In Batman (1989), when Batman tells The Joker that he killed his parents, The Joker responds with, "I was just a kid!" See this clip at the 0:52 mark:

How did The Joker know who Batman's parents were? Or was it just some stock line he was using to weasel his way out of a Bat-Beating?

  • Hmm, maybe the Joker knows there was only one instance in his life when he killed some kid's father and mother, and quickly figures it out? – Walt Feb 8 '15 at 21:58
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    just some stock line he was using to weasel his way out of a Bat-Beating. Along with the glasses bit – cde Sep 24 '15 at 1:23
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  • "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" Classic! – m1gp0z Jan 2 at 21:08

Joker used to be a big time mobster Jack Napier. These don't usually run around killing kids' parents (or, if they do, kids are unlikely to survive that). So, it's not hard for him to realize that this must have happened when he was a thug, i.e., when he was young.

Notice how he first asks "What are you talking about?" and only after that says that he was young. I don't think he knows who are these parents, but does conclude that it happened when he was young. After all, he's crazy, but very far from stupid.

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    It's important to keep in mind that the character of The Joker has absolutely no definitive/official back story or origin. Even Joker doesn't really know his past or what, exactly, led him to the life he now leads. His line from the classic The Killing Joke by Alan Moore pretty much establishes this. "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another..if I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!" – MattD Feb 9 '15 at 15:57
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    @MattD In this particular film, Joker's origins are well known: from a thug Jack Napier to Carl Grissom's second in command (and his wife's lover) to the evil (and overly happy) mastermind Joker. I understand that it's not part of the official canon, but this is Movie.SE and we're discussing a film where these are Joker's origins. – Vedran Šego Feb 9 '15 at 18:10

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