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Much like the plot of The Mystery Men, does Batman at any point in the comics let the Joker "escape" from Arkham Asylum?

  • Are you referring to any specific occasion/story arc/event/movie/series/video game? – 22nd Century Fza Oct 28 '14 at 10:14
  • Anything really, in the question I limited it to comics. I was just wondering if has been considered at all. So if it ws part of a video game then mention in in the answer. – Mr Mystery Guest Oct 28 '14 at 10:23
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    This happened during Batman's short-lived 'be a total dick to the populace I'm supposed to be protecting' phase. He followed it up by announcing sponsorship deals with Pepsi and Levi-Strauss, then ended it by revealing himself to be Greg Kinnear. – James Sheridan Oct 28 '14 at 10:28
  • I added a link to mystery men to clarify the question. – Kreann Oct 28 '14 at 16:42
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Batman considers the Joker extremely dangerous so he may need a powerful reason to consider that it might be beneficial to bring him out of Arkham, and since the Joker is so unpredictable and dangerous, this hasn't happened in comics. Actually, when Batman has needed to talk directly to the Joker, he has been able to even sneak in his cell. We have examples of this from The Killing Joke to Batman RIP.

At the beginning of the court of Owls story, we actually see Batman at Arkham, fighting along side by side with the Joker. Eventually we learn that he freed him

uno

but also

that that joker was actually Dick Grayson in disguise, trying to gather info from inside Arkham.

dos

So the answer is "Batman has never voluntarily freed the Joker from Arkham", much less just to create a need for himself, as in the example proposed in the question. Actually leaving him there is the only thing he can do, except for killing him, to stop him.

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