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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.
Artist Rick Celis clearly has a fondness for pop-culture send-ups, and for Gotham City. Although he was brought to my attention because of his mashups of Disney and Batman characters, it’s his Joker parodies that really caught my eye.
Drawing inspiration from movie posters, album covers and beyond, Celis creates a series of fun illustrations with The Joker, Harley Quinn and their associates at their center. While the Peanuts and Breakfast Club gags are somewhat expected, the tributes to Marley & Me, the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Gorillaz’s Demon Days certainly aren’t.
The ever-popular “Batman: The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland gets a turn toward the theatrical with a dramatic reading of the Joker’s monologue titled “The Emergency Exit.”
Performed by Aaron Williams — an actor/director and not the Buffalo Bills safety, although how nuts would that have been? — the black-and-white video features the performer speaking in front of a mirror while smoking a cigarette, giving the reading a very, very classic film look. Also, from his manner of speaking, whether intentional or not, Williams channels a bit of Mark Hammill’s Joker from “Batman: The Animated Series” and does a great job at it.
Check out the video after the jump.
If, for some reason, that Joker mask inspired by Batman: Death of the Family isn’t harrowing enough, there’s now a Clown Prince of Crime lawn ornament virtually guaranteed to send trick-or-treaters screaming from your home.
Advertised by ThinkGeek as the innocous-sounding “DC The Joker Ground Breaker,” it’s actually a night full of terror packed into an oversize garden gnome. Based on artist Greg Capullo’s design, this grinning, knife-wielding Joker looks as if he’s clawing his way out of the ground, ready to grab unsuspecting passersby (and their candy).
With Jared Leto’s Joker likely poised to be the Halloween look for guys this year — seriously, there are going to be at least three Jokers, and (still) two Spartans, at every party — Wholesale Halloween Costumes has released a helpful tutorial to show you how to get the hair and makeup just right.
Of course, the undeniable tricky part is the body art, which isn’t covered in the video. For that, all of those trick-or-treat Jokers may be to count on the steady hands of their own Harley Quinns.
Say what you will about classic villains, but most of them are traditionalists: They find a look that works, and they stick with it. But not The Joker, who (for good or bad) embraces change, leading to his multiple body tattoos and lack of eyebrows in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. That new look may suit the Clown Prince of Crime, but it kind of rubs the other villains the wrong way.
“I mean, it’s not killing me,” Lord Voldemort says in the latest episode of How It Should Have Ended’s “Villain Pub,” “it’s just hurting me, really, really bad.”
After releasing Pop! and Dorbz collectibles based on Batman ’66, Funko has tuned back in at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel with Vinyl Idolz figures from Vinyl Sugar inspired by the classic television series.
Arriving in October, the collection features 8-inch versions of Adam West’s Batman, Burt Wad’s Robin, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl and Cesar Romero’s Joker, with the Clown Prince of Crime most closely resembling his TV counterpart. Still, there’s something almost charming about the Boy Wonder’s glassy-eyed stare.
The game may be called Batman: Arkham Knight, but never forget that Gotham is The Joker’s city. And with a new PC mod, the Clown Prince of Crime is taking it back.
Created by Tchi6, the mod allows gamers to play as The Joker as he appears in flashback early in Arkham Knight — as a ball cap-wearing, Hawaiian shirt-clad rogue in his prime. The mod uses the character animations from the Red Hood DLC, which is why young Mr. J suddenly has all those badass moves.
Even if you don’t care for the characterization of Batman’s greatest foes as foul-mouthed, trash-talking, crotch-grabbing street criminals, you have to appreciate the impressive (and hilarious) lyrics in this gangsta-rap parody “Straight Outta Gotham.”
I mean, come on, it drops a reference to actor Frank Whaley and the 1994 comedy-drama Swimming With Sharks. That has to count for something. But, seriously, this video is great — and definitely not safe for work. Or for home, if you have impressionable children that you would prefer didn’t embrace F-bombs (or, for that matter, the erratic filmography of Frank Whaley).
The song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s animated blockbuster Frozen was given a Gotham-style spin last year with “Do You Wanna Kill the Batman?,” a widely circulated parody in which Harley Quinn tries to persuade The Joker to join her for some mayhem. While that tune received a good deal of attention, a more recent animated rendition, unfortunately, has gone largely overlooked.
Animator Michael Smith brings the work of Sydney Amber and Hesychia7 to life in this delightful short in which an incredibly expressive Harley serenades Mr. J. from outside his cell at Arkham Asylum. Smith also provides an animation progression breakdown, which showcases more of the song, before returning to the final (and, alas, all-too-brief) short.
Batman and the Joker were in it together for Parksville’s annual Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, winning creators Marielle Hessels of the Netherlands and David Ducharme of Winlaw, B.C. first place at the doubles division (via ComicBook.com).
Titled “My Better Half,” the sculpture depicts Batman and the Joker holding hands and sitting side-by-side on a stone bench. The sculpture cuts Batman and the Joker right down the middle, making both characters represent one full figure only when together, a nod to their almost symbiotic relationship as portrayed throughout all kinds of media. The pedestal reads, “My Better Half.”
Check out more photos of the award-winning sculpture under the cut.
Alex Ross has debuted a new original painting featuring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, which will be among his exclusives next week at Comic-Con International. Titled “Mind if I Cut in?,” it’s a sequel to his famed 2003 piece “Tango With Evil,” which debuted as the cover of 1999’s “Batman: Harley Quinn.”
The artist’s booth (#2419) will feature limited-edition signed prints, sketchbooks, comics, variant covers and, of course, original art.
Who needs LEGO’s Comic-Con International-exclusive Superman playset when you can create your own brick homages to classic comic book covers? Well, as long as you have the creativity, and the right LEGO pieces.
Luckily imgur user Corsairsteel has both, as demonstrated in this gallery of LEGO dioramas recreating covers ranging from Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 to The Incredible Hulk #125 and Batman: The Killing Joke. Most of them even include the trade dress, word balloons and blurbs.
Artist Vartan Garnikyan is an avowed “big Batman fan” who,outside of his work creating posters, DVD packaging and standees for film studios, likes to transform famous paintings into Dark Knight pop art.
You may recognize his “Starry Knight,” a mashup of Van Gogh’s masterpiece and a Joker scene from The Dark Knight; it’s popped up here and there over the past several months. However, there’s more where that came from. Take, for instance, “American Gotham,” in which Batman and Scarecrow replace the farmer and daughter in Grant Wood’s famous painting.
Batman’s rogues have always been a colorful lot, but more often than not, their long lists of offenses include crimes against fashion. Or at least they would, if only the Gotham City Police Department had the funding for a Sartorial Division.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker famously proclaimed “This town needs an enema,” but what Gotham really needs is a makeover of its costumed criminals. Luckily, Highsnobriety is here to help. The magazine enlisted artist David Murray to outfit five of Batman’s better-known foes — The Riddler, The Joker, Two-Face, Bane and Mr. Freeze — in key looks from the spring/summer 2015 men’s collections.