The fourth issue of The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing, one of the first DC comics to be published in 2023, has the Joker being pregnant and giving birth to a son.
The Matthew Rosenberg and Carmine Di Giandomenico television series The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing premiered in 2022 and is still airing today. It features the notorious Batman villain Joker, who is “heading out on his most insane adventure yet,” as the title indicates.
The Joker is no stranger to weird stories, whether it be in the shape of Jared Leto’s “damaged” version of the character or the rumored musical adaptation of Joker: Folie à Deux.
But on January 4, 2023, the fourth issue of The Man Who Stopped Laughing was published, and its backup tale, Knocked Upside Down!, contains what could be one of the most bizarre tales DC has ever published.
How The Joker Became a Parents
The titular Batman villain gives birth in the backup tale in the fourth issue of The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing. If that wasn’t far-fetched enough, magician-hero Zatanna is the mother of the Joker’s kid.
When the Joker attempted to convince her to have a child with him, Zatanna used a charm to make him conceive. Zatanna, in her trademark retro speech, cast a spell to guarantee that “no one else will ever have [the Joker’s] kid.”
The spell’s execution, however, turned her actual intent around so that the Joker would become a parent to his own child. The Joker suddenly discovers himself pregnant when he awakens, and in a Wonder Woman bed no less.
Interestingly, the Joker didn’t even appear to be aware of what had transpired until someone else pointed it out to him. A known DC supervillain named Doctor Phosphorous examines the Joker and informs him, “I don’t even sure where the baby is going to come out from down here.”
The Joker attempts to push and then answers that riddle by abruptly throwing up brown stuff. Before changing into a youngster whom Joker says is his son, the mud-like material transforms into a creature that resembles Clayface.
Said kid grows up to look almost exactly like the Joker, causing both of them to glance at each other and exclaim, “He’s so gorgeous.”
Will Baby Joker be featured more in the upcoming issues?
A new member has recently joined the family of the DC Universe. Do bear in mind that The Joker has had parenthood experiences before. According to appearances, Baby Joker appears to be here to stay.
Now that there is a Joker Jr. out and about, we can’t wait to see where the plot of Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing goes. Will they become Gotham’s next formidable team? Or will The Joker’s time as a father be brief?
What did you think when you learned that The Joker is expecting?
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What about the Joker’s pregnancy?
Most likely, the response is negative. Even in the best of circumstances, The Joker is an unreliable narrator, and this narrative is recounted entirely from his point of view. It’s conceivable that what readers are reading is really an illusion of his imagination or the result of another reality at work.
However, given the contradictions surrounding this specific Joker, it seems probable that this is nothing more than a product of his imagination. The clearest illustration of this is provided by The Joker’s goons.
In the course of these exploits, the Joker has killed them more than once. While they were pursuing the Joker’s child this time, one of them was fatally shot. However, they continue to appear in the following stories, looking and acting as though nothing had happened to them the issue before.
This also disproves the multiverse hypothesis because there are so many universes devoted to the Joker in these backup stories, making the existence of other realities appear improbable. Fans must thus assume that this is not canon and that Zatanna does not have a mud monster son in common with the Joker.