Joker, the nemesis and mortal enemy of Batman, is one of the comic book characters that can boast of having the most representations in film and television series media. Every production set in the DC world and focused on Gotham City and its masked vigilante seems inevitably destined to have to deal with the clown prince of crime. A very particular and eclectic character, whose impenetrable origins allowed the directors to indulge in creating an ever new past for him, as can be seen in his latest incarnations brought to the big screen by Jared Leto in suicide squad from 2016, Joaquin Phoenix in Joker of 2019, and health book in 2008 with Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, The black Knight.
The late Heath Ledger’s performance is one of the most formidable in the history of cinema, and is heightened by the most absolute mystery revolving around the origins of his aliasinextricably linked to its scars. In the movie, it’s Joker himself who tells an ever different story each time he introduces the speech by rhetorically asking ‘Do you want to know how I got these scars?‘, going from stories of self-inflicted injuries to abuse suffered by the father. The character therefore seems to want to leave a certain aura of mystery around the scars and his origins, so much so that in the film it is reiterated that it is impossible to trace his true identity, having also been devoid of fingerprints.
This makes it impossible to know for sure what the true identity of the anarchist terrorist seen in The black Knightbut there are enough clues to dig deeper into one theory that has become famous in recent years, according to which Joker is a veteran of the war in Iraq. But let’s go back a bit.
The film was released in 2008 in a very delicate historical period for the United States. They went to war with the Middle Eastern country in 2003 on suspicion that Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein were colluding with al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, responsible for the well-known September 11, 2001 attacks that so shocked the American conscience. It’s no coincidence, then, that this iteration of the Joker has perfectly embodied the terrorist terror that can strike anywhere and anytime.
Ledger’s Joker in particular shows some of them throughout the film very special abilities which support the above theory. First, he has a thorough knowledge of firearms and explosives, which he uses extensively: this according to many fans would be proof of a military background and that he was also a very skilled fighter.
Another clue can be found in the famous monologue chaos to Harvey Dent in the hospital room, where he is heard saying, “If I tell the press tomorrow that a thug is going to be killed or that a truck full of soldiers is going to explode, nobody panics, because it’s all part of the plan.” ; the reference to the soldiers, therefore, made us think that Joker speaks from a direct experience of his own. In light of all this, the character would also suffer from a very strong PTSD, the post-traumatic stress disorder.
An interesting observation about this came from the actor Patton Oswalt in 2018, with which he declared: “I just rewatched The Dark Knight and thought about the Joker: what if he wasn’t just a former military, but a former intel? Specifically assigned to interrogators“. The reason, explains Oswalt, would be evident precisely in the interrogation scene with Batman: “He seems very good at the kind of mind games that are the basis of professional interrogation. […] The way he adjusts his personality and methods based on who he’s talking to, knowing exactly what reaction he’ll get“.
What do you think about it? The joker of The black Knight Could he have been a war veteran? Let us know in the comments.
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