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The Batman who laughs - The Batman Who Laughs

Fictional character in DC Comics
The Batman who laughs
The Batman who laughs and his rabid robins, like in The Batman who laughs Shown # 1 (January 2018).
Release information
publisher Dc comics
First impression Dark days: the casting # 1 (September 2017)
Created by Scott Snyder (writer)
Greg Capullo (artist)
Information in history
alter ego Bruce Wayne
place of origin Earth -22 (dark multiverse)
Team affiliations Dark knight of the dark multiverse
Legion of Doom
Secret Six
Justice League (formerly)
Notable aliases Batman, darkest knight
  • Genius level intellect
  • The highest physical condition of the human being
  • Experienced martial artist and hand-to-hand fighter
  • Uses high-tech equipment and weapons

(After gaining the powers of Doctor Manhattan)

  • Almost omnipotence
  • Almost omniscience
  • Reality warping
  • Subatomic perception and


  • Scientific manipulation
  • Decay
  • Chronokinesis
  • Time travel
  • Cosmic consciousness
  • Limited shape change
  • Flight and levitation
  • Almost invulnerable
  • Self regeneration
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Untouchability
  • Resizing
  • telekinesis
  • Teleportation
  • Measure way
  • precognition
  • Clairvoyance
  • Self-duplication
  • Superhuman strength and senses
  • Energy projection
  • Matter and energy manipulation

The Batman Who Laughs is a fictional supervillain in DC Comics. He is the evil counterpart and the alternate version of Batman within the multiverse. He is portrayed as a hybrid of Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Batman's archenemy Joker and is a member of the Dark Knights. His first appearance was in crossover history Dark Nights: Metal before getting his own streak and being the main antagonist in 2019 Batman / Superman and served as DC Comics' Year of the Villain alongside Lex Luthor. It was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

Publication history

The Batman Who Laughs was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, who first appeared in the comic strip Dark Days: The Casting . The character has been portrayed as an alternate universe Batman that has no code against killing. Snyder stated his intention regarding the character in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter . "He's basically Batman's worst nightmare brought to life: Batman when he was infected with the Joker toxin and lost all sense of ethics. What he wants to do in Gotham is bring Bruce's worst nightmares to life . " Snyder's hope was that his character would be popular enough to get his own comic series, and Snyder believed that Jock "would be the perfect person for that".

Fictional character biography

The Batman Who Laughs is a version of Batman from Earth-22 of the Dark Multiverse. In this reality, the Earth-22 Joker learns of Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne and, along with Commissioner Gordon, kills most of Batman's other villains. He then subjects thousands of Gotham City citizens to the chemicals that transformed him, then kills several parents in front of their children to make them a combo of himself and Batman. If Batman comes to terms with the Joker, it leads to the latter's death as Batman is exposed to a purified form of the chemicals that gradually transform him into a new fusion of Batman and the Joker, one with Bruce Wayne's intelligence and physical strength and psychopathy the joker and distorted, sadistic sense of humor. The process turns out to be irreversible when Batman discovers what is happening to him. The laughing Batman continues to take over Earth-22, killing most of his allies, turning his son Damian Wayne into a mini-joker and recruiting the children infected by the joker toxin as his "rabid robins". The Batman who laughs appears to be the leader or deputy of Barbatos' Dark Knights and recruits the other members.

Upon arriving on Prime-Earth (Earth 0), the Batman Who Laughs takes control of Gotham and oversees the events on the Challenger's Mountain. He hands out wild cards to the villains of Batman so that they can change reality and take over parts of the city. He is accompanied by Dark Damian and three rabid robins who have intended to destroy all reality by connecting the Over-Monitor to the astral brain of Anti-Monitor. The Batman who laughs is defeated when the Batman of the Prime Universe is supported by the Joker, who discovers that the alternate Batman is not aware of this scenario because he is still a version of Batman.

The Batman Who Laughs is considered dead and is in the care of Lex Luthor, who offers him a place in the Legion of Doom. At some point during the formation of the Legion of Doom, Joker met with Lex Luthor and advised him not to include the Batman who laughs in the group. The laughing Batman talks to Lex Luthor about the worlds beyond the Spring Wall, while Joker listens.

The Batman who laughs eventually resumes his attack on Batman and uses a number of alternate versions of Bruce Wayne to mock his counterpart while preparing for a mass attack on Batman. As an added asset, the Batman who laughs is allied with the Grim Knight, a version of Batman who uses guns and turns his Gotham into a military dictatorship. With no other way to stop the other self, Batman is forced to "accept" a twisted "transfusion" from the Joker that turns him into a variation of the Batman Who Laughs and tries to fight it off while he is on the Psychosis from the technically treated James Gordon Jr. leaves to try to predict his enemy. When the Batman Who Laughs draws a version of Bruce Wayne who hasn't even lost his parents, Batman is able to defeat his other self by luring him into a confrontation in the Wayne Cemetery, with Alfred subsequently using a transfusion from the other Bruce is supposed to get Batman back to normal before he is sent home and the Batman who laughs is locked in the dungeon of the Hall of Justice. However, his serums have managed to infect Shazam, Blue Beetle, Donna Troy, Hawkman, Supergirl, and Commissioner Gordon (the latter was featured in issue 7 of the miniseries The Batman Who Laughs infected by Scott Snyder).

A year later, The Batman Who Laughs is still locked in the Hall of Justice, but with the help of his new Secret Six, he begins to set his plan in motion. It begins with Commissioner Gordon leading Batman and Superman into the cave under Crime Alley where King Shazam will infect Superman. Later on, Superman appears to be "infected" (Batman listens). on the way to the weapons room of the justice hall. The laughing Batman tells Superman that he is planning to infect the world with his serum. Then he makes a casual comment to Clark that his plan will be like the destruction of Krypton and Lois and Jon will not survive. Superman attacks The Batman Who Laughs and apparently inflates his disguise. However, the whole thing was exposed as an illusion by Batman. The Batman Who Laughs praised him, saying he had a similar system in his own world. Batman Who Laughs' next step is to have Scarab (the infected Blue Beetle) hack the Fortress of Solitude and Batcave computers. While this is happening, he mocks Clark, saying that they were all evil inside and that he will know soon, but when Superman is about to be infected, Supergirl captures the corrupted batarang and is unknowingly infected (since the batarang was meant to be Kryptonians to infect). . As the Legion of Doom signal lights up in the sky, The Batman Who Laughs thinks he's on a collision course with Lex Luthor, but isn't too concerned because, as he says, "Batman always wins".

In the continuation of Doomsday Clock by Watchmen the Batman Who Laughs is one of the villains analyzed by Doctor Manhattan when Guy Gardner shows the constructs of the villains they are confronted with with his power ring.

During the story of Dark Nights: Death Metal, The Batman Who Laughs becomes Perpetua's lieutenant. With the help of an army of evil Batmen from the Dark Multiverse called the Dark Knights (consisting of Baby Batman, Batmansaurus Rex, Batmobeast, Castle Bat and Robin King) they assert their rule. When Wonder Woman, after speaking with Wally West, decides that the best cause for action is first anti-crisis, she is confronted with the Batman Who Laughs, whom she digests with an invisible chainsaw of truth. Though dead, the Dark Knights went to work to unleash the true plot of the Batman Who Laughs. Preparing the body of the last Bruce Wayne. That body happens to be Batmanhattan, a version of Bruce Wayne who copied the formula that Doctor Manhattan created. In Castle Bat, the Dark Knights manage to transfer the brain from Batman Who Laughs to Batmanhattan, an action that may have repercussions if Perpetua finds out. After Perpetua warns Batman, who is laughing at beings like her who might sense their actions (worried they might destroy them), he wipes out the remaining Dark Knights except for Robin King. The laughing Batman then switches to a new form called "Darkest Knight" and explains that he knows that Diana plans to recreate the Multiverse, but that he wants to make "52 Planets of Nightmares". The Darkest Knight and the Robin King break into Valhalla Cemetery. Knowing they are after Wally's power, Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West run after the darkest knight. Barry, Wally and Jay team up with Kid Flash and the rest of the Flash family to escape the Darkest Knight and his army of dark multiverse lightning and reach the Mobius Chair. After some convincing statements from Wonder Woman, who traveled to the time of the "Infinite Crisis", Superboy-Prime smashes the worlds of crisis, saves Batman and Superman and passes all energy on to Wally. However, it doesn't work. Before they had a chance, the darkest knight set up the Mobius chair so that he always turned power on himself. And now he has everything he needs to recreate the multiverse in his own image called Last 52. With his new god-like powers, the darkest knight orders Castle Bat (who transforms into a colossal Batman) to attack the heroes. The heroes have no chance against the giant, whose structure is made of any material in Kane County. After Lex gives Wonder Woman a diary written by Carter Hall, the darkest knight (who couldn't break free of Perpetua) sends out his evil earths to kill the united army of heroes and villains. While Batman uses the Black Lantern Ring to recreate the body of The Batman Who Laughs to fight for him, the battle rages between Perpetua and the darkest knight as the heavenly being chastises the former dark knight by claiming to be her be the only one protecting the multiverse from discovery of their species. The darkest knight captures Perpetua in the fragments of the spring wall that originally held them and kills them. He realigns the Prime Earth so that the crisis energy continues to strengthen him, and sends his "favorite soldiers" to attack the heroes of the earth in their last moments while reviving Devastator, Drowned and Red Death. While the heroes stand as one universe against the horde of the darkest knight, they remember their entire story when a gold-clad wonder woman breaks out of the ground to face the darkest knight. One final battle encounters the golden clad Wonder Woman and the darkest knight. A struggle that spans time and space. She is eventually brought to the birth of creation, where the darkest knight reveals that Perpetua's people (referred to as "the hands") will simply wipe out the universe and, without restarting, half of Diana's friends will be dead. Diana has two options: keep fighting and lose, or surrender to the darkest knight and use their combined powers to kill hands. Diana refuses to give up and strikes back at the darkest knight, pushing him through time and sending him into the dying embers of the sun of the earth. When Diana sees the hands arrive and her friends fight like Batman resurrecting his bat family and enemies against the Robin King, where B-Rex and Batmager are resurrected and Lex sacrifices herself to save Superman from the evil last sun, Diana imagines the universe young and alive again and pushes the darkest knight into the sun and kills him once and for all.

Powers and abilities

The Batman who laughs has the same abilities as Batman combined with the twisted nihilism of the Joker. This contributed to the reasons why Batman was forced to ally himself with the Joker in order to stop his counterpart, as he expected his other self to maintain his existing tactical skills and therefore an alliance between Batman and the Joker was the only thing what his counterpart could never foresee. Hailing from the Dark Multiverse, he can see people's dark drives and fears visualized as alternative realities of their current actions. His distinctive metal crown acts as a futuristic visor made of "dark metal" that allows him to filter these actions and to locate the closest movements of his opponents during the fight and manipulate them psychologically using his knowledge of their fears. Unlike Batman, he opts for deadly weapons that allow him to kill quickly, including, but not limited to, machine guns, knives, a chain weapon with a batarang attached to the end, and various weapons with blades.

The Batman Who Laughs also uses dark metal batarangs, which can bring out the worst version of the victim. He used this when creating a new incarnation of the Secret Six with infected members of the Justice League.

During the events of Dark Knights: Death Metal, The Batman Who Laughs acquires the powers of Dr. Manhattan by adding Dr. Arkham surgically integrated his mind into that of a Bruce Wayne with Manhattan's powers, granting him near omnipotence, escape and teleportation among other powers. After absorbing Wally West's Manhattan powers, his power increases dramatically.

Like the denizens of the Dark Multiverse, The Batman Who Laughs has a weakness towards Nth Metal.


The Batman Who Laughs has been widely described as "terrible" by website authors. Comic Book Resources describes The Batman Who Laughs as the "best" parts of Batman and the "worst" parts of the Joker.

The character has been compared to Judge Death in design. Scott Snyder, creator of The Batman Who Laughs, noted that the two characters have similar aesthetics.

In other media

Video games

  • In Mortal Kombat 11 The Batman Who Laughs was used as the DLC skin for Noob Saibot with the Elseworld Skin Pack, which was exclusively available to Kombat Pack owners as DLC when the Joker was released.
  • In DC Universe Online The Batman Who Laughs is the main antagonist in the Metal Part I episode. Through his machinations, the heroes are led to deliver special metal to his multiversal tower, which begins to pull the earth into the dark multiverse. He returns in Metal Part II and tries to bomb the Oblivion Bar with the assembled heroes inside with Joker Toxin, but was ultimately defeated along with the other Dark Knights and Barbatos in the Dark Multiverse.

Board games

The Batman Who Laughs Rising is a 2020 cooperative strategy dice game developed by The Op.

Fan shop

Knight Models has a number of gaming miniatures based on the DC comic run. Funko has released action figures of the character. Various numbers from companies like Diamond Select Toys and Prime 1 Studios have also produced numbers. McFarlane Toys also made a version of The Batman Who Laughs for its new DC Multiverse line of 7-inch figures.


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