5 times the Joker flummoxed Batman in the Arkham Trilogy

The Joker in Batman Arkham City
The Joker in Batman: Arkham City

When it comes to supervillains, the Joker is almost without equal. Through endless interpretations across comics, film, and animation, the Clown Prince of Crime has remained consistently relevant, gripping audiences with his irresistible madness.

In Rocksteady’s critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, we meet a version of The Joker at the peak of his madness, played pitch-perfectly by Mark Hamill. Across the Arkham trilogy, the maniacal clown pulled off some downright bonkers stunts, confounding his caped nemesis at every turn. Here are the five times that The Joker befuddled Bats throughout Rocksteady’s series. If you haven’t played the trilogy yet, proceed with caution, as there will be spoilers.

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When it comes to supervillains, the Joker is almost without equal. Through endless interpretations across comics, film, and animation, the Clown Prince of Crime has remained consistently relevant, gripping audiences with his irresistible madness.

In Rocksteady’s critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, we meet a version of The Joker at the peak of his madness, played pitch-perfectly by Mark Hamill. Across the Arkham trilogy, the maniacal clown pulled off some downright bonkers stunts, confounding his caped nemesis at every turn. Here are the five times that The Joker befuddled Bats throughout Rocksteady’s series. If you haven’t played the trilogy yet, proceed with caution, as there will be spoilers.

1. The TV-set fakeout

This unexpected gag really nails the Joker’s playful nature, as the mannequin who has been taunting you throughout the game, turns out to be none other than the Clown Prince himself.

2. Joker hulks out

At the end of Arkham Asylum, Joker injects himself with Bane’s Titan formula, transforming into a hulked-out monstrosity. The ensuing boss battle is one of the more challenging fights the game throws at you, as you attempt to hold off not only the souped-up Joker, but his army of goons too.

3. Joker’s double

In Arkham City, the Joker had us seeing double with a little help from a fellow villain. Joker appeared to be defeated when Talia al Ghul drove her sword through his back, but it wasn’t long before a very-much alive Joker appeared to return the favour, revealing the first Joker to be the shape-shifting evildoer, Clayface.

4. Joker returns from the dead

Bruce Wayne could be forgiven for thinking he had seen the last of the Joker when he died at the end of Arkham City, but it’s not long into the third instalment of the Arkham series before the deranged clown shows his face once again. Joker lives on through a toxic sample of his blood that exists inside Batman (it’s complicated), and sticks around inside our hero’s head until the game’s climax.

5. The killing joke

Batman: Arkham Knight gave us one huge twist when the true identity of its titular antagonist was revealed to be Jason Todd, a former Robin. Todd was tortured by the Joker and seemingly murdered before assuming the role of the dastardly Arkham Knight, whose actions are driven by the torment he faced at the hands of the Joker throughout this trilogy-closer.

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