Why The Joker’s Mysterious Origin Story Need to Be Told


In an incredibly informative video essay about the upcoming film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, host Jared Bauer of Wisecrack opines on the need for The Joker, a deeply talented D.C. Comics supervillain, to have an origin story and whether or not that story should be told. Bauer further reveals that the character was clearly written to be an enigmatic, twisted, narcissistic purveyor of psychological delusions. This being the case, if The Joker told of his origins, what cause would the fans have to understand it to be true? Also, wouldn’t know where he comes from taking away from the character’s mystique?

As excited as we are of seeing the Clown Prince of Gotham get his own movie, one thing gives us pause: the Joker’s LACK of an origin is one of the things that makes him one of the most compelling villains in comics history….we’ll look back at how comic writers have utilized the Joker’s mysterious origins to create a philosophically compelling antagonist and predict which version might inform the the live action adaptation coming in 2019.

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