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


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 a nearby 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.

Joker's Wild revealed

Cameron Kaiser reveals his newest casino's theme.

Kaiser snips the ribbon, and to everyone's shock and horror, including the Joker, the new casino is 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". Outraged, the Joker hurls Ivy's potted plant toward the television, smashing it in the process as he rages about how someone would use his image for their own benefit.

Joker fakes an illness to be taken to the infirmary and quickly gives Irving the slip, but Irving appears to be 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.

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.

Bruce Wayne pulls one over on Joker

Batman beats the Joker again, this time at Blackjack.

Joker enters the casino and sees 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 allow 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. But Batman then explains to Joker that Kaiser is playing him for a patsy, manipulating him into destroying the casino to collect money in an insurance scam. Joker is outraged and, with a change of plans, he disconnects the explosives and resolves to catch up with Kaiser to settle the score man-to-clown 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.

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, describing it as "a scheme worthy of me", 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 out-voted

Joker finds himself out-voted by his fellow Arkhamites.

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".


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Production inconsistencies[]

Joker's Wild misspelled sign

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 that is supposed to say "WIN THE ORIGINAL JOKERMOBILE", but because of the unfamiliarity with the English script of the Korean animators, it says, "WAN THE CIRIN GNAL JOKERNOCILE". This was fixed in the Blu-ray release, where the text was edited to "WIN THE ORIGINAL".
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Joker states "then again, all work and no play..." in the casino, likely referencing The Shining, where Jack Nicholson's character repeats the full phrase hundreds of times while spiraling into madness.
  • In Paul Dini's first script draft for this episode, Dini stated in the cast list page that Kaiser was created as a cross between businessman Donald Trump and actor Warren Beatty playing the role of famous gangster Bugsy Siegel in Barry Levinson's 1991 movie Bugsy. In addition, Dini's script also stated that by the time in which the episode's events took place, Kaiser is in his early forties.[1]
  • This episode has several Looney Tunes references:
    • 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.
    • As Joker escapes from the medical room, he quips "What a maroon" in a Brooklyn accent- a reference to the character Bugs Bunny.
    • At the end, when Joker changes the rec room TV channel, a Looney Tunes cartoon is shown.


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[]


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: (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: 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!

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.