The Joker’s Ultimate Playlist
The Enigma of Batman’s RivalOne of the interesting things about the Clown Prince, as he is affectionately known, is that his origin story is very unclear. While it’s not all that unusual for comic book characters to exist in various universes, where different facts apply, the Joker openly embraces this. He actually goes as far as saying that if he has to have a past, he’d rather it was multiple choice. What we do know for sure is that his appearance is the result of falling into a vat of chemicals. He may or may not have been a failed stand-up comedian before that, who may or may not have had a pregnant wife. Also, it seems pretty clear that he can’t live without Batman. There’s a lot of heavy, meaningful theory on this, but the big idea is that they are the embodiment of good and evil – the best and the worst of what a normal person could be. They need each other to keep the balance of the universe going, and we need to keep watching them tussle it out in the fight of light against dark. Mixed into this symbiosis is the idea that the Joker is actually in love with Batman. He outright admits to this in Catwoman #14, and there are plenty of subtle hints in several books, movies and even serial episodes. I’m a person who needs a soundtrack to life. And best of all is when the song ties into the event well. “Eye of the Tiger” is a great, upbeat workout track; “Work” by Britney Spears, with its on-point lyrics, is even better. So I thought it would be fun to imagine what the Clown Prince would have on his iPod – tunes that show what he thinks regarding different aspects of his life.
Hard Knock Life by Jay-ZLife hasn’t been kind to our favourite arch-villain. In addition to his acid accident, he lost his parents (in some universes he burned them alive) and is penniless. Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life, or Ghetto Anthem, evokes the sad-but-scrappy orphans of Annie, the musical that the chorus is sampled from. Along with themes of getting into trouble and trying to get ahead in life, this definitely reflects the experiences of the erstwhile Jester of Genocide. At Platinum Play we’re not joking around when we say we’ve got the best casino games out there! Enjoy our fantastic range of super online slots including titles like Lucky Little Gods, an anime-style game with some serious winning potential.
Smile by Nat King ColeBut no matter how hard things get, the Joker manages to find the (sometimes maniacal) humour in every situation. And to keep smiling of course – his disfigured cheeks see to that. So this song, with a tune written by Charlie Chaplin and lyrics inspired by his 1936 Modern Times movie (they were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons) is a perfect fit.
Happy by Pharrell WilliamsAnd once the Clown Prince has managed to fool himself for long enough, he does indeed feel as happy as Williams does in this song. I’m never quite sure if this character does believe that life is still worthwhile, but he definitely keeps trying.
One Way or Another by BlondieThe madcap murders that the Jester of Genocide pulls off made me think that he probably finds a lot of inspiration in these lyrics. He finds and “gets” his chosen victims, no matter what obstacles get in his way.
Mirrors by Justin TimberlakeTimberlake wrote this song as a tribute to his grandparents’ marriage, which lasted more than 60 years. He’s also hinted that it is partly dedicated to his wife, Jessica Biel. The significance here should be pretty obvious; for people everywhere, their significant other is their reflection, their other half. And, as the Joker himself says in The Dark Knight, Batsy completes him.