Some things are truly sacred and shouldn’t be touched. The entertainment industry is clearly not familiar with this rule, as they continue to defile the things we love. That said, we must be masochists because allow them to do so and keep turning in to see the results.
The Batman vs Superman movie turned out to be a massive flop, so DC decided to heap even more misery on their fans by announcing something truly diabolical. During the DC Rebirth event at WonderCon, the new Justice League duo consisting of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok said that Justice League #50 will reveal the true identity of the Joker. Those of you familiar with the new Justice League series will recall that Batman sat on a little thing called the Mobius Chair, which is like those alien skulls in the fourth Indiana Jones installment that grant you knowledge of everything.
The world’s greatest detective checked to make sure the chair was legit by asking who killed his parents. You fans of the Bat will know that it was Joe Chill. The chair passed that test, so Bats moved on to the heavy stuff. He gets an answer, but we won’t know who the hell it is until Justice League #50.
Personally, I don’t want to know who it is. What’s more, I don’t need to know who the Joker actually is. DC have this problem where they’re constantly trying to reinvent the wheel and they take advantage of the fact that people will continue reading their material and watching their movies because the original stories have made their fans diehards.
When the Joker himself said “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”, in The Killing Joke, he echoed the sentiment of most Batman fans around the world. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Anyway, Johns told IGN that “The answer probably won’t be an answer people predict,” so make of that what you will. Just keep in mind that this is only one version of the Joker and not the be all end all for the character’s true identity. One group of writers and artists will not define the history of the Joker, but we can still get mad as fuck about it.