- "Do you have any idea who you're stealin' from?! You and your friends are dead!"
- ―Manager of Gotham National Bank[src]
Working for the mob
He was surprised, but remained collected, when three men who donned clown masks charged into his bank in an armed robbery. From a back office, the Manager calmly removed his glasses and secured a sawed-off Remington 870 pump-action shotgun from underneath his desk. The Manager shot through his office glass window and hit Chuckles in the back, which instantly killed him. Presumably, he also called Sal Maroni and the other Mob Bosses and informed them of the robbery.
The Manager then made his way through the lobby, took shots at Grumpy and the Joker (under the alias "Bozo"), who ducked behind counters, while he yelled that they were dead due to their attempt at stealing from the Mob. In his scheme to kill off his men for all their collected cash, the Joker tricked Grumpy into believing that the Manager had run out of ammo. When Grumpy stood to kill the Manager he was grazed by buckshot. Discouraged, Grumpy then ran to the vault.
With the Manager's Shotgun then unloaded, the Joker sprang up and shot the Manager in the leg and abdomen. Shortly before the Joker left, the Manager chastised him about how he lacked honor, even by criminal standards, and questioned him in what he believed in. The Joker then shoved a canister into the Manager's mouth, revealed his true identity, and stated: "I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you - stranger". As the Joker drove off with the money and the Manager's Shotgun in a stolen School Bus, a string attached to the Joker yanked the safety pin out of the canister in the Manager's mouth. Instead of exploding, it released fumes of an unknown nature. The Manager's fate in the wake of the Joker's escape is uncertain.
Behind the Scenes
- The Manager of Gotham National Bank was credited as "Bank Manager".
- Going from the Joker's last line to him, the Manager was likely not killed, and may have been left in a different mental state, either from a psychotic agent in the canister or from his brush with death.
- Joker's last line to the Manager was a paraphrase of Nietzsche's dictum: "Whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."
- William Fichtner was previously involved in the film, Heat, which coincidentally also had a bank robbery that he was involved in as a major part of the film's plot.