When was that scene? I read it long ago, so I forgot. Though the GN isn’t considered canon.
What I recall is Joker on his knees, arms locked around Harley’s waist, like he realizes how miserable he is.
Off-topic: what do you people think about yesterday’s election in US? I am amazed how many people decided to vote. Now that’s what I call true democracy.
There is a scene in which it’s heavily implied (but not shown explicitly) that he rapes the girlfriend of one of his underlings as a form of punishment for having disobeyed him or let him down in some way.
As Steve said, the Joker is meant to be an unpleasant character, but this struck me as particularly so.
It makes it even more strange that the controversy over a slight flash of nudity in Azzarello and Bermejo’s Batman: Damned #1 was so much greater than anything seen in reaction to Joker (which is the more challenging and disturbing book, for me). Maybe if Joker were being released today there would be more outcry over it.
It’s maybe notable any allusions to his sexuality are mostly in non-canon stories and also are really about rape and sexual violence as punishment. Psychologists have long said that rape is an act of violence over a sexual one.
There is no ‘love life’ because Joker is a psycho and he cannot love.
I think that’s probably a fair take on it. The sexual elements are always used as a weapon, rather than there being any suggestion of genuine feeling.
Killing Joke certainly seems to suggest that the pre-transformation Joker loved his wife deeply, and her death was part of the psychological break that turned him into the Joker. After the transformation, that concern for his dead wife seems to instantly disappear (even though he seems to remember her).