Ways Joker Completely Ignored The Comics

  • Published: 08 October 2019
  • The filmmakers behind Joker have been clear that they never intended to adapt a specific comic with the movie. Now that we can all see the film for ourselves, it's obvious they meant it. Here are some of the biggest ways the Joker of Joker is different from the comics. Spoilers ahead!

    Throughout Joker, Arthur Fleck undoubtedly lives in a world of fantasy. As he's watching a late night talk show with his mother, Arthur imagines himself in the audience, eventually being called up to the stage by host Murray Franklin. He has an imaginary relationship with his neighbor Sophie, thinking she's in love with him when she barely remembers his name.

    These fantasies call every event in the film into question, making it easy to argue that the movie's climactic scenes are also a kind of fantasy. It's possible to interpret most of the film as simply Fleck's imagination, and that he's always been a patient at the mental institution we find him in at the end.

    While the Joker of the comics is certainly no less prone to delusion, we're not seeing DC Comics solely from his point of view. Joker is not just a violent fantasy he's real, and his actions have consequences. While the Joker movie teases the possibility of the plot being a grand delusion of Arthur's, the Joker of the comics is a problem for everybody.

    One of the more predictable events at the end of Joker is the slaying of Bruce Wayne's parents. As Gotham erupts in violence, the Waynes emerge from a theater showing 1981's Zorro: The Gay Blade, and Thomas Wayne steers them down an alleyway in hopes of avoiding the riots. Unfortunately, one of the clown-mask-wearing rioters spots the family and follows them. He calls out to Thomas Wayne and tells him he's going to give him what he deserves. He kills the couple, yanking off Martha Wayne's pearl necklace in the process, and leaves the young Bruce Wayne helpless with his parents' corpses. It's possible you've seen all of this before. Keep watching the video to see which ways Joker completely ignored the comics!


    What's really happening? | 0:15
    Batman's origin story | 1:06
    The Joker's real name | 2:23
    The Killing Joke | 3:16
    A made-up look | 4:29
    The nuthouse | 5:29
    Hey brother | 6:28
    Joker's mercy | 7:34
    Gadget-free | 8:17
    A "super" villain? | 9:19
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Comments • 108

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Do you consider the Movie Joker and the Comic Joker as two completely different characters?

    • The laughing Man
      The laughing Man  2 weeks back

      Not really lol anyone who’s read the Bronze Age stories by Denny O’Neil or dark knight returns by frank miller could see the similarities and they even took some scenes straight from the pages like when he kissed the doctor on the talk show

    • Dino Virgilio Monzon
      Dino Virgilio Monzon  2 weeks back

      No. The inclusion of the murders of the Waynes and the nods to The Killing Joke gives it a tie in to DC Comics universe.

    • Curtis Dunn
      Curtis Dunn  2 weeks back

      @L D He obviously doesn't.

    • Maria Millazzo
      Maria Millazzo  2 weeks back

      @L D you're right, that was a very dark joker.

    • Maria Millazzo
      Maria Millazzo  2 weeks back

      Both jokers are very dark characters. He's a sociopath which is scary. He can feign affection and remorse when in actuality he has no idea what those feelings are.

  • FIGHTFANNERD9.I'm Gay for Moonbin

    joker has nothing to do with the comics it's it own thing

      SHEKELSTEIN  6 days back

      I just can't see the big hype behind this joker. I get thst its his origin story, but how do you go to this joker to the genius diabolical one in dark knight. The thing is this joker is less rational and crazy. I don't see this style of character development into the genius we saw in dark knight. For fuck sake this jokers like an autistic one there's nothing likeable or rational about him the way the dark knight portrayed him as. Origin or not there's no layers of complexity to his character.

      • Faze Slayer
        Faze Slayer  1 weeks back

        What's The Name Of The Background music

        • Mr J
          Mr J  1 weeks back

          Well to be fair. Todd did say he's not going by the comics. He created Joker in his own way. The only thing he got from the comics, was Joker being a failed comedian

          • robby
            robby  1 weeks back

            Aim Arthur Fleck was first used in Batman the Animated Series

            • robby
              robby  4 days back

              @Marcos Adrian Aguilera ServinI think it's somewhere in season one, a dr. in arkham says it

            • Marcos Adrian Aguilera Servin
              Marcos Adrian Aguilera Servin  5 days back

              For real, in which episodes? I have the series and the movie MASK OF PHANTASM on DVD, and don't remeber that.

          • Ibrahim Khan
            Ibrahim Khan  1 weeks back

            The last scean in Joker where joker says *"You wouldn't get it"* means Joker foresaw the future visioning it with his boundary broken mind, he saw future of Gotham, batman, and also he saw his mind is pure genius & can do anything. He dosnt lie and his joker makeup & outfit is an expression that how each & every human is truely a joker is this monetary system controlled by royals & masons. He also saw mankind's monetary system & law is a joke & what he must do. He clearly explained his understanding to 2faced harvey in Batmans Joker part in the hospital scean, he was not after money, he was after destroying the system of royals & freeing humanity from their hidden enslavement, he knew he was mankinds saviour & Killed anyone who was dog of system or corrupted.

            • Easy J
              Easy J  2 weeks back


              • Shawn Williams
                Shawn Williams  2 weeks back

                Number one there is no Batman in this movie yea Bruce is in it and technically introduced as Batman and joker being born on tv that night to everyone it’s a link but still not the same

                • WHAT PISSES ME OFF
                  WHAT PISSES ME OFF  2 weeks back

                  why this video is completely pointless this joker is joker 1 day your using an argument for the joker in the comics who when we meet him has had years to become that version this guy WILL DO THOSE THINGS. i know its hrd to get and all considering you clearly dont wanna think outside the box comics that i also hold dear. buut not for a film thats basicly the begining not the ending.

                  • Tim Green
                    Tim Green  2 weeks back

                    Pennywise clown king of 2019.

                    • Tim Green
                      Tim Green  2 weeks back

                      Warner Bros did exactly what Marvel did to Wolverine's first solo film . Took a huge shit on the source material. I rather watch Captian Marvel again then this garbage film. This movie is just one big stupid joke.

                      • Karen Eastman
                        Karen Eastman  2 weeks back

                        He didn't kill Randall because he lied about how Arthur got the gun and got him fired from Hahas?? This movie is great.:-):-D

                        • ChubbyChecker182
                          ChubbyChecker182  2 weeks back

                          It's 2 hours inside the mind of a mad man

                          • primusfan87
                            primusfan87  2 weeks back

                            Jack napier is also the name of the joker in Batman: white night

                            • R. A.
                              R. A.  2 weeks back

                              Not interested in this movie, too dark for my liking.

                              • big stace
                                big stace  2 weeks back

                                Bruce and Martha Wayne still dies in an alley

                                • Paul Aguirre
                                  Paul Aguirre  2 weeks back

                                  stfu looper....it wasnt supposed to follow any comic

                                  • Luke Ferraro
                                    Luke Ferraro  2 weeks back

                                    1. Existing

                                    • oknumbnuts1
                                      oknumbnuts1  2 weeks back

                                      Can we just say it is just it's own proper incarnation?

                                      • DayTripper
                                        DayTripper  2 weeks back

                                        Batmans dad was an asshole

                                        • fart poops
                                          fart poops  2 weeks back

                                          almost as bad as changing the race of every comic/cartoon character to black...

                                          • Millennial_Weeb
                                            Millennial_Weeb  2 weeks back

                                            There's a reason why he's called "Joker" and not "The Joker".

                                            Looper you guys are digging too far into this tbh..

                                            • justice4all
                                              justice4all  2 weeks back

                                              OK, Arthur is an inpatient at Arkham, met the real 🃏 Joker, who told him his story before he escapes. That's why there was no name in the file. He fantasizes about being the 🃏 Joker, and decides to kill the Dr., as his contribution, and delusion that he could be a Joker like " the Joker". He lives vicariously thru the joker.

                                              • Ivy Rose
                                                Ivy Rose  2 weeks back

                                                This version of Joker is his early life; before he has taken on the role of the joker.

                                                • Jessica Sholes
                                                  Jessica Sholes  1 weeks back

                                                  Actually it's not, it even explains his early life in this video. This movie doesn't go with the actual characters story at all, not with any of the different versions of Joker in the comics.

                                                • Qtin Davis
                                                  Qtin Davis  2 weeks back

                                                  @Ivy Rose oh I'm sorry

                                                • Ivy Rose
                                                  Ivy Rose  2 weeks back

                                                  @Qtin Davis I wouldn't have any idea. I haven't seen the movie yet.

                                                • Qtin Davis
                                                  Qtin Davis  2 weeks back

                                                  but how much of it was real

                                              • jozif
                                                jozif  2 weeks back

                                                Arthur is not his real name😐pay attention

                                                • Abraham Rodrgiuez
                                                  Abraham Rodrgiuez  2 weeks back

                                                  Anyone know the synth wave song playing in the beginning??

                                                  • Rock Universe Gaming
                                                    Rock Universe Gaming  2 weeks back


                                                    • Armixs
                                                      Armixs  2 weeks back

                                                      Best movie of 2019 so far.

                                                      • Richie Bullard
                                                        Richie Bullard  3 days back

                                                        Aviana agreed

                                                      • Tim Green
                                                        Tim Green  2 weeks back

                                                        @Aviana yeah it is . It's closer to the source material than Joker. Sorry bud. Also it's didn't shit on any of its massive roaster of characters like Warner Bros did to the Joker.

                                                      • Aviana
                                                        Aviana  2 weeks back

                                                        @Tim Green End game isn't even from the comics😂😂😂

                                                      • Tim Green
                                                        Tim Green  2 weeks back

                                                        @Aviana exactly what a none comic fan virgin would say. Lol shut up fool. Adults are talking .

                                                      • Tim Green
                                                        Tim Green  2 weeks back

                                                        If your not a fan of the Joker or comics.

                                                    • Glenn B
                                                      Glenn B  2 weeks back

                                                      It never claimed to follow the comics did it??

                                                      • Aviana
                                                        Aviana  2 weeks back

                                                        It didn't even feel like the joker juss a mentally ill character movie still ok tho

                                                    • Zachary Manning
                                                      Zachary Manning  2 weeks back

                                                      Ignoring comics is better. We need a real joker not fictional joker

                                                      • Connor Darbyshire
                                                        Connor Darbyshire  2 weeks back

                                                        It’s an original piece...

                                                        • Jacobs House.752
                                                          Jacobs House.752  2 weeks back

                                                          It's Jeremiah he was a patient at Arkham assylm and got. Altered by Hugo strange

                                                          • Taylor Davis
                                                            Taylor Davis  2 weeks back

                                                            Thomas Wayne paid and used his power to make it look like his mistress was crazy

                                                            • Qtin Davis
                                                              Qtin Davis  2 weeks back

                                                              she was crazy, she didnt even realize her son was being abused and mistaken-ed his laughing for happiness

                                                          • Pienimusta
                                                            Pienimusta  2 weeks back

                                                            Only real Joker is Mark Hamill.

                                                            • Extendxd Clip
                                                              Extendxd Clip  2 weeks back

                                                              And remember folks, that's life. You're 100% correct anyone who says he isn't the best joker is just dumb

                                                          • Dynamic D
                                                            Dynamic D  2 weeks back

                                                            It didn’t ignore the comics his story is multiple Choice

                                                            • Dynamic D
                                                              Dynamic D  2 weeks back

                                                              Tim Green the plot of this movie is what the audience wants it to be. Whatever you believe is real or fake it’s your choice.

                                                              Edit: words by Tom Phillips

                                                            • Tim Green
                                                              Tim Green  2 weeks back

                                                              Multiple choice ? What if Bruce's parents never died but he became Batman anyways does that make sense ? Is everyone's origin story multiple choice? That's the stupidist shit I've ever read. His origin isn't a choose your own adventure . Lol

                                                            • Davon Rodriguez
                                                              Davon Rodriguez  2 weeks back

                                                              It can still be multiple choice with the movie disregarding the comics. You’re taking what he’s saying too literal. His point is that this stand alone film branched out to a complex route that deals with reality and fantasy. Which wasn’t really dealt with in the comics.

                                                          • Lamar Sample
                                                            Lamar Sample  2 weeks back

                                                            Arthur is not his name even the paperwork when he was adopted clearly showed you that Arthur is not his name doesn’t tell you what his name is but it’s not Arthur

                                                            • noobster kaos
                                                              noobster kaos  2 weeks back

                                                              Did he say "zoro the gay blade" hahhaha

                                                              • Duke Craig
                                                                Duke Craig  2 weeks back

                                                                That was the title of a 1981 movie starring George Hamilton and Lauren Hutton, doubtful that they'd use that title in this day.

                                                            • Matin Pourtorab
                                                              Matin Pourtorab  2 weeks back

                                                              The movie is amazing but one of my main issues with it is that the Joker in this movie is not “Clown prince of crime” almost everything in this is a force of nature, whereas other Jokers like Heath Ledger and in the Comics everything is planned and nothing is coincidental

                                                              • Extendxd Clip
                                                                Extendxd Clip  2 weeks back

                                                                @A m it does for marvel lol. Reason why marvel trash now

                                                              • A m
                                                                A m  2 weeks back

                                                                It's an origun story..it's the start of 'Joker'...You cant expect him to develop Clown prince of crime in one film...Character development doesn't work that way

                                                            • Lorena Juan
                                                              Lorena Juan  2 weeks back

                                                              I'm not a follower of the DC comics and films but, even though, I can be aware of, in this film, the main issue is his personal story, not necesssary related to the comics. In the comics, as far as I know, Joker is a psychopath, and in this movie not. As someone said yet below, this is psychological drama rather than a superheroes movie.

                                                              I find the movie brilliant, magnificent anyway. I don't mind if it's more or less faithful to the original story. Definitely, it's one of the best movies ever, and that's all.

                                                              • John Adams
                                                                John Adams  2 weeks back

                                                                no way bruce would have  a brother he didn't know about. he is the world's greatest detective

                                                                • Super Bad Guy
                                                                  Super Bad Guy  2 weeks back

                                                                  I think of Joker as an ancient entity, a demon that possesses different hosts, this theory in my mind supports the three Jokers concept.

                                                                  • Helemmelek and Zahay
                                                                    Helemmelek and Zahay  2 weeks back

                                                                    I'm gonna watch it

                                                                    When I'm ready

                                                                    Joker gonna get upset if I don't make it to the Cinemas

                                                                    • STAK
                                                                      STAK  2 weeks back

                                                                      This is wasn’t a villain or comic book movie. It’s was Drama/Thriller depicting the physiological effects caused by his early childhood into adulthood. You can’t compare this to any other Joker character imo.

                                                                      • Anomic Anchorite
                                                                        Anomic Anchorite  6 days back

                                                                        God damn right!

                                                                      • Mehrab Zaman
                                                                        Mehrab Zaman  7 days back

                                                                        @Tim Green This movie is about becoming the joker...not being the joker we all know of
                                                                        Again the movie revolves around showing that arthur is an unreliable narrator...maybe he altered things to gain sympathy on his side...the choices are multiple
                                                                        Joker like Batman has become a symbol
                                                                        Thus I don't see anyone being that offended if this symbol is symbolised in a different way other than that off comics as long as the originality stays intact

                                                                      • Tim Green
                                                                        Tim Green  2 weeks back

                                                                        If you can't then it isn't real the Joker it's just some random guy . In other words they just slapped on the title Joker just so people would watch it. Let's make a spiderman movie and title it Batman cause that makes just as much sense. Could everybody whose not a actual Joker fan nor comic fan please stop commenting and acting like you know shit about the character.

                                                                      • Aviana
                                                                        Aviana  2 weeks back

                                                                        Thank you they used the joker name for clout

                                                                    • djksquallzz
                                                                      djksquallzz  2 weeks back

                                                                      @7:05 yesss the mother cannot be fully dismissed. a masterful stroke from an incredible film.

                                                                      • alejandro2031
                                                                        alejandro2031  2 weeks back

                                                                        The Joker:
                                                                        More than a film of social and economic nuances, it is a painting that becomes abstract, sometimes it looks like a canvas without form, without color, but then it shows itself completely naked.

                                                                        A muse who, having been born with defects and inconsistencies, manages to project a silhouette full of human colors with deep scars.

                                                                        Some of his wrinkles were caused by a trauma imposed, and others by moments of forced laughter.

                                                                        The Joker, a satire, a poem, a social magazine that everyone who participates in a modern society has helped write each of its pages, directly or indirectly.

                                                                        Is in this dilemma, in which we all at some point have crossed our paths with people who have not had a happy day throughout their lives, but by living busy lives, we have forgotten what it is to live a life with a mental illness.

                                                                        The Joker brings to the table thoughts and conversations, in which some will accept the idea of ​​forgiveness for their actions and there will be those who will condemn their absence of empathy towards his victims.

                                                                        There is the guilt of a society with bullies and victims, a society with people that suffer from the syndrome of the nice guy, and within those layers there is a society with lack of empathy, sympathy and kindness.

                                                                        This is an absolute truth, and this reality does not need of your approval to be what it is, because it has been built through the hatred, indifference and intolerance of each one of us.

                                                                        The Joker, is the reflection that each one of us sees in the mirror of our lives, some will understand the reference, some will rejected, some will laugh about it, some will cry and some will brake the mirror, but at the end of the day, we all are just that, clowns...

                                                                        - LcFr.

                                                                        • alejandro2031
                                                                          alejandro2031  2 weeks back

                                                                          @Rafid Rahman the mother was mentally stable? No, right, therefore her child wasn't too. But there is not enough evidence to argue if the child was born ok or not, only a individual perception, in this particular case, my perception.

                                                                        • Rohit das
                                                                          Rohit das  2 weeks back

                                                                          @Rafid Rahman yup but it might be his illusion means dream too

                                                                        • Rohit das
                                                                          Rohit das  2 weeks back


                                                                      • Speedster 2307
                                                                        Speedster 2307  2 weeks back

                                                                        Joker ( in the movie ) doesn't have an identity because technically he is not a fleck nor wayne. That's y he coincides in the joker identity because that's all he has left

                                                                      • sanjeev ujoodha
                                                                        sanjeev ujoodha  2 weeks back

                                                                        Looper is a great channel