Is there such a thing as too much Joker?

Before I say anything else, I just want to say that The Joker is one of my absolute favourite comic book villains. He’s such a unique and iconic character that it seems like there’s no boundaries on where you can take the character. That being said, with The Three Jokers book coming soon, Joker War coming soon, The Joker featuring in the Justice League book and the Joaquin Phoenix led Joker film recently hitting cinemas, are we starting to get over saturated with The Clown Prince of Crime? Now I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to Joker War and Three Jokers, I am looking forward to them, but I feel like if these books weren’t coming out so close together and they were both coming out after a period of Jokerless time, I’d be much more excited for them!

I’m excited for the upcoming Joker War, but not as much as I should be!

To me, with The Joker, less is more. Not knowing where or when the character will show up, works to his advantage and it only adds to the elusive mystery that is his backstory. I can’t help but feel that with how often we’re seeing The Joker recently, the character is starting to lose the mysterious aura that surrounded him and made him so special. It honestly feels like we can’t get through a month without The Joker showing up and with The Batman Who Laughs being a Jokerised Batman, it still feels like the character is around.

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think the best thing DC could do is to just leave The Joker alone for a while. Maybe have him disappear for a couple of years, maybe even ‘die’ and then when he returns after an absence of at least two years, it would feel special to see the character again. The worst thing that’s happened to the character is having his Batman stories become normal. They should feel like a special event, but now they just feel like any normal Batman story and that does a major disservice to the character.

With all that said, like I said earlier, we have the Three Jokers and the Joker War storylines coming up soon and The Batman Who Laughs is headlining the current Hell Arisen book so it doesn’t seem like The Joker will be going anywhere anytime soon… Let’s just hope we don’t get yet a new iteration of the character in the Matt Reeves Batman movie.

What do you think? Am I right in saying that we may be seeing too much Joker too often these days? Or are you happy with the amount of Joker we’re getting? Feel free to let me know in the comments cause I love discussing comics with fellow fans!

Thank you!

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2 thoughts on “Is there such a thing as too much Joker?

  1. First things first, loving this blog. Keep it up.

    I both agree and disagree with this (I like to play both sides of the fence). It reminds me a lot of how I felt with Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga. Once the imagination of the consumer is taken away with every aspect of said character given to them by creators, the character feels far less interesting. It’s seeing Oz behind the curtain. That being said, with so many different versions of the Joker character, which one is the real deal? That’s the one angle, that I think this character can survive over exposure from.

    I’m still not sure we know who the Joker is. We know who the Joker is thru the eyes of other characters, and that to me is the most intriguing part of the character. I know who the Joker is thru the eyes of Batman, Harley Quinn, and even Mime and Marionette now. But if you ask me who he is, I’d be hard pressed to believe my answer.

    Everything I’ve just rattled off, is obviously my opinion, and I’ll just admit up front I don’t read a lot of Joker stories. If I’m way off here, please point me to stories to expand my knowledge of the character. Like I mentioned, I’m quite enjoying reading this blog so thank you for the entertainment.

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    1. Thanks man, glad you’re enjoying it! Yeah I suppose you’re right. The Joker is truly unique in that it always seems like we’re getting completely different interpretations of the character! The best books to read involving The Joker are probably The Killing Joke, The Man Who Laughed and Death of The Family! They’re all great books and each one does a great job exploring The Joker as a character and his relationship with Batman!

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