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In The Dark Knight, the Joker describes a scenario in which his father once came home, attacked his mother, and then brandished a knife at him, all the while repeating the line “Why so serious?”

Is this story true?

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There's no clear answer as to how the Joker got his scars in The Dark Knight. In the movie he gives two stories.

  1. His father gave it to him as a child.
  2. He gave it to himself to cheer up his wife.

This is a reference to Batman: The Killing Joke where he sees his past as being multiple choice.

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