To me, The Joker demonstrates that Batman is as insane as the enemies he fights. Off-kilter, not right in his own head, and coming from a place so dark, it might scare his, supposedly, insane enemies. This concept is perfectly illustrated in Alan Moore’s classic one-shot, The Killing Joke. Two sides of the same coin, both insane, just using their insanity for different ends.
So, last week Warner Brothers launched a site named I Believe in Harvey Dent, all about the district attorney who eventually becomes the Batman enemy, Two-Face. This was followed up a few days later with a mysterious site name I Believe in Harvey Dent Too where you entered an email address, a code was sent to you, and a pixel was removed from the page, slowly reveling the first picture of Heath Ledger as The Joker.
The rest of this post is under the cut as I know some of my readers fear clowns…
Here is one of my all-time fave pics of The Joker, taken from The Killing Joke