I enjoy both photographs and reminders that our time on this Earth is fleeting and that we will all one day leave our lives, becoming as ephemeral as memories and ghosts, so naturally I like Snapchat a lot. If you're not familiar with it, it's a program that sends pictures to your friends that automatically delete after ten seconds or so, and is used mostly to take pictures of your Pokémon. That's what I do with it, anyway.

Recently, they've taken to sending subscribers ads, and last Friday, one for McDonald's popped up, with the premise that McDonald's is so good that even long-standing arch-enemies will put aside their differences and be friends -- something that they chose to illustrate by having the Joker present a smiling Batman with a balloon animal. Folks, I have read my share of Batman comics and let me tell you: No matter what you may have heard from McDonald's, that balloon is definitely filled with poison gas.

The full version of the ad also includes famous nemeses like Mario and Bowser and Gargamel and the Smurfs:

 

 

Conspicuously absent, however, are the classically opposed pair of "Quarter Pounders" and "Your Arteries."

Still, even with all those pairings, it was Batman and the Joker that got to me. I mean, I like the McRib a lot, but even I don't think that there's anything on the McDonald's menu that's tasty enough to make two people friends when one of them beat the other's sidekick to death with a crowbar and then also murdered several hundred other people over the course of 75 years. That seems like the kind of thing that would require a dinner at a place that at least serves complimentary breadsticks to solve.

The only justification I can come up with is that McDonald's is actually supporting one of the Joker's fiendish plots, attempting to lure Batman into a false sense of security with the aroma of fresh fries before sending the Clown Prince of Crime in to finish the Dark Knight with one of his deadly tricks. It's shameful, and as Batman's best friend, I demand an apology from the McDonald's corporation on behalf of the Caped Crusader.

Please note that I will accept apologies in the form of McRibs.