I identify with the Joker to a certain extentâ€”at least the way I write him, which is as this cosmic fool. Heâ€™s Batmanâ€™s perfect opposite, and because of that heâ€™s as sexy as Batman, if not more so. When the Joker was introduced in 1940, he was a scowling homicidal maniac. Then they took out the violence and death, and he became the chuckling clown, driving around in his Joker-mobile. Then he was the giggling mental-patient version from the TV show: Cesar Romero with his mustache covered in greasepaint. Suddenly in the 1970s he was killing his henchmen again. And in the 1980s he was a gender-bending transvestite. I said, Okay, weâ€™ve had all these varied versions of the Joker. Letâ€™s say itâ€™s the same person who just changes his head every day. I rationalized that by saying heâ€™s supersane, the first man of the 21st century whoâ€™s dealing with this overload of information by changing his entire personality. I quite like him, because heâ€™s a pop star â€” heâ€™s like Bowie.
Other quotes from Grant Morrison.