The Joker’s “Pregnancy” is controversial. The writer responds to fans’ accusations: it was supposed to be a joke, not a social commentary
DC recently published the fourth issue of the series The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing. In the notebook, the main character gets pregnant by Zatanna’s spell and gives birth to a baby, a little clown. In fact, he vomits it. However, not all fans found it funny or interesting, and the comic’s writer, Matthew Rosenberg, decided to answer their allegations.
He emphasizes that it was supposed to be a joke, not any “allegory, metaphor or social commentary”.
The Joker’s “Pregnancy” is controversial
Some readers have interpreted the whole situation to mean that the Joker is transgender and therefore gave birth to a child. However, the writer replied that nothing like this had happened in the comic, and added that while social media is usually useless to him, his inbox has never been so exciting.
The plot of the Joker getting pregnant was meant to serve as a running gag alongside the main storyline about two different men claiming to be the Joker. These wacky stories that appear in each issue were not intended to be discussed or continued in subsequent issues.
So far, the Joker has accidentally cloned himself in a magic mirror, faked his own death to see what people had to say at his funeral, and sewed himself into a gorilla’s body to create a 6-armed gorilla/circus performer/killer centaur clown. In each issue, the events of the previous issue are not discussed or confirmed.
What Really Happened in the DC Comics?
The Joker wasn’t actually pregnant, and his condition was the responsibility of Zatanna, who cast a spell on him after the villain tried to convince her to start a family. The antagonist did indeed have a bulging belly and was suspected to be pregnant, but ultimately failed to give birth and vomited a creature that turned out to be not his son but another villain – it was Clayface, or at least part of him. The Joker thought it was his baby because Clayface, who can shapeshift, turned into a little clown imitating Batman’s famous adversary.
The Joker becomes a pregnant transgender man in new DC comic 👀 pic.twitter.com/pArYkrwtYF
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) January 6, 2023
.@michaeljknowles on Joker becoming pregnant in the new comic book: "I actually have no problem with this. He's the joker. He's the bad guy…If the comic books want to portray transgenderism as just bizarre and wrong and evil and something the Joker does, okay, that's fine." pic.twitter.com/ol0yxVO895
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 6, 2023
catching up on pregnant joker outrage and boy let me tell you about the silver age at dc comics… pic.twitter.com/e8Vf0xgYrQ
— Ryan Higgins (@RyanHigginsRyan) January 8, 2023
Matthew Rosenberg believes that this story was taken out of context and the whole plot was meant to be just a joke.