This is the first part of a two-part Joker Game that I am going to be doing. In part 1, I talked about what makes the Joker so much fun to play as a character and why he has always been a favorite of comics and movie fanatics. In this second installment, I am going to dig even deeper into the origin of the Joker and what makes him more interesting as a character today than he has ever been in the past. I hope you keep coming back for more Joker analysis and enjoyment.
Part one of this Joker Game was the design of the Joker himself. In the early years of the Batman era, the Joker was always an angry, crazy, moody, criminal that constantly fought Batman on some level. In most cases, Batman had no choice but to go toe to toe with the Joker, as he had no other choice but to fight him and protect the city he loved. It was this grueling, unavoidable struggle that made us love the Joker so much in the first place.
But in the later years of the Batman era, when the Dark Knight came out, the Joker became much less interesting. Yes, he was still a very powerful character, but he was no longer the proverbial “Joker Game”. In fact, he didn’t even really have a personality of his own, he had simply become the proverbial “Clown” personality that everyone looked up to. The funny thing was that this change came about simply because of the inclusion of another character into the mix. Two characters who had little to do with each other but acted in a similar manner were introduced to the world of the superhero, and it was amazing how this change transformed the Joker into a more interesting character.
In the Dark Knight, we met the mysterious Joker. Though not really his alter ego, the Joker somehow became almost universally loved as the Joker Game character. He was a calculating and devious genius, who planned his schemes with the help of his henchmen. In fact, many people believe that he actually planned the world war with a nuclear bomb, and the Joker earned the hatred of every single citizen of Japan during World War II. The Joker was so popular that after the world war, the United States essentially made him the new symbol of evil in the world.
With the success of the Joker in his stint as the clownish bad guy, he was soon featured in his very own series of action movies. However, his popularity began to fade when the world war ii arrived. Although the Joker played a major role in the plot of the second world war ii, many critics believed that his appearance on the screen was simply too over the top. To counter this criticism, the Joker was given a more “serious” look in the third installment of the Batman movie series. In the dark knight’s final outing, the Joker was depicted as a mysterious, shadowy figure, whose motives for being the Joker were still unknown.
In the concluding part of the joker game, the game takes place in the Sixties. After an incident with the Yakuza, Harvey Dent is given free will to make his own decisions, and this is where he learns the truth about the existence of the Joker. As he continues on his quest to find out more, he comes across two other personalities from previous games; the cynical and pessimistic psychologist Dr. Nakayama, and the wise and cynical businessman, Mr. Sakuma.