Thursday, July 10, 2008

Why So Serious?

Anybody excited for the Batman movie? Of course you are. I know I am.

I drew this for a thread on the Bendis Board. This take is slightly influenced by Dave McKean's grotesque take in Arkham Asylum. Obviously, mine and his don't look at all similar but I just wanted to get across the feeling of a guy whose facial muscles are all constricted and contorted into a rictus. I like Heath Ledger's take on the guy in the upcoming movie based on the trailers I've seen but I don't like their visual conception of the character. He looks less like a freakish carnival reject and more like a painted bum. But that's just me. I'll probably like it more when I see the movie. I'll always prefer Bolland's and McKean's take on the guy, though.


Blogger Craig Zablo said...

I'll see it, but so far ALL of the Batman movies have fallen a bit short for my tastes.

Dig your Joker though!

11:55 AM  
Blogger RLS said...

Yeah, I feel the same way. The last one was the best one and the closest to what my vision of Batman should be but 3/4 of the way though the movie the train came off its tracks and became just like any other summer action flick. I hope this one does a better job.

12:19 PM  
Blogger flaviano said...

hei stop doing kind comments to my art! want you make me die for flaterness!!!!
hehe thanks man, i really appreciate!

oh, your way to ink is becoming enviable!

1:09 PM  
Blogger RLS said...

haha You just have to stop making such awesome art, that's all. :) Seriously, I'm loving all your recent work. I hope you don't stop.


2:33 PM  
Blogger riq said...

Hi Ron,

Great piece!! Looks great. I like the hintof insanity you've put into this.

I'm probably jumping in late, but I love the new incarnation of the joker! The new Batman feel to me like they've re-imagined the character with out the "fantastic" part, and put them into the real world.

The Heath Ledger joker to me is right on because he's just insane- with no excuse.. just insane.


2:50 PM  
Blogger RLS said...

Hey Riq. Sorry for the late reply. Glad you like the pic.

I initially didn't really like the Ledger version of the Joker. He seemed a lot like a mix of Joker and the Crow. I loved Ledger's portrayal, though, when I saw the actual movie b/c he just gave him that hint of menace while still making him funny and actually somewhat likeable. I do love the ironic comment he gave at the end about "We're going to do this forever line" was both a sad commentary about the Batman franchise as a whole as much as about Ledger's death.

9:28 AM  

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