Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.
-Batman: The Killing Joke
This is one of the most devastating moments in the DCAU. The torture Tim Drake is forced to endure culminates with the Joker ordering him to shoot Batman; anyone even vaguely familiar with the Batman mythos knows the significance of guns, which is why I think the edited electrocution scene doesn’t have the same impact. But in this version, when Tim ultimately shoots and kills the Joker, it destroys the heroic allure being Robin once held for him: his childhood fantasy, the bright colors and quippy puns and soaring above the city with Batman, it all strips down to a nightmare of child endangerment and irrevocable trauma.
His turmoil and inevitable breakdown in the final three gifs are painful to watch. He’s just a child, just an innocent little boy, forced to suffer torment beyond his ability to handle. Knowing Tim Drake’s fate in the DCAU makes it bittersweet to watch his first episode, when he is so eager to take on the role that leads him to ruin and the bitterness he holds as an adult.
I love you my harley quinn…
anthony misiano, also known as harley’s joker
everything about this is great
“Oh, yes! Fill the churches with dirty thoughts! Introduce honesty to the White House! Write letters in dead languages to people you’ve never met! Paint filthy words on the foreheads of children! Burn your credit cards and wear high heels! Asylum doors stand open! Fill the suburbs with murder and rape! Divine madness! Let there be ecstasy, ecstasy in the streets! Laugh and the world laughs with you!”
Y’know, it’s funny…this situation. It reminds me of a joke…
So maybe I’m crazy… but aren’t we all a little crazy… in love?