I do suspect the real targets were to have been the police and those victims in the theater were only the bait. He was, after all, dressed for a fire fight with the police not an audience in a movie theater. I think he also planned on winning that fight because the Joker would not be taken down. Is apartment was rigged to take out even more officers. Unfortunately for the Joker his gun jammed and he didn't have a spare. I can not imagine what happened in his brain when the script he'd been writing and playing for months suddenly fell apart. In Hollywood they edit and rewrite, he didn't have time.
|I am the egg man, I am the Walrus, I am the Joker|
Had his plan succeeded one can only wonder where he planned on going. Does he have a hideaway somewhere, a lair from which he was planning on watching the chaos he had created. Being as meticulous as he was, I would think so, and one can only wonder what horror he has hidden there.