- "Wait a minute Alfred, I'm not meeting her today."
- ―Bruce Wayne[src]
Jack Napier, calling himself the "Joker", killed Carl Grissom and usurped his criminal empire. His first scheme was to spread terror in the city by creating hygiene products that could kill by fatal hilarity when used in certain combinations, laced with a deadly chemical known as "Smilex." Following the death of News Anchor Becky Narita on-air, Gotham City became paralyzed with fear.
Making war on several fronts, the Joker then set a trap at the Flugelheim Museum for Vicki Vale, with whom he became smitten; his Goons started to slash and deface the entire legacy of Western Art, but as Bob approached Francis Bacon's Figure with Meat, the Joker stopped him and said: "I kinda like this one". The Joker then tried to disfigure Vicki with his 'very special flower'. At that point, Batman descended in a shower of glass via the glass ceiling, saved Vicki, and escaped with her in the Batmobile.