Scariest depiction of the Joker?

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#1 Posted by Kindredfool (14 posts) - - Show Bio

From the whole history of Batman, including Comics, Films, Television etc what do you think is the most frightening depiction of the Joker?

Was there a particular comic that you found him scariest in? Either because of the story or even the way the artist drew him?

I'll get the ball rolling. I'm relatively new to comics but I've read a good few Batman comics and in my opinion the depiction of the Joker in 'Arkham Asylum' (A Serious House on Serious Earth) is absolutely horrifying. Because of both Grant Morrison for the writing AND the way Dave McKean illustrates him. It just freaked me out how Morrison gave him a bizarre sexual aspect which I'd never seen before (He feels Batmans arse, and then starts interrogating one of Arkhams staff by telling him to "Ravish me") It just freaked the hell out of me. And the way he was drawn absolutely terrified me, he looked VERY creepy. The horrible speech about wanting Batman to feel "sticky fingers touch the deepest parts of his brain" (or something like that) made it terrifying.

So, what do you guys think is the scariest depiction of the Joker?

#2 Posted by AssertingValor (5382 posts) - - Show Bio

Emperor, nuff said, end thread........

#3 Posted by The_Tree (7235 posts) - - Show Bio

I would also say that Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth is the scariest he's ever been. Morrison knows how to write a pretty terrifying Joker.

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#4 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (32867 posts) - - Show Bio
#5 Posted by hectorsquall (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

From All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder

For real! A lot of people find this series mediocre but this depiction of the Joker is one of the most creepiest and realistic that I've ever read. I bet if the Joker really existed, he would act exactly like this.

#6 Posted by ReVamp (22863 posts) - - Show Bio

@hectorsquall said:

From All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder

For real! A lot of people find this series mediocre but this depiction of the Joker is one of the most creepiest and realistic that I've ever read. I bet if the Joker really existed, he would act exactly like this.

People hate far too much on this series. It was... bad, but its badness was good.

#7 Posted by hectorsquall (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

@ReVamp: Agreed. I won't say that it was a good series but I like Jim lee's art and I don't think that it was a book to be taken too seriously. Some moments were painful to read but overall it was so cheesy that I laughed a few times, especially with the epic "I'm the Goddamn Batman" dialogue :p

Still, I liked this depiction of the Joker for its realism and it's too bad that we didn't see more of him.

#8 Posted by nickzambuto (12999 posts) - - Show Bio

60's Joker obviously.

dat mustache.

#9 Posted by Rosencrantz&Guildenstern (275 posts) - - Show Bio

@nickzambuto said:

60's Joker obviously.

dat mustache.

Creepy win.

I really liked how he was both unnervingly creepy and sypathetic in The Killing Joke. The fact that you can feel pity for such a moster while being makes it even more disturbing. I also loved him in Batman and Robing Must Die, especially in B&R #13. Frazer Irving is insanely awesome.

#10 Edited by sj_esposito (457 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

This ^ is the most horrifying depiction I've ever read. I remember reading this and being genuinely horrified on a visceral level by it. However, if we're talking creepy and disturbing on a more psychological level, I've got to go with Joker as he was depicted in The Black Mirror:

#11 Posted by SmoothJammin (2332 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham by Morrison. Before I even knew anything about comics I read that badboy and it scared me shitless. I think that's probably why it took me so long to finally get into the game

#12 Posted by Billy Batson (57789 posts) - - Show Bio

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#13 Posted by RoboShark (1208 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

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This version is pretty disturbing.

That scene is never easy to read.

#14 Posted by Billy Batson (57789 posts) - - Show Bio

@RoboShark said:

@Billy Batson said:

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This version is pretty disturbing.

That scene is never easy to read.

The whole book is filled with that stuff. Thank you, Azzarello!
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#15 Posted by DarthShap (875 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

@RoboShark said:

@Billy Batson said:

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This version is pretty disturbing.

That scene is never easy to read.

The whole book is filled with that stuff. Thank you, Azzarello!
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That's because it's not the Joker, just some depressed hooligan who's into Clockwork Orange ultra-violence.

A surprisingly horrific depiction of the Joker for a kid's comic book (but was TAS really appropriate for kids?) :

#16 Posted by Billy Batson (57789 posts) - - Show Bio

@DarthShap:

Meh, it's not canon.
Exactly what is the Joker hitting in those panels? Nothing happened to Gordon on the second panel.
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#17 Posted by comicdude23 (11399 posts) - - Show Bio

TDK Joker.

#18 Posted by MasterDetective (804 posts) - - Show Bio

@DarthShap: Of course it's for kids, I was watching it when I was younger. Children shouldn't just watch Winnie the pooh and Dora the explorer you know...

#19 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32867 posts) - - Show Bio
@Billy Batson said:

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The best depiction ever IMO
#20 Posted by DarthShap (875 posts) - - Show Bio

@MasterDetective said:

@DarthShap: Of course it's for kids, I was watching it when I was younger. Children shouldn't just watch Winnie the pooh and Dora the explorer you know...

So was I, and I was something like three or four when it started to air. I did not have any problem with it but I am sure a lot of parents did because it was really dark violent and heavy at times.

#21 Edited by Rosencrantz&Guildenstern (275 posts) - - Show Bio

I've just discovered Dave McKean, his Joker is pretty unsettling as well:

#22 Posted by DarthShap (875 posts) - - Show Bio

@Rosencrantz&Guildenstern said:

I've just discovered Dave McKean, his Joker is pretty unsettling as well:

Then you have to read Arham Asylum by Morrison and McKean. :)

#23 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (14587 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

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what book is that from?

Also Arkham Asylum Joker.

#24 Posted by DarthShap (875 posts) - - Show Bio

@DarkKnightDetective said:

@Billy Batson said:

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what book is that from?

Also Arkham Asylum Joker.

Joker, by Azzarello and Bermejo.

#25 Posted by deadpool6_6_6 (1064 posts) - - Show Bio

@The_Tree said:

I would also say that Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth is the scariest he's ever been. Morrison knows how to write a pretty terrifying Joker.

Question is does joker have any fear?

#26 Posted by ImTheDamnBatman (3548 posts) - - Show Bio

i know it's not canon, and not nescasarrily the scariest, but the best depiction of the Joker had to be from the games AA and AC. They had that perfect mix of TAS joker but with an extra twinge of darkness.

#27 Posted by sinestro_GL (3066 posts) - - Show Bio

@deadpool6_6_6 said:

@The_Tree said:

I would also say that Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth is the scariest he's ever been. Morrison knows how to write a pretty terrifying Joker.

Question is does joker have any fear?

Nope. During the Knightfall Saga, at one point Scarecrow sprayed Joker with some of his fear gas...response:

#28 Posted by mr_gone (203 posts) - - Show Bio

the azzarello one made my stomach twist a little, but the scariest i have read would have to be the issue that had this cover. It's the one where he slices up harley and kills all his past henchmen. It's some seriously psychotic stuff in that one.

#29 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8741 posts) - - Show Bio

arkham asylum

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#30 Posted by bbraich (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Agreed with posters regarding RIP Joker, that was pretty unsettling.

In Grant Morrison's JLA run there was a part where Batman is in a dream where Tim Drake I believe is Batman, he's facing up against an older Joker with greased back hair. I found this brief cameo quite terrifying. He kinda looked similar to the Joker in Kingdom Come.

#31 Posted by cameron83 (6707 posts) - - Show Bio

@ImTheDamnBatman said:

i know it's not canon, and not nescasarrily the scariest, but the best depiction of the Joker had to be from the games AA and AC. They had that perfect mix of TAS joker but with an extra twinge of darkness.

this

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#32 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (9575 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorites:

Arkham Asylum (Comic book)

Heath Ledger

Under the Red Hood movie

TAS, only when the character wasnt used as a funny character.

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#33 Posted by Vivke (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

Death of the Family

RIP Joker

#34 Edited by Ubersoldier (124 posts) - - Show Bio

Theoretically Emperor Joker

other then that, coming into your life and taking it all on a whim.

#35 Edited by shadowclaw4 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

for sure the scariest

#36 Posted by Blackdog2009 (1818 posts) - - Show Bio
#37 Posted by RustyRoy (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

for sure the scariest

Yup this one is the scariest IMO.

#38 Posted by entropy_aegis (14468 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrisons Joker,read Arkham Asylum,RIP,Batman & Robin v1 and Batman#662,Mask of the Phantasm Joker,Batman:Bloodstorm Joker,Nolan's Joker and The Dark Knight Returns Joker.

Azz's Joker was a hooligan,not scary.

Snyder's Joker aka Leatherface hasn't been scary since the 80's.

#39 Edited by ShrinkageNecrosis (47 posts) - - Show Bio

Winslow Heath - Joker/Batman that turns normal citizens into Joker-Zombies and bloodlusted-Batmen.

#40 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (9575 posts) - - Show Bio

60's Joker obviously.

dat mustache.

Mustache him a question!!!

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#41 Posted by Dud317 (286 posts) - - Show Bio

@sesposito7: for the life of me I can't remember which story this is. I want to go back and read it now after your description.

#42 Posted by PaperDemon (601 posts) - - Show Bio

For some odd reason this is my favorite batman thread. I'd Say the dark knight movie because thinking of the way joker could toy with everyone and laugh along with the deaths and misery he brought to gotham really shows a mental threat in the largest way possible. He could have brought the strongest man in the world down with a flash and love it.

#43 Posted by batsymyplaything (277 posts) - - Show Bio

In my opinions it's Morrison's Joker that I feel it's the scariest. I mean come on, he was wearing ONLY suspenders. Scrawny Build, YIKES!

#44 Posted by tec79 (158 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrisons Joker, the super sanity aspect he brings to the character.

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#46 Posted by DarkKnight1939 (148 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm suprised Greg Capullo/Scott Snyder's Joker hasn't been mentioned yet. He doesn't have a face! As for Azzarello's, that's one comic I'm not picking up soon, if I want to sleep that is.

#47 Posted by spider11211 (1141 posts) - - Show Bio

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#48 Posted by PaperDemon (601 posts) - - Show Bio
#49 Edited by ost8fan (6 posts) - - Show Bio

For me it's definitely Morrison's depiction of the Joker, particularly in Arkham Asylum. I also love the way Scott Snyder writes him; pretty freaky stuff, especially his appearance in The Black Mirror.

#50 Posted by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the Joker depiction is the most disturbing because his evil is so mundane. It's not supervillainy at all, it's just mobster-esque villainy.

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