As Arkham Knight’s release beckons, Batman fans have taken inspiration from the hero and have gone all detective-like by rummaging through new media pieces for any hidden secrets.

Rocksteady often hides all sorts of secrets or easter eggs in its trailers, and the latest did not disappoint. Among a plethora of other secrets, Batman Arkham Videos uncovered that in the latest trailer – titled All Who Follow You – there’s a hint that the Joker (who we believe to be dead) may return after all.

At the end of Batman Arkham City we saw the Joker finished by Batman, presumably for good this time. He returned in Arkham Origins but that was a prequel so it made sense. Nevertheless, the Joker is no stranger to coming back from the dead in Batman canon, and the aforementioned trailer analysis provides reason to believe that it might be happening again. After all, he is the super villain we all love to hate.

Pause the video about 40 seconds in and you’ll see a theater, advertising what appears to be a show called Johnny Charisma: Live. We don’t know much about this Johnny Charisma, but that particular name is certainly a nudge in the direction of the Joker. In the phrase, Johnny Charisma: Live, you can spell “Jocha is alive”. The spelling clearly doesn’t quite match, but I highly doubt that this has happened by accident. Will this simply be a reference to an icon in the series, or is this a hint at something more? Is the Joker alive after all?

We won’t have to wait long to find out, as Batman Arkham Knight launches on 23rd June. Let us know if you think the Joker is returning and voice your theories below.

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