Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Holy Fallout Batman! Would The Joker Ever Use a Nuclear Bomb?

In the DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics crossover Joker-Mask, while vandalizing a museum exhibit, the Joker finds and wears The Mask, which was made famous in the Jim Carrey movie.

Having no desires or personality traits that are hidden, the Joker essentially is himself but with near invulnerability, super speed, strength and other abilities. Using the Mask, Joker is actually able to defeat Batman and become unstoppable. He takes over the Gotham television waves and broadcasts 24/7 destruction.

Becoming bored with this, the Joker commandeers a nuclear bomb to destroy Gotham City. Batman confronts Joker/Mask, and his insistence that the Mask isn't funny forces the Joker to emerge and remove The Mask, then realizing that The Mask had been in control of the Joker ever since he put it on.

Its not a bad book, but having the Joker threaten to deploy a nuclear bomb didn't sit well with me.  Look, the Joker is clearly an insane maniac, but he has alway killed with some flair and drama.  He kills in such a way that people can appreciate his "artform" if you will. 

Does a nuclear bomb fit into the Joker's bag of tricks?  I think not. 


  1. Well, yes and no. That was basically the Mcguffin for A Death in the Family. He got a grip of nukes that forced Batman to hunt him down without Robin around...

    We know how that ended. 'Course, a whiny Jason Todd is TOTALLY a fair trade. :)

  2. I feel like it is only not the joker's style for the same reason that guns aren't the Batman's style... because the writers need a reason not to escalate the arms race. Given a little bit of reality the Joker should be terrorist nuking Gotham, New York, Star City, and Metropolis while Batman goes after him Guns blazing John Woo style. But maybe that's just me.