Batman’s Clown Prince of Crime finally has a face that can inspire nightmares.
Hollywood special effects and make-up icon, Rick Baker has posted his take on The New 52 incarnation of The Joker, as conceived by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo during their run on the monthly Batman series. According to Baker, his Joker model was created in Photoshop.
At the beginning of DC’s New 52 reboot, The Joker cut off his own face and he disappeared for a year before returning in the “Death of the Family” storyline by Snyder and Capullo. Using his previously discarded face as a mask, The Joker ditched his traditional colorful costume in favor of repair shop overalls marked “Joe.”
Baker was the first Oscar-winning make-up effects artist for An American Werewolf in London, and he has contributed his skills to numerous films including The Exorcist, the original Star Wars, The Howling, Harry and the Hendersons, the Men in Black trilogy, Hellboy, Maleficent, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video.
Capullo quickly noticed Baker’s take on his Joker and he wrote “Nice, Rick. Glad you dug my work enough to take a crack at it!” Capullo later jokingly added that “I think you might have a thing for horror.”
Baker also posted a close up of his Joker, that somehow manages to be even more horrific than his first image.
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