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This ‘Suicide Squad’ Joker action figure is a real scream

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie is still more than three months away, but we’ve already plenty of related merchandise, from DC Collectibles statues to Pop! vinyl figures to Harley Quinn’s “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt. Now add to the list a Joker action figure that not captures that tattoos of the film’s Clown Prince of Crime, but also his, let’s say, unhinged nature.

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Superheroes face their archenemies in this steamy latte art

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A superhero and his archenemy go together like peanut butter and jelly or, in this case, espresso and steamed milk: One just isn’t complete without the other.

As the latest wave of superhero movies begins to wash over us, Elite Daily turned to latte artist Michael Breach to recreate a handful — or is that a cupful? — of classic pairings in his medium of choice. The results are, yes, pretty steamy.

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Artist reimagines heroes, villains in minimalist ‘Masks’ series

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Experimenting with the iconic nature of their costumes, Ukrainian illustrator Yuri Krasnoshchok has distilled the masks and faces of numerous fictional heroes to sparse geometric shapes in a minimalist series called simply “Masks of Superheroes.”

Spider-Man, represented only by those oversize white eyes, is probably the most successful of the bunch, but most of them are almost instantly recognizable, without the aid of the characters’ names.

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This Joker statue just wants to watch the world burn

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Following a little teasing, Sideshow Collectibles has fully unveiled its Joker Premium Format Figure, which commemorates Heath Ledger’s acclaimed performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight.

Standing more than 19 inches tall, the figure features a detailed fabric clothing, and holds a playing card in one hand and a machine gun in the other. The Sideshow-exclusive version comes with a swap-out left hand with detonator.

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This terrifying zombie Joker cosplay will fuel nightmares

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The grinning, psychopathic Joker was terrifying even before he had his face surgically removed and then reattached in the comics; I mean, he’s effectively a killer clown. But add “undead” to the mix, and you have a formula for many restless nights.

Your latest nightmare arrives courtesy of makeup artist Luvekat, who transformed herself into “Zombie Joker Babe” using body paint.

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These custom Joker cleats ask, “Why so serious?”

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Fandom is everywhere these days, and now it’s on the football field, too. NFL wide receiver Mohamed Sanu of the Cincinnati Bengals recently posted an awesome photo to his Instagram account, showing off his custom Joker-themed cleats.

The cleats, which appear to be hand painted, feature Heath Ledger’s Joker from “The Dark Knight.” Tally marks surround the shoe, including the Nike logo on the back. While one side features the Joker’s face, the other side asks the famous question “Why so serious?”

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This Nendoroid Joker figure is so cute it’s scary

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Leave it to the Good Smile Company to discover that perfect blend of creepy and adorable with its Nendoroid Joker: Villain’s Edition figure.

Based on the Joker as played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, the Clown Prince of Crime has been shrunk to Nendoroid-size, while retaining all of the homicidal charm of the original. Featuring two equally alarming expressions, the Joker also boasts a purple trench coat with movable back, left and right sides, to allow for greater posing.

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With makeup and body paint, artist brings comic illustrations to life

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You may recall Lianne Moseley, the self-trained makeup artist who turns fans into faithful recreations of superheroes. However, she’s not the only one using cosmetics to make people look as if they stepped out of a comic book.

A hairstylist and freelance artist for MAC Cosmetics, Argenis Pinal uses makeup and body paint to similarly impressive effect, transforming ordinary (if well-sculpted) mortals into the likes of She-Hulk, Superman, Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, Carnage, Green Lantern, Wolverine and Cyborg Superman. Heck, even J. Jonah Jameson — now a blond! — spends some time beneath the brush.

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Batman battles Joker (and friends) in amazing stop-motion short

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After countless defeats at the hands of his arch-nemesis over the past 75 years, The Joker finally discovers the secret to defeating the Batman: more firepower. Or does he?

In this amazing stop-motion short, created by counter656 over the course of 20 days using nearly 3,500 images, S.H. Figuarts versions of the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime go at it, mano a mano, until the supervillain calls in the big guns — a trio of Gundams.

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This 3D-printed Joker flesh-mask is as terrifying as you’d expect

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Sure, Stefanos Anagnostopoulos could’ve bought a Joker mask based on Greg Capullo’s Batman design. But why do that when he can simply make his own? Although not from his own skin, of course …

The designer, whom you may remember from that incredible 3D-printed Ant-Man helmet, decided to turn his attention to DC Comics, which led him to Capullo and Scott Snyder’s “Death of the Family” storyline and that gruesome Joker mask.

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Artist turns driftwood into DC Comics and ‘Star Wars’ characters

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While many of us might stumble across a piece of driftwood on the beach and simply see something to further clutter up our shelves or mantles, French artist Ann Foucher envisions whimsical characters like an ogre, a farmer, Batman and Robin, and Darth Vader (yes, the Dark Lord of the Sith can be whimsical; maybe).

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Movie FX legend Rick Baker recreates Greg Capullo’s Joker

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Known for his work on classic films like “An American Werewolf in London” and “Men in Black,” special effects legend Rick Baker set his sights on a pet project of his own: recreating the Joker from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman story, “Death of the Family.”

On Twitter, Baker shared a few snapshots of his Capullo-influenced design as it progressed, from its grayscale concept to its full color rendering. Though there have been several iterations of the character, Capullo’s particular version of the Joker removed the skin for his own face and wore it like a mask, and Baker reflects that in his creepy design.

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Batman & Robin wrap up Joker in “Yarnimation” stop motion short

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The explosion of online crafting empowered by sites like Etsy has led to a lot of superhero-themed art projects over the years, but YouTube user Louie’s Loops has taken the practice to a whole new level.

Already a repository for videos and patterns showing how to create mini crocheted characters from pop culture like the Flash, Iron Man and Link from The Legend of Zelda, the channel just launched a series of “Yarnimation” stop motion shorts featuring Batman, Robin and the Joker.

Check out the fan film and a video on the Joker’s creation after the jump.

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Photographs transport superheroes back to 16th century

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French photographer Sacha Goldberger, who previously made a splash with images of his 91-year-old grandmother as a superhero, exhibited his latest series “Super Flemish” over the weekend at the Grand Palais in Paris. As you might have guessed from the title and the above photo, the project features superheroes (and villains), Star Wars characters and other pop-culture figures — as if they were posing for Flemish paintings.

But these are indeed photographs, requiring models, costumers, hair and makeup artists and the like. And, as you can see from the gallery on Goldberger’s website, he even recruited his grandmother again. See more images, and photos from the exhibition, on Goldberger’s Facebook page.

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Funko reveals Pop! Heroes: Arkham Asylum vinyl figures

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Funko has announced Pop! Heroes: Arkham Asylum, its new series of vinyl figures based on Warner Bros. Interactive entertainment’s hit action-adventure video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The collection features Batman, the Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc.

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