Jokers

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The Joker has come a long way since Cesar Romero’s day, now over fifty years ago – and even his incarnation changed over the course of the TV series. While not my absolute favourite, it’s hard not to enjoy Cesar’s Joker. I note that neither Jack Nicholson nor Heath Ledger had the balls to challenge Batman to a surfing contest.

The new film, of course, gives Joaquin Phoenix the luxury of no Caped Crusader to steal his airtime (though, having re-watched the 1989 film recently, you could argue Nicholson was almost there himself). The characters are so inter-twined, it’ll be interesting just to see what exactly he gets up to and where the film goes with no yang to his yin. One thing is for sure, though: Joker is the Bat villain who should be able to pull such an exploration off, and Phoenix’s interpretation of the character certainly piques interest from the trailer, even if I do still wish someone would give the classic comic book/1989 Joker another serious shot.

This portrait was a something of a botched experiment, really – as well as a desperate attempt to shut out the unholy row of Strictly Come Dancing. I was going for a glitch effect between the two Jokers, but my attempts at the effect really did not work, so I separated the two and gave them a clean relief. That’s why I love digital: easy re-purposing. Maybe it should be grittier and maybe I should have spent some time planning the composition instead of rushing in. I suppose there are a few more Jokers to choose, should I want a second go.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Myriam! I wanted them to blend into one another a bit more originally, but I’m glad the effect still comes through.

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  1. This is wonderful, Jacob. I always think the Joker is a more interesting character than Batman really. I haven’t seen the new one but Jack Nicholson was superb, I thought. I really like your Joker mash-up here – truly scary!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Michael! Yes, I agree; the Joker seems to upstage Batman in a way that few of the other villains do. Jack Nicholson would be my favourite, though Mark Hamill does an excellent job voicing him in The Animated Series. My brother grew up with those cartoons and says he’s scarier than any live action version!

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  2. Well there you go, I didn’t know Mark Hamill had any connection to Joker – it’s one of those quirky facts like the connection between “P please Bob” and James Bond which I think we’ve mentioned before.

    Quite a mash-up, you’re not going to beat your own pixel version though πŸ˜‰

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    • Jacob said:

      Hamill is great! He’s done the Joker in a few cartoons and games. Check out the psycho laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf7Tbt9ewY8

      Well yes, I tried my best but deep down just knew I didn’t really have a hope of beating the Speccy pixels. It’s impossible. πŸ˜›

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    • Jacob said:

      That’s good enough for me!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie. It’s true that the Joker is a rather glitched individual, but then aren’t we all? πŸ˜›

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  3. That is a pretty stunning and dark portrait of one of the best comic villains ever, bravo Jacob! The logo is cool too. I can’t wait to see the new Joker film!!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much! I’m really intrigued by the film, I hope it lives up to the hype.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, well that sums up the Joker for me so that’s good, I guess. Also, yay JP! πŸ™‚ Lovely to see you here, hope all’s well. J x

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