Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review - Batman: The Animated Series

 Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 9

Be a Clown


Every time Joker pops up you’re going to have fun watching the episode and this is no exception.  The mayor of Gotham throws a party for his son.  The Joker crashes as the party clown Jekko.  He tries to kill everyone and fails.  His son, however is a complete idiot and doesn’t realize Jekko is the evil Joker and follows him to his hideout and tries to become his student.  Batman is able to find the Joker’s hideout and saves Jordon who learns that the Jekko is a giant douchebag.  


At one point during the episode Batman captures Batman and throws him in a tank of water to see if he can escape or drown.  Batman bust loose.  But you’re left to wonder why didn’t Joker unmask Batman or kill him straight away. The outright killing could be because the Joker wants to be poetic and have Batman die via a joke.  The unmasking is baffling.  Sometimes the Joker wants to know, other times he doesn’t care.  It’s the most inconsistent part of his character.  Let’s just chalk it up to him being crazy and thus has no rhyme or reason.  We’ll all sleep easier at night.


The episode works because Joker was always written so well and his jokes were spot on.  He’s evil, funny, and plays off Batman perfectly.  


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®