Life Lessons From The Joker
“They laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh at them because they’re all the same”. – The Joker
As a new clown prince of crime emerges from the depths of Hollywood with an all-new the Joker movie, we are falling in love with Batman’s twisted arch-nemesis all over again. The devious and sinister criminal mastermind has been a fan favorite since his debut in Batman comics in 1940. Even if you are not a comic book fan, you surely know who The Joker, especially if you are into superhero movies.
Whether you are a fan of Heath Ledger’s anarchist Joker, Cesar Romero’s naughty clown, Jack Nicholson’s homicidal maniac, Jared Leto’s gangster clown or Mark Hamill’s mind-blowing animated Joker, you simply cannot ignore the magnetic charisma of the sociopathic murderer. And with a new the Joker movie, Joaquin Phoenix has introduced us to an all-new gritty version of the Joker that will let our imaginations run wild.
But why is a deceiving, lunatic supervillain more popular than most heroes? Why do we love the Joker so much? And what can we learn from the king of chaos to make our seemingly normal lives better?
Let’s take a look.
Laughing a new sinister laugh
Although the new Joker movie featuring Joaquin Phoenix is still based on characters
from DC Comics, it is a loose adaptation of the original Batman villain. The movie has a slightly different origin story and is a standalone movie. It is more of a character study of a person named Arthur Fleck with mental health issues who becomes The Joker. However, this boundary-breaking movie will surely garner some new fans for our favorite clown. And with the growing fear of clowns across the US, this 2019 the Joker movie couldn’t have come at a better time.
Even though this movie deviates somewhat from the comics, most of the other Batman movies with the joker have more or less stayed true to the original story from the comics.
So who is the real Joker?
The Joker was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger & Jerry Robinson for the debut Batman comics issue. Although a number of backstories have been told throughout the years in comics and movies, the origin story in Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke is considered to be the definitive backstory of the Joker.
One day, an unnamed engineer decides to quit his job at a local chemical company as he dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. As he fails to make a career as a comedian, he soon becomes desperate to financially support his pregnant wife. Finding no other way out, he agrees to help a few criminals rob a playing card company, right next to the chemical plant he used to work at.
However, before they could execute their plan, his wife and unborn child die in a household accident. Shocked and grief-stricken, the failed comedian refuses to help the criminals with their plan. But he is forced to keep his commitment and is made to wear a mask of the notorious Red Hood to divert attention.
Their attempt gets foiled when Batman interferes and stops the criminals. In an attempt to escape Batman, then comedian jumps into a vat of chemicals and escapes. However, to his horror, the deadly chemical permanently damages him mentally and physically. With his facial disfigurement and the death of his family, the comedian becomes insane and becomes The Joker.
“Like any other comedian, he uses whatever material will work.” – Batman
The psychology of The Joker
This guy is certifiably insane. A rebel without a cause, the Joker is a murderous lunatic who loves creating chaos just for the love of it. Even though he doesn’t have any super powers, he is still the most dangerous villain. And this is portrayed even in the Joker movie 2019.
“Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.” – The Joker
The definition of evil, the joker is more than just a psychopath. He is the yin to Batman’s yang. He is a genius who feels a wide range of emotions. He laughs, he cries, he gets angry and frustrated and he even loves Harley Quinn in his own twisted way. Not only can he make complex and excruciatingly detailed plans, but he also knows how to execute his plans effectively. And he even knows how to adjust and modify his plans instantly when Batman screws them up. He never relies on a single method for putting his plans into action. He has an arsenal of multiple backup plans and innumerable weapons which he keeps hidden in plain sight, like a lethal flower on his lapel that shoots joker venom on unsuspecting victims. Now that’s a criminal mastermind right there.