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The Clown Prince of Crime is about to become the Clown Coaster of Six Flags. Following the opening of the Joker Chaos Coaster in Six Flags’ Atlanta theme park, another Joker-themed ride is set to open in Jackson, New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure. Simply titled “The Joker,” the 120-foot-tall coaster is described as a 4-D, free-fly coaster that flips riders upwards of six times and features two “beyond 90-degree” drops.
To get comics readers and coaster riders alike pumped for the new attraction, Six Flags has posted a new construction update video that includes “The Joker’s” inaugural test ride. And yeah, it’s as much of a doozy as the above description implies.
The age-old question of whether The Joker prefers boxers or briefs is answered with the new wave of adult-size Underoos. (Ever the trickster, the Clown Prince of Crime is apparently a boxer briefs kind of guy.)
The Joker men’s set is joined by Supergirl, Deadpool, Robin, Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman, and BB-8 for women. There are also Civil War Captain America and Iron Man boxer brief sets for boys.
The Suicide Squad movie doesn’t arrive for another four months yet, but already DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products are filling stores with licensed apparel. In addition to that Hot Topics-exclusive “Daddy’s Lil Monster” T-shirt, there’s now a “Forever Evil” collection from shopping-mall mainstay Spencer’s.
Original Batman artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz has been stolen. The unidentified thief reportedly tore open the package carrying the art, while it was being shipped to a client in France.
Chicago-based artist and art dealer Sal Abbinanti informed CBR of the news, and noted that he’s offering a $5000 reward for anybody who’s able to return the piece.
Take a look at Sienkiewicz’s stellar work below:
Brazilian artist Butcher Billy, whose pop-culture mashups have been showcased here numerous times, pays tribute to David Bowie in a new series of illustrations that reimagines the late rock icon as figures ranging from Captain America and The Joker to Hellboy and Batman.
However, Billy takes it a step further, matching the art with the appropriate song title: Bowie as Dr. Manhattan is “Life on Mars,” while Bowie as Mystique is “Changes,” Bowie as Lion-O is “Cat People,” and so on.
Legendary movie makeup-effects creator Rick Baker gave his daughter an epic cosplay makeover for Halloween, transforming her into the Clown Prince of Crime.
Veronica Baker, an executive assistant in digital marketing at DC Entertainment, received the full Killing Joke, even going so far as to re-create Brian Bolland’s iconic cover from the 1988 one-shot.
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).