Surprise New 52 announcement: The Joker’s Daughter

This morning, DC Comics updated their new blog “What’s New in The New 52” with this character design for “The Joker’s Daughter” accompanied only by the phrase “Something evil lurks under Gotham City and it wears the Joker’s face.”

No other information is given about what comic the character will appear in but this picture in particular looks to be drawn by Brett Booth, who started working on the New 52 Nightwing series with issue #19.

What do I think about The Joker’s Daughter? Well, it’s not a new idea.

We’ve seen a character called Duella Dent AKA The Joker’s Daughter before and she’s actually in the non-New 52 title Ame-Comi Girls at this very moment. Any Son of ___ or Daughter of ____ villain is usually going to lead to something pretty lame. Anarchy, the Son of the Joker, was a rather boring villain. Then there was the terrible daughter of Riddler named Enigma, Eli the son of Hugo Strange, and I’m sure there are a few others that I have totally blocked from memory because they were awful or I forgot about them because they weren’t worth remembering in the first place. It just seems like a really cheap way to make an attention-grabbing villain. Instead of coming up with a solid origin story and unique personality, just say that they are the child of this other more popular character, give them the same schtick, and you’re good-to-go. Never mind that the child was never referenced before in any other comic, just suddenly give villain X a teenage son/daughter. So my expectations aren’t very high about this character. At all. And how is Joker’s face still around? Does flesh not decompose in the New 52? I guess if we can accept that Harvey Dent can’t die of infection, Joker’s severed skin can go ages without ever rotting.

And how do you think this girl found the Joker’s face? Last we saw, it was washed away somewhere in the batcave.

What are your thoughts on The Joker’s Daughter?

SOURCE: What’s New in the New 52