I think the Joker needs to tone the fuck down.
He killed an entire police station last time, with his bare hands.
That is insane, like his arms shouldn’t be able to snap that many necks.
But it also gets at the deeper issue of modern joker as a super serial killer with a body count that is probably about even with the Punisher.
All he does anymore is murder for the sake of murder and misery, he doesn’t do heists or have any actual goals to himself, he ENTIRELY exists to butt heads with Batman/other heroes.
So yes, I think it’s fucking stupid that no one has killed the Joker as he currently exists as a killing machine who runs around under the magical bullshit logic of “if you kill me, you are no better than meeeee!”
Yes, I know, you can’t just KILL him.
So what do you do?
You change him to a character that has goals and desires aside from murdering. Yeah, Joker can/should still kill, but not all the time, he should joker gas people, a non-lethal/forever destroying variant, he should perform elaborate and crazy heists that are as much a show of his ego as stealing an object.
It’s something I’ve been noticing for years, the Joker keeps getting darker and edgier, I want to say it’s because of The Dark Knight, but I feel like the trend was in place before then.
Lighten him up, he doesn’t have to kill all the time to be the greatest Batman foe, he just has to surprise the reader and Batman on occasion and be unpredictable and funny. Remember when he was the clown prince of crime?