Last week we ran a poll on the community asking our members which origin of The Joker would they want a featured post on and the fellow citizens of "Gotham" have spoken, and here is the origin of "Red Hood".
The Joker like other villains does not have a defined origin story to his name, maybe this truly adds a touch of crazy mystery to the craziest nemesis of the Dark Knight. So, looking at the Red Hood origin, we all know that The Joker was actually a failed "Stand-up Comedian"(lets talk about irony, shall we?) and could not provide for his pregnant wife.
Over the series of events & his guilt for failure made him a "teeny weeny bit crazy" and gave in to some goons to rob "ACE chemicals" for some quick cash, and also because he had nothing to "Lose" (We learn about the death of his pregnant wife during the course of time).
Now for some strange reason, The Joker is made to wear a red mask (without eyelets) for the robbery at the chemical factory & guess what? The Batman makes an entry and *boom*, The Joker gets scared, loses balance and eventually falls off the foot-bridge into a vat of activated chemical....Long story short, he (Mr J) finds the chemical has altered his skin-tone to pale white , face tissues stretched to form an Evil Grin, and hair dyed to a freakish green. Then what? He *SNAPS*, & that maniacal laugh (we have come to love/hate and/or relate) becomes a part of this Super-Villain & "The Batman Universe".
Somewhere down the line, Batman does have a hand in the creation of The Joker. If only he would save Mr J from that fall, maybe, just maybe we would not have a Joker amidst us, maybe he would not have succumbed to the madness after all. Maybe this is concrete enough reason why Batman does not kill The Joker, even after every law he breaks and every life he takes. Maybe somewhere he (Batman) harbours a guilt towards this madness, just the way he blames himself for the death of his parents in "Crime Alley".
Let us know in the poll below, "Is Batman really to be blamed for the creation of The Joker?"