Since Batwoman has jumped from the pages of DC Comics to CW’s small screen, fans of the show have noticed the Bat-Universe steadily unfolding in the last few episodes of Batwoman. While most things having to do with the Batman were previously off limits within the Arrowverse, this seems to no longer be the case, as season one’s fourth episode made reference to ‘Killer Croc’ for instance.
Before that, episode three revealed that Tommy Elliot would be turning into Hush sometime in the first season. In this season’s sixth episode entitled, “I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury.”, we see the introduction of a pretty freaky and dangerous looking Executioner, making his CW and Batwoman debut into the CW Bat-Villain hall of fame.
But of potentially the utmost importance, was Vesper Fairchild’s (Rachel Maddow) recent reference and identification of Batman’s greatest foe, The Joker; as Jack Napier, when reviewing some of the greatest cases worked on by Angus Stanton. But why Jack Napier? Why use the Joker’s name, which was first introduced in the 1989 Batman film, in which Michael Keaton made the Batman line, “I’m Batman!” famous.
The question clearly however becomes, was this an Easter Egg of Bat-troubles yet to transpire in Batwoman’s Gotham City, or simply a red herring meant to tickle all of the Bat-fans watching!?
What can we gleam from this passing mention of the Joker by name? Clearly, the Arrowverse’s version of the Joker is named Jack Napier, as opposed to the Cinematic DC Comic Universe’s Joker, whose name is Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).
So does the Arrowverse’s Jack Napier have some future significance to play in Batwoman’s life? Does he have something to do with Mouse (Sam Littlefield) or the faces Alice (Rachel Skarsten) is making for him? Could he be Mouse’s Dad’s real name? An Uncle perhaps? That could explain why Alice came out as Bat-sh%t crazy as she did.
Or is it just a fun tid-bit of old Bat-humor thrown in by the writers of Batwoman to give Batman fans something shiny to chase for a little while? Stay tuned Bat-fans as only time will tell.
“What can we gleam from this passing mention of the Joker by name? Clearly, the Arrowverse’s version of the Joker is named Jack Napier, as opposed to the Cinematic DC Comic Universe’s Joker, whose name is Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).”
Uh….. no, that is incorrect. The Joker film, while excellent, is entirely separate from the other DC films and is thus not part of the cinematic DC universe. The Joker in the cinematic DC universe is not named Arthur Fleck.