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Appearances (Movies): Batman: The Killing Joke
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Gotham City is a crime-ridden east coast American city protected by Batman. For years, Gotham was terrorized by the Red Hood mob. The month after the mob raided an ice company, another unwitting figurehead was chosen to be the Red Hood - a former lab assistant turned aspiring comedian with a wife six months into her pregnancy. He just wanted enough money to leave the city and have a proper life for his family. On Friday, the next day, he learned his wife died in a freak accident while testing a baby bottle heater. He tried to back out the heist but he was strong armed. At 11 pm, they entered the Ace Chemical Plant and made their way past filter tanks to the Monarch Playing Cards next door but there were extra security guards posted. They got into a gun fight and were killed. Batman arrived and confronted the Red Hood. In a panic, the Hood slipped on his cape and fell into vat of chemicals. He made it to shore outside the plant. Skin burning, he took off the hood and saw his new macrabe appearance. He broke into a fit of manical laughter. The Joker was born that night allegedly.
Three years into her partnership with Batman, Batgirl once again kept her distance from a meeting atop the Gotham City Police Department headquarters between Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock, and Batman. Gordon briefed Batman on an armored car robbery conducted by Paris Franz. Two police cars pursued the big rig truck used by Franz for his getaway. The first was side swiped and veered over a street cafe. The second spun off and hit a pole after failed to take out the truck's tires with a shotgun. The Batmobile took up the chase and Batgirl landed on the hood. Batman fired a harpoon into rear and pulled out the armored call but Batgirl was kicked onto the street. Franz had the rear disengaged and got away. The next day, Franz went to see his uncle Carlos Francesco, a major crime boss. He demanded Franz pay him back all $100,000 lost from the failed heist. Meanwhile, at the Gotham Library, Barbara Gordon was quizzed about her love life by her co-worker Reese.
Gordon was also working on a city camera project for the police and noticed Franz, on a feed, about to break into a warehouse. Franz revealed to his accomplice Lonny the warehouse was owned by the Francesco family since 1929 and used to be a bank. Batgirl took out Franz' men but she was sprayed. She sealed herself in the vault and lost consciousness for a few minutes. Batman brought her coffee on the roof across the street and shared Franz' profile with her then benched her from the case. Batgirl was irate. At the library, Gordon vented about her 'yoga teacher' and snapped at Reese. Francesco's men attacked the yacht where Franz and Lonny were holed up at and blew it up but they got away using scuba gear. Franz sent a video to the police intended for Batgirl on Saturday. He hinted he had a gift for her at where they first met. Batman again benched her and went to the warehouse. Batgirl realized Franz was talking about the big rig truck. She turned around and headed to the police impound. She discovered a cell phone.
Franz guided Batgirl on a 'scavenger hunt' and she ended up in Francesco's office. She discovered his corpse in a closet. Batgirl was forced to flee Francesco's men and jumped down to the seventh floor elevator but was forced to take cover. Batman emerged from the elevator and took the men down. Batman and Batgirl argued on a roof. Batman warned Batgirl her ego was clouding her judgment and she still treated crimefighting like a game because she never experienced the "edge" yet. Batgirl countered is was about him getting protective and sitting in judgement even though she did everything he ever told her. They grappled then had sex. A few nights later, Gordon confided with Reese about the 'yoga teacher' and he advised her to talk to him. The manhunt for Franz continued. Gordon left a cafe and overheard a couple arguing about space. Gordon tossed the boyfriend into a bush. Batgirl perched atop a water tower and decided to call Batman, who was searching the Gotham Docks based on a new tip. Batman declined to allow her to join the search and told her they would talk later.
Paris Franz fired a bazooka at the Batmobile and left it on its side. Batman ejected as the second shot hit the undercarriage. Batman pulled out shrapnel from his side and took cover behind crates, taking out Franz' men with Batarangs. Batgirl arrived on her motorcycle. She picked up a rope with a hook affixed on the end and knocked Lonny out then dragged Franz into a stack of crates. Batgirl lost her composure and beat Franz to a pulp. The next night, Gordon met with Batman and formally retired. She handed her gear to him and left. A week later, Batman was called to a police scene at a Gotham Storage building. Detective Bullock was waiting inside a storage locker. Four corpses bearing the Joker's infamous smile were seated before a stage and microphone. They speculated the corpses were the conventioneers who went missing three years ago from a dentists' convention. Barbara Gordon finished a night jog and returned to her apartment but got a call from her father Commissioner Gordon with news their father-daughter night was cancelled.
Batman drove to Arkham Asylum's front gate and walked in, past Commissioner Gordon and an officer. Gordon took one sip of coffee and followed him inside past reception and Two-Face's cell. Batman went into the Joker's cell to make an honest attempt to talk things over and avert the inevitable, one killing the other. Batman discovered there was an imposter in the cell. The real Joker was at the Bonus Brothers Carnival and Amusement Park looking over the property with the intent to purchase. Joker's deformed henchmen were elsewhere forcing the other co-owner to sign over the property to the Joker. An hour later, Joker infected the Carny Owner with his toxin and left to secure his main attraction, rent equipment, and hire workers. Batman returned to the Batcave and attempted to figure out the Joker's next move. Alfred Pennyworth brought a refreshment down to Batman and warned against underestimating him.
Commissioner Gordon visited his daughter at her apartment. He cut out an article from the Gotham Examinder's Daily Bulletin Edition for March 8. He worried about the Joker. Barbara asked him to leave work at the office for once. She answered the door and was shot point blank by the Joker. The Joker's men beat up Gordon and took him while Joker took nude photos of her. Colleen Miles, Barbara's work out partner, went to the apartment and found her. Batman and Detective Bullock waited in Barbara Gordon's hospital room while a physician tested her pain reflexes. He confirmed she would never walk again. Bullock told Batman the details. Batman asked for a moment alone. She came to and warned Batman the Joker was taking it to the limit this time and worried about her father. Commissioner Gordon was taken to the Bonus Brothers Carnival and was stripped and leashed by Joker's henchmen. The Joker warned him that memories were dangerous but stated there was always madness.
Batman went after thugs known to work for the Joker in the past but they knew nothing. He went to a club owned by crime boss Sal Maroni but he also didn't know anything. Commissioner Gordon was subjected to a mock trial and was asked what should be done to someone with no regard for the law. Gordon finally stated he would throw the book at him. They goaded him into throwing the book. He aimed at the Joker but a cardboard cutout of the Batman rose up in front of him and was hit. Batman interviewed callgirls but they hadn't seen the Joker either. One noticed the Batsignal in the sky. The Joker sang a song about going crazy while Commissioner Gordon was forced to look at all the photos the Joker took of his daughter. Batman arrived at the roof of police headquarters. Bullock handed him an envelope containing free admission to the Bonus Brothers Carnival. Joker was disappointed to find Gordon catatonic and had him placed in his cage to reflect on life.
Batman drove to the carnival and battled carnies until the Joker unveiled his star attraction, the average man. Batman tackled him but was hit on the arm with acid from the Joker's cane. While he tended to the burn, the Joker ran into a funhouse of mirrors. Batman released Gordon. He ordered Batman to bring in the Joker by the book. The Joker narrated, as Batman made his way through the funhouse, on the effect of one bad day on the human psyche. He was soon attacked by the henchmen at a spike trap. Batman fired his grapnel gun upward and found himself in a mock apartment.Batman entered a room where everything was arranged upside down. The Joker was irritated he didn't get a laugh from Batman and they fought. Joker refused to believe Batman's counter argument and pulled a gun. Batman tackled him out a window. They struggled but Joker regained his gun but it turned out to be a prop gun. Joker admitted defeat and implored Joker to kick the hell out of him. Batman declined and made a sincere offer of rehabilitation. Joker turned him down, citing it was too late for him. He recalled a joke about two inmates escaping an asylum and retold it. Batman laughed with him. Some time after recovering, Barbara Gordon, now confined to a wheelchair, returned to her apartment from a lacrosse game. She talked to her father on the phone about it briefly then cited she had other plans and couldn't get together with him. She unveiled a secret room behind a full body mirror and entered. The computers and technology inside turned on. Gordon went to work as Oracle.