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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.
Ahead of Saturday’s kickoff of Toy Fair 2015, DC Collectibles has unveiled a lineup that includes the debut of the DC Comics Icons action-figure line, based on the work of artist Ivan Reis, and the first 6-inch-scale Batmobile inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.
Accompanying the Batmobile is the fifth wave of figures from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — Nightwing, Bane, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow — plus a two-pack from Mask of the Phantasm (MTV News has the full details on the figures). The Batmobile features sliding door access and room for two 6-inch figures.
It’s not exactly the card or flowers you may have been expecting, but directors Harry Kirby and George Kirby have debuted their short film “Batman: The Bloody Valentine” just in time for the holiday.
Described as “a dark and twisted take on the Joker’s love affair with the Batman and how he will go to any length to get the Bat’s attention,” the nearly four-minute film owes much to the tone of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and the Arkham video games, with a Joker that’s part Heath Ledger, part The Killing Joke.
These incredible photos of cosplayer Dark Incognito as a female Joker — rather than Harley Quinn or Duela Dent — makes me wish DC Comics has used the New 52 as an opportunity to introduce a Clown Princess of Crime. The shakeup to the decades-old dynamic with Batman could’ve been fascinating.
Longtime arch-enemies, Batman and The Joker faced off once more on Wednesday, only this time about a plan to require Times Square’s costumed characters to be licensed.
Wearing makeup and a red suit embellished with black bats, the Clown Prince of Crime told New York City Council’s Consumer Affairs Committee that the bill amounts to “fascism.”
“I might look like a clown but I’m speaking from the heart,” the New York Daily News quote The Joker, aka Keith Albahae, as saying. “I do this from my heart and not for tips. OK, I do ask for tips. And many people are glad to give them, but this is about the First Amendment and this is about discrimination. This straight-up seems like fascism.”
Last year we showcased photos from a Batgirl- and Nightwing-themed wedding, so it’s only fair for us to give a couple of Gotham City rogues equal time.
“So I married Joker on Saturday,” user MCAddict writes on imgur, where she shares photos of herself (with a classic Batman logo tattoo) dressed as Harley Quinn and the groom decked out in purple and green. The wedding party was a mix of the expected (Catwoman, The Riddler, Poison Ivy and Bane) and the slightly puzzling (Wolverine, Wonder Woman and Mario).
More surprising still: Batman officiated the ceremony. Check out some of the photos below, and even more at imgur.
If this map of “the most trending” Halloween costumes is any indication, Marvel Studios may want to give a little more thought to Black Widow’s place in its cinematic universe.
Produced by the website SumoCoupon using an analysis of Google search volumes, the map indicates which costume was the most-Goggled in each state. Comic-book heroes and villains were well-represented, topping the list in 14 states. Black Widow claimed the throne in four of those — Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin — while perennial favorites like Batman and Catwoman nabbed three and two, respectively.
Speaking of Mondo, boutique mainstay Tom Whalen is exhibiting this week at New York Comic Con, where he’ll have for sale a selection of prints Batman ’66, the Universal Monsters series, The Incredibles, Ghostbusters and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. As if collectors need any incentive for buying the posters, Whalen is offering daily specials, which includes — on Thursday — a free Gotham Public Library card set with a purchase of $100 or more.
While I like Whalen’s design of the card, I appreciate his attention to detail even more: For instance, “S. Kyle” first checked out The Secret Lives of Cats on April 7, 1940, roughly corresponding to her first appearance in Batman #1; American Robins is borrowed by a succession of people — on the appropriate dates — ranging from D. Grayson to C. Kelly, and so on. He even includes Dewey Decimal classifications.
Artist Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos recently added the above Zatanna illustration to his deviantART gallery, drawing our attention to his occasional series of frankly amazing tributes to the classic Saturday Evening Post covers using DC Comics characters.
In addition to Zatanna, surrounded on stage by white rabbits, there’s a heartwarming depiction of Clark Kent casually reading The Daily Planet as a little boy gapes in awe at Action Comics #1, The Joker and Harley Quinn on the run like Bonnie and Clyde, Wonder Woman listening thoughtfully to a little girl, and an autumnal Poison Ivy piece that’s probably not safe for work.