While in Arkham Asylum, The Joker sees a television report on the opening of a splashy new casino by businessman Cameron Kaiser. The casino is based entirely on Joker's persona, which angers the Clown Prince Of Crime, and also irritates visiting billionaire Bruce Wayne. Joker escapes Arkham and makes a bee-line to The Joker's Wild casino to blow it up, while Bruce Wayne dons his cape and cowl and discovers Cameron Kaiser's real motive for building it. When Joker arrives he gets duped out in a card game by Bruce Wayne, then dodges Batman via his old Jokermobile before getting to work in earnest to blow up the casino. Batman meanwhile confronts Kaiser, but is knocked out via electric shock and dumped into the Joker's lap. Now tied to a gigantic roulette wheel, Batman recovers enough to warn Joker that Kaiser intends for him to destroy the casino for a massive insurance payment, causing Joker to go after Kaiser while leaving behind enough explosive to finish off Batman. Written by
The Joker breaks the fourth wall through his messages to the viewer: "Exit stage left..." and "Don't try this at home kids!" This is an ability he frequently displays in the comics. See more »
[Poison Ivy watches a gardening show, then the Joker strides in and changes the TV channel]
Hey! I was watching that!
And now you're watching this.
Change it back!
Uh-huh, nope, nope, nope, nope, don't want to.
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Now, Now! No Sore Losers - We're Here To Have Fun!!
This episode is truly one of those overlooked gems from 'Batman: The Animated Series', like 'Fire From Olympus', 'Eternal Youth' or 'Riddler's Reform'.
After the introduction of Harley Quinn, it's one of those episodes that returns the focus to The Joker, allowing him to go it alone at least once more. Harley does make a spiritual appearance, however, portrayed by several of Cameron Kaiser's casino waitresses.
In some ways, this episode is similar to 'The Last Laugh' and the later 'New Batman Adventures' episode 'Joker's Millions' in that it is absolutely hilarious.
Mark Hamill is almost always on his best form in each of his episodes as The Joker, but he really excels here, taking several great quips and using that epic combination of chortles and full, maniacal laughs to really great effect. Bruce Wayne even gets a mildly James Bond-ish game of blackjack with him that leaves The Clown Prince of Crime seething with rage!
Hamill and the animators even make The Joker almost as indispensable to Warner Brothers Animation as Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck in his mannerisms in this one and it doesn't seem a coincidence that he is introduced whistling the 'Looney Tunes' theme and watching the cartoon.
His escape from Arkham and his rampage through Kaiser's casino say it all really: there's a reason why The Joker fronts the line in Batman's rogues gallery!
Diane Pershing drops in for a great little cameo as Poison Ivy, introducing the now-famous rivalry between Joker and Ivy that only intensifies when Harley comes between them. I guess it's interesting to see that even Batman's foes like Ivy, The Scarecrow and The Mad Hatter have lives beyond their villainous plots and foibles and, especially, Batman.
All in all, this episode always leaves me nearly crying with laughter and, for me, even though he's a vicious maniac, The Joker still has some talent as a gifted comedian, too, especially with his prop comedy!!
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