Film Theory: Joker Is The Hero of Gotham (Batman The Dark Knight)

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  • Published: 12 October 2019
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    We've been talking a LOT about the Joker lately, but today we are shifting focus to a different version of our smiling bad guy. The Heath Ledger version of the Joker from Christopher Nolan's Batman movie, The Dark Knight. I rewatched it recently and started to wonder, have we misunderstood this story the whole time? Could the Joker actually be the HERO of Gotham City, not Batman? We shall see, Theorists!

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Comments • 9 397

  • Joshua lo
    Joshua lo  3 months back

    Petition to put Matt pat in the evil villain pub
    ⬇️

  • Door Spook
    Door Spook  4 hours back

    Your theory is stupid.

    • Dave
      Dave  10 hours back

      cool story bro


      its wrong and designed to appeal to the edgelord in everyone, but its a cool story.


      I've seen it done better tho.

      • Neil Brown
        Neil Brown  20 hours back

        Theory: Movie sucked and all the fans are idiots.
        No longer a theory, it is fact. Thank you, and goodnight.

        • Xavier_Isaac Castro
          Xavier_Isaac Castro  22 hours back

          Joker from HISHES watches with villains
          Joker:Hey guys please let me stay.
          Villains:Throws him out

          • fork Hunter
            fork Hunter  22 hours back

            Me doesn't know my volume is all the way up: *pressing play*
            The video: mIke BlOOmbErG

            • Notorious MiGZ
              Notorious MiGZ  23 hours back

              Matpat, just a request, please do a theory that Ledgers and Phoenix jokers ate the same Joker. My explanation isn't like 100% refined and solid, probably needs some more research to ma jue more sense and have more validity, but plz take a look, I think it would make a great theory.

              Ledger and Phoenix being same Joker makes sense if you look at Matpat theory looking at which comic book joker Jared Letos joker is, in which he also says Heath Ledgers joker is the bronze age joker, who's story focuses on the psychological aspects of the character, has the Joker as a lonely character and focuses on his ever-ongoing tangle with the Batman. Also, Joaquin Phoenix joker is heavily focused on the psychological aspects of the character, presents him as a loner, and due to the whole maybe I'm Bruce Wayne's half brother, and Penny's hopes being pinned on Thomas Wayne, and the Joker inadvertently causing the death of Bruce's parents, the seeds are there for the Joker and Batman ever-ongoing tangle. Both Ledger and Phoenix are the Bronze age Joker, so there is that connection, plus, how Phoenix joker is treated by Gotham in his standalone film, plus how Gotham is shown to be "getting crazier" and the rich people being dicks plants the seeds for the Gotham we are shown in The Dark Knight trilogy, and establishes motives for the Joker making this highly elaborate and twisted plan to "save" Gotham. He's still good at heart and wants to do the right thing, but his condition combined with the excessive traumas he's suffered along with the demographics of the people who wronged him drive him to claiming vengeance by terrorising them as well. Those middle to high class people who died, in the Jokers mind, got what they effing deserved.

              • Jonathan Lovato
                Jonathan Lovato  24 hours back

                Joker is a hero, magician, nurse, and mastermind

                • Tomas Enderica
                  Tomas Enderica  1 days back

                  dr. doofenshmirtz is the best villain in history

                  • MagicLars15
                    MagicLars15  1 days back

                    It's pronounced "Raysh", buddy.

                    • yarkehkeh
                      yarkehkeh  1 days back

                      Soo you made the greatest detective and mastermind in dc universe look like a dumb brute. Thx alot

                      • GrandAdmiral Zod
                        GrandAdmiral Zod  1 days back

                        1. We have no idea how close the Bat was to taking down major mob leaders. Probably very close since he knew where a big time Russian drug dealer was doing a deal. He would have had them if the vigilantes didnt show up.
                        2 he was promoting dent the whole time knowing he was the hero they needed in power and even fund raised with billionaires.
                        3. The joker is a murderer and a sociopath. That money he swindled could have reinvigorated the poor neighborhoods.
                        4. I could go on but no one will read this. Bye bye

                        • Mishal Zee
                          Mishal Zee  2 days back

                          Yeah but, what about the ferries tho, what was the point?

                          • battyclout
                            battyclout  2 days back

                            In live we society a

                            • William Dawson
                              William Dawson  2 days back

                              No wonder I’ve always liked bad guys

                              • VELOCITY X
                                VELOCITY X  2 days back

                                Joker only burnt his half of the money

                                • Ariana Gacha
                                  Ariana Gacha  2 days back

                                  WHO ELSE JUST WATCHED HOW JOKER HISHE
                                  |
                                  V

                                  • Jenny Smith
                                    Jenny Smith  2 days back

                                    Time for Birds of Prey


                                    https://youtu.be/NBrlkqGykfw

                                    • Vinicius Machado
                                      Vinicius Machado  2 days back

                                      please put matpat in both shows, cyber cafe AND villain pub

                                      • Ki da boy
                                        Ki da boy  3 days back

                                        hooman soop

                                        • Fc king Sg
                                          Fc king Sg  3 days back

                                          IN THE 50S & 60S, EVEN THE 80S IN SINGAPOORS... BEING VIGILANT AGAINST SUSPICIOUS PERSONALITY IS AN ACT OF HERO (TIL THE VIGILANTE BECOMES THE SUSPECT)...THIS CAUSES ESCALATION OF VIGILANTE... SO THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS, POLICE, AND UNTOUCHABLE MOBS ENJOYED BEHIND THE SCENES WATCHING THESE VIGILANTE LIKE BATMAN CATCHES SMALL RATS LIKE DODO. BUT DRIVEN BY INJUSTICE, JOKER HAS THE SAME CALLS BUT WITH DIFFERENT APPROACH... BY BRINGING CHAOS, MAKE ALL THOSE CORRUPT POLITICIANS LIKE SINGAPOORS NEPOTISM FAMILEES, DIRTY COPS OF DODO, AND MONEY LAUNDERING MOBS & DIRTY CORPORATIONS STAND UNDER THE SPOTLIGHTS... GIVE THEM THE SHOWBUSINESS THAT THE WORLD NEVER WITNESS. ONCE A DODO DICKTATOR TAUGHT HIS ASSISTANT HOW TO KNOW HOW TO FISH IN MURKY WATER... STIR UP THE WATER, THEN THE FISH WILL JUMP, U JUST NEED A NET TO GRAB THEM WHEN THEY MAKE A SPLASH OR JUMP UP ABOVE THE WATER. THE AGENT OF CHAOS INDEED.

                                          • Mastermind Gamer
                                            Mastermind Gamer  3 days back

                                            Hate me all you want but heath ledger was the only true joker the part was perfect for him

                                            • 140694 1994
                                              140694 1994  3 days back

                                              Do film theorist. Does batman moral code justice system, really work, saving more people, or actually letting people die by put criminal to arkham?, not just regular but supervillains

                                              • Fractured Mind
                                                Fractured Mind  4 days back

                                                Ya know, I was just sleeping and having a weird dream, and in the dream I heard this in the background




                                                Just thought I said it on the actual video.

                                                • alex cui
                                                  alex cui  4 days back

                                                  This is good. I like it. Aaaaand theres honey. I like it more

                                                  • Levi Taylor
                                                    Levi Taylor  4 days back

                                                    6:34 what is this Alpharad

                                                    • Owen Trimble
                                                      Owen Trimble  4 days back

                                                      we really do live in a society

                                                      • Jeremy JMIAH Williamson

                                                        YEAH ummmmmm, SO HOW DID THAT THEORY WORK OUT FOR YA, HUH????

                                                        • nyak63RUS
                                                          nyak63RUS  4 days back

                                                          I liked this better when Cracked After Hours did it.

                                                          • Shyheim sabb
                                                            Shyheim sabb  4 days back

                                                            Genius

                                                            • the archangel42
                                                              the archangel42  5 days back

                                                              He just wanted to make people smile

                                                              • Gabriel N. Telaumbanua

                                                                Joker : Im the bad man,... Or Am I?

                                                                • RailGunner66
                                                                  RailGunner66  5 days back

                                                                  "cracking a few eggs to make an omlete" ah yes you mean "for the greater good" a saying that is not more than a corruption of the true phrase lesser of 2 evils, for the greater good is a saying thats used to justify many attroicities in the name of progress. The means do not justify the ends.

                                                                  • Kind Brute
                                                                    Kind Brute  4 days back

                                                                    The ends however do justify the means

                                                                • James Rodriguez
                                                                  James Rodriguez  5 days back

                                                                  More of joker

                                                                  • CookieCraft Friend
                                                                    CookieCraft Friend  5 days back

                                                                    Joker, he's a hero. That's the message in this video
                                                                    Sometimes things are too far gone to be fixed peacefully.
                                                                    Also Batman is an idiot

                                                                    • Mrz Mouse
                                                                      Mrz Mouse  5 days back

                                                                      I love how you can say this one theory in one sentence "joker is a hero because he defeats a mafia makes all of them go to jail and kills one of the most powerful mafia members."

                                                                      • RomanceFreak
                                                                        RomanceFreak  5 days back

                                                                        I still refuse to say Joker is a hero. He hurts and kills innocent people, he helped corrupt Harvey Dent to go insane and hurt people when Harvey was going to be a beacon of hope for Gotham, he made citizens crazy with fear and turn on each other to protect themselves and/or their families, and he takes sick pleasure in all of it.

                                                                        • No Thx
                                                                          No Thx  5 days back

                                                                          Basic critical thinking 😂😂

                                                                          • ArManish
                                                                            ArManish  5 days back

                                                                            In the stories of east there is a king and there is a king maker. King maker is more powerful than king . Not direct power but indirect power as observer conscience. Chaos leads to new order. The trilogy narattion missed this character. All planning is done by this character and hero acts it out. Joker appears to fit in, in absence of that character.

                                                                            • Nintendo Switch Gamer Dude

                                                                              You're not the only who came up with this idea.

                                                                              • ArManish
                                                                                ArManish  6 days back

                                                                                I am sure this could have been a journalist reporter from gotham.

                                                                                • Helio mars
                                                                                  Helio mars  6 days back

                                                                                  Sometimes ya gotta be a villain

                                                                                  • Skitty It
                                                                                    Skitty It  7 days back

                                                                                    Technically, chaos does not mean complete lawlessness. It's unpredictability. Joker's plan is so convoluted and complicated that it is _impossible_ for an outsider to predict what is coming next.

                                                                                    He is an agent of chaos.

                                                                                    • ENDZ
                                                                                      ENDZ  7 days back

                                                                                      hey does any buddy wants a amazing world of gumball theory
                                                                                      like if you do

                                                                                      • Christus Regnet
                                                                                        Christus Regnet  7 days back

                                                                                        The joker is escalation. The movie makes it quite clear that crime is down and the mob is afraid to go out at night.

                                                                                        • rudeMALITIA
                                                                                          rudeMALITIA  7 days back

                                                                                          Film theory sucks

                                                                                          • Роскомнадзор

                                                                                            Cut the crap

                                                                                            • rinor aliti
                                                                                              rinor aliti  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Mat Pat: His plans
                                                                                              Joker: Do I look like a guy with a plan