So now the Joker is such an agent of chaos that he works to help President Donald Trump get re-elected in the latest Frank Miller comic, “The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the comic features the villains Darkseid and Joker working in tandem to give Trump a second term. Though the president’s name is not specifically mentioned, the comic leaves no room for subtle interpretations of who the character represents — to the point of having Joker don a jacket with the phrase “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” scrawled across the back.
Familiar faces (and jackets) from Frank Miller & Rafael Grampá's new Dark Knight comic, The Golden Child. Their Trump stand-in turns out to be a stooge of The Joker. And isn't that Greta Thunberg among the righteous crowd coming to save us on the last page? #PresidentSupervillain pic.twitter.com/Sh7fbDHwRB— Paul Slade (@PlanetSlade) December 11, 2019
Woke political commentary has cost film and comic producers in the past before and willing surely do so again. Still the Joker is a popular character and DC's attempt to attack President Trump just might end up backfiring.
“The two are working, basically, to re-elect Donald Trump,” reports THR. “The president isn’t directly named in the comic, but he doesn’t need to be; his likeness is used on multiple pages; dialogue from the president is heard at one point and is distinctly Trumpian (‘It’s going to be beautiful! You’re gonna love it! You’re gonna love every inch of it! I’m talking streets so safe you can let your kids go play and not even think about ’em!’); and the Joker’s jacket, made of the U.S. flag, has the words ‘I Really Don’t Care, Do U?’ scrawled on the back. Subtle, it’s not.”
Darkseid’s ultimate goal is to have the Joker wreak enough havoc so that humanity will lose faith in itself, making them easier to conquer.