On April 25th, 1940 a DC Villain was born, The Joker made his debut in the comic book Batman. Initially The Joker was meant to be killed off in his first issue but has stayed at the top as one of Batman’s biggest archenemies ever since.
Today I was asked if The Joker would work as a female, with how much society has changed over the years we are seeing a lot of changes to the comic book industry. Geeks every where had mix thoughts when Iron Man was announced as a black female. Don’t get me wrong, both DC Comics and Marvel have their fair share of female empowerment. (Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Black Widow, Elektra, Storm)
As a female myself, this topic was perfect for me to cover. Before feminists everywhere light their torches and raise their pitch forks at me, just hear me out.
I personally don’t think The Joker as a female would work. If anyone understands the back story behind The character I’m sure they would agree. If you’ve seen Batman: The Killing Joke, which is a great origin story to The Joker explaining his life before his days as this crazy, sadistic villain we’ve come to know. Some things should just be left as it is, what’s that saying again. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. On another note, having The Joker as a female would completely alter so many story lines that geeks appreciate today, Harley Quinn would no longer work and this “frenemie” relationship between Batman and The Joker would drastically change.
We are curious to know what you think about there being potential for a female clown prince of crime. Do you agree, disagree or are you really just not sure. Shoot us some comments and lets get the conversation moving on this.