August 16, 2013

Indeed -- mind blown!

Robot 6 offers up a startling revelation about the classic Batman one-shot, The Killing Joke:

“No one gets the end,” the writer (Grant Morrison) says, “because Batman kills The Joker. [...] That’s why it’s called The Killing Joke. The Joker tells the ‘Killing Joke’ at the end, Batman reaches out and breaks his neck, and that’s why the laughter stops and the light goes out, ’cause that was the last chance at crossing that bridge. And Alan Moore wrote the ultimate Batman/Joker story — he finished it.”

Check out the ending panels of the tale at the link. It so totally works. And, like just about everybody, I never caught it. Everyone was way too wrapped up in what is normally considered to be the shocking highlight: the Joker shooting Barbara Gordon point blank.

Posted by Hube at August 16, 2013 12:06 PM | TrackBack

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Hmm... interesting, but I favor more the interpretation Eric said in the comments:

Naa, Batman wouldn’t snap The Jokers neck right in FRONT of those police cars driving up. They are both right in front of the headlights – I don’t see it happening. To me the ending works better and is more disturbing that Batman and the Joker both know that their lives will be forever entwined and for a brief moment they were just two men sharing a laugh – and knowing as soon as those police sirens stop things will go back to the way they were.

That maybe, in some other life, they both could have been friends.

Also in the comments:

Plus there’s the symbolism of the line of light between them which is a reference to the joke of the two men in the asylum together. The light goes out in panel 9 and they remain trapped together.

And this isn't me just being contrary to Morrison because he angered me so much with Final Crisis. lol

Posted by: Nate Winchester at August 16, 2013 01:10 PM

Wow, I never knew that. I guess I never gave the ending much thought..

And Nate, I hated Final Crisis, too... it was bad.

Posted by: Carl at August 16, 2013 01:28 PM

Nate: I like Eric's point. That so works, too!

Posted by: Hube at August 16, 2013 02:21 PM

That's also a good theory, Nate. Like i said, I never gave too much thought because I was more focused on what everyone else was: the Joker shooting of Barbara Gordon at point blank range.

Posted by: Carl at August 16, 2013 02:28 PM