Today on That Sci-Fi Show, we discuss the philosophical concept of Nihilism and explore how it relates to both Batman and The Joker (but mostly the Joker).
The Joker, created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson, made his debut in 1940 in Batman #1. Since then, the Joker has appeared in tons of comic books, television series and movies (both cartoon and live action). At this point, I think just about anyone would agree that The Joker is a cultural phenomenon.
So let's explore The Joker’s coping mechanism (laughter and complete devotion to chaos) in dealing with what he sees as the meaninglessness of life, particularly how the Joker’s nihilistic attitude could have originated from just one bad day. This analysis of the Joker’s character will reveal that while adaptations of the Joker vary, the one thing that is always consistent is his nihilistic Mindset.