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|“||See, that's the thing. If the Joker was so horrible, why was it he the only one in this damn city who could look like he was having any fun?||„|
|~ Marquis idolizing the Joker despite what he did to him.|
|“||I always wondered why I was the kid that got chose on that bus that day. A couple dozen kids, so why was I the one that got buzzed? Everyone says the world's gone mad, but I get it. Batman had the Joker, and, Batwoman, you got me. True or False, Sis. You gotta trust destiny.||„|
|~ Marquis realizing his destiny to be Batwoman's archenemy and the new Joker.|
Marquis Jet is the final antagonist of the TV series Batwoman, serving as the main antagonist of Season 3.
The son of powerful businesswoman, Jada Jet, and the maternal half-brother of Ryan Wilder/Batwoman, Marquis is a sexy playboy who grew up in a lavish lifestyle and is too charming for his own good as he wields his power with a ne'er do well attitude. When he was a child, Marquis had a run-in with the the Joker and his personality was forever changed, causing him to find delight in the suffering and terror of others, which can only be kept in check by his mother. Years later, when he meets Ryan, he sees in the right opportunity to make his mark on Gotham by manipulating her into giving him Wayne Enterprises.
Marquis was born in 1994 to Jada and Franklin Jet. Sometime after his birth and before August 1994, Jada had a secret affair, after which she disappeared for nine months straight for unknown reasons. Marquis heard from his various nannies gossip about Jada's affair, along with her and Franklin not being on speaking terms for a full summer, which led him to deduce he had a secret half-sibling.
In 2003, during a school field trip, Marquis' school bus got hijacked by the Joker. At some point, Joker placed his electric joy buzzer on Marquis' head and sent an electrical charge through his brain, causing serious damage. Although the incident ended with Marquis coming home safely, he wasn't the same afterwards and developed anger issues and sociopathic tendencies.
Shortly after the incident, Marquis used a magnifying glass from his science kit to concentrate sun beams and kill a colony of ants. In August 2008, Marquis and Jada argued about him not wishing his father a happy birthday. Marquis argued that he wrote him a card, but Jada insisted that since Franklin was overseas, it would mean a lot to him if he made him a birthday message. Marquis became angry and threw a vase at the camera and his mother. In August 2011 during a family camping trip, Marquis put peanut butter in a burger which he gave to his father, knowing that he was highly allergic. Marquis slowly watched his father slowly die from an allergic reaction as Jada tried to desperately dave him, all the while he recored the event for his own amusement.
Over the years, Jada spent millions of dollars trying to cure Marquis' condition without his knowledge, but to no avail. In adulthood, Marquis would join his mother at Jeturian Industries, working his way up to the position of Executive Vice President. In truth, Jada secretly used this as an excuse to keep a closer eye on her son until she could cure him without him finding out.
Meeting Ryan Wilder
During a meeting between his mother and Ryan Wilder, Marquis came in and introduced himself to his half-sister. Interested in Ryan's activities, Marquis visited her at Wayne Enterprises and told her more of her history and how he found out. Before leaving Wayne Enterprises, Marquis offered Ryan a deal as he wanted to step out of his mother's shadow and go off on his own by them working together.
True Colors Revealed
|“||There was an incident during a school field trip. Marquis was on the bus. It pulled up to a stop light. And suddenly, a man dressed like a clown, green hair, purple suit, big ugly smile. He jumped on board, took over the bus. There was an encounter with my son. Joker had this zapper on his hand. Whatever it's called, he pressed it against my son's forehead and an electrical charge went through his brain. After that day, he was different. Dark, horrifying.||„|
|~ Jada revealing Marquis' true, dark personality.|
As a child, Marquis was once kind, caring, polite, cheerful, and innocent. But after the Joker placed his electric joy buzzer on Marquis' head and sent an electrical charge through his brain, he became short-tempered and hot-headed to the point of having an anger issues. He had also become sociopathic, enjoying the pain and misery of others. This included putting peanut butter into a burger he gave to his father, who was highly allergic, for no reason at all other than for his own personal amusement. He even disregarded his death and continued laughing while holding the camera as his mother tried to save him. He also had no guilt, shame or remorse for causing his father's death.
As an adult, he initially displayed himself to be kind, caring, polite, cheerful, carefree, and laid-back, wishing to get to know his younger maternal half-sister Ryan Wilder. But this was ultimately nothing more than a façade. In truth, Marquis is actually a cold, cruel sadistic, and ruthless sociopath who lacks any form of empathy, compassion and sympathy to the point he felt no regard for killing any individual (even if innocent) who gets in his way or if they become a threat to him. Due to his lack of empathy, he doesn't get offended when someone betrays him, even if it's family. He also finds other people's troubles and pain quite amusing.
The Joker's trauma brought about in Marquis left vague in what it truly affected in given his own claims. However, one thing that was certain is that despite what the clown did to him as a child, he went on to idolize his actions. He believed that the Joker was the only one to truly enjoy life in Gotham. This means he feels that he has to put a smile across everyone's faces; this includes doing so for some of his murders, both smiling himself and forcing his victims to do so.
He views life as one big joke and that sense of recklessness has a tendency to clash horribly with his mother, Jada. Marquis hides his malice behind humor, but he is someone that shouldn't be crossed. Reckless, volatile, and with a proclivity for lashing out when triggered.
Behind the scenes
- Though Marquis Jet is a character original to the series, he does bear some similiarites to James Gordon, Jr. from DC comics. Like James Jr., Jet is the brother of a female member of the Bat team and is a mentally ill killer who goes on to be an enemy of the Bat team.
- Marquis' hair being dyed purple is a reference to his idolization of the Joker.
- Marquis' use of knives is a homage to The Dark Knight version played by Heath Ledger (ironically).
- Since Season 3 deals with successors to past Batman villains (Mad Hatter, Killer Croc and Poison Ivy so far), Marquis may end up becoming the second Joker; replacing the dysfunctional hero/villain sibling dynamic between Kate Kane/Batwoman and Beth Kane/Alice that had to be dropped when Ruby Rose left the show and force the character of Ryan Wilder to take Kate Kane's place.
- Nick Creegan revealed in an interview that he based Marquis on Jared Leto's Joker, saying, "The thing that I really liked about his Joker was how different it was than every other rendition, right? He was wearing chains and he had gold teeth. And he was just like this new, edgy, different version of the Joker. I tried to take little elements of Jared Leto's Joker, but also making sure that I weave in the maniacal laughter and just craze in the eyes that I saw in Heath Ledger or Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. So there's bits and pieces that I've taken from a lot of them, but [I'm] still making it very much [as] original as possible."