rictus grin and was condemned “to laugh forever at his fool of a father.”

The controversy surrounding the Joker’s creation comes from a conflicting story by artist Jerry Robinson, who drew many appearances of the Batman under Bob Kane’s name. In a May 17, 1994 Entertainment Weekly interview with Frank Lovece, Bob Kane stated:

The Joker is the main antagonist in The Dark Knight and was the alias used by one of Gotham City 's many criminals. Differing from common criminals in terms of appearance, mentality and agenda, the Joker was known for his impeccable and ruthless criminal tactics and plans, which managed to make his succeed where most other criminals couldn't.

Unearthed after the meteoric rise of the vigilante known as the Batman , the Joker eventually sought to help the criminal mob bosses that had their plans hindered by the vigilante's interference. Given the go-ahead by the mob to put a stop to Batman, Joker employed brutal and heinous crimes to lure out the Bat, threatening to kill someone each passing day that the Batman does not turn himself in.

His irrational and threatening nature has managed to stir the citizens of Gotham into fear and began to blame Batman for his appearance. The various crimes he had committed was nearly enough to make the Batman surrender, and nearly drove all of Gotham to do his bidding out of fear.

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The st

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The story depicts Bruce Wayne as an old man, coming out of retirement to be Batman again. Miller would go on to write a companion story in 1987 titled Year One , showing Batman's first adventure. In 2001 , Miller wrote and illustrated a sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again . This is later established as the " Dark Knight Universe ."

DKR was originally published as a four-issue limited series in a then-new printing format called prestige format. This format later became more common. In addition to Frank Miller's story and pencils, Klaus Janson inks, and Lynn Varley provides colors for the series. Just as the characters of Norse mythology have their Ragnarok, Frank Miller sought to create a fitting end for the character of Batman.

Originally conceived as an evil "court-jester" type, the character was initially rejected by studio writer Bill Finger as being "too clownish," but he later relayed the idea to Bob Kane . Kane, who started out as a gag artist, loved the concept and encouraged its production. Finger found a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the silent film The Man Who Laughs , and it was from this photograph that the Joker was modeled. This influence was referenced in the graphic novel Batman: The Man Who Laughs , a retelling of the first Joker story from 1940.

In his initial dozen or so appearances, starting with Batman #1 (1940), the Joker was a straightforward spree killer/mass murderer, with a bizarre appearance modeled after the symbol of the Joker known from playing cards. It is of note that in his second appearance he was actually slated to be killed off, with the final page detailing the villain accidentally stabbing himself, lying dead as Batman and Robin run off into the night. DC editor Whitney Ellsworth thought the Joker was too good a character to kill off, suggesting that he be spared. A hastily drawn panel, calculated to imply that the Joker was still alive, was subsequently added to the comic.

For the next several appearances, the Joker often escaped capture but suffered an apparent death (falling off a cliff, being caught in a burning building, etc.), from which his body was not recovered. In these first dozen adventures, the Joker killed close to three dozen people, impressive for a villain who didn't use giant robots, mutant monsters, or space lasers, as was the status quo between 1940 until around 1942. Ironically, the turning point came in "Joker Walks the Last Mile" ( Detective Comics #64), when the Joker was actually executed in the electric chair only to be chemically revived by henchmen.

The Joker is a fictional character who appears as the main antagonist in Christopher Nolan's 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. Based upon the …

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the ...

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman , the film is the second ...

The Joker is the main antagonist in The Dark Knight and was the alias used by one of Gotham City 's many criminals. Differing from common criminals in terms of appearance, mentality and agenda, the Joker was known for his impeccable and ruthless criminal tactics and plans, which managed to make his succeed where most other criminals couldn't.

Unearthed after the meteoric rise of the vigilante known as the Batman , the Joker eventually sought to help the criminal mob bosses that had their plans hindered by the vigilante's interference. Given the go-ahead by the mob to put a stop to Batman, Joker employed brutal and heinous crimes to lure out the Bat, threatening to kill someone each passing day that the Batman does not turn himself in.

His irrational and threatening nature has managed to stir the citizens of Gotham into fear and began to blame Batman for his appearance. The various crimes he had committed was nearly enough to make the Batman surrender, and nearly drove all of Gotham to do his bidding out of fear.

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The st

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The story depicts Bruce Wayne as an old man, coming out of retirement to be Batman again. Miller would go on to write a companion story in 1987 titled Year One , showing Batman's first adventure. In 2001 , Miller wrote and illustrated a sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again . This is later established as the " Dark Knight Universe ."

DKR was originally published as a four-issue limited series in a then-new printing format called prestige format. This format later became more common. In addition to Frank Miller's story and pencils, Klaus Janson inks, and Lynn Varley provides colors for the series. Just as the characters of Norse mythology have their Ragnarok, Frank Miller sought to create a fitting end for the character of Batman.

The Joker is the main antagonist in The Dark Knight and was the alias used by one of Gotham City 's many criminals. Differing from common criminals in terms of appearance, mentality and agenda, the Joker was known for his impeccable and ruthless criminal tactics and plans, which managed to make his succeed where most other criminals couldn't.

Unearthed after the meteoric rise of the vigilante known as the Batman , the Joker eventually sought to help the criminal mob bosses that had their plans hindered by the vigilante's interference. Given the go-ahead by the mob to put a stop to Batman, Joker employed brutal and heinous crimes to lure out the Bat, threatening to kill someone each passing day that the Batman does not turn himself in.

His irrational and threatening nature has managed to stir the citizens of Gotham into fear and began to blame Batman for his appearance. The various crimes he had committed was nearly enough to make the Batman surrender, and nearly drove all of Gotham to do his bidding out of fear.

The Joker is the main antagonist in The Dark Knight and was the alias used by one of Gotham City 's many criminals. Differing from common criminals in terms of appearance, mentality and agenda, the Joker was known for his impeccable and ruthless criminal tactics and plans, which managed to make his succeed where most other criminals couldn't.

Unearthed after the meteoric rise of the vigilante known as the Batman , the Joker eventually sought to help the criminal mob bosses that had their plans hindered by the vigilante's interference. Given the go-ahead by the mob to put a stop to Batman, Joker employed brutal and heinous crimes to lure out the Bat, threatening to kill someone each passing day that the Batman does not turn himself in.

His irrational and threatening nature has managed to stir the citizens of Gotham into fear and began to blame Batman for his appearance. The various crimes he had committed was nearly enough to make the Batman surrender, and nearly drove all of Gotham to do his bidding out of fear.

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The st

The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman story written by Frank Miller with illustrations by Miller, Klaus Janson , and Lynn Varley in 1986 . It is a limited series set in a possible future , portrayed as Batman's last adventure. The story depicts Bruce Wayne as an old man, coming out of retirement to be Batman again. Miller would go on to write a companion story in 1987 titled Year One , showing Batman's first adventure. In 2001 , Miller wrote and illustrated a sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again . This is later established as the " Dark Knight Universe ."

DKR was originally published as a four-issue limited series in a then-new printing format called prestige format. This format later became more common. In addition to Frank Miller's story and pencils, Klaus Janson inks, and Lynn Varley provides colors for the series. Just as the characters of Norse mythology have their Ragnarok, Frank Miller sought to create a fitting end for the character of Batman.

Originally conceived as an evil "court-jester" type, the character was initially rejected by studio writer Bill Finger as being "too clownish," but he later relayed the idea to Bob Kane . Kane, who started out as a gag artist, loved the concept and encouraged its production. Finger found a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the silent film The Man Who Laughs , and it was from this photograph that the Joker was modeled. This influence was referenced in the graphic novel Batman: The Man Who Laughs , a retelling of the first Joker story from 1940.

In his initial dozen or so appearances, starting with Batman #1 (1940), the Joker was a straightforward spree killer/mass murderer, with a bizarre appearance modeled after the symbol of the Joker known from playing cards. It is of note that in his second appearance he was actually slated to be killed off, with the final page detailing the villain accidentally stabbing himself, lying dead as Batman and Robin run off into the night. DC editor Whitney Ellsworth thought the Joker was too good a character to kill off, suggesting that he be spared. A hastily drawn panel, calculated to imply that the Joker was still alive, was subsequently added to the comic.

For the next several appearances, the Joker often escaped capture but suffered an apparent death (falling off a cliff, being caught in a burning building, etc.), from which his body was not recovered. In these first dozen adventures, the Joker killed close to three dozen people, impressive for a villain who didn't use giant robots, mutant monsters, or space lasers, as was the status quo between 1940 until around 1942. Ironically, the turning point came in "Joker Walks the Last Mile" ( Detective Comics #64), when the Joker was actually executed in the electric chair only to be chemically revived by henchmen.

The Joker is a fictional character who appears as the main antagonist in Christopher Nolan's 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. Based upon the …

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the ...

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman , the film is the second ...

Heath Ledger's Joker in the 2008 blockbuster film,  The Dark Knight , is one of the most captivating supervillains in film history (and responsible for one  of the 15 Oscar nominations Batman films have received over the years ). Joker has many memorable quotes within the film. Here are his ten best. 

After a crashing a meeting of the various mob bosses, discussing what to do about Batman (and after an awesome quote in and of itself, where he does a "magic trick" by making a pencil disappear by driving it into the eye of one of the mob boss' underling), Joker suggests his solution for their problems - simply kill Batman. They laugh and tell him, "If it's so simple, why haven't you done it already?" and he replies...

After the mob bosses ultimately take him up on his offer and give him literally tons of money, Joker wants to make it clear that he is about rebelling from all society, even criminal society, so he proves it by lighting his massive cash haul on fire...

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