If for some reason you aren't familiar with legendary makeup artist Rick Baker, he's the guy who worked on An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome, Ghost Story, Captain EO, The Rocketeer, Ed Wood, Men in Black, The Ring, Tron: Legacy, and more. The guy has won seven Oscars for his work!
Anyway, he partnered with DC Collectibles to create a limited edition bust of the classic Batman villain, The Joker, and as you can see... this thing is awesome! It has a very creepy and nightmarish design. While talking to THR, Baker explains that he had a lot of demands before he agreed to make this, but to his surprise, DC agreed to them all:
"When DC Collectibles approached me about this project, I told them I was interested, but wanted complete control of the design. I figured they wouldn’t go for it, but to my surprise, they said ‘OK.’ I insisted that I would need a proper amount of time to create the bust and their answer was, ‘Take whatever time you need.’ I asked if I could choose the character and they said, ‘Fine.’ I told them I wanted to make a version of The Joker that’s never been done before,’ and they replied, ‘Sounds great.’ I then said, ‘You guys are just too difficult,’ and left. [Laughs] Seriously though, I didn’t expect DC Collectibles to keep their promises, but they did. I had a blast sculpting my version of The Joker and exploring his twisted and demented personality.”
So this thing is 100% Baker's own vision and design of the character, and I love it! Jim Fletcher, executive director of DC Collectibles, added:
“DC Collectibles is always seeking out interesting artists from different industries to bring their unique art styles to DC’s popular characters, and we are thrilled to partner with Rick Baker on this sculpture. From the disturbing eyes to the sinister smile, Rick did a masterful job capturing The Joker’s psychotic demeanor.”
The bust is set to be released in October and there's only a limited edition of 200 of the 1:1 scale busts being made. Each bust will be individually numbered and released through DC Gallery. I want one, but there's no way I'll be able to afford it.