Joker’s arc in Harley Quinn season 2 really got to me. I never expected the Joker, of all characters, to have an arc that would speak to me on a deeply emotional level, but here we are.
After the Joker’s brought down to normal, he settles into domestic bliss with a nursing student girlfriend and her two kids.
As a big Batman nerd, this wasn’t completely unfamiliar. It’s close to the plot of the comic Going Sane. I figured as soon as he’s himself again, it’s back to the status quo. The cute little family gone, abandoned if they’re lucky, but more likely meeting a worse fate–the Joker is a psychopathic monster, after all.
At first, it seems like that’s how it will play out. Joker is pissed about being a “loser suburban stepdad.” But he’s also conflicted about it. He keeps repeating, “I’m the Joker! I mean, c’mon,” as if he needs to keep reminding himself. Almost like he’s having a bit of an identity crisis. He also can’t stop reminiscing about his girlfriend and how she might’ve been the love of his life.
By the end of the episode, he comes to the realization that he doesn’t want to give up their life, loser stepdad and all. After all, a lot of serial killers are dads.
This all hit me deeply. I’m not a mass murdering clown, but lately I’ve had an identity crisis of my own. My spouse and I are thinking about having a baby and moving to the suburbs. It’s a big scary change that feels so alien because I’ve always seen myself as a city loving, nerdy, creative person who would never fit that perfect picture of “settling down.” Yet as I’m getting older, I’m starting to realize that I want it, even though I feel like I shouldn’t.
I also grew up with media that had the message that having a “normal” life was a nightmare hellscape that only boring people want, so that hasn’t helped.
A DC animated show, of all things, has helped me reconcile that. The Joker’s arc of choosing the suburban lifestyle while also being himself resonated so much. I don’t have to change who I am–I’m still my weird ass self–but can also be a “lame suburban mom.” I don’t have to chose or give up who I am.
So thank you Harley Quinn. I really needed that storyline.
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What I Did Today 7/02/20:
Okay, so I’ve been working a lot recently on my version of the DCU, particularly the Batman side of it, so quick recap on stuff I did to a variety of the villains:
And I think that’s it? There are a few villains - Hush above all else - that I don’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole, and a few that I feel don’t really need changing - Freeze and Killer Croc spring to mind. And then there’s the ones like Penguin or Bane, who I feel like I’d change but I have no real idea of how to change them yet. Expect a reblog with another block of text once I figure that out.
I don’t care if people think we’re weird or don’t like us because we’re unconventional. The people I’ve spoken to on this app who share the same interests as me are so kind and compassionate. Not to mention the fact they put so much effort into their work, like do you guys understand how difficult it is to be writing new fresh ideas constantly! So I love our little online family and I will not let anyone make me feel guilty about it! I appreciate all of you and love talking to you all so if anyone wants a friend on this app PLEASE message me! Sending all my love chuckletown x❤️
Imagine Heath doing this in Joker makeup.