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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.
In times of financial crisis, the world turns to colorful comic-book heroes and villains in this series by Italian artist Alessandro Rabatti.
For “Facebank,” Rabatti reworked graphic elements of banknotes from U.S., British and Chinese currency to merge George Washington and Mao Zedong to create Spider-Man, Queen Elizabeth II and Zedong to make Wolverine and Catwoman, and Abraham Lincoln and Zedong come together to form Batman, and so on. Clearly the takeaway here is that Mao Zedong is incredibly versatile.
Reaction to Jared Leto’s tattooed Joker from Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad has been decidedly mixed, but cosplayer Mary (aka SuperMaryFace) embraced the new look in a series of photographs by James Gilstrap.
With the help of makeup artist Devan Weitzman, Mary is transformed into the Clown Prince of Crime for an image set that’s both fun and unsettling while channeling the spirit of the original photograph posted by director David Ayer.
Despite all of the teasing by Suicide Squad director David Ayer and star Jared Leto, the unveiling of the heavily tattooed Joker on Friday still caught a lot of fans by surprise. While we’re no closer to understanding what led the filmmaker to arrive at that look, FilmCow may be able to offer insight into the thinking of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Following a little tease last week, Sideshow Collectibles has debuted its new Joker statue, the first in a collection based on the hit 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Standing 24 inches tall, the “Premium Format Figure” (translation: “zero points of articulation”) is decked out in a recreation of his purple pinstripe suit and brandishes the “Ace of Spades” revolver in his right hand. The Sideshow-exclusive version includes “a swap-out laughing portrait” (below) for that extra-creepy touch.
With the help of tattoo artist Kelly Rogers, lifelong comics fan John Engle has spent the past year transforming his back into a tribute to the characters he loves. There, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Carnage and Venom share space with Batman, The Joker and Spawn — Engle enjoys a good intercompany crossover.
However, there was one thing missing: Stan Lee’s seal of approval. And over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, Engle got it. The legendary creator signed his back, just above Spider-Man (where else?), then Rogers made the famous signature permanent.
Never let it be said The Joker isn’t the sentimental type. After all, he maintains a trophy wall, as depicted in a 2005 commission by Brian Bolland. With a lot of work, and some help from friends, cosplayer Anthony Misiano (aka Harley’s Joker) has brought that illustration to life in an unnerving homage.
“Believe it or not, altogether roughly 45 photos were used in the final composition, 16 of which just for the Joker alone,” Misiano wrote on Facebook. “You’d never guess how much work really does go into it all.”
We frequently marvel at — or else are unsettled by — the uncanny realism of the figures from Hot Toys and other high-end collectibles companies, but they may have found a rival in artist Xiang Zhang.
Based in Shanghai, China, he works with 1/6th-scale models, creating photorealistic likenesses of Heath Ledger’s Joker, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and more. Make notes that Zhang is so skilled at repainting and implanting hair, that he’s frequently accused of using Photoshop to fudge the final results.
The Joker has always possessed a certain flair for fashion, even if that combination of purple, orange and green careens away from haute couture and into haute mess. Sure, the Clown Prince of Crime is clearly a bit of a clothes horse, but he could use some direction.
Enter Bulgarian designer Simeon Georgiev, who’s treated Batman’s arch-nemesis to a serious fashion upgrade, outfitting his action figure from Batman: The Animated Series — or at least 3D recreations of one — in streetwear from the likes of Raf Simons, Supreme and Thom Browne. Stashed has the full breakdown of what The Joker’s wearing.