The Ultimate Antagonist

The Ultimate Antagonist

The Ultimate Antagonist

By Anwesha Baruah

 

From its release on 2nd of October, "Joker" has become the most profitable comic book movie ever. The movie is a dark and disturbing take on the origins of DC's classic supervillain 'The Joker'. The film is all through the eyes of Arthur Fleck and takes the audience on a human journey of him losing his anchor.

 

Unlike any other comic book version of this antagonist, where a specific incident transforms the character to super wrong, this Joker has a believable character arc that takes place organically through human experiences and upbringing. The movie is based in the era of 1980s, where the rich fed on the poor and underprivileged of Gotham city. Isolated, bullied and disregarded, Arthur, descends into total madness from where there is no coming back. The Joker doesn't have any superpower or elements to take control but a strong motivation.

 

He questions the validity of what is good and what is bad, more specifically, what is funny and what is not. After he finds out that he is a nobody, neither a Wayne nor a Fleck, his dance steps shifts from being restricted to random movements. The joker comes to the conclusion that the current system of morals and ethics in the society are ridiculous and that he is going to decide for himself what is good and bad. By doing so, he justifies the murdering of people as to cause and effect with his punchline "You get what you deserve".

 

The joker embraces the absurd and chaos in which he finds power and freedom, transforming his life into a comedy transcending all existing morals into chaos. This is what also makes the Joker so unpredictable. He doesn't care for anyone's life or even his. The reason why he laughs and says "I have nothing to lose".