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Batman: The Animated Series episode
Jokers Wild-Title Card
"Joker's Wild"
Airdate: November 19, 1992
Production Number: 41
Airdate Order: 42
Animation Services by: Akom Production Co.
Written by: Paul Dini
Directed by: Boyd Kirkland
Episode images (7)

"Joker's Wild" is the forty-second episode of Batman: The Animated Series. It originally aired on November 19, 1992.

Plot

Jokers Wild Revealed

Cameron Kaiser reveals his newest casino's theme.

An argument over the TV erupts in the rec room of Arkham Asylum between Poison Ivy and the Joker. Ivy is watching a gardening show while the Joker wants to watch some comedy. The argument is eventually resolved when nearest guard, Irving, breaks it up and changes the channel at random, hitting on a news report about the opening of billionaire Cameron Kaiser's latest luxury casino outside Gotham City. The theme of the casino has been a carefully kept secret.

Kaiser snips the ribbon, and everyone is shocked to see the new casino dubbed "Joker's Wild", complete with a laughing effigy of Joker's head on top. Kaiser laughs off the idea that he is honoring Joker, instead saying that he is paying tribute to the symbol's classic roots, not caring if it does resemble "some criminal fruitcake". An outraged Joker hurls Ivy's potted plant through the TV, raging about how someone would use his image for their own benefit.

Joker fakes an illness to be taken to the infirmary, and quickly gives his guard the slip, although Irving is actually letting him go on purpose. He quickly escapes the asylum and grabs a passing truck.

Bruce Wayne, a guest at the opening gala, quickly gives his date the push, and summons Alfred with a Batsuit. Bruce is suspicious of Kaiser's motives, as the casino's resemblance to the Joker is all too obvious. Bruce looks beneath the decor of his room, and finds the Joker wallpaper hastily laid over a medieval theme.

Jokers Wild Win

Batman beats the Joker again, this time at Blackjack

Infiltrating Kaiser's office as Batman, he sees a model of the proposed casino, where the Joker's head has been slipped over a building labeled "Camelot". Then he examines Kaiser's private files and sees massive construction bills for the casino, and a dossier on Joker. He is interrupted by Irving (actually one of Kaiser's security guards), who attacks him. Batman easily gives him the slip.

Joker enters the casino, and seeing all the clown-themed and suit of cards decor, gloats that he is in a place where it is all dedicated to him and feels almost sorry to destroy the casino. Joker is mistaken for a dealer since they are all dressed as him. On a whim, he decides to spend a little time dealing at the blackjack tables. After he wins several rounds in a row, the players leave in disgust. The security camera sees Joker cheating, and a guard recommends action against him, but it is vetoed by Kaiser, who is actually pleased to see the suspicious dealer there. Bruce is on the floor and happens to come across Joker's card table. To test whether it is the actual Joker, he drops some casual comments about the kitschy decor, and to top things off, wins the round with a little sleight of hand much to the Joker's shock. Joker can barely restrain his rage, giving himself away.

Bruce slips out of the casino and is back almost instantly as Batman. But when he grabs the Joker, it is revealed to only be one of the legitimate employees, causing commotion and allowing Joker to run. He disappears into the crowd and grabs a Joker-themed roadster parked in the casino, driving it into a crash and disappearing.

Kaiser watches on the video cameras as Joker rigs the basement of the casino with explosives. He prepares to leave, but Batman appears and confronts him. He's figured out that Kaiser bankrupted himself building his "Camelot" casino, so he altered it to invite the Joker's wrath, and allowing him to collect the insurance money when it's destroyed. Kaiser admits it, then disables Batman with an electric device hidden in his desk. He calls Irving and another thug and tells them to send Batman down to the basement. As soon as he arrives, Joker knocks him out.

Batman comes around strapped to a giant roulette wheel, which Joker has rigged to detonate the explosives. Batman explains that Kaiser is playing him for a fool, and Joker is outraged. With a change of plans, Joker disconnects the explosives and resolves to catch up with Kaiser before he flees the casino. Before leaving, however, he spins the wheel, and tosses a grenade onto it. Batman manages to escape the trap by shooting the grenade away with his grapple gun.

Jokers Wild Out voted

Joker finds himself out-voted by his fellow arkhamites.

Kaiser rushes to the helipad and boards his personal helicopter, which lifts off, then stops. Joker reveals himself to be piloting the chopper. He frankly congratulates Kaiser for the deviousness of his plot, then announces that he plans to kill Kaiser and run the casino from behind the scenes.

They are interrupted by Batman, flying after the chopper in his Bat-glider. Joker fires his pistol, which damages the glider, but Batman manages to grab the chopper. As he wrestles with Joker, the chopper dives toward the casino, and crashes through the front doors. Joker tries to run, but Batman floors him with a well-aimed kick, sending him crashing into a slot machine, which jackpots and covers him with quarters.

Joker is returned to Arkham, where he watches Summer Gleeson's news report on his own arrest and Kaiser's downfall. He disgustedly changes the channel, but it's now three against one—Ivy, Mad Hatter, and Scarecrow. He nervously changes the channel back, and angrily mutters to himself "Ah, you bunch of no good, whacked-out losers, ya make me sick".

Continuity

  • As Batman flips through the files on Kaiser's desk, it states the Joker's real name is Jack Napier. This is the second episode to do so (the first being "Dreams in Darkness"). Jack Napier was used for the 1989 Batman film as the real name of the Joker (Jack Nicholson); during the Batman: The Animated Series, corporate execs sought a style similar to the movies (also in Catwoman and Penguin's appearances). In The New Batman Adventures, any such influences were gone, and in "Beware the Creeper", Jack Napier was revealed to be one of many aliases.

Background information

Home video releases

Production notes

  • The animation for this episode was cited by Bruce Timm as being so bad that the production team would no longer work with AKOM.

Production inconsistencies

Joker's Wild Bad Spelling

Wan the Jokernocile

  • When Batman aims a flashlight at a particular area on Kaiser's desk, there is nothing. In the next frame, there are two folders.
  • When Joker starts his car, which is on display at the casino, he removes a placard which is supposed to say "WIN THE ORIGINAL JOKERMOBILE", but because of the unfamiliarity with English script of the Japanese animators, it says, "WAN THE CIRIN GNAL JOKERNOCILE".
  • The dark circles around Joker's eyes disappear several times throughout the episode.
  • When Batman is tied to the giant roulette wheel, he takes his grapple out of his belt. However, the compartment that opens is bigger than physically possible.

Trivia

  • Joker changes the rec room TV channel to The David Letterman Show.
  • The episode of The David Letterman Show that Joker watches is later watched by the Parasite in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Double Dose".
  • Joker's threat ("I'll rip his lungs out") is reminiscent of the line said by Jack Nicholson's Joker in the 1989 film Batman.
  • Kaiser's henchman Irving is voiced by Brion James, who would go on to voice the Parasite in Superman: The Animated Series.
  • Joker uses the line of Looney Tunes character Beaky Buzzard, "Oh, no, no, no. Don't want to".
  • Joker also whistles the Looney Tunes theme when being escorted into the Rec Room.
  • Joker also says "If you try to get close to me, I'll slug ya!" to Poison Ivy, before she attempts to call over one of the guards to escort him away, referring to something Sally Brown said to Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts animated Halloween Special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"
  • At the end, when Joker changes the rec room TV channel, a Looney Tunes cartoon is showing.

Cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne/Batman
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Alfred
Mari Devon Summer Gleeson
Mark Hamill Joker
Harry Hamlin Cameron Kaiser
Ernie Hudson Security Guard
Brion James Irving
Diane Pershing Poison Ivy
Roger Rose TV Host

Uncredited appearances

Quotes

Joker: You hold my hand, and I'll slug you. Ha!
Poison Ivy: GUARD!
Joker: Just kidding, just kidding! Yeesh, Pammy, lighten up!


Summer Gleeson: Ugh, that is disgusting!
Cameraman: (whispering) Psst, Summer! We're on the air!
Summer Gleeson: Oh! Uh... there you have it! Let's get a reaction from the crowd. Mr. Wayne?
Bruce Wayne: (obviously nauseated) No comment. (walks away with his date)


Joker: How dare that smug, preening fool try to cash in on my image!
Poison Ivy: Now who should lighten up?
Joker: Don't get cute with me, Red! He's ripping me off! I'll protest... Yeah, I'll sue! Then I'll rip his lungs out... And I will, too.


Joker: Don't try this at home, kids.


Joker: Jumpin' Jiminy Christmas! It's an homage to me! I'm kind of sorry I have to blow it up.


Joker: Say... don't I know you? Sure, Bruce Wayne! Ah, so this is how your family made all those billions, ha!
Bruce: The secret's out. And you are...?
Joker: Oh, just a nameless clown shuffling my life away.
Bruce: Too bad it has to be in such gruesome surroundings.
(Joker fumbles with the pack, then recovers)
Joker: Don't care for the decor?
Bruce: Not hardly. All those horrible faces grinning at me. That would do things to my mind after awhile.
Joker: (under his breath) Who says you have one?
Bruce: Yeah, I'd be ready for the laughing academy if I had to stare at that ugly clown all day.
Joker: (seething) Why I oughta...
Bruce: Hit me.


Joker: Once I spin the wheel, you, the casino, and that strutting fool Kaiser will all be blown sky-high. Not bad, eh?
Batman: You won't get Kaiser. He's been playing you for a patsy.
Joker: Eh?
Batman: He's counting on you to blow this place up so he can collect the insurance. By the time you get clear, Kaiser will be miles away, laughing at you.
Joker: I hate it when you make sense!


Kaiser: What are you circling for, you fool?
Joker: It was a scheme worthy of me, Kaiser. (Turns, Kaiser gasps) The way you got me riled up and turned me loose on this place! (Sets helicopter to Auto Pilot)
Kaiser: (fearful) You... you were supposed to destroy the casino!
Joker: Yeah, but then I realized it'd be more fun to get rid of you and run this show myself!
Kaiser: But, but you can't...!
Joker: Oh, please, Mr. Kaiser! You of all people should've realized there'd be a Joker in the deck! (laughs madly)


Joker: Why can't he ever stay dead?!


Joker: That's right, chew him up and spit him out!


Joker: (muttering) Ah, you bunch of no-good, whacked-out losers, ya make me sick.



Previously produced episode:
"If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?"
Episodes of
Batman: The Animated Series
Next produced episode:
"Tyger, Tyger"
Previously aired episode:
"If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?"
Next aired episode:
"His Silicon Soul"

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