Redditor PCVCsquared has a theory about Christopher Nolan’s John Blake and The Joker that will blow your mind. What if it’s true? What if John Blake (from The Dark Knight Rises) is the son of The Joker (from The Dark Knight)?
Christopher Nolan likes playing Jedi mind tricks. Anything is possible. Quotes from his post on Reddit:
So I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that there is a bit of physical similarity between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger. I know I know, that’s just casting and doesn’t necessarily say anything about the story, but seriously, look at their faces side by side. Those guys could be brothers.
But as another redditor has previously commented, the Joker seems like he may have been Special Operations or at least a war veteran. John Blake, Levitt’s character in the Dark Knight Rises says that his father died when he was nine. Blake says his father was killed for a gambling debt. But what if it was really just the Joker going MIA from the military in his previous life? If he did, that would leave his son an orphan.
I mean how else did Joker know the right actions to make during Commissioner Loeb’s memorial?
We know from the timestamp on security camera footage in the Dark Knight that the movie supposedly took place in 2008, and that in The Dark Knight Rises it had been eight years since Batman was last sighted, making that movie take place somewhere near 2016. So assuming the Joker turned to his life of terrorism a few years after going missing in the military (of course, he was in Arkham for a while until the mass escape in the first movie, and then active for a while after that before Batman started paying attention to him). That would mean if John Blake was his son, he would have been born in the mid to late 90’s, putting him just at about the right age to be a young police officer for the events of The Dark Knight Rises. So they have about the right age gap.
Furthermore, Blake shares some thematic elements with the Joker. Case in point: “Not a lot of people know what it feels like, do they? To be angry…in your bones. I mean, they understand. Foster parents, everybody understands…for a while. Then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can’t do: move on. So after a while they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boys’ home. I figured it out too late. You gotta learn to hide the anger. Practice smiling in the mirror. It’s like putting on a mask.” So we’ve got the Joker saying “Why so serious? Let’s put a smile on that face!” and wearing facepaint, and a young John Blake learning to hide the anger in his bones behind a smile. Both of them are resourceful, smart, look like they could be closely related, and have a seemingly innate understanding of Batman. Both of them hide behind a smile. Like father like son?
The prevailing theory now (if you are along for the ride) appears to be that the Joker was in the military, came home, got into gambling debt, and the mob tortured and attempted to execute him. Possibly because of his training, or just because he’s a freaking unkillable mastermind, he survived. But little John Blake never realized he was still alive.
John Blake : Blake: But we’ve met before. It was a long time ago. I was a kid. Uh, St. Swithin’s. It used to be funded by the Wayne Foundation. It’s an orphanage. My mom died when I was small. It was a car accident, I don’t really remember it. But my dad got shot a couple years later over a gambling debt… and I remember that one just fine. Not a lot of people know what it feels like, do they? To be angry… in your bones. I mean, they understand. Foster parents. Everybody understands… for a while. And then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can’t do. Move on. So after a while, they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boys’ home. I figured it out too late. You gotta learn to hide the anger. Practice smiling in a mirror. It’s like putting on a mask.