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The Joker trend is back and Mark Zuckerberg is one of the reasons why

August 06th, 2020

Photos of Batman’s ultimate archenemy have recently emerged and gone viral. Is it possible that the Joker trend of last year is back?

Joker is not only one of the most popular villains of all time—he is one of the most popular comic book characters to have ever been created. Although we saw his origins change on the big screen, there is no denying that the actors who have taken on the role of the Joker have made him one of the most influential and gripping movie villains to ever hit the theaters. 

The Joker’s influence reappeared after a person mimicking the iconic character rode a jet-ski on the east side river near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA. The person was sporting makeup similar to that of Joker’s 2008 “The Dark Knight” version, portrayed by the late Heath Ledger. He was also seen wearing bat-gloves with the purpose of trolling the caped crusader. 

People on Twitter shared their thoughts:

If he’s here to start a new movement, I’m game pic.twitter.com/P4tIWyGHuQ

— Tainted Bill ACAB (@taintedbill) July 27, 2020

@VeraDrew22 your viral marketing campaign has gone too far.

— Troy Schulz (@ReelSpotMonkee) July 27, 2020

Explains all the crime in New York lately…

— 𝔅ä𝔩𝔩𝔡𝔦ñ𝔥𝔬™ 🇧🇲 (@Balldinho) July 27, 2020

Society in 2020

— #FREEMESSI and #FREERONALDO (@Kenbuckets3) July 27, 2020

The Joker became a household name after the success of Dark Knight, attributed mainly to the Oscar-winning performance of Ledger and the overall direction from Cristopher Nolan. This eventually started one of the biggest fan bases and cult followings in the DC Universe, even overshadowing Batman at times. The Joker trend grew even more after the Oscar-winning performance of Joaquin Phoenix for the first standalone film of the character in last year’s movie of the same name. 

So it wouldn’t be so surprising to see more jokers filling the streets. In fact, even Mark Zuckerberg has unwittingly joined the movement.

Photos of the Facebook founder recently went viral when he was seen surfboarding in Hawaii wearing an odd amount of sunscreen. This prompted people to create memes tying the two photos together.

pic.twitter.com/kqLsS1Ls6U

— Roger (6’5″) (@iamtherog) July 27, 2020

Damn y’all. Leave Zuckerberg alone.

— Vincent *Fish in the Milk* Rivas-Flores (@vincentrivasfl) July 27, 2020

While there are those that think this is a timely symbol of what’s going on with the world right now, they all just seem to be stunts made for fun. Well, maybe Zuckerberg’s wasn’t intentional.

POP! Creator Community / Jose Rafael Santamaria

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