1988’s “Batman: The Killing Joke,” a seminal graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, has fascinated and horrified followers since its debut. On this gory story, the Joker breaks out of Arkham Asylum on a mission to show that “one unhealthy day” is all it takes “to scale back the sanest man alive to lunacy.” The Joker’s supposed backstory can be revealed: He was as soon as a so-so comedian reworked by the lack of his pregnant spouse and an accident in a chemical plant right into a monster (although, as he himself admits, he is likely to be mendacity about all of this). Within the current day, the Joker tortures police chief Jim Gordon and assaults and paralyzes his daughter, Barbara, aka Batgirl. If he topics Gordon to sufficient distress, the Joker’s considering goes, he too will flip to insanity. Fortunately, Jim and Babs stay sturdy regardless of the ordeal, disproving Joker’s mad principle.
2019’s “Joker” would not straight adapt “The Killing Joke,” however it’s clear that it takes inspiration from the celebrated story. Most prominently, “Joker” encompasses a failed-comic origin story. No much less vital is the scene during which Arthur and his supposed girlfriend Sophie inform each other they’ve had “a nasty day.”