AceShowbiz - A petition has been launched on Change.org to make The Joker canonically homosexual ("again"). Hundreds of fans have signed the petition aimed at famed DC Comics writer Geoff Johns in which they claim that Batman's nemesis a.k.a. The Clown Prince of Crime has a history of being portrayed as openly gay.
Elena Shestakova, a fan from Russia, says that she believes The Joker "was portrayed as homosexual - for instance, in such significant graphic novels as Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns' or Grant Morrison's 'Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth'." She also references Matthew Manning's work, "The Batman Files", which cites that Neal Adams "claimed that The Joker was and always had been homosexual."
"This opinion was shared by other comic books authors and artists for decades. That is why it's so important to me and other queer readers to return his homosexuality," explains Elena, who points out that the crazed DC villain "repeatedly confessed his feelings to Batman and showed an interest in other men. Also there was Joker's unnamed boyfriend in the graphic novel 'Devil's Advocate'."
"The Joker has many feminine traits - he uses lipstick, paints his nails, wears high heels and sometimes does crossdressing," she continues. "We realize that some of these things is stereotypical, but it gives a very clear picture. Over the years, there were plenty of other queer moments in comics, cartoons and video games (especially in Batman: Arkham series)."
"However," Elena adds, "in the late nineties someone decided to erase Joker's homosexuality and introduced Harley Quinn as his girlfriend." She says, "In the mass consciousness Harley became his only love interest, although in canonical comics there is no evidence that there are romantic or sexual feelings from the Joker's part. His enforced relationship with Harley Quinn looks like an attempt to retconned his homosexuality and turn him in acceptable straight man."
The Joker has been portrayed by several actors in the big screen, including the late Heath Ledger. Jared Leto played the character in 2016's "Suicide Squad", which starred Margot Robbie as his on-screen love interest Harley Quinn. Leto and Robbie are set to return as the crazed lovebirds in Warner Bros.' untitled Joker and Harley Quinn project and "Suicide Squad 2".