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In one of the more insane stories from this Joker mini-series, the Joker and Lex Luthor swap emotional states. For a story written in the late 70’s its super meta because Lex and the Joker don’t exactly swap brains, they semi-swap personalities.

This story is basically a Saturday Morning cartoon in comic book form. (Edit: Saturday Morning Cartoons don’t really exist anymore and if you missed that blessed era in history, I weep for you.)

The story starts out with The Joker sitting in a movie theater wearing a HILARIOUSLY RIDICULOUS AFRO wig (yeah hes’s still got the same pasty white face, red lips and rictus grin) watching a news reel(?) documentary of some of his past highlights.

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What? Why would any theater show that? And just for posterity, I have to say it again… HE’S WEARING A GODDAMN AFRO WIG.

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Lex Luthor, who also just happens to be sitting in the same theater (WHAT?) hears Joker laughing and turns just in time to see the clown rushing out of the theater. Despite the Jokers HILARIOUSLY RIDICULOUS AFRO, Lex stops him in the atrium and they start talking. Lex Luthor, the greatest criminal mind of our time and a mass murderer are just hanging out in a movie theater having a chat. Then they go across the parking lot and get a burger. Let that sink in.

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Ok, I’m going on too long so I’ll just skip to the good stuff. Here’s the stuff you need to know quickly:

  • Lex tries to hatch a plan called Operation Mindbreak. The plan is to put on a stupid looking helmet (think Cerebro from the X-Men) to drain the Green Lantern of his willpower.
  • Green Lantern is asleep and Lex is interrupted by before launching his brain rays and is thus unaffected.
  • The Joker barges in Lex’s secret hideout (he scaled the building using suction cups) and grabs the other helmet and puts it on.
  • The machine somehow manages to force Lex and J to swap personalities.
  • The story is batshit crazy (pun intended) and the writers know it.

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The Joker is still the Joker, except now he’s not a goddamn maniac. He has the criminal focus of Luthor. However at his core, he’s still the Joker and has the presence of mind to know that he is still in full control of his Id but it’s his ego and super-ego that has been swapped out.

Luthor on the other hand is no longer the cold, calculating, ruthless businessman/super-villain… he’s stark raving mad. He’s in in possession of Jokers ego and super-ego and has gone completely insane. He’s laughing maniacally, is just as unpredictable and what is even more terrifying, he likes it!

In an interesting back and forth, Lex states, “I don’t want to be sane again! When I was sane, I did everything because I hated Superman! Now I don’t hate anyone!”

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To which the Joker responds, “You were driven by your hatred– Now you’ll be driven by your madness! You’re still in the same hell — only with different scenery!” For a story so Saturday Morning Cartoon this is surprisingly deep. But then it all goes back to schlock with more suction cup wall walking, jet boots and the Jokermoblile. Eventually Lex and Joker switch identities back, pass out in an alley (on top of each other) and get arrested.

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So. Damn. Strange.

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The Joker in love! When the Joker falls for the siren call of the lovely Dinah Lance, it’s up to Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow, to come to the rescue!

Released: 8/6/1975

Cover: Ernie Chan

Writers: Elliot Maggin

Pencilers: Jose Luis Garcia Lopez

Inkers: Vince Colletta

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The Joker beats Robin to death. (Batman: A Death in the Family)

Sometime in late 1987, DC Comics and Batman editor Dennis O’Neil became aware that Jason Todd had become unpopular with readers and decided to remove him from the Robin role. The question was how to do that. Seeking a new way to interact with fans, and perhaps inspired by references to a dead Jason in Frank Miller’s non-canonical future history comic book miniseries, The Dark Knight Returns, the company set up two 1-900 number 50-cent hotlines giving callers the ability to vote for or against Jason’s death. The call-in period started after publication of the issue in which Jason and his mother are trapped in the warehouse.

Over 10,000 votes were cast, with the final vote being 5,343 votes for Jason to die over 5,271 for him to live. DC published A Death in the Family to massive media attention, some of it critical. Over a decade later, in a Newsarama interview conducted alongside writer Judd Winick, O’Neil said: “I heard it was one guy, who programmed his computer to dial the thumbs down number every ninety seconds for eight hours, who made the difference.” If true, that would have amounted to over 200 votes (and 100 dollars), certainly enough to decide the count. There is no way to confirm that rumor, but it adds uncertainty to the question of whether the poll was an accurate measure of what fans wanted to happen to Jason Todd.

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The issue of Jason Todd’s death was often raised over the years in the mainstream Batman stories, becoming almost as important a factor in his life as the death of his parents. It intensified Batman’s feud with the Joker, making it even more personal. In the course of the Batman: Knightfall story arc, Batman is exposed to the Scarecrow’s fear toxin, causing him to hallucinate about Jason’s death. However, instead of fear, he reacts in rage, and brutally beats the Joker while screaming Jason’s name. He often visits Jason’s gravesite and raises his death as a factor in his reluctance to take on new sidekicks, such as Tim Drake (the third Robin and current Red Robin), Stephanie Brown (the fourth Robin, and third Batgirl), Cassandra Cain (the second Batgirl), and Damian Wayne (the fifth Robin). Jason is memorialized in the Batcave; his Robin costume is preserved under glass, along with the epitaph “A Good Soldier.”

In the Hush storyline, it was hinted that Todd is alive, as a young man who strongly resembles him is standing on his desecrated grave. However, in the end, Batman finds that it was Clayface mimicking the role. In the “Under the Hood” arc, it is revealed that it was Todd whom Batman had fought, but he then switched places with the shapeshifter in collaboration with the villains Hush, Riddler, and Talia al Ghul. Todd reveals himself to Batman as the murderous vigilante, the Red Hood. Jason cripples Black Mask’s criminal organization in Gotham, and kidnaps the Joker and beats him with a crowbar in an abandoned building. During the ensuing struggle with Batman, Todd detonates the building, but he, Batman and the Joker survive.

The details of Todd’s return are revealed in Batman Annual #25 and Red Hood: The Lost Years #1-6.


From: Batman Vol.1 #427, 1988

Batman the Killing Joke

The Joker shoots Barbara Gordon (The Killing Joke)

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Batman interrogates The Joker (The Killing Joke)

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 Suicide Squad is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. It is intended to be the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, and Scott Eastwood.











By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Pictures. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014 and by October the casting process had begun. Principal photography began on April 13, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with additional filming in Chicago, Illinois, and ended in August that year. The film is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2016.

The Joker is rendered sane in The Lazarus Pit (Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight #145)

After being shot multiple times by Talia Al Ghul, Batman has to make the difficult decision to save The Jokers life.  The Dark Knight has to save his life in order to find where Ra’s Al Ghul and Talia have gone….

The Lazarus Pit has restorative capabilites, such has bringing the nearly dead back to life and restoring youth, vigor and vitality to the aged.  However to some, after emerging from The Pit, undergo a brief period of insanity.

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Batman and The Joker vs. Bane – Batman Europa #4

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From: Batman Europa #4 (2016)

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Thursday night pull…

Just doing some light reading on a late Thursday night!

Captain Marvel #1  

 Just finished this Captain Marvel. It’s good to see that we are getting back to old school Captain Carol Danvers.  No more silly faux hawks (she even references the change in hairstyle by saying, ” I’m not high maintenance any more” which is a nice touch) or time traveling capers.  It’s good ol alien busting action replete with cameo appearances and the return of Alpha Flight!  



Wonder Woman # 48


Wonder Woman is on the hunt for Dr. Maru who may or may not hold the cure to a deadly poison.  Maru makes it into the city with Dub Dubs in close pursuit. Maru releases more gas into a crowd of pedestrians to make them attack Wonder Woman. Get this, the gas is laced with PCP. Is this 1973?


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Jason Todd, the Arkham Knight is pissed the hell off at Batman.  Having come face to face with The Joker, the two square off over control of Jason’s soul. 



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Harley Quinn gets bloody


From: Harley Quinn #23

It’s all-out action on two fronts as the Gang of Harleys must split up to tackle two missions at the same time! Zena Bendemova’s vendetta against Harley has to be stopped before innocents are caught in the crossfire…and they have to bust Mason Macabre out of prison before he gets killed! There’s no way Harley will be ready for this shocking twist ending, though…

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Batman Europa #2: Batman and The Joker join forces…




From: Batman: Europa #2

Jared Leto’s Joker Struts in New “Suicide Squad” Images – Comic Book Resources

via Jared Leto’s Joker Struts in New “Suicide Squad” Images – Comic Book Resources.

Production on director David Ayer‘s “Suicide Squad” is complete, and now, as we head ever closer to the film’s 2016 release, promotional photos from the DC Comics-inspired movie are beginning to arrive.

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The Punisher vs. Batman Part 2 – Deadly Knights (1994)

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The Arkham Knight is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics, and is the titular villain in Rocksteady Studios’ upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Knight. The character was created by Rocksteady in collaboration with DC Comics CCO and writer Geoff John and officially first appeared in Batman: Arkham Knight #1

The Arkham Knight harbors a seemingly deep-rooted grudge against Batman and fully intends to kill the Dark Knight after making him suffer. To achieve his goal, he has aligned himself with Scarecrow and provides a military presence in the evacuated city of Gotham during the events of Batman: Arkham Knight.

One year after the death of the Joker during the events of Arkham City. Batman is struggling to come to terms with the absence of his nemesis and the uncomfortable feeling that the pair shared a bond deeper than either could admit.  Without the Joker’s chaotic presence, Gotham’s citizens have never felt safer, and crime in the city has dramatically declined. However, this gives Batman’s enemies, including Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, a chance to unite with the singular goal of killing Batman. On Halloween night, Scarecrow threatens the city with his newly created strain of fear toxin and bombs planted throughout Gotham, forcing the evacuation of the city’s six million civilians. Only criminals remain in the city, leaving Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department outnumbered. Anticipating a new threat, Batman continues to develop crime-fighting technology and maintains a vigil over the city.

Through unknown means, the Arkham Knight was able to monitor the actions of Batman and everyone else involved in the Arkham City incident.  After Joker’s death, the Arkham Knight witnessed a brief encounter between Batman and the new Electrocutioner which resulted in the latter being quickly defeated. Afterwards, he executed the defeated criminal with a shotgun blast to the head, while explaining that men like Electrocutioner will come to believe that him and Batman are on the same side.

The Arkham Knight later monitored Batman, as the Caped Crusader went to the abandoned Arkham Asylum to find an override code for bombs the Joker had placed in all of Arkham City’s walls prior to his death.  He knew that the Joker’s threat was merely a ploy to kill Batman, and that all of the explosives had actually been moved to the old Arkham Asylum. The Arkham Knight attempted desperately to open the door to the room where Batman was and all of the explosives were concentrated in, claiming that he wanted to kill the Dark Knight, albeit at his own time. Despite his effort, he was unable to open the door and was caught in the explosion. He apparently tanked the explosion, as seen by his steaming shoulder and chest plate, and scavenged through the rubble of the asylum in search for Batman. Instead of Batman, he found a scrapbook titled “My Dieary” with a ripped drawing of the Joker beneath, afterwards claiming”. The night’s not a complete loss”.

Later, the Arkham Knight located two Joker thugs, who kidnapped and locked a family in the truck of a car, and attacked them. One of the thugs begged him to stop, but the Arkham Knight tore out the pages of the “My Dieary” book and shoved them in the thug’s mouth, before setting them both on fire, leaving the family to believe the Arkham Knight was a hero.

Ever since the death of the new Electrocutioner, some members of the GCPD came to believe that Batman was “finally getting serious about these lowlifes”. A few hours after Batman apprehended Tweedledum, Tweedledee, and their newest member Tweedledie, the Arkham Knight executed all three of them in the Gotham Central Holding Facility with a shotgun blast to each of their heads, just as he did to the Electrocutioner.

Not much is known about the Arkham Knight. Oracle reports to Batman that the man who works as Arkham Knight works with a black ops team out of Venezuela and intelligence sources can only agree that he goes by the moniker “Arkham Knight”. It is known that he is working with Scarecrow, that he somehow knows a lot about Batman, and that he wants the Dark Knight dead, but his exact motivations are unclear.

The Arkham Knight operated at Ace Chemicals, providing soldiers, weapons, vehicles, and hazardous materials, as well as perimeter security for Scarecrow. As seen in the “ACE Chemical Infiltration” trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, the Arkham Knight takes out the bridge connecting the plant to mainland Gotham City, ambushes Batman as the Dark Knight is rescuing a trapped worker, and again in an attack chopper when Batman is rescuing a second worker.


Here is the complete list of Arkham Knight issues in order:

  1. Batman Arkham Knight #1 – Batman recovers Jokers body.
  2. Batman Arkham Knight #1 (part 2) – The Joker’s autopsy.
  3. Batman Arkham Knight #2 – The Joker’s last plan.
  4. Batman Arkham Knight #3 – The Arkham Knight stalks The Dark Knight.
  5. Batman Arkham Knight #3 (part 2) – Batman and Jim Gordon dispose of the body.
  6. Batman Arkham Knight #4 – The Last Will and Testament of the Joker
  7. Batman Arkham Knight #5 – Batman “rescues” Harley Quinn from prison.
  8. Batman Arkham Knight #6 – Batman vs. Killer Croc
  9. Batman Arkham Knight #7 – The Arkham Knight takes out some thugs.
  10. Batman Arkham Knight #8 – Harley Quinn attacks Lucius Fox.
  11. Batman Arkham Knight #9 – Batman and Robin spend quality time in the combat simulator.
  12. Batman Arkham Knight #10 – Batman rescues Lucius Fox (part 1)
  13. Batman Arkham Knight #10 – Batman rescues Lucius Fox (part 2)
  14. Batman Arkham Knight #11 – Batman vs. Kid Shark
  15. Batman Arkham Knight #12 – Batman vs. The Tweedle Bros.
  16. Batman Arkham Knight #13 – Barbara Gordon can take care of herself.
  17. Batman Arkham Knight #14 – Bane of Existence
  18. Batman Arkham Knight #15 – Batman vs. Bane (Part 1)
  19. Batman Arkham Knight #15 – Batman vs. Bane (Part 2)
  20. Batman Arkham Knight #16 -Breaking Bad

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Batman Arkham Knight  #4 – The Last Will and Testament of the Joker

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Batman Arkham Knight #3 (part 2) – Batman and Jim Gordon dispose of the body. 

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‘Suicide Squad’ – New Set Photos and Videos

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Written and Directed by David Ayer. Produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle. Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.

Stars: Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as George “Digger” Harkness/Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as June Moone/Enchantress, Ike Barinholtz as Dr. Hugo Strange, Jim Parrack as Jonny Frost/Pseudo Joker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones/Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss/Slipknot, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Raymond Olubowale as Nanaue/King Shark, Common in an undisclosed role. Jesse Eisenberg is also expected to reprise his upcoming role as Lex Luthor.

‘Suicide Squad’ is set to be released on August 5th, 2016.

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New picture of Jared Leto as The Joker

David Ayer tweets a pic of Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.

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This looks crazy!

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