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The Real Joker Is Back And Deadlier Than Ever In This Week’s Batman Beyond Comic

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What’s the best Batman movie? If you said Batman Forever then HEEEEEEEY BUDDY I like your taste in film. On the more mainstream side, many a film pundit would probably (Bill) finger The Dark Knight as the finest caped crusader film, even though it doesn’t feature a single scene of Batman fighting a shark with special repellent gases.

Me, I reckon the best Batman movie is actually animated. Sure, The Dark Knight Returns parts 1 and 2 may form a comic book faithful masterpiece, but it’s actually a film from before then even. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is everything that you could ever possibly want from the dark knight. Action! Mystery! A plot twist that would put M Night Shyamalan to shame!

If you haven’t seen the film, and spoilers for a movie which is nearing two decades in age, that aforementioned twist was utterly brilliant. Digging in Bruce Wayne’s past and discovering what really happened to the Joker, current Batman Terry McGinnis finds himself tangling with a reborn Joker who has possessed the body of former Robin Tim Drake.

See, turns out that the Joker had died many decades ago, his last horrific joke being one of torture, brainwashing and twisting Batman’s greatest ally into a dark mirror of the ace of knaves. The Joker would eventually die at the hands of his own creation that fateful night…or did he? Because the Joker is alive and well in the upcoming “The Final Joke” saga. A story that sees the Clown Prince of Crime none too happy with how his legacy is being handled by gangs such as The Jokerz.

“If you go back to the very first episode of Batman Beyond, I always thought they introduced something rather intriguing there, which is the concept of the Jokerz,” writer Dan Jurgens said to Newsarama.


They’re a gang of kids – and by kids, we’re talking about young adults – who aspired to chaos. They used the Joker as this inspirational model, and these Jokerz just wanted to run around Gotham City, and their goal was chaos. I don’t think they necessarily had a profit motive or anything else. It’s just that they found the Joker to be an inspirational figure.

I’ve always been intrigued by that. Who gets inspired by the Joker? And how does he feel about that, if there are imitators and people taking his name? That’s really what gets us into this story. The Joker’s alive, and he discovers that he has all these people using his name, which he actually finds offensive. As far as he’s concerned, there’s only one, and it’s him – he is the one, original Joker and that’s all there ever should be.

Batman Beyond #25 kicks off the Joker’s return and runs through until issue #29, with an epilogue in Batman Beyond #30.

Last Updated: October 24, 2018


  1. I’ve been reading comics flat out for the last week.
    It’s all I have to do in this last boring week here at work. Only two more days…


    • Admiral Chief

      October 25, 2018 at 08:27

      And then what? November?


      • Original Heretic

        October 25, 2018 at 08:30

        Yup, new job starts 1 Nov.


        • Admiral Chief

          October 25, 2018 at 08:47

          Ag lekker man, congrats!


          • Original Heretic

            October 25, 2018 at 08:48

            Shot dude.
            Yeah, looking forward to it. But it does also mean my time here is going to be more limited. Big company with strict internet rules and all that.

          • Admiral Chief

            October 25, 2018 at 08:53

            Then you need to work SMARTER and HARDER at commenting here

          • Original Heretic

            October 25, 2018 at 08:55

            Heh, yeah, Geoff keeps telling me that I must use my mobile.
            But I also don’t wanna be that guy who’s sitting on his phone all day.

            With my current job, despite all the time I spend here commenting, I still got all my work done, no issues. They never given me any hassles about my internet usage because my work still gets done waaaaaay faster than anyone else’s.
            So I’ll have to see how it goes at the new place.

  2. Admiral Chief

    October 25, 2018 at 08:28

    Batman Beyond is epic!


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