The Joker tells two different stories of how he got his scars in THE DARK KNIGHT. Why?

The Joker is thus “reciting” a “myth” that people create in their own minds when they meet the Joker: the Joker must have been a victim of physical or emotional abuse, and the scars made him so detestably ugly that he went insane to cope. … More The Joker tells two different stories of how he got his scars in THE DARK KNIGHT. Why?

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Wonder Woman + Blame

Ares represents hate. He hates humans for reasons even Diana acknowledges as valid. But Diana can know and understand that hatred without giving into it. She has a complex view of human nature that allows her to retain her idealism. Hate doesn’t have the power here. Love does. That’s why she can destroy Ares. That’s why the German soldiers can breathe fresh air and hug strangers from the other side. In that moment and for a time after, love wins. … More Wonder Woman + Blame

Can the Joker Be a Psychopath and Have Antisocial Personality Disorder?

In a brief review in Creative Loafing, I discussed whether the Joker was antisocial—whether he had antisocial personality disorder. The answer was “yes.” In a previous blog entry, I discussed whether he was a psychopath. The answer was “yes.” Are the two terms the same? No. What the difference between the two, and can he be both a psychopath and antisocial? … More Can the Joker Be a Psychopath and Have Antisocial Personality Disorder?

An Apple Cleft in Two: Batman and Joker as Shadows of the Self in “Death of the Family”

And of all the obsession and dichotomy to be found among the rogues of the Dark Knight, none so perfectly complements his moral resilience like the Joker, with his colorful appearance and unpredictable nature contrasted against the grim, calculating detective. Joker is also the only villain who has been with Batman since his very first issue, spanning seventy-five years of publication history alongside the Caped Crusader[1]. This complementation between the two characters, as well as their mutually tied history to one another, indicates that they are fundamentally linked, entwined together as two extreme sides of human nature. … More An Apple Cleft in Two: Batman and Joker as Shadows of the Self in “Death of the Family”