As the Batman comics softened their tone, the Joker shifted towards a harmless, cackling nuisance.
He quickly became the most popular villain and was used frequently during the Golden Age of Comic Books.
The Joker has been responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman's life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle) and the murders of Jason Todd (the second Robin) and Jim Gordon's second wife Sarah Essen.
That characterization continued through the late-1950s and 1960s before the character became again depicted as a vicious, calculating, psychopathic killer.
This influence was referenced in the graphic novel Batman: The Man Who Laughs, a retelling of the first Joker story from 1940.
Cesar Romero Jack Nicholson Mark Hamill (Voice)Kevin M. It is of note that in his second appearance he was actually slated to be killed off, with the final page detailing the villain accidentally stabbing himself, lying dead as Batman and Robin run off into the night.
Richardson (Voice)Heath Ledger John Di Maggio (Voice)Brent Spiner (Voice)Michael Emerson (Voice) Troy Baker (Voice)Jared Leto Zach Galifianakis (Voice) "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. DC editor Whitney Ellsworth thought the Joker was too good a character to kill off, suggesting that he be spared.
Finger found a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the silent film The Man Who Laughs, and it was from this photograph that the Joker was modeled.
Kane, who started out as a gag artist, loved the concept and encouraged its production.