The Batman Who Laughs

The Batman Who Laughs is a fictional character in DC Comics. He is a supervillain, and the evil counterpart and alternate version of Batman within the multiverse. He is depicted as a hybrid of both Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Batman’s arch enemy Joker and is a member of the Dark Knights. His first appearance was in the crossover storyline Dark Nights: Metal, before later receiving his own series. He was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

The Batman Who Laughs
The Batman Who Laughs and his Robins as depicted in The Batman Who Laughs #1 (January 2018)
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDark Days: The Casting #1 (September 2017)
Created byScott Snyder
Greg Capullo
In-story information
Alter egoBruce Wayne
Place of originEarth -22
Team affiliationsDark Knights of the Dark Multiverse
Legion of Doom
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Peak human physical condition
  • Skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Utilizes high-tech equipment and weapons

Publication history

The Batman Who Laughs was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo first appearing in the comic book Dark Days: The Casting. The character was depicted as an alternate universe Batman who doesn't have a code against killing. Snyder explained his intent on the character in an interview by the Hollywood Reporter. "He's basically Batman's worst nightmare come to life: Batman, if he was infected by the Joker toxin and lost all sense of ethics. What he wants to do in Gotham is bring Bruce’s worst nightmares to life."[1]

The character would then get his own solo comic book series drawn by Jock. Snyder's intention was to hope that he would be popular enough to get his own comic book series and that Jock "would be the perfect person to do it".[1]

Fictional character biography

The Batman Who Laughs is a version of Batman from Earth -22, a dark reflection of the Earth-22. In that reality, the Earth -22 Joker learned of Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne and killed most of Batman's other rogues along with Commissioner Gordon. He then subjected a sizeable population of Gotham's populace to the chemicals that transformed him, subsequently killing several parents in front of their children with the goal of turning them into essentially a combination of himself and Batman. When Batman grappled with the Joker, it resulted in the latter's death as Batman is exposed to a purified form of the chemicals that gradually turned him into a new Joker, the process proving irreversible by the time Batman discovered what was happening to him. The Batman who Laughs proceeded to take over Earth-22, killing off most of his allies and turning Damian into a mini-Joker. The Batman Who Laughs seems to be the leader or second-in-command of Barbatos' Dark Knights and recruited the other members.[2]

After arriving on Prime-Earth, the Batman Who Laughs takes control of Gotham and oversees events at the Challenger's mountain. He distributes joker cards to the Batman's Rogues, giving them the ability to alter reality and take over sections of the city.[3] Accompanying him are Damian and three other youths whom he also calls his sons, all four being twisted versions of Robin, having intended to destroy all of reality by linking the Over-Monitor to Anti-Monitor's astral brain. But The Batman Who Laughs is defeated when the Prime Universe Batman is aided by the Joker, who notes the alternate Batman's failure to perceive this scenario due to still being a version of Batman.[4]

While assumed dead, the Batman who Laughs is revealed to be in the custody of Lex Luthor who offers him a place in the Legion of Doom.[5]

In the Watchmen sequel, Doomsday Clock, the Batman Who Laughs is among the villains that are analyzed by Doctor Manhattan when Guy Gardner uses his power ring to show the constructs of villains that they have faced.[6]

Powers and abilities

The Batman Who Laughs is depicted as having the same abilities as Batman. Like the inhabitants of the Dark Multiverse, The Batman Who Laughs has a weakness to Nth Metal.


The Batman Who Laughs has been commonly described as "horrifying" by website authors.[7][8][9] Comic Book Resources describes The Batman Who Laughs as comprising all the "best" parts of Batman and the "worst" parts of the Joker.[10]

The character has been compared as similar to Judge Death in design.[11]Scott Snyder himself noted that they have a similar aesthetic but that he tried to write them a little differently too. [12][13]


Funko has released Pop figures of the character. [14] Various figures from companies such as Diamond Select Toys and Prime 1 Studios have produced figures as well.[15]


  1. ^ a b "'Batman Who Laughs' Reveals Dark Knight's Worst Fears (Exclusive Preview)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ The Batman Who Laughs #1. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Teen Titans Vol. 6 #12. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Dark Knights: Metal #6. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Justice League Vol. 4 #7. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Doomsday Clock #9. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Polo, Susana (11 December 2018). "The Batman Who Laughs is back, and he brought a new Nightmare Batman". Polygon. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  8. ^ Pulliam-Moore, Charles. "The Nightmarish, Joker-esque Batman From Metal Has an Amazing, Horrifying Origin Story". io9. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ "There's a New Batman Who Laughs, and He Just Might Be a Good Guy". CBR. 17 February 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  10. ^ LaPointe, Sarah (7 December 2018). "Dark Knight's Mettle: 15 Things That Make The Batman Who Laughs the Best (and Worst) Batman". CBR. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  11. ^ March 15, Dan Brown Updated: (15 March 2019). "Brown: The Batman Who Laughs seems inspired by Judge Death | The London Free Press". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Scott Snyder and Jock On Their "Terrifyingly Expansive" Series, 'The Batman Who Laughs'". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Batman Who Laughs Gets a Ridiculously Awesome Statue From Prime 1 Studio".
  14. ^ Fallon, Sean. "The Batman Who Laughs Previews Exclusive Funko Pop is Almost Here". DC. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Batman Who Laughs Gets a Ridiculously Awesome Statue From Prime 1 Studio". Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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