Everyone knows the character from DC comics, Joker. He’s Batman’s number one enemy. Throughout the years he’s been depicted in several movies by numerous famous names. Recently Joaquin Phoenix took on the roll. I’m not here to talk about the movie. I am here to discuss a little bit of something that it stands for.
Let us start by simply looking at who the Joker is. Yes, in the most recent movie he took on the name Arthur Fleck. In the comics however, it has been stated that “The Joker” is actually three different people. Hence why he disappears from story arcs and comes back in others. The most popular story line is that Joker was originally called The Red Hood and in his final heist he vanishes after leaping into a vat of chemicals to escape none other than Batman. From that, his resulting disfigurement led him to adopt the name “Joker”, from the playing card figure he came to resemble.
In every interpretation of him, several personality traits stand out. From this I believe is where the latest movie pulled its story line from. Honestly its genius given the news topics nowadays surrounding one subject.
The personality traits I’ve spoken about in the Joker is the obvious fact he suffers from a mental illness. When ignored without any sort of treatment or therapy, it can drive you insane. Literally. This current depiction of The Joker is that his current mental illnesses were brought on by child hood trauma. THIS! This is something no one tends to think of when they hear of a mass shooting. They blame guns, or everything but the simple fact that the person suffered from a mental illness. When that fact is brought to light no one thinks that it’s something created from what that person seen, or was taught throughout their life.
Monsters. Thats what the public calls them. What’s forgotten about is the simple fact monsters aren’t just born. There is always some circumstance thats made them into the monster they are. That’s my belief at least.
Moral of this post; Think before you judge someone. You never EVER know what their eye’s have seen or what their ears have heard!
For those who came because they expected me to talk comics, here’s my favorite Joker.