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Alan Moore Batman & Joker
Batman and Joker share a momentFrom the Brian Bolland / Alan Moore The Killing Joke
Moore's Batman / Joker
Alan Moore's take on the relationship of the Joker and Batman is that both men were born of grief, and chose different roads toward expressing that grief. Moore's Joker isn't enigmatic in the source of his crazy; it's a tale of humiliation, pressure and tragedy that brought forth a fiendish clown unwilling to take the world as a serious place of any consequence.
There is a lot of distance between Moore's version and the Jerry Robinson/Bob Kane/Bill Finger Joker which is a more stylized criminal, insane and sick, but with recognizable goals besides random murder.
Moore's Joker character is designed to be an anarchic terrorist that mocks Batman's credo of maintaining order (or forcing order, if you consider the Frank Miller version, which stated that as a credo 'the world only makes sense when you force it to.') *
Moore's Batman is along the lines of the traditional cape-and-bat symbol hero, though, dedicated and humorless. But in a detachment from the Bob Kane/Bill Finger Batman (and the Frank Miller Batman, too) Moore's Batman is capable of sharing a moment of laughter with his arch-enemy. This is not possible in the Frank Miller/Bob Kane Batman character, which only presents a complete rejection to the Joker. Moore's Batman and Joker still have shreds of their humanity available.
In Brian Bolland's artwork, shown in the brief sequence on this page, the two men are joined together in sharing the same pool of rain, a traditional visual storytelling symbol of grief.
In this simple way, Bolland/Moore shows the strange bond that exists between the two men, that is, they have the same reference point in the comic book world of Gotham City.
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Batman and the Joker
*Frank Miller's Joker (from the Dark Knight Returns) was an anti-celebrity murderer who uses killing as a substitution act of love/sex.
Batman's Greatest Failure
Original page October 2013
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