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The Joker Captured Batman’s Oldest Ally

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The only reason why Batman would ever team up with the Joker would be because there was no possible alternative. Batman and the Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 (by Marc Silvestri, Arif Prianto, and Troy Peteri) left him little to no choice when it was revealed that the Joker had kidnapped Jim Gordon to ensure that Batman would help him. It was an especially effective tactic because they both remember what happened the last time Gordon was taken hostage by the Clown Prince of Crime.

Now, history seems to be repeating itself, but the Joker isn’t trying to prove a point this time. Before, Jim had a reasonable chance of physical safety. Now though, he is not even close to being the Joker’s main interest, but a tool to be used and discarded. His captivity might be even be worse this time than it was when the Joker was deliberately trying to break him.

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The Joker Failed to Break Commissioner Gordon

As many longtime fans of Batman will recall, Jim was once captured by the Joker during Batman: The Killing Joke (by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, John Higgins, and Richard Starkings). His goal was to mentally torture Gordon, so he would go insane. The Joker was trying to prove that anyone, even the strongest-willed people, could become just as horrible as him if they had “one bad day”

He stripped Gordon naked, forced him to look at enlarged pictures of his daughter, wounded and nude at the Joker’s hands, and paraded Gordon in a cage in front of his minions. Gordon, though traumatized, held on to his sanity long enough for Batman to rescue him and then apprehend the Joker. Needless to say, the events of that night would stay with all three men until the present day. It is probably the main reason why Batman so quickly agreed to work with him — he knows what the madman is capable of.

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The Joker’s Second Capture of Jim Gordon is Worse

As terrible as his experience was, Jim had a certain degree of safety — he needed to be alive to break bad. The Joker captured him to psychologically torture him, but he was never going to kill him — at least not intentionally. However, this time around, Gordon doesn’t matter, he’s only a means to an end. The Joker has no reason to be careful while handling his prisoner this time, as shown when he delivered one of the commissioner’s removed organs to Batman as proof that he has the man hostage.

Truthfully, there is nothing stopping the Joker from ordering his men to physically torture Gordon the whole time he works with Batman. As demonstrated by the surgical removal of an organ, the Joker is not guaranteeing he will come back in one piece if at all. What’s more disturbing to think about is that this won’t just be one night, finding Harley Quinn could take days, or even weeks, plenty of time for the Joker to do unspeakable things to his captive for his own sick amusement.

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