Originally Posted by Ardent15
First thread here.
We all know that the Joker told two separate stories of how he got his scars. But one thing occurred to me...he mentions more than once that he hated his father.
Moreover, he says "You remind me of my father...I HATED my father!" to a party guest who may be a man of power. The party guest was Senator Patrick Leahy. Makes sense that a well-known politician is at a political fundraiser for Harvey Dent, doesn't it?
Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but if we go with this, then it could be deduced that the Joker's father was a man of authority....a politician, or a lawyer, or a military officer perhaps? A man who was a hypocrite who treated his family despicably while portraying himself as an all-American model father and authority figure.
So maybe the Joker came from a financially comfortable background. Maybe he was born into privilege and was well-educated...a member of the "perfect family" gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Anyway, that's my long-winded speculation. Any thoughts?
A lot of people suggest that the joker reinvents himself on a daily basis. Quite a nice theory.
But, I think we can gather from TDK he has had quite an abusive past, either with family or other people, such as his wife.
In the 1989 Batman movie, the joker has a good back story as a high class mobster from Brooklyn called Jack Napier. Little is said about his childhood, but we know that he had a decent education in Science, art and chemistry in particular. (which he displays in the film)