Batman and The Joker have long been a favorite storyline(s) for fans of the series and many writers have enjoyed working on it. Now… The “Clown Price of Crime” is being updated to match Social Justice Warrior standards by having his “sanity returned” and becoming a left-wing politician who rallies Americans against The Dark Knight whom he’s going to be painting as a fascist oppressor of sorts.
This’ll be one for the books…
Here’s a video but warning… strong language!
As reported by The Daily Wire:
Murphy told The Wire in an interview, “My main goal was to undo the comic tropes while changing Gotham from a comic book city into a real city — a city dealing with everything from Black Lives Matter to the growing wage gap.” He added, “… rather than write a comic about the wage gap, I gave those ideas to the Joker, who leads a kind of media war against Gotham’s elite by winning people over with his potent observations and rhetoric.”
There is a huge problem with this logic. Why would the citizens of Gotham City suddenly forgive a psychopathic mass murderer and view him as a crusading politician who is leading the cause of social justice against the Caped Crusader? That is a stretch, even for a comic book.
Perhaps that makes perfect sense to a social justice warrior. Left-wing organizations like the Women’s March and Antifa often celebrate criminals that they see as “victims” of white privilege. To them, that excuses their nefarious activities, including assault, rape, kidnapping, and murder. Why not the Joker? In the comic books, he has been a deadly prankster, a spree killer, psychopathic gangster, and a serial killer. All he has to do is feign a Bernie Sanders impersonation and all is forgiven.
At least, that is the impression Murphy gives. He excuses this by saying that the Joker will be “cured” of his insanity. That does not bode well with the Batman canon. In several comic book issues and graphic novels, it is hinted that the Joker is a sane yet evil sadist, who is faking his psychosis to get out of the death penalty and return to the revolving door at Arkham Asylum.