Jokers and spontaneous surprises

Do I really look like a guy with a plan?

That line quickly became one of the Joker’s classics from 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” but it always kind of seemed strange to me. Shortly before that moment Commissioner Gordon talks about how the Joker planned to be locked in the MCU and actually wanted to be caught because of the opportunities it would present (namely, granting him access to one of the other characters under police custody).

So no, the Joker didn’t look like a guy with a plan, but he still seemed to always have one. Even when he changed the plan at various points, there was always something in place as a contingency. He even references this himself in his final climactic battle with Batman when he asks if the hero really thought he would risk the battle for Gotham’s soul on a mano-a-mano battle. Instead, he says, you have to have “an ace in the hole.” That’s the sign of a guy with a plan.

Now shedding all the creepiness of the psychotic serial killer aspects of his character, I understand the Joker’s dichotomy of planning to not have a plan. Or is it not planning to have a plan? Either way, this is the worst possible tie-in to a post about flexibility and a desire for spontaneity.

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