In The Dark Knight (Batman 3), the Joker got his scars from self-mutilation. The Joker told Rachel Dawes that his wife was once beautiful like Rachel. One day, her Father scarred her face with a knife. The Joker wanted her to feel she had company.
The Joker thought that he should also get some scars on his face to look like her. Solidarity with the Joker meant something to him. The Joker took a knife and he demonstrated to Rachel how he cut his lips to get a permanent smile. The Joker got his scars deliberately through self-harm.
The poor Joker was mis-led. His wife did not like his new scarred face. So the Joker got hurt. His wounded heart affected him.
At another instance, the Joker explained to Batman that his Father did not like his serious face. His Dad would ask him, “Why so serious?” So, the parent took a knife and cut the corners of his son’s lips to extend them into a smile.
The Joker asked the same question to Batman. “Why so serious?” In all the seriousness, the good guys failed to see the bigger plans of the Joker and they fell prey to his schemes.
The Joker told different stories about how he got his scars because he was a Joker who refused to be fingered and understood. He was mysterious, ambiguous but philosophical. The Joker was feared because of his scarred face. The audience was never made to hate the Joker. The movie goers were given explanations of how the Joker got his scars, how he developed his personality and how smart he was.
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