The Joker has many pasts and there are many versions of the story that led to madness: but which is the real one?
Movies have been written about him and several novels have been drawn. But how many of you know the true story of the Joker, the villain of DC?
We met him with the face of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and we will soon see him played by Joaquin Phoenix. We are talking about the Joker, the most disturbing villain in the entire DC universe. His wars against Batman have made history, the relationship with Harley Quinn upsets and pleases at the same time, and his madness is manifest to everyone. But one thing has always been asked: what is it that brought Joker madness? There are different versions of the story. Here is the most famous and accredited one.
In 1988 Alan Moore and Brian Bolland wrote “Batman, The Killing Joke”, a comic that tells how Joker became Joker. It has been included in the 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels list compiled by Ign. In this novel, the life of Joker is shown when he was still a normal person. At a very young age, his job consisted of doing the comedian in the B series evenings, receiving – unfortunately – really little success. With a pregnant wife and little money aside, he lets himself be persuaded by two criminals to rob a gaming factory that is located after a chemical plant. On the appointed day, however, the future Joker learns that his wife has disappeared in a domestic accident. News that devastates him and makes him decide to abandon the robbery.
But men do not want to feel right and carry it with them. As they approach the playing card factory, however, a guard notices their arrival and kills the two men who are with the Joker. Shortly thereafter, Batman also appeared, who started following him. Trying to escape him, Joker falls into the river in front of the factory, unfortunately, full of chemical waste. It comes out completely transformed, with a white face, red lips, and green hair. Already mentally unstable due to the loss of his wife and child, he cannot even resist the transformation of his face and becomes completely insane.
But will this really be the birth of the Joker? As he himself says, everything can change due to a bad day, but it does not ensure that his memories are reliable. On the other hand, as he himself says, “If I have to have a past, I prefer to have as many options as possible”.