Anyone else getting tired of the Joker?

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#1 Posted by sinestro_GL (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

Remember back in 2008, before TDK hit theatres...Joker was barely in the comic books (he didn't even make any appearance on Dini's run) and didn't show up in RIP until the last couple of books...remember back then how glad you were to see that the Joker was back in comics and fight the Bat once more?

Then TDK came out...and Heath Ledger gave a great performance of the Joker (I personally prefer Jack Nicholson's take on the Joker). But since then, everyone from annoying TDK fanboys to DC writers have used him SO much - even expanding into video games as's Joker this that and the other.

It's been a bit much, and there ARE other characters out there that aren't just the Joker.

What do you guys thinkl? Am I just being a party-pooper, or are some of my points valid...

...oh, and if I hear another Heath Ledger's Joker impression I think I'm going to die...

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#2 Posted by KainScion (2991 posts) - - Show Bio

what comics have you been reading?? tdk hasnt influenced at all joker's appearances in the comics. but yeah they always use him excesively on other mediums (games, cartoons)

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#4 Posted by John Valentine (16467 posts) - - Show Bio

Is he really even used that much? I don't think he is.

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#5 Posted by sinestro_GL (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

@John Valentine: Relative to other characters, I think so...

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#6 Posted by John Valentine (16467 posts) - - Show Bio

I only read good Bat books, so whenever he does feature he's handled well.

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#7 Posted by TheOptimist (740 posts) - - Show Bio

I know what you meant culturally, but in the pages Joker hasn't been in a player in a bat or other comic book for over 7 months... the last time we saw him was just the remains of his face anyways. TDK fanboys dressing as the Joker are no more tedious than those that dress as Deadpool for me though. Also, Joker's video game participation was totally worth it for the story conclusion.

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#9 Posted by TheJokerha (169 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm sure your not the only one. And I can understand what you mean. I myself don't want to see him overused to the point of losing his impact. When Joker shows up he should be the ultimate threat, not just another Batman villain. That's hard to do when he is around so much it becomes almost a non event.

That being said, I'm no where near tired of him and never would be if he was in every title. I'd just be tired of the bad writing that would probably result from so many people writing for him so much. I made the decision to not read any thing DC is putting out till Joker shows up again. Not an indignant boycott or anything like that. Just a financial decision. He's the reason I read Dc comics, so I'm saving my comic budget till then. I'm sure Parliament of Owls is a fun read but it's not what I'm interested in.

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#10 Posted by sinestro_GL (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheJokerha: Come now...don't swear off all of DC just because the Joker is not appearing. Many years ago, I used to be like you, only reading DC because of Batman, and only reading Batman, but once I started exploring other characters, it's been much better - so many interesting stories and characters out there.

Especially with the n52 - as you can tell by my avatar, I'm impressed with Aquaman, and Green Lantern has also been a wonderful read.

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#11 Edited by TheJokerha (169 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll probably pick stuff up in collective trades. I've heard good things about the new 52. I'd really like to be reading the new JLA. It's more like I'm having to swear off comics till my finances are better. I've been collecting comics for 30 years and sometimes have to pace myself. But my collection is varied, no worries.

.There ARE a lot of interesting characters out there and if I let myself get sucked in, the checks for the house payment or the car insurance bounces.

But Joker is the one character I make an exception for, no matter what. He doesn't show up enough to make a dent in the pocket book like collecting all new 52 would, or even all Batman titles.

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#12 Posted by sinestro_GL (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheJokerha: Just make sure you check it out! Though the Joker doesn't feature in the 'Batman' title - the story has been outstanding since issue 1

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#13 Posted by Joygirl (21032 posts) - - Show Bio

Not at all. Since DC has started taking him more seriously (pun not intended) he's been better than ever. Arkham Asylum's Joker was absolutely magnificent, and comics seem to be more closely mirroring him than TDK Joker. On the subject of TDK, it was a great flick and I've seen it like five times, but I'm glad that version of Joker has mostly moved on.

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#14 Posted by ms__omega (5019 posts) - - Show Bio

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#15 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (11225 posts) - - Show Bio

He has not been used that much in the New 52 yet

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#16 Posted by Skunkstein (644 posts) - - Show Bio

He have barely been there in the new 52.

I agree, that when it come to games/cartoons etc. he is used a lot. But i dont agree on in the comics.

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#17 Posted by timsamaniego (2 posts) - - Show Bio

no, i'm not

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#18 Posted by Vulshock (166 posts) - - Show Bio

Not at all.

Am i the only one that have noticed, how much dc has been using Penguin and to some degree Scarecrow in the new 52?

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#19 Posted by YMCMB (161 posts) - - Show Bio

Not really but I know what you mean, I love the character but I'm glad DC seems to be taking a break from him at the moment, since he's been missing in the New 52

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#20 Posted by clemj (849 posts) - - Show Bio

well.... no... except maybe .... no

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#21 Posted by BatteredArmor (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

If were referring to media other than comics I'm waaaaaaaaay more sick of Catwoman than him. But if you mean in comics I haven't seen him for months......and I'm still more sick of Catwoman than him

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#23 Posted by Video_Martian (5650 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm getting sick and tired of Batman nowadays...

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#24 Posted by TDK_1997 (17385 posts) - - Show Bio

I could never be tired of the Joker.

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#25 Posted by 4thhorseman (73 posts) - - Show Bio

@sinestro_GL: Joker showed in Dini's run about a year and a half before the movie came out. Detective Comics 826 where Joker kidnaps Robin and they go drive around the during Christmas time. It gave us this amazing scene:

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As long as the Joker is written well, I don't believe I'll ever be sick of him...

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#26 Posted by TheBlueAngel93 (21064 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm actually looking forward to seeing what Snyder has planned for the Joker, I hope he uses him sometime soon as his run on Batman is currently amazing.

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#27 Posted by MTHarman (824 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh how I couldn't resist sharing this.

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#28 Posted by Kastiel (8840 posts) - - Show Bio

Joker? No. Catwoman? Yes.

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#29 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (19683 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kastiel said:

Joker? No. Catwoman? Yes.
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#30 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is everyone sick of Catwoman? I haven't read any other Batman comic other than Batman and Robin. But why is she getting so much hate?

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#31 Posted by SupBatz (2186 posts) - - Show Bio


@sinestro_GL: As long as the Joker is written well, I don't believe I'll ever be sick of him...

This. And:


Why is everyone sick of Catwoman? I haven't read any other Batman comic other than Batman and Robin. But why is she getting so much hate?


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#32 Posted by Rumble Man (11197 posts) - - Show Bio

As a character he is great, but he can get stale at times

but in terms of overall importance he is only as popular as batman is relevant

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#33 Edited by vandinejd_1991 (508 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually yes I agree with you somewhat. In the comics the Joker is not overused considering he's been gone from the new 52 dc universe for almost a year now and someone is finally bringing him back. In other media, however, especially video games they sure are using him too much. With the exception of Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, Batman Begins, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and the video game adaptations of batman returns and the joel schumacher Batman movies, the Joker has appeared in almost every Batman video game. Personally I hope they use some other characters in future video games, like after the release of The Dark Knight Rises let Bane be the villain that the video game focuses on whereas he's only been used as the guest star in games like the Batman Arkham series and Lego Batman series. I think it would be really cool if they made a game for the Secret Six.

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#34 Posted by JSH92 (444 posts) - - Show Bio

YES! Although, I do like the Joker a lot. Maybe I'm not so much tired of him as much as I'm tired of Joker fanboys...

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#35 Posted by X9 (824 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Joker is not the problem. The thing is that Bat Universe has too many maniacs so it can get a bit tiring. In order to stand out from that whole bunch of freaks, Joker has to be crazier then all of them together, what makes his story-arcs be huge, decisive and/or remarkable.

It doesn't please everyone.

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#36 Posted by vance_astro (89968 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been bored with him for years now.

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#37 Posted by danhimself (21433 posts) - - Show Bio

the Joker hasn't been the main character in an arc for years....sure he appeared in Detective Comics #1 and a little bit in R.I.P. but he hasn't been the main villain since the Last Laugh

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#38 Posted by Chronus (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

@MTHarman said:

I don't get tired with the Joker when it comes to media as along as Mark Hamill is voicing him.

Oh how I couldn't resist sharing this.

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The Dark Knight ruined the Joker. Everything surrounding that Joker is irritating.

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#39 Posted by x_29 (2375 posts) - - Show Bio

Nah son joker is my dude yo.

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#40 Posted by Swagger462 (396 posts) - - Show Bio

One thing that has always ruined the joker for me is the image of him at the salon getting his hair dyed and in the bathroom doing his make up before he goes on a rampage. For a character that is so insane and detached from reality he sure does spend a lot of time on his appearance...

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#41 Posted by bansheesonicscream (129 posts) - - Show Bio

@TDK_1997: me too

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#42 Edited by andywattbulb (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I getting tired of the Joker?

Hell no. Bring on the clown.

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#43 Posted by RedSteel15 (177 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm looking forward to seeing what Snyder does with Joker.

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