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The Dark Knight and Balder’s descent to Hel
Dustin Geeraert

that lasted the ages, Then ripped apart at their roots. 55 One of the signature routines of the Ledger/Nolan Joker is his challenge to his victims and enemies to explain the origins of his own horrific behaviour. He asks three separate characters: ‘Do you want to know how I got these scars?’ In each case, he gives a different answer, recalling the comic book precedent of The Killing Joke , where the Joker quips of the trauma that supposedly created his evil persona: ‘If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice.’ 56 The Gothic traditions

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