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

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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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Writer: Matthew Patrick and Zach Stewart
Editors: Dan "Cybert" Seibert, Koen Verhagen, and BanditRants
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Sound Editor: Yosi Berman



11 Eki 2019




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Daha sonra izle
Joker 2 yıl önce
Petition to put Matt pat in the evil villain pub ⬇️
Daniel 4 gün önce
YES. Im high and this seems like a good idea just like everything else.
luigidagod 16 gün önce
villain bar?
Mungelo Mwaanga Sikateyo
I second that
Itachi Uchiha
Itachi Uchiha Aylar önce
jo hay
jo hay Aylar önce
He should visit
Lens Nomad
Lens Nomad 2 yıl önce
The scene that Joker was clapping after hearing that Gordon is the new commissioner makes more sense now
Riad Rar
Riad Rar 26 gün önce
Les salles et la vaologie de le détruire sa
Gourav Mallick
Gourav Mallick Aylar önce
Lol yeah!!
RagnokRaven 6 aylar önce
@Eris and whats opposite of better class criminals? Moral commissioner ;) who makes thing harder or lets say more Fun
Varad Akolkar
Varad Akolkar Yıl önce
The best thing I like about the Joker is that he doesn't have supernatural powers and yet he is a supervillain.
Hamza Sadiq
Hamza Sadiq Aylar önce
Mr freeze Two-face Penguin Scarecrow Etc.
Soleil Beckles
Soleil Beckles Aylar önce
That's why I like the joker he doesn't have superpowers but he's still the best "villain" also anyone else feel like when a character as op powers its not as interesting to watch and as an example like captain marvel her powers were so strong she just became arrogant like no one could beat her like look at Thanos if she was actually there "concerned" that Thanos could wipe out HALF THE POPULATION FOR GODS SAKE she could have probably beat him but instead she just said she was busy with other threats on other planets but like i said before Thanos is a threat to everyone in the universe if he snapped (he did) and when she was actually there her face was emotionless like she did not even care like he wasn't even a threat at all. P.S What I'm tryna say is having no super powers or not as strong ones makes them a better person not all the time but still and its just better to watch. (Also just usually make really strong ppl be good ppl unless its a villain also don't make it unreasonable that someone who's not as strong can beat like everyone tho)
MAXYMUS121 TV Aylar önce
Therefore making him the perfect foil to Batman and vice-versa
Connor Walls
Connor Walls 3 aylar önce
Lord Corgi
Lord Corgi Yıl önce
"Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions."
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi 22 gün önce
No one has good intentions only. Anyone is capable of evil
Chrysoz 2 aylar önce
This is straight up just wrong lol
arrownoir 7 aylar önce
I highly disagree.
Michael Miller
Michael Miller 8 aylar önce
@Ryan Alex just about to elude to that myself
Ray 10 aylar önce
Even with good intentions or not, ppl can still cause catastrophes and lead to more
William Jones
William Jones Yıl önce
I like the fact that dogs are the opening example of escalation by the bad guys and later on the joker describes himself as a dog
InitialPC 4 aylar önce
oooo good catch
Squirrel charmer
Squirrel charmer Yıl önce
“Some men just want to watch the world burn” isn’t a literal statement. The thief in Burma stole because he wanted to expose the greed and materialism of the people he stole from. He wanted to mock them and the lengths they would go to in order to catch him. The very act of burning the forest was yet another way in which he exposed their greed. His intention wasn’t to make them burn the forest, it was to expose their greed.
Сергей Губарев
Not only greed, but also lust for power.
LancesArmorStriking 3 aylar önce
@Calvin we all seem to forget that alfred is, in fact, bri'ish
LRRich 4 aylar önce
@Louis Kirkwood That's pretty good, where did you hear that from?
Calvin 4 aylar önce
I think another important point is that the act of burning the forest down was itself cruel.I mean they went to another nation,tried to bribe their leaders,and when a bandit tried to resist,they burnt an entire forest down to catch him?? Think of all the people and animals and resources that would have been lost in that fire
baller Yıl önce
I see Batman like that guy who wants to keep his job and just fix certain things slowly, while Joker is that guy who doesn't care about keeping his job he just wants to see the whole system revamped
Lelouch vi Britannia
@Larzforever24 No one asked. Your name is very sus for someone who isn't an anime fan.
Larzforever24 6 gün önce
@Lelouch vi Britannia no anime fans pls
Cefri Naldi
Cefri Naldi 20 gün önce
So batman is like the game developer while joker is like modder?
Edward Bo
Edward Bo Aylar önce
Actually, batman wants to lead by example, Gordon and Harvey work within the system, and joker attempts to burn it down and start a new one, they would all work better of they worked together.
Lee Johnstone
Lee Johnstone Yıl önce
The Joker: you know what I notice? Nobody panics when everything goes to plan! Even if the plan is horrifying
David Wood
David Wood 2 aylar önce
So true it's scary
Gordon B
Gordon B 4 aylar önce
The whole point of that speech was always to let the audience know he does have a plan. He isn’t “an agent of chaos” in the usual sense of the word, he’s unbelievably methodical and meticulous in his scheme, he just needs to play into an extremely common fear of the unknown.
E M Yıl önce
The whole monologue on "if a military vehicle blows up, nobody panics." That's what makes me buy this theory. All those tragic events of war are considered necessary and so they are accepted, the ends justify the means. If that is how he understands it, his means are the acts he commits in this movie and the ends are an uncorrupted Gotham. Machiavellian.
The whole ‘agent of chaos’ thing could be the joker making the metaphors that there has to be a bit of chaos before there can be order, it creates a balance.
alex duffy
alex duffy 4 aylar önce
true and in fact joker did save gotham in the end think about it no corruption no orginzied crime for 8 years till bane shows up so yeah i do belive joker is actually the hero in a messed up but good way
AL X Yıl önce
If Heath Ledger survived, not only he would've been in "The Dark Knight Rises" but the theory of him being a the real hero of Gotham probably would've been explored.
alex t
alex t 4 aylar önce
it probably would’ve been like in Joker 2019, where he has a bunch of followers
Gabriel Jordan
Gabriel Jordan 2 yıl önce
Also keep in mind the Joker could have blown up that hospital when everyone was still inside it but instead gave everyone a chance to get out first.
jo hay
jo hay Aylar önce
Good point
Sophie Gelman
Sophie Gelman 2 aylar önce
still people could've used the hospital.
CornTater83 4 aylar önce
@Nickolas Brown He didn't hit the button. He was about to until Batman hit him with his arm blades
IamGrimalkin 4 aylar önce
He still forced the evacuation of every hospital in Gotham for that, in which people may have died; then actually blew up the hospital, killing people due to lack of medical equipment. He would have had to be extraordinarily naiive to think that threatening to blow up a hospital (and then actually carrying it out) is a victimless crime.
Charlie Del Bosque
Makes sense since he told Batman the wrong address to make sure Harvey was saved and not Rachel !!
Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill 11 aylar önce
The Dark Knight got me thinking about how values alone shouldn’t define people. I noticed that The Joker achieved things that I strive for. He let go of vices, lives in the moment and doesn’t expect a reward. However, he twisted those values into something horrifying. ‬
John free Punk
John free Punk 7 aylar önce
“How about I cut you up into little pieces and feed you to your pooches. Then we’ll see how loyal a hungry dog really is” This one quote can perfectly describe the message Joker was trying to convey upon Gotham through the whole movie.
4eyesinthecorner 2 aylar önce
Well this just makes so much sense and gives me even more reason to love the joker as a “villain”. These kind of superhero stories have always irritated me in that the “hero” spends their time fighting crime and putting the bad guys in jail when there’s generally a much larger underlying reason for such crime in the first place. They have all of the resources and means to be able to eradicate crime from the bottom up but get fixated on the more surface level petty crimes that they don’t see the big picture. This take on the story where the joker is actually the “hero” perfectly reflects a lot of the pretences and issues in our society. Also, it totally makes sense to call the joker a consequentialist in his beliefs rather than just a crazy man who’s sole goal is chaos (though there’s no denying that he isn’t entirely sane). We even studied scenes of this film when doing a lesson about utilitarianism is religious studies.
Adam Field
Adam Field 2 yıl önce
If MatPat was The Joker’s defense lawyers Joker probably wouldn’t have had a life sentence lol
InitialPC 4 aylar önce
In the novelization of Dark Knight Rises Joker is the only inmate left in Arkham.
Abiru Abayapala
Abiru Abayapala 6 aylar önce
That explains why Joker robs a bank everytime the day right after the day he was returned to Arkham. (In animated shows)
Hyperbolic Raider
LegalEagle did do a review to see how long both Joker and Batman would be put into prison and said that Joker would be given 300 years while Batman would be given millions of years (because of the fact that Batman illegally hacked into every single person in Gotham’s electronics and went into another country and kidnapped a high official citizen)
Austin Walker
Austin Walker Yıl önce
He still would
eschelar Yıl önce
The ferry prisoner's dilemma is also a demonstration that there *is* good in Gotham. It's a powerful note that breaks the story of Ras al Ghul.
Seihanda Aylar önce
Joker : "Gasolines are cheap" People in 2022 : "Nice joke buddy"
OTR Enigma Andy
OTR Enigma Andy Yıl önce
I have always loved the character of the Joker, and I love this video and theory! An awesome breakdown of those 2 Batman movies. Love the channel Mat Pat
L jm
L jm Yıl önce
That is perfect because the version of this joker seems to be an ex special forces soldier. So if he is an ex special forces soldier he would probably hate corruption, but also knows collateral damage happens in war, and war can be the only way to stop corruption.
nathan berlin
nathan berlin Yıl önce
either die a villian, or live long enough for matpat to make you a hero
IcyPopsicle 7 gün önce
Even if you die a villain he’ll still probably find a way to make you a hero
Katrina Robinson
Katrina Robinson Aylar önce
Justice 2 aylar önce
@Goji-004 not joker but the actor of joker unfortunately died
Heisenberg 6 aylar önce
When matpat made a video on why Batman didn’t save Gotham in the dark knight rises, the thumbnail made it look like Batman caused massive destruction to gotham. But then I watched it and turns out he was just saying Batman simply didn’t have enough time. However Bane did say that his motive is to fulfill Ra’s Al Ghul’s destiny. So I’m not very sure, but maybe had Batman left Ra’s to die in that building in Batman Begins, then the whole plot of Begins and Rises may end up not happening.
Eliza Wulf
Eliza Wulf Aylar önce
Mat could have stated that this interpretation of Joker is more in line with the philosophy of Anarchy, which is akin to chaos because it seeks to abolish/undermine/disrupt hierarchies in favor of returning power/control to communities. (Ideally in an egalitarian manner...and not harming said communities)
Nintari 65
Nintari 65 4 aylar önce
This just makes me like heath ledgers Joker even more. Truly this trilogy was something else.
alex duffy
alex duffy 4 aylar önce
right?even the batman cant match up to the dark knight trilogy
For the Republic!!!
This is why The Dark Knight is SOO good. So much of it, whether you look at it deeply or simply from the surface level is open to your interpretation. It can represent a range of stories and narratives.
John Artchie Rivera
Just rewatched this. The more you rewatch the movie the more you understand that everything that is happening on this movie is on The Joker's hands
Maniak15 2 yıl önce
"Out of chaos comes order"- Nietzsche "I'm an agent of chaos"- Joker Well played sir
Ad3l 10 aylar önce
@darklord884 yes he did, look looking at Germany right now and the nato and UN are thing because of him
Bonnie Fazman
Bonnie Fazman Yıl önce
Batman: I have a high intelligence. Joker: Hold my woopie cushion.
Tomorrowsyoutube Yıl önce
Where’s Jordan Peterson to commentate on this ?
Amin Hamiti
Amin Hamiti Yıl önce
Atheism is like gambling when you die and found that God exist what your reaction would be
darklord884 Yıl önce
@brick tea Your point being?
Kevin Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen 5 aylar önce
“You ever die a hero, or live to see yourself turn into a villain.” -Harvey Dent He warned us at the beginning of the movie of this.
Dreikelvin Media & Sound
Considering how intellectual Nolan's dark knight trilogy is, this actually makes perfect sense. The joker is - just like in a card game - the perfect hero card you can play in order to win. Very well researched.
Cash Lannister
Cash Lannister 8 aylar önce
I really like this theory. It makes Joker seem like a more insane and sadistic version of V from V for Vendetta.
Dawn Smith
Dawn Smith Yıl önce
Love the way you described Batman... "A lunatic in a ninja costume that jumps off roof tops..."
Mr Bonesaw
Mr Bonesaw 2 yıl önce
I think you missed the most important part. The Ferries, i think that was the ultimate test for Joker to see if the city was worth saving. If either ferry blew up, it meant the people of Gotham had been corrupted and Joker would've probably given up and let Batman take him into custody with Harvey killing Gordon's family and effectively plunging the city into chaos. Joker let Batman know because the ferries reaffirmed the idea the city could be fixed. Like in Joker's "Everybody loses there minds" speech the idea is that Gotham should fundamentally realize the weight of every single life, from the gang bangers to soldiers. The message in the ferry scene is that the lives aboard are equal regardless if your a petty criminal or a scared civilian. The Joker's line about liking knifes because it allows the Joker to be more intimate with his victim then a gun, he understands the purpose and weight of every single murder he commits.
Anthony Gill
Anthony Gill 2 aylar önce
The prison guards and security on the other ferrie wasn't criminals though. They were just guarding them. So there were really innocents on each ferrie
Utsav Khanna
Utsav Khanna 4 aylar önce
@arcguardian Joker is a psychopath because of his fixation with chaos. He wants everyone to be like him, which is the epitome of narcissism, which is a big personality trait observed in psychopaths.
Jackson Shea
Jackson Shea 4 aylar önce
Either I read that entire paragraph wrong or you are saying that this scene makes him look better. You are far wrong, because you are forgetting the most important part of that scene. Then ending. As neither boats blow up, Joker realizes he was wrong and instead of having a change of heart or even admitting he was wrong about people. Nope, he tries to blow up the boats, both of them.
Cyberclone07 4 aylar önce
@Bradley Dragon And the funny part is that he was about to befor Batman could stop him.
CoolDoge 4 aylar önce
Tahisha Arvo
Tahisha Arvo Yıl önce
didn't you forget something in the Joker's thought process? remember the boats? he was manipulating the prisoners against the people and in doing so, by his own admission, trying to create chaos to tear the city apart.. that didn't sound like he was trying to save anything.. but anyone can speculate with a theory, as you said
Tahisha Arvo
Tahisha Arvo 4 aylar önce
@Cyberclone07 i was making a case against the Joker, but you also make a true point.. stop painting villains as the good guy
Cyberclone07 4 aylar önce
And also, let's not forget that in the Dark Knight Rises, Bane achieves what the Joker always wanted to see, plunge the city in chaos.
joshuallbritton 10 aylar önce
At first I thought he only took half, but after rewatching the scene he doesn't just take the money he takes their man power as well.
KG 11 aylar önce
This video was right on everything except for one aspect. Batman wasn't just stopping a,few petty crimes here and there, he was trying his best to track down the leaders and mafia bosses but it was taking to long.
Jackson Lang
Jackson Lang Yıl önce
Matt pat: this is someone who makes and flawlessly executes very elaborate, very sophisticated plans Joker: do I really look like a guy with a plan?
Jakob Bredell
Jakob Bredell 2 yıl önce
Think of Joker as Gotham’s fever. When you’re sick your body “torments” you with symptoms to expel sickness. Joker tormented Gotham to expel crime
Tom Ignacios
Tom Ignacios 6 aylar önce
Not expel, monopolize crime. This theory is fun but it’s not correct
Spasticity Yıl önce
assuming the joker means to expel crime. the joker says that gothem needs a new class of criminal, he doesnt say it needs no criminals at all
Synesthesiac Yıl önce
This exactly! Or radiation to rid the city of cancer.
Tonu Ahmed
Tonu Ahmed Yıl önce
The No mans land in TDKR was infection came from outside of gotham...
S Z Yıl önce
actually I wanted to say a similar thing, but not because of being agree with this theory! Gotham never got cured! maybe the mafia was gone, maybe there was a one face hero, maybe there was no money left for big crimes... but what just happened in (dark knight rises)!? criminals got free, the fake heroism of Dent revealed & a new criminal with real anarchism was in town! I don't call it a cure!
Gerry Mathew
Gerry Mathew Yıl önce
Such an intense movie! Soo hard to believe that its a superhero movie! You truly constructed a superhero masterpiece, Nolan! 👏
The Joker
The Joker 2 aylar önce
Matpat this video is flattering, thank you for bringing my true intentions to light
G V Yıl önce
”You die a hero or live long enough to become the villain” sums up Batman’s retirement.
Sachin Satija Plays CODM
You’re theory is great and accurate for this movie only as it fits perfectly but the character joker is different in many other comics and series so people might hate this
Leonidas Rose
Leonidas Rose 5 aylar önce
I always figured that Joker's whole 'Agent of Chaos' thing was about going against the lawful way, because the lawful way isn't working.
Rod Wooz
Rod Wooz Yıl önce
I agree, but Joker murdered many street level cops, which could've been good cops who knew nothing of the upper corruption. Naive as that would make them, it wouldn't be okay to "break a few eggs" for that. Great video, very thought provoking.
Intensity . Density
Intensity . Density 11 aylar önce
I've been saying the Heath Ledger joker is actually the good guy since it came out, and the system, the cops, government etc are the bad ones. Throughout movie history, we're made to believe that the one that rebels against corrupt governments is the bad guy. I'm always in the villians side in movies, especially this one
Cary Bensilhe
Cary Bensilhe 5 aylar önce
Brilliant! Love this analysis.
Austin Fullerton
Austin Fullerton 2 yıl önce
“You can’t see yourself as a villain when you think you’re the hero”👏🏽
Sean Wickham
Sean Wickham 6 aylar önce
Handsome Jack.
Lance Meier
Lance Meier 6 aylar önce
If only MatPat ever told that to himself.
Akish Yıl önce
@State of Opportunity true
G V Yıl önce
To be fair, Batman says he doesn’t see himself as a hero
Michael Gillespie
In my mind, the key to being self aware, and open to new ideas, is to always keep in mind you could be wrong, and aren't the 'hero'. I always keep myself aware that I very much could eh wrong, or that it's just MY beliefs. Morals are subjective, I'm right and wrong are subjective, I just do my best based on my own view point. My own moral compass and beliefs, aren't any more just or valid than anyone elses, so the best I can do is follow my own beliefs and morals, while accepting that they could be wrong.
Niklas Evensen
Niklas Evensen Yıl önce
This must be my favourite film theory episode ever. Love the joker in the dark knight trlogy. RIP Heath Ledger🖤
John Strickland
John Strickland Yıl önce
So I loved this, MatPat, once again the video quality is top tier. That being said I have to point out a flaw in this, a minor flaw but a flaw. Joker only burns his half of the money. I realize this is a year old video but maybe by a stroke of luck you will see this comment.
John Doe
John Doe Yıl önce
I 100% believe this theory, I also think that the joker could have been a military veteran in his past giving him the skills, knowledge and just sheer will and determination that a lot of vets get from there services to the country.
Zac Hyrish
Zac Hyrish Yıl önce
This guy makes greater stories than what the writers intended
Wutaii1 Nostalgia
Dang this was a good look at this movie. I like the Joker more and more as time goes on.
Sophie Gelman
Sophie Gelman 2 aylar önce
I'm sure Jason Todd would be glad to hear it.
Slug Nug
Slug Nug 5 aylar önce
Dumpster Stu
Dumpster Stu 6 aylar önce
I dye my hair green and drive a purple car for a reason....
Space Axolotl
Space Axolotl 9 aylar önce
The dark night is one of my all time favorite movies, it's is so well written and Heath Ledger's acting is fanomanol
Dusty Boot
Dusty Boot 7 aylar önce
This is one of your best, if not your best movie theory episode. Bravo!
Butter 5 aylar önce
You know they are going to bring this Joker back, I really hope they do it justice.
Dreagon Aylar önce
This makes the sentence " *sometimes u have to be the villain to be a hero* " to a whole new lvl
Mustafa Malikzada
Mustafa Malikzada 2 yıl önce
The correct term for joker is not “villain,” he is the “anti-hero”
Cyberclone07 4 aylar önce
Nope, he's just a villain.
Jstar338 2 yıl önce
@Gonzalo Bernal dude why are you getting so heated over a fictional character
The Testing Grounds
The Testing Grounds 2 yıl önce
He's anti something. Just not wholeheartedly a villain in DK.
The Testing Grounds
The Testing Grounds 2 yıl önce
He's anti something. Just not wholeheartedly a villain in DK.
Thecando 9 aylar önce
Wow, this was very well thought out! Good video.
David Birkenmayer
This is clearly right. The brilliancy of this entire Film is that it makes the Joker look evil and insane for most of it's duration - trapping the viewer to come to the "wrong" conclusion in the end (I certanly fell for it, as I first watched the movie). In actually, all of the main characters (Batman, Bruce Wayne, Harvey Dent, Gordon, Joker) all want to make the City a better place - everyone in a different way. The real enemies are of structural nature: The gap between rich and poor and the corruption. I think it's hard to say if the actions of the Joker were nessecary - we never get to see a timeline in which no Joker exists. It is though to assume that the actions of the other players were just simply not enough - as one year after the events of the first movie the mafia was still going strong. The story told isastounding - as is the action, pacing and music. Masterpiece by Nolan for sure.
TopHatten Yıl önce
Considering the rumours of the Joker coming back in the 3rd movie, it's kinda interesting trying to think if this theory would still be valid
LogeyPerogi Yıl önce
I will say Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job as the Joker, but overall that wasn’t the Joker we know and love, Heath Ledger did the greatest job as the Clown Prince of Crime I must also say that Joker may have saved Gotham but it felt unintentional, after all he was still gonna blow up the boats near the end, so it becomes pretty clear that he wasn’t trying to save Gotham, but rather he was trying to break city’s soul, and he just so happened to save Gotham after Batman stops Two Face
Ellis Shickman
Ellis Shickman 2 yıl önce
One thing you should mention: The Joker also never revealed his intentions because he didn’t want people to follow his example.
Vlad A
Vlad A 2 yıl önce
There is a second joker in that film ^^ his brother
Am_Connor 2 yıl önce
The commentator, i dont think anyone has mentioned the fact that joker even kills his own allies in the first scene of the movie. He kills criminals
spawn10 12 gün önce
Scare was always a bad guy lol What a great & deep analyzation of the joker 🤡🤧👏
Sarim Hamid
Sarim Hamid Yıl önce
"So is the Joker good?" Matpat: Yes'nt
JRomé 10 aylar önce
The 🃏 has been my favorite character for a very long time. Whenever someone asked me, “who my favorite superhero is?” I always respond with “The Joker” and I was always looked at funny and stuff.
Lord Darkness
Lord Darkness Yıl önce
“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain” I now know what they meant
Music Sucks
Music Sucks 2 yıl önce
Alfred: some men just wanna watch the world burn Also Alfred: we burned the forest down
Marvin Brown
Marvin Brown Yıl önce
lachlan crimmings
@Lodatz still very confused, what specfically am I lying about?
Lodatz Yıl önce
@lachlan crimmings you're still lying, dude.
lachlan crimmings
@Lodatz and still quiet dude
Layne Urquhart
Layne Urquhart Yıl önce
Oh man! best theory yet! So many reasons to love the joker
ConsciousCog Yıl önce
Late to the show, but think about this trilogy frequently so I gotta say something. Cool theory and it's always nice to see other people take the time to delve into the story from every angle. I disagree with this whole premise, however. I can see where this theory comes from, except for one HUGE thing. If this theory were correct or even the idea of this theory being a possibility, there wouldn't be a third movie. Most, if not all, of the major themes of The Dark Knight Rises are associated with redemption for what the Joker did to Gotham, and more importantly, Gotham's main protagonists. If he were truly a hero, the main motivations of Bruce Wayne and other major protagonists would have no foundation. If the Joker were a hero, he at the very least failed, because a new, yet old, threat came (back) to Gotham in the form of Ra's al Gul's original plan.
Grimm 9 aylar önce
After watching this i love the dark knight even more! And especially the joker!!
hcaz 4 aylar önce
The money pile he burns is only his half... he literally says that in the film lols. Not sure how you missed that
KingOfCatfish707 2 yıl önce
"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." This really brings a new twist to that quote.
Eris 2 yıl önce
"This town deserves a better class of criminal."-Joker
Christus Regnet
Christus Regnet 2 yıl önce
@Evelyn Hmmm... To add some irony, Churchill was sort of a villain. Or at least a reprehensible person in almost every way, but became quite the hero.
Christus Regnet
Christus Regnet 2 yıl önce
I really hate that quote. People quote this, and lines from other Hollywood movies as if they're some sort of profound wisdom. The line is nonsense anyway. Usually one dies, and then is named a hero, but even if they're named a hero in life, they don't become a villain by order of living longer.
KaijuStudiosG2K 2 yıl önce
It's scary how relevant that line is
Asocial Senpai
Asocial Senpai 2 yıl önce
Jay Johns
Jay Johns 11 aylar önce
Dig the channel. Well thought out and interesting. Your animations aren't for me, but that's just a preference thing. No point, just credit where it's due
Azathoth the Primal Chaos
He's the hero we deserve, but not the one we need.
David Rhodes
David Rhodes Yıl önce
OMG! I've always liked the Joker, but you have just BLOWN MY MIND and made me like him even more!!!
Commander Critic
Commander Critic Yıl önce
Good theory, and I could definitely buy into it.... BUT, I do have one issue. When Alfred says “Some men, just wanna watch the world burn,” with regards to the bandit, he isn’t talking about LITERALLY burning the world down, but rather the chaos that ensues. It’s like when you antagonise someone, you do it to get a reaction, the bandit stole the stones, and just threw them away, all to incite a reaction out of the British. Now you can say he was doing it just for kicks, but after listening to your theory, it makes me wonder, what if the Bandit in Alfred’s story, had a plan like Joker did, and that plan was to expose the British and their brutality to the local leaders, so they’d be less inclined to accept brides from them in the future? (FYI, I’m British so yes, I’m fully aware I’m s***ing on myself here as well) That, is what I believe Alfred is getting at, people like the Joker and that Burma Bandit, do what they do, to get a reaction from others.... God now I sound like that damm psychiatrist from Arkham, Hugo Strange, trying to unravel the mind of the Joker (shivers) okay that’s a bag of cats I do NOT need opened.
lemontrxsh Yıl önce
Heath Ledger's Joker is everyone's favourite joker. The way he outsmarts batman and the rest of gotham is just one of the 100's of reasons I love this joker.
Burn 27 gün önce
Mark is literally the joker.
Nick Arnold
Nick Arnold 2 aylar önce
Heath ledger's joker alongside Mark Hamill's joker will always be them definitive in quintessential Jokers to me they're just that fucking good of a villain to prove a point all it takes is one bad day🃏
Boogy Woogy
Boogy Woogy 4 aylar önce
So well done. That's my whole life in a bombshell
Ash 5 aylar önce
RIP Heath Ledger. Absolute legend bro. With him at the helm Joker could do no wrong. He definitely holds a special place in all of our hearts. This theory is nice cause it adds a level of dignity to his already awesome legacy. Besides Joker he had such a diverse and dynamic acting career, I don’t mean to digress but I loved him as Casanova. But personally he was the Joker I was exposed to, grew up with and I’m grateful. That talented man gave this character his all and it shows, absolutely amazing performance and wonderful theory. Also I’m glad you hired the man who made that popular theory. I love seeing my boys cop the bag, hope y’all are doing well. Anyways, sorry for the rant if you read this far have a blessed day you wonderful child of light. I love you.
Reyus Doyle
Reyus Doyle 4 aylar önce
congratz you uncovered the duality between the joker and batman, chaos and order, madness and genius. thats why this was such a great movie and why heath ledger played the joker so well. and thats why even after 70 years or so these characters are still popular.
JO J Yıl önce
I really like this theory. Seeing The Dark Knight in a new light
Androo 2 yıl önce
To sum this up: "Just because you are bad guy, does not mean you are Bad Guy."
David Reynold
David Reynold 2 yıl önce
That's insulting to the bad guys they're really offended
miya 2 yıl önce
@random numbers 783 finaly normal fish talk
Crethe 2 yıl önce
unknowning unknown I think that he wasn’t really going to do that and only said that to give Batman more incentive
daleep pannu
daleep pannu 2 yıl önce
Club 30's its a old meme but it checks out
JJCrazyBlond Girl
JJCrazyBlond Girl 2 yıl önce
@random numbers 783 yep that's for sure
Gary Sanders
Gary Sanders Yıl önce
Dude 100% sign onto this theory. Also interesting to note that Alfred's story is eerily similar to Raz 'burn it all down' philosophy.
Pulse Fire Noises
When your role as the villain in the movie is so good they talk about you more than the protagonist
sigh enel
sigh enel 8 gün önce
I think it's almost obvious that batman and the villains wanted the same thing: peace! It's just that batman doesnt want the villains' harsh methods. The villains were harsh but effective. Batman was sympathetic but has slow progress. This has been shown in the movies multiple times everytime batman doubts himself.
Ashim Deb Nath
Ashim Deb Nath 4 aylar önce
I have a theory, if Dark Knight part 1 was about league of Shadows, part 3 was about league of shadows then maybe part 2 was also about league of shadows. Maybe joker was a member of League of shadows and trying to do the leagues work in his own way. But after joker failed, the league went back to their original method in part 3. Maybe his exceptional hand to hand fighting skills that we see at certain scenes was taught to him by the league.
Wirus 4 aylar önce
"Gasoline is cheap" Well that aged well.
Nick Gates
Nick Gates 9 aylar önce
13 years, 50 rewatches, and dozens of analysis videos later im still finding new ways to think about this movie
Fantom Perfide
Fantom Perfide 5 aylar önce
"To defeat evil, I must become a greater evil" -Lelouch vi Britannia the joker took this very seriously
JLight2r1 5 aylar önce
Considering the jokers scars are likely a result of combat. Not because of a drunk father or self inflicted for his wife. His ability to tactically plan out operations , knowledge with weapons , explosives and ability to drive a large truck which requires experience and normally a CDL to be capable of . All points to a veteran who came home to find his home being controlled by thugs and mobsters with corrupt officials turning a blind eye to the problems. His wife he speaks of likely killed herself or was killed for outstanding debts to the scum of Gotham. That is likely what set an otherwise peaceful veteran off. And created this version of the joker. As he seems to have nothing but hate and disdain for thugs and mobsters . His actions show this throughout the movie.
ניק פטייב
Wow, missed having a truly great theory that is also happens to be for a movie I've watched countless times so I can really analyze it. And sir, this one is really good. I know I'm late but he'll, it was so good.
Ben Knight
Ben Knight 2 yıl önce
Joker: *Kills thousands of people” Mat pat: Carefully he’s a hero
Ender Warlord
Ender Warlord 7 aylar önce
@Aryan Cause doesn't justify means.
B T Yıl önce
@Aryan Have you tried the not killing anyone route?
Doug Devious
Doug Devious Yıl önce
He killed like 35
DMC Fan Yıl önce
you can't save everyone
J Mace
J Mace 4 aylar önce
4:20 That is not “a lowly drug dealer.” He is known as The Chechen and he is the head of the Russian Mafia in Gotham.
Nexus Inc.
Nexus Inc. 3 aylar önce
These and many other points are what Gordon talks about several times with the Batman. Best investigator ever
Muztahid Mustafa
Muztahid Mustafa 5 aylar önce
14:20 The BEST Line“We can’t SEE ourselves as the VILLAIN if we think we are the hero”
Price Horton
Price Horton 5 aylar önce
I disagree, the joker stopped believing in Gotham a while ago and decided it should be subjected to the same chaos he was, he understood that as long as the mafia bosses and Batman where in power there would some kind of order, he destroys all of it with a single bet on the line, he believed people where born inherently bad, this is the only bet he lost and the one flaw in his plan therefore the fact that everything worked except that and Gotham survived
Cyberclone07 4 aylar önce
And yet he still won by manipulating Harvey Dent and turning him into Two Face.
ae Yıl önce
MatPat: *says the joker's real intent* The Joker: finally. Finally someone understands me.
David Atkinson
David Atkinson 4 aylar önce
Wonderfully spoken. Thanks, Matt.
ianleft 5 aylar önce
Matpat would be an amazing lawyer.
Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas 11 aylar önce
The Joker is the only decent part of this movie! Love this video. I can't watch the Nolan Trilogy becuase of the silly fighting style they give Bats. I mean, he's a super ninja and that's the made up fighting style they went up with. I understand it was used in a Tom Cruise movie before Batman but no one with a martial arts background could stand up to Nolan?
Blaze of Glory
Blaze of Glory 2 yıl önce
Film Theory: The Joker is actually Megamind.
Tom Hill
Tom Hill 2 yıl önce
He's certainly got the presentation for it.
Mosharop Khan
Mosharop Khan 2 yıl önce
@Sub যে যত শ্রমিক
Sub 2 yıl önce
thats the best thing anyone said for a fat min lol
Manuel Camelo
Manuel Camelo 2 yıl önce
Ahahhaha Hhah you made me laugh loud Dude :'DD
Snarky Monk
Snarky Monk 2 yıl önce
Wait I never thought of that. I guess that the white, red, and green version of megamaind is the joker
Ibrahim's alanazi
Ibrahim's alanazi 6 aylar önce
joker is such a good villain he made ppl think he's the good guy