The strong bond between Batman and Joker

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Arkham City

Even after everything you’ve done, I would have saved you.

Since Arkham Knight the next installment is about to be released, I felt that Arkham City should be the subject of my analysis.

Arkham City is an amazing and exceptional game written by  Paul Dini, Paul Crocker, Sefton Hill and developed by Rocksteady Studios.

The basic storyline is : Doctor Strange works with Ra’s al Ghul to seperate criminals and people who might oppose them, then throw them into a prison, that is cut off in the city, in order to execute them.

Why I especially love this game is because there is the action-packed plot and all but the emotional focus of the story is on the relationship of Batman and Joker.

What Batman means to Joker is obvious via the missed calls, the messages, the way he speaks to him and most importantly the song during the credits. He loves Batman. This love is a soulmate kind of love

  • It’s selfish really, but we need each other. Life would be so boring without you. Who would I talk to? Who would really understand me?“

that can include romantic feelings

  • Only you sung by Joker :  

Only you can make this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you can make this change in me
For it’s true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand I understand the magic that you do
You’re my dream come true, my one and only you

Only you can make this change in me
For it’s true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand I understand the magic that you do
You’re my dream come true, my one and only you

and even sexual feelings because Joker does hint at it:

  • ”Get your cute little ass to the movie theatre! Now!”
  • “ Kill kill kill kill kill! I can see it in your eyes. The anger, the frustration, the hints of repressed sexual tension. Oh, hang on, is that just when you see me?”
  • “ Because now there’s a teeny little bit of me in you too, Bats. Oh c'mon. Don’t tell me it’s not what you have always wanted. “

But what does Joker mean to Batman? He is a villain. Yes. He is everything he fights against. Yes.

Still, Strange dies and gets blown up, Ra’s al Ghul dies then disappears, Talia dies (then disappears?) but the death that makes the biggest impact on Batman is nobody else’s than Joker’s. Batman carries out Joker’s body while we don’t even know what happens to Talia, his supposed lover. Batman does not even look after her because he is so shaken and shocked by Joker’s death.

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