DC Comics reveal The Joker's real name is Jack White, the real Jack White responds

Jack White performs from a balcony on Marshall Street to crowds of people following his in store performance and opening of Third Man Records Store
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The iconic comic book character The Joker, commonly regarded as the main supervillain adversary of Batman, has had his true identity revealed.

According to DC Comics, The Joker's real name is Jack White, not to be confused with the former White Stripes frontman-turned-solo artist, Jack White.

Now, the musician has responded to the revelation, which he describes as a "bizarre pattern and coincidence", due to the fact that he himself has drawn inspiration from the character as an artist.

Taking to Instagram to share his thoughts, White says: "An interesting note; during the process of putting together the artwork for my album Fear of the Dawn last year, I asked artist Rob Jones to communicate with the amazing DC comic artist Mikel Janin to see if he would be interested in a commission: illustrating me in the range of the style that he draws his version of The Joker for DC comics."

He continues, “Bizarre patterns and coincidences emerge in the universe that we only see glimpses of at times, some meaningful, some meaningless. A large thank you to Mr. Janin for contributing this wonderful work to the record.”

In another Instagram post, White added: “I’d love to thank DC comics for giving The Joker the name of ‘Jack White’ after me. Though his hair is usually not as blue as mine, I still take it as a flattering gesture on their part and consider it an honour. It was a lonely journey through my life being the only person with that name until now.”

The Joker's real name was debuted in DC Comics' Flashpoint Beyond comic series, a sequel to Flashpoint, which follows the Batman storyline albeit in a different universe. 

Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music.