We have seen that one couple, the ones who hate each other and are fighting and maybe hurling objects at one another. Yet, the two combatants are inseparable, embracing the drama in a comfortable embrace.
So let’s get to a similar couple in the DC…
Batman and The Joker: The Ultimate Dysfunctional Couple
Batman and The Joker have embodied their relationship of the mismatched twosome, a pair of opposites attracted by outward disparities – Batman’s dark, grim, but the heroic nature has been countered by The Joker’s comedic but a sinister villainy.
The Dark Knight has other villains in his gallery and Joker has gone up against other heroes but like a couple, switching partners for one night out, it does not gel. Batman versus The Joker has been the major draw. The attraction that readers want, in its dysfunctional glory, with Batarangs and Joker smoke bombs flying.
Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth deliver a superhero vs. supervillain pseudo-lovers’ quarrel in Batman: White Knight #1, but it is not the normal quarrel, it is the final battle between 2 unhappy partners in a domestic relationship that has been broken.
It is a game-changing confrontation that brings the inevitable conclusion that no one wants to know– one side goes a bit too far and forces the other to make a permanent move. Despite what you may have expected, here it is The Joker making the first move – an attempt to cure himself of his insanity. But it is met with resistance by Batman. Joker’s actions worsen the circumstances, and this ultimately leads to what can be described as a superhero/supervillain divorce.