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"This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever." This perhaps is one of the most iconic dialogues that explains the Joker-Batman relationship. The Joker has been around for 75 years now. But over the years, very little has changed. He still terrifies Gotham and stays Batman's arch rival. But over all these years that made Batman stronger and more intelligent, the Joker too, changed his forms to challenge the Dark Knight. And since they are destined to do this forever, this is how he cope with it.
Played by Jared Leto, this is the newest look of the Joker which is being criticized on Twitter but we hope it lives up to it's predecessors. According to one fan theory, this Joker is no one but Robin himself. If you look properly, the tattoo on his right arm depicts wings, which can be of no other bird but robin. That apart, the new Joker has a lot in store for us and the best part is, we don't know a thing! Let us look from where it all started.
The look of the Joker was inspired by a character from the movie adaptation of Victor Hugo's book The Man Who Laughs. The white skin, ruby red lips and green hair along with the purple suit has been the Joker's identity right since then.
However, Romero refused to shave his mustache which is why, this first television adaptation of the Clown Prince of Crime looks a little different if you observe closely.
It was during this time that the image of the Joker as a killer glorified. This, coupled with his mental instability and the maniac laughter made Joker one of the most fearsome comic book villains and his popularity rose like never before.
Frank Miller made the Arkham Asylum inmate a bulky, muscular figure and at the same time, he made the Joker feminine as well. The red color of his lips was due to lipstick in this version.
In this version of the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker was anatomically detailed to a level of perfection like never before. The grin of the Joker was specially worked on and was put forth unmistakably as a characteristic of a maniac killer.
Jack Nicholson teaming up with Tim Burton was sure to give a great output and in the movie Batman, the world saw the gangster version of the Joker that instantly became very, very famous all around the globe.
The looks and features of Jack Nicholson's Joker were sharpened in this version by Joker Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The original form of the 1940 Joker was also considered while creating this figure of the criminal mastermind and this very look went on for The New Adventures of Batman, Batman Beyond, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, and all animated shows handled in some capacity by Timm and Dini.
In Christopher Nolan's 2008 film, the Dark Knight Heath Ledger was chosen to play the role of Batman's number one nemesis. Nolan was initially criticized for choosing Ledger but the actor proved everyone and everything wrong when he appeared on the screen in the role. Ledger locked himself in a room for 43 days to relate to the Joker on a psychological level and posthumously won 29 awards including the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for his role.
After having stayed away from Batman a year, DC introduced the Joker again to fight the Dark Knight in 2012 and 2013 storyline Death in the Family where Joker tries to attack the Bat-Family. The face of the Joker was shown tattered in this version after having the skin from his face removed by the Dollmaker.