DC’s new Joker is way more terrifying than anything in comics, TV, or movies
In Future State: Gotham # 8, a new take on Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, has established himself as a formidable and terrifying threat.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Future State: Gotham # 8, on sale now from DC Comics.
One of the most exciting elements of Future state This is how he allowed creators to approach long-standing concepts and characters from a new angle. It was perhaps more effective with the Bat-Family titles, even helping to cement how impressive The Next Batman was before bringing it further into the modern era. This now officially applies to one of Gotham’s most famous villains as well.
The Next Joker makes his bloody debut in Future State: Gotham # 8 (by Dennis Culver & Nikola ÄiÅ¾meÅ¡ija) with the terrifying and straightforward version of the Clown Prince of Crime quickly establishing what makes him different from previous versions of the character.
Most versions of The Joker across various mediums are evil planners, deploying evil plans to achieve their victories against the people of Gotham in a never-ending war with Batman. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the next Joker in Future State: Gotham, however, who prefers a more direct approach to their victims. While hunting down Grifter and the Operator, agents of the Mafia, GCPD and Court of Owls are confronted with the new villain, who quickly deals with the assembled killers, slicing them into pieces with their bare hands without a single world. Even when Grifter seems to be gaining the upper hand over the mysterious new villain with a grenade, he only briefly slows the madman down.
Ignoring Grifter’s barrage of bullets, this new Joker reveals a row of razor-sharp teeth and a waving tongue before fatally injuring Grifter and apparently biting his head. It’s a terrifying sight and one that confirms that this version of the Joker is very different from other iterations of the villain. In most incarnations, the Joker is more of a cerebral and ethical threat than a physical one. Usually, the Joker is portrayed as a fragile killer who uses weapons and inventions to murder his victims. But the Future state Instead, Batman’s variant of greatest foe relies on sheer ferocity in his campaign of terror. There are no gas bombs or surprise weapons, just simplistic brutality.
The next Joker appears to have an enhanced form of force that makes him nearly impossible to take down by conventional means, making him a much different (but no less dangerous) opponent to the heroes of Gotham City. In many ways, this new Joker shares more in common with Killer Croc than its predecessor, using its massive frame and durability to withstand the most deadly onslaught.
The upcoming Joker brings his own brand of horror to the character, creating a version of the Joker that’s more akin to Jason Vorhees than Jigsaw. This presents a more pressing and immediately frightening threat, giving the future Gotham an almost unstoppable monster vicious enough to leave even the likes of Harley Quinn and Punchline terrified. With the Future state Since Bat-Family doesn’t share the same immunity to death and danger as their counterparts in the DC Main Universe, it’s unclear what kind of havoc this demented take on the Joker could bring to Gotham in the future.
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