After a shoot-out at a chemical plant between the police and a band of thugs working for a local organized crime ring, Jack Napier, having fallen into a vat of chemicals, is transformed into the Joker.
Other classic Batman characters are also present, Bruce's trusty butler, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and district attorney, Harvey Dent to name a few, though none shine as much as the Joker.
Returning to Gotham City, Wayne builds a lair (the Batcave) in his mansion and begins to fight crime, starting with the Scarecrow and continuing with the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Having followed powerful villains like the Joker, Scarecrow and Two Face, many are looking to the past Batman productions and comics for a glimmer of the future.
Batman can't take out his foe with an arsenal of missiles and machine guns, but the Joker can whip out an extended pistol and bring down the Batwing?