One of the biggest mysteries in the DC universe, nay, the entirety of comic book history, might have just been solved – as revealed by the latest issue of Flashpoint Beyond, the Joker's real name is seemingly Jack Oswald White. That is, assuming it isn't retconned by next week.
Anyone who has even the smallest interest in comic books or movies based on comic books will know that the Joker's origin is shrouded in mystery. Whether it's Heath Ledger's version with multiple different stories about how he got his scars, or the unreliable narration of pretty much any iteration of the character in the comics, we don't know much for certain about Joker's origins, and we've had so many versions of his name that it's impossible to know which is true.
It looks like we might have just our most definitive answer yet, though. As reported by IGN, Issue #5 of Flashpoint Beyond, a sequel to Flashpoint, has Martha Wayne, the Flashpoint universe's version of the Joker, and Thomas Wayne, the much more brutal iteration of Batman in the Flashpoint universe, discussing who the Joker is
Martha reveals that she forced Psycho-Pirate, a villain known for having extensive knowledge of every reality thanks to somehow being able to remember every iteration and Crisis that has reset the DC timeline in the past, to tell her everything he knew about the main DC timeline, the one that we're all most familiar with. Through that interrogation, Psycho-Pirate revealed that the Joker's real name is Jack Oswald White.
After that bombshell, Martha then reveals that she visited the Flashpoint version of Jack Oswald White to see him for herself, finding a normal man family man with a job at Wayne Casino. From the brief shot of him we see in the issue, he even resembles the pre-acid Joker that we've seen in some previous origin stories.
We've seen the Joker being given several different names before, especially on the big screen, but this is one of the first times that it's been made canonical in the comics. Knowing DC, there's probably a lot more to the story than that, and we'll all be shaking our heads at whatever twist reveals it to be untrue.
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