Synopsis for "The Final Joke: Part Four"
In the Batcave, Elainna is watching Batman and Robin fight a cybernetic construct of the Joker, former thug turned cyborg John, baptized Joker Beyond by his creator. There, Bruce Wayne and his former sidekick, Dick Grayson, Elainna's father, argue about the decision to let a young boy, Matt McGinnis, face the danger of the clown prince of crime as the new Robin. Dick is afraid that history might repeat itself, remembering what happened to him but especially what happened to Jason Todd. Still, Bruce tells him to put is faith in Matt and in his ability to handle himself.
The fight with the cyborg gets harder and harder: Bruce soon discovers with analysis of the enemy that Joker Beyond's body is made of Promethium, a nearly unbreakable alloy, and even the heaviest arsenal stored in Terry's suit seems incapable to damage the robotic behemoth. Soon, the cyborg makes a hole in Robin's wings, sabotaging his ability to fly. Matt finds a way to save himself, but in the fall inside a building he loses his senses: there, the maniac Joker, who planned everything in detail, waits and captures him, ready for a remake of the bloody massacre he perpetrated against Todd. As Matt does not answer to the call, Dick heads out with a Batmobile, just to crush it on Joker Beyond, destroying the cyborg to let Terry search for his brother. But everyone is shocked, even if not surprised, in learning the Joker kidnapped him.
The Joker still wants to give a chance at survival to Matt: if Terry tells him everything about the man he called Bruce while fighting against him, then maybe Robin will have a chance at not getting beat to death with a crowbar.
Appearing in "The Final Joke: Part Four"
- Bruce Wayne (Flashback and main story)
- Elainna Grayson
- Richard Grayson (Flashback and main story)
- The Joker
- Joker Beyond (Johnny) (Death and destruction)
- Jason Todd (Mentioned only)
- Batman Beyond Recommended Reading
- Batman Beyond (TV Series)
- Batman Beyond (Volume 1)
- Batman Beyond (Volume 2)
- Batman Beyond (Volume 3)
- Batman Beyond (Volume 4)
- Batman Beyond (Volume 1) Digital
- Batman Beyond 2.0 (Volume 1) Digital
- Batman Beyond (Volume 5)
- Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Movie)
- Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: The Official Comics Adaptation
- Batman #700
- Justice League Unlimited (TV Series)
- The Zeta Project