Johanna does not have time for this Hunger Games nonsense
she’s just one of those contestants who is constantly having her mouth, hands, and other parts blurred out on television.
allow me to introduce you to some things made by zuhair murad
the guy who showed me it was indeed possible to fall in love with dresses
—Deadpool Annual 2013
Detective Comics #866
Sometimes fanfiction is about things we didnt get in Canon.
Sometimes fanfiction is about things we didnt get enough of in Canon.
Sometimes fanfiction is about things that we got enough of in Canon that we just can’t get enough of.
And sometimes fanfiction is about things we got in canon but wish we didn’t.
Hey everyone! I know we aren’t doing group reviews yet, but I’ve been thinking about you guys. I know there are points I’m definitely curious about in respect to characterization, so thought it might be neat to open an opportunity for everyone to chime in with questions. Not stuff to answer in this thread (it might be better to do that in bios or group reviews), but stuff to think about basically.
- How does the relationship to Tommy Elliot tie into the narrative? How is this relationship similar to and (very importantly) different from the dynamic between Bruce and Harvey?
- How does Gordon interact with Batman’s protection of the Joker?
- How much freedom is Joker given in his alliance with Batman? How much freedom is given to Harley? Why? If Joker and Harley take efforts to maintain their freedom, how does this affect the extent to which Batman can protect Joker and how is the alliance managed?
- How will Batman be interacting with Harley Quinn throughout the alliance? How does Batman regard Harley in-general (and vice versa)? Are there parallels between the Joker/Harley dynamic and the Batman/Catwoman dynamic and what are the psychological implications of those parallels (if they exist)? Are the roles aligned by gender or degrees of morality?
- How does Joker manage to offend the entire rogues gallery simultaneously? In Mad Love (among other stories), the Joker’s ego is brought to the forefront and it is shown that he is unwilling to share the spotlight. Since this is about him godmodding and overstepping his bounds, has he always considered himself superior to the rest of the gallery? If so, what kept him in-check before now? If not, what emboldened him?
- Expanding on the above subject, with some relevance to SCARECROW as well: Does the conflict and lack of ramifications with Scarecrow tie into this situation? In Knightfall, Scarecrow attacked Joker during an alliance during a clash of egos. Joker retaliated by savagely beating him with a chair. Is this still the basis for any personal conflict between Joker and Scarecrow (as discussed by crow’s-talon)? Is it possible that other rogues would not react to this retaliation (however severe) because it was perceived as overstepping by Scarecrow? Could this lack of reaction amplify Joker’s ego? Does Crane resent the lack of support? In general, I’m just very curious how much the Knightfall dynamic will or won’t tie in—if none of this seems relevant to what you guys have in mind feel free to ignore everything I’ve asked about on the subject.
- Why does Joker turn to Batman for help psychologically speaking? What does he gain from the alliance? Does this conflict with his ego, or bolster it?
- In Harlequinade, Harley shows that she is willing to kill the Joker if he tries to kill her friends. How far is she willing to go against her friends for trying to kill Joker?
- How does Joker’s abuse factor into Harley’s loyalty to Joker?
- In the conflict between Harley and other rogues, how does the abuse factor into any interactions they might have—particularly in light of friendships?
- How does Harley’s former position as a psychologist affect her views on the conflict? Mad Love (among other episodes of the animated series) shows that she is capable of manipulation and strategy. Will that aspect of her be present in her conflict with the rogues, or will she take a backseat to Joker and/or Batman?
- What choices will Selina make relative to the conflict and why?
- How far does her relationship with Batman take her? How does that relationship manifest? How loyal is she with respect to Batman? How does this relationship with Batman interact with her stance on the Joker issue, and Batman’s protection of Joker?
- Does Selina think that Batman should let the Joker die? Why or why not?
- How do interactions with the rest of the rogues gallery tie into Selina’s position on the Joker issue?
- How does Pam react to Harley choosing to oppose her over loyalty to the Joker, particularly since Harley is (as I understand) her only and closest friend? How does the abuse factor into her views on this loyalty?
- How will Pam’s emotional state be affected by the conflict with Harley? How far are they each willing to strike out against each other over the Joker issue? How much of Pam’s attack on the Joker is based in his treatment of Harley vs. his offense against the rest of the gallery?
- How will Pam handle playing with others?
- We’ve talked about this a little, but will the dynamic between Harvey and Pam change over the course of the story and if so, how will it change? Could the loss of Harley be common ground?
- Crane, as of now, does not have many friends within the rogues gallery. If he has a possible friendship with Harley, how important does he allow that friendship to become in light of past betrayals? Is he capable of demonstrating affection, and if so how subtle is it? Does the friendship stem from common ground in the field of psychology, and how do Harley and Crane’s respective personalities affect the dynamic between them? Why should either of them invest in a connection?
- Does P.I. Riddler fit into the narrative more smoothly, or rogue Riddler? Which interpretation brings more distinction to the shape of the cast overall?
- Why did Eddie originally become a rogue vs. seeking recognition legally or through vigilantism? If he is a P.I., why did he switch sides?
- Why does this interpretation of Eddie feel a compulsion to leave riddles? Is it a compulsion?
- How narcissistic are we talking?
- How does Eddie’s backstory affect his psychology as an adult?
- Why did Eddie not value human life as a rogue? If he is a P.I., why does he begin to value human life? How does this stance affect his relationships with the other rogues?
- If he is a P.I., why is Eddie involving himself in the movement against Joker?
- What position does Ozzy take within the conflict given his wealth and manpower? Is he given authority due to his wealth and manpower, or will another rogue be organizing the efforts? In either case, why?
- Does Ozzy have any ulterior motives in attempting to remove the Joker?
- How far is Ozzy willing to go in terms of getting what he wants, and how might that compare with Joker? Does it compare with Joker on any level? What is Penguin’s relationship to power in-general?
- How does his relationship with Bruce Wayne tie into the conflict and his position within the conflict? Does it tie in? Is Tommy motivated by the offense the same way the other rogues are or is it simply an extension of his war against Bruce?
- How does he operate similarly to and differently from the other rogues? Does he share the rest of the gallery’s offense? Does he hope to gain something from Joker’s death? How does the Joker hinder his activities, if at all?
If any of you guys have further questions for any of the characters mentioned (or Two-Face), feel free to reblog to add them. You don’t have to ask every single character questions like I did haha, but you can if you want to. And if you don’t have any questions that’s fine too.
If any of the questions I’ve asked don’t align with what you have in mind or make incorrect assumptions, feel free to disregard them.
Reblogging again because more people seem to be online.
Also I’m profoundly amused that I’m a cat lady hahaha