April 24, 2008
The packages from Joseph Candoloro intercepted by participants for Operation Slipknot turned out to be Joker-associated, since these participants received a text message on their new phones from email@example.com:
|I wouldn't worry about Gordon. ITS ALL PART OF THE PLAN|
This lead to Whysoserious.com/Itsallpartoftheplan, the starting point for a game that commenced on April 28.
The countdown site features Jokerized portraits of numerous political figures on a wall, with a Joker card run through with a red knife near the top.
Each of the portrait frames are labeled with a city. All of the people were/are also featured on US currency.
Clicking on the Joker card (stuck to the wall with a red knife) leads the participant to a new poster for The Dark Knight
 April 25, 2008
The portraits are updated with instructions to meet at certain coordinates, linked to Google Maps, in each city at a specific time (counted down) on Monday, April 28, similar to the Whysoserious.com/ComicCon scavenger hunt game.
|Gather with 300 of your closest friends at this exact spot on April 28th.
You'll need to be in contact with a partner-in-crime who has online access to relay your instructions once you're there. These instructions will give you the TRAIL to follow, but be sure to look both ways when crossing the street; we wouldn't want you to make an unscheduled visit to the ER now, would we?
Put on a smile and plan to spend about an hour or so bonding with your fellow clowns.
Check back here often for updates or changes.
The emphasis on "TRAIL" and "ER" implied that the reward for this game would be the next Dark Knight theatrical trailer.
The locations are as follows (times are approximate and grouped by simultaneous times, but they will be no earlier than the times listed):
 April 28, 2008
 The hunt
As each city's countdown reached zero, their respective portrait link was updated with instructions for online "Oracles" to give to their partners on the ground, who would then give them numerical answers requested in the clues.
Ready to get cracking? Here are the instructions to relay to your clowns on the ground. Don't go losing your mind because you need to remember all the answers - you'll need them in about 30 minutes.
Step 1: By the "ubique-itous" statue with the alien friend, face forward and count every ground floor column to your right. Beware the policeman's black and blue stares.
Step 2: Up the stairs prepare for battle. You'll be greeted with open arms. On the island, discover those who died in war and divide by the women who surround them.
Step 3: Go to the place of the frilly collar and count the number of steps you see in stone and light.
|Boston||Philadelphia||New York||Toronto||Seattle||Los Angeles|
|San Francisco||Sao Paulo||Chicago||Dallas||Kansas City|
 The safe
30 minutes into the game, the portrait could be clicked to reveal a hidden safe requiring a 6-digit combination to open.
The combinations are as follows:
|Kansas City: 74-35-76
Using the answers collected by the players on the ground, the "Oracles" were able to open the safe, revealing a note from the Joker for the on-site players:
Good work, scavengers! Online clowns, be sure to give your on-the-ground cohorts these final instructions:
Around the bend from the Miserable People is an exotic gate. Your contact will be waiting there. He will give you your final set of instructions.
Stay together. Follow orders. You might have what it takes to pull this off.
|Kansas City||Seattle||Los Angeles||San Francisco||Sao Paulo|
 The reward
The players on the ground were sent to a final location described in their city's safe note to receive a Joker card and a raffle ticket. They were then led into a theater and were given a private showing of a new theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight. One participant in each city was randomly chosen in a raffle to receive a film reel. Photographs of the London reel reveal that the content is a vandalized version of the trailer, the edits seemingly done by the Joker himself.
|The following cities' reel projections have been uploaded onto YouTube:|
UPDATE: The Jokerized trailer reel can be viewed on The Dark Knight Blu-ray as an easter egg. Enter the numbers 56537 while playing Trailer #3 on disc 2.
|The following are notes and observations from the Chicago reel. Comparisons between the NY, Chicago, Dallas, and London reel notes show that the writing is basically identical between each reel, although the scenes are sometimes cut out of order.|
San Fransisco's safe reveals another note, which proved to be a clue. The grid represents the 26 letters of the alphabet, running left to right. Each J corresponds to a letter. These were then matched up to the J's in each city's safe notes, showing which letters are repeated (ex: Kansas City and San Francisco = 2 I's). When unscrambled, the letters reveal "sittingducks."
This leads to Whysoserious.com/Sittingducks a three-row duck-shooting game.
(Whysoserious.com/Itsallpartoftheplan) -- direct link