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!
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!