Dark Days: The Forge #1 has officially begun the journey to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman Dark Nights: Metal, this was done through a series of astonishing disclosures. But perhaps the most shocking of all came from Snyder, that there would be Three Jokers in Dark Knight Metal. James Tynion IV and Jim Lee was the revelation that The Joker is being held captive by the Batman, deep underneath the Batcave in a hidden cell.
Yes, you heard it right-Batman has been holding his nemesis prisoner, which raises questions like why, how and when in the minds of the readers. Snyder remained close-mouthed about the details regarding the Joker’s imprisonment, but he was glad to shed light on the role the classic villain will play in Batman Dark Nights: Metal. Precisely, the Joker holds knowledge about what is coming even though Batman has yet to solve the pieces of the upcoming Dark Multiverse puzzle.
Snyder stated that Joker has existed and sometimes has been a crucial part of every Batman story he has ever done, he even made a short appearance I the court of owls. This shows that the Joker may hold more answers than anybody.
Because The Joker was there through it all, and because he uncovered parts of the mystery along with Batman that has to do with Metal about the various types of metal found across the DCU that emit energy beyond any analysis, including the dionesium that we’ve used in our run.
Joker is the one who would pose as the guide for Duke and Hal, he would be the one to say ‘I know what’s coming. I know the answers and you don’t want to go down this road’. He proves to be a phenomenal source of information for the pair but as he is the Joker there are always games and tricks.
There is no evident information as to what role the Joker will play in his Batman Dark Nights: Metal plans, but one thing is clear that Jokers role will be crucial to the story. The writer has plainly stated that what readers see in The Forge or Metal is in no way linked to Rebirth’s long-simmering “Three Jokers” subplot, which was first introduced in last year’s DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot.
Snyder said that “Geoff [Johns] walked us through his plan for the upcoming Three Jokers in Dark Knight Metal storyline and give us the breathing room for what we wanted to do. Just to be clear to readers, Batman Dark Nights does not answer the Three Jokers in Dark Knight Metal question”.
He added that “That’s really for Geoff — he has a huge story laid out for that — but what it will do is, it will show us the way that The Joker, like he always did during my entire time on Batman, is always present as the Greek chorus of the book, telling Batman in one way or another that, ‘You’re doing it wrong,’ or, ‘You’re doing it right. This is what needs to happen. This is who you are.”To conclude the Joker is portrayed not only as Batman’s enemy but also in a very twisted way the voice inside his head.