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When Batman Leaves, Joker Becomes The New [SPOILER]

When Batman Leaves, Joker Becomes The New [SPOILER]

The Clown Prince of Crime gets a brand new job in the Joker 80th Anniversary Super Spectacular after struggling to find meaning after Batman dies.

Spoilers for The Joker 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Spectacular Below

Without Batman, the Joker probably would cease to exist as a villain. The Clown Prince of Crime obsesses over the Caped Crusader as he famously told Batman in The Dark Knight that “you complete me.” So, what would happen to the Joker if Batman died and Joker had no one to obsess over? He’d get a brand new job… at the DMV.
Some of DC’s top talent has assembled for The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, celebrating the 80th year since the Joker first debuted. Included in the anthology are Scott Synder, Jock, Paul Dini, Brian Azzarello, Kelley Jones, Jose-Luis Garcia Lopez, and more. In the story “Kill The Batman” by Gary Whitta, Greg Miller, Dan Mora, Ivan Plascencia, and Troy Peteri, the Joker has to deal with a world without Batman after he kills his longtime adversary. His first instinct? To blow up a bunch of people (and himself) at his public memorial.

Some of DC’s top talent has assembled for The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, celebrating the 80th year since the Joker first debuted. Included in the anthology are Scott Synder, Jock, Paul Dini, Brian Azzarello, Kelley Jones, Jose-Luis Garcia Lopez, and more. In the story “Kill The Batman” by Gary Whitta, Greg Miller, Dan Mora, Ivan Plascencia, and Troy Peteri, the Joker has to deal with a world without Batman after he kills his longtime adversary. His first instinct? To blow up a bunch of people (and himself) at his public memorial.

The issue begins with a news report from Lois Lane, who reveals the Joker has killed Batman and the world now knows Bruce Wayne’s secret identity. After some kind words from Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and Superman, the story cuts to Bruce’s memorial. Wonder Woman, Harvey Dent, and even Mr. Freeze give speeches on Batman, as the Joker stands in the packed crowd with a trenchcoat on and a bomb strapped to his chest. He laments the loss of Batman as his anger about the celebration slowly turns into the realization that he made a massive mistake in killing Bruce. Joker gets mad people are smiling while he feels intense sadness.

When Batman Leaves, Joker Becomes The New [SPOILER]

When Batman Leaves, Joker Becomes The New [SPOILER]

Joker wonders who could possibly rival him now. He calls Superman “strong fast… and dumb as a rock,” before passing on him. He also wonders “what else is fiendish, merciless, psychotic, cold-blooded maniac who only gets off on tormenting others supposed to do?” before it’s revealed the Joker has shifted to Jack Napier again and works at the department of motor vehicle. The last panel features Jack telling someone that they filled out the wrong form and they’ll have to go to the back of the line, “have a nice day!” he says, with a killer smile.

When Batman Leaves, Joker Becomes The New [SPOILER]

When Batman Leaves, Joker Becomes The New [SPOILER]

It’s a pretty funny ending to a pretty poignant story. Joker has a real existential crisis about what to do with his life now that Batman is gone for good. The only thing he can think of that’s as close to as evil as what he previously did as the Joker is working at the DMV. Now, that’s quite the punchline.

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