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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mere days before Comic-Con International, LEGO has finally revealed what many collectors long suspected would make its debut in San Diego: the Ultimate Collector Series Batman Tumbler.
Measuring 15 inches by 9 inches, the vehicle comes with Batman and Joker minifigs, which The Brothers Brick notes marks the first LEGO appearance of Heath Ledger’s version of the character from The Dark Knight. There’s also a nameplate and an accessible cockpit.
Composed of 1,869 pieces, the Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Batman Tumbler 76023 will be available in September for $199.
Doctor Doom has been living like a rock star since his creation in the early 1960s, and now artist Rocky Davies has given the Latverian dictator the album cover to match. In a new series of illustrations, Davies has depicted familiar comic villains Doctor Doom, the Joker and Shredder in the the style of 1980s album covers.
If you’re a comics fan with a near-religious devotion to your favorite superheroes, do we have a window treatment for you: Marissa Garner has created a stunning series of prints that imitate the look of stained glass and features everyone from Batman and his allies to Spider-Man and his rogues to Sailor Moon.
What’s more, they’re printed on transparency paper, and can be attached to a window, creating that instant cathedral effect.
Check out some of Garner’s print below, and even more on her Etsy page, where they can be purchased.
While “Let It Go” has received most of the attention (to say nothing of an Academy Award), Disney’s Frozen has plenty of catchy tunes, including “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Now that song gets its moment in the sun (so to speak) with a parody called “Do You Wanna Kill the Batman?,” performed by SydneyAmber as Harley Quinn.
It works even if you’re unfamiliar with the original, as a lonely Harley tries to persuade The Joker to join her in a little mayhem, and perhaps mend their relationship.
Just in case those Court of Owls masks weren’t creepy enough for you, DC Comics will release the paperback collection of Batman’s “Death of the Family” storyline with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of The Joker, with sewn-on hair.
Yes, that’s a mask based on the one the Clown Prince of Crime made out of his own skin, after having the Dollmaker carve off his face in the relaunched Detective Comics #1. Even if you don’t follow the comic, you’ll likely recognize the mask from DC’s marketing for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Death of the Family” arc (above).
Forget Straight Outta Compton, mc chris’ take on the Joker is Straight Outta Gotham!
The rapping, rhyming mind behind Fette’s Vette and the Friends EP — a whole album dedicated to the allies of the Dark Knight — has released an advance look at Foes, an album inspired by (you guessed it) the villains of the Batman universe, via Soundcloud. Although the recording is decidedly NSFW, Batman fans should definitely give it a listen as it’s a really excellent take on the Clown Prince of Crime that explores his motivations, origins and lifelong battle with Batman.
I’m simultaneously fascinated and terrified by this incredible medieval-style Joker leather armor crafted by Prince Armory to unnerve attendees at the next Renaissance faire. It’s composed of: “Jester’s Helmet with Joker Mask, Breastplate, Drama Face Pauldrons, Breastplate, Jester’s War Skirt, Cuisses/Knees/Greaves, Articulated Jester Shoe Sabatons.”
No price is listed, but I’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll set you back a lot.
DC Comics has revealed the new lineup for its digital-first series Adventures of Superman that includes a two-part story by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis and Eisner-winning artist Jock. The announcement of their collaboration, titled “The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” provides context for the page Jock tweeted last week (at right), featuring the Man of Steel and the Joker, the latter depicted in styles from different eras, artists and media.
Other creators in the January lineup are B. Clay Moore and Gabriel Rodriguez with the three-part “Exposed,” Fabian Nicieza and Phil Hester with “The Coming of … Sugar & Spike,” and Ron Marz and Evan “Doc” Shaner with the three-part “Only Child.”
The son of filmmaker John Landis, Max Landis made a splash last year with Chronicle, the found-footage sci-fi movie directed by Josh Trank (and based on a story by both of them). Since then, he’s become widely known for his 17-minute rant about, and recreation of, the death and return of Superman, and a much longer video in which he explains his elaborate idea for a reboot of the storyline that DC had reportedly considered for a weekly series he’d have co-written by Greg Pak. (Landis says because of his schedule and changes at DC regarding a weekly title, the project never went anywhere.)
The new Adventures of Superman lineup debuts Jan. 6 with Moore and Rodriguez’s “Exposed”; Landis and Jock’s “The Sound of One Hand Clapping” follows that storyline on Jan. 27.
A Redditor and his girlfriend did a bit of “urban exploring” in an abandoned building in Ronse, Belgium, only to discover a treasure trove of incredible Batman graffiti in several styles — all by one artist, Pete One.
There are murals in the obligatory Bruce Timm animated style, a couple of pieces based on Brian Bolland’s Joker from The Killing Joke, and even a slightly out of place Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. But my favorite is the recreation of Jock’s already-iconic cover for Detective Comics #880.
Combining the style of Heath Ledger’s Joker with the taste in art of Jack Nicholson’s, a mysterious figure is making enemies of the street artists of Tehran.
Known only as the Joker, he defaces graffiti and stencil art throughout the city, using red spray paint to leave behind the trademark smile and a simple scrawled signature. According to ABC News correspondent Muhammad Lila, the real mystery may not be the Joker’s identity but rather how he moves so quickly: He manages to deface new graffiti before typically prompt city workers can find and paint over it.
If you’ve been keeping up with the events in the DC Universe, then you know things are looking particularly grim for the good guys.
At the conclusion of “Trinity War,” the Justice Leagues faced an invasion from the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3 — “The birthplace of all evil,” as one character called it — evil counterparts of the Justice League. In the first issue of Forever Evil, these villains claimed to have killed all of the Justice Leaguers, they freed all the supervillains from all the super-prisons and organized them into an army called The Secret Society, they did some awful things to Nightwing and then even moved the moon to permanently block out the sun.
To mark the occasion of evil temporarily winning (again), DC declared September Villains Month, and is interrupting the ongoing adventures of its heroes with special “.1″ issues starring various villains. Each of these was to bear a fancy plastic 3D cover that jacked the price up a buck and ultimately created shortages, an artificial collectors/speculators market and irritated a whole bunch of retailers, many of whom were already pretty irritated by having to figure out how to order something like, say, Justice League #23.3: Dial E, which fused one of the publisher’s best selling comics with one of its worst.
We — and by that I mean you and I, for the course of this post — aren’t going to concern ourselves with that aspect of the books, however. Instead, let’s look under those covers, whether they’re the fancy plastic 3D ones or the regular, cheaper “standard edition” ones and concern ourselves with the quality of the comics concealed behind the covers.