The Representation of Evil Figures through The Various Embodiments of The Joker Character in Three Films of the 2000s

Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Future of Social Sciences and Humanities

Year: 2022

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The Representation of Evil Figures through The Various Embodiments of The Joker Character in Three Films of the 2000s

Amira Rihab Saidi

 

ABSTRACT: 

The Joker figures of Hollywood’s The Dark Knight (2008), The Suicide Squad (2016) and Joker (2019) represent evil through spreading anarchy and psychopathic performances. The three Jokers share the same traits of menace and villainous implications within the formations of their personas, albeit with some distinctive motives to villainy. Through critical analysis of the Joker figure, I aim to explore the various evil figures staged in the 2000s Joker movies. My analysis will be based upon James McDaniel’s Evil Figures Triads, which are Evil in-itself, Evil-for-itself, and Evil-for-others and investigate how each type of evil is connected to the three Jokers. As a final step towards my analysis, I intend to disentangle evil from all the tenacious myths that it has been related to and try to conceptualize a definition of it within the Jokers’ world. The findings reveal that there have been various evil personas shaping the character of the Joker, notably, the irrational anarchist villain depicted in The Dark Knight (2008), who is the personification of pure evil; Leto’s Joker (2016) is the helpless romantic who ventures his villainy to solely saving Harley Quinn; in addition to the emergence of avenger nouveau villain in Todd Phillips’ and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker (2019).

keywords: Joker, Evil figures, Evil in-itself, Evil for-itself, and Evil-for-others