After a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, The CW's Batwoman returns with its 17th episode. The show has been referencing some of Gotham City's most famous villains since the beginning of the first season. And since Batman has been gone for a few years, some fans are curious as to why the Joker has yet to take over the city. The latest episode might have revealed the reason, and it's not looking good for the Clown Prince of Crime.
This article has SPOILERS for Batwoman, "A Narrow Escape."
The latest episode tackles Kate Kane's struggle in the wake of killing Cartwright. She has always been proud of being Batwoman, not until she knew she was capable of murder. Since then, Kate panics whenever she fights anyone, thinking that she could end up killing them.
Thinking that she has broken Batman's unspoken rule, Kate opened up to Luke Fox. However, to ease the pain or somehow make her feel less guilty, Luke hinted at what has happened to the Joker. Instead of being in the Arkham Asylum for 5 years, as it turns out, he could have been dead this entire time, and the person responsible is Batman. "Ever wonder why the Joker hasn't reared his head in five years?" he said. "He's not in Arkham, Kate. Both you and Bruce stared into the abyss."
Luke didn't specifically say that the Caped Crusader killed the Clown Prince of Crime or confirm whether or not he's actually dead. However, given the context of their conversation, it seems as though Luke's implying that Batman has murdered the Joker.
This might be disappointing for those who were hoping to see Arrowverse's Joker. That said, this provides information about Arrowverse' Batman, as well as confirming that Kate wouldn't likely cross paths with the iconic villain.
New episodes of Batwoman air Sundays on The CW.