Will Brooker (2012) has very effectively deployed Bhaktin’s theory of the carnival to address The Joker’s theatricality and subversion. This is also something
Morrison raises via The Joker’s sexuality. Although Morrison (2012) wanted a
more polymorphously perverse Joker set against the ‘buttoned up’, conservative
Batman – something DC would not agree to – he did manage to suggest The
Joker’s transvestism by showing him in high heels as the story reaches its climax.
The Joker crosses over and upsets the usual social categories. In doing so, he