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He has said he is not motivated by money and proves it so why kill competent men?

EDIT: I understand the Joker does irrational things but at the same time he must function as a criminal, had significant need for money and killing competent people would not allow him to be effective and would affect his ability to recruit. So I am saying, the opening scenes rang somewhat false to me.

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  • Because they'd obviously have no problem killing him either? Because he can use them and outthink them? Because he can? – Radhil Nov 11 '17 at 1:10
  • @Radhil: i am guessing it is incredibly hard to recruit competent bank robbers who follow instructions. – Jeff Nov 11 '17 at 1:12
  • Something about setting the world on fire just to watch it burn? – Steve-O Nov 11 '17 at 1:15
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    Did you perhaps miss the part of the film where you learn that the Joker is insane and often does things that are highly irrational? By which I mean the entire film. – Valorum Nov 11 '17 at 1:19
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    My understanding was he robbed the banks to get Gotham gangsters attention. Had he let his men keep the money per each individual then that money would have been easier to back trace rather than the one person that had a master plan to sell them on killing batman. So the madness did make sense, kill everyone that did their part of the job and keep the money to himself for his grand scheme. – Jared Nov 11 '17 at 4:23