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"He's really got a delicate touch, Dee Dee."
"Delicate like a moose, Dee Dee.
"
Dee Dee[1]

Ben "Bonk" Knox was a large and brutish member of the third gang of Jokerz.

History[]

Tasked by the group's leader, an apparently resurrected Joker, with stealing heavy pieces of advanced technology, Bonk had trouble operating a hover lift and went berserk when Batman appeared. He also was not too happy about the job that Joker commissioned the rest of the gang, as he preferred to steal cash or cards. During the gang's getaway, Bonk unwisely disengaged from the equipment to pursue Batman across the skies—which caused the equipment to drag the other two lifts down and eventually crash. He ended up trapped on a flagpole he didn't see coming while he attempted to strangle Batman, who tried to warn him, but couldn't because of Bonk's pressure on his throat.

Smarting over their failure, Bonk got fed up and confronted their leader, saying he wanted out, even going as far as to mention some fallacies about the Joker's plan. He pointed out how they were stealing seemingly useless equipment and how Joker wasn't explaining his plans to any of them. Rather than oblige, Joker simply killed Bonk with a smile on his face, warning the other Jokerz not to question him. Joker then, after the intimidated gang swore allegiance to him, then promptly ordered Dee Dee to dispose of his corpse by "taking out the trash" after sarcastically remembering that he killed him when asking for his allegiance.[1]

Alternate Timeline[]

In an alternate timeline, Bonk and the other Jokerz were still alive, serving as Chronos's henchmen. They confronted the Justice League, but were unable to stop Batman and Green Lantern from undoing Chronos's damage to the time stream.[2]

Powers and abilities[]

In the normal time stream, Bonk was a hulking man with brute strength, but little finesse or judgment. He was strong enough to match Batman's enhanced strength, but neither quick enough nor smart enough to beat him in a fair fight. Despite this, he was at least perceptive enough to recognize and even point out glaring inconsistencies in Joker's plan, being persuasive enough that the other Jokerz came close to mutinying against Joker before the latter silenced him.

In the alternate time stream, the same was true, except he was also equipped with a cybernetic arm that could transform into a giant sledgehammer.

Background information[]

Bonk Gassed

Bonk is gassed in the censored version.

Bonk Dead

Bonk is killed in the uncut version.

  • In the edited version of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Joker incapacitates Bonk by spraying him with Joker gas from his gun, with Bonk continuing to laugh as Joker walks by him. However, the uncut version of Bonk's death is Joker shooting at Bonk with the first shot being a joke "BANG" followed by a second shot that impales Bonk in the heart while he was smiling.
    • On a similar note, the edited version omits Joker's ordering for Dee-Dee to dispose of Bonk's corpse (which he disrespectfully called trash). It also resulted in the scene where the Jokerz are intimidated into reaffirming their allegiance to the Clown Prince of Crime being cut out due to Joker's sarcastic realization that Bonk was killed by him earlier towards the end.


Appearances[]

Feature film[]

Justice League Unlimited

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Burnett, A., Dini, P., Timm, B., Murakami, G. (Producers), & Geda, C. (Director). (2000). Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. United States: Warner Bros. Animation.
  2. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (January 29, 2005). "The Once and Future Thing Part Two: Time, Warped". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 13 (airdate). Episode 13 (production). Cartoon Network.


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