Comic book writer Grant Morrison was a guest on Kevin Smith’s podcast Fat Man on Batman this week, and a conversation between the two about Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” is getting a lot of attention. Morrison explained how he interpreted the book’s ending, and it blew Kevin Smith’s mind:
“No one gets the end, because Batman kills The Joker. That’s why it’s called The Killing Joke. The Joker tells the ‘Killing Joke’ at the end, Batman reaches out and breaks his neck, and that’s why the laughter stops and the light goes out, ’cause that was the last chance at crossing that bridge. And Alan Moore wrote the ultimate Batman/Joker story… he finished it.”
The theory that Batman kills Joker isn’t new, but after a quick Twitter poll earlier today it seems that lot of Batman News readers haven’t heard it before. I’ll definitely never be able to look at that last page again after hearing Morrison talk about the ending. Check out the video above to listen to his take on the “Fat Man on Batman” podcast and leave your own interpretation of “The Killing Joke’s” ending in the comments below!