Hollywood legend Rick Baker may be retired, but that doesn't mean that he is done keeping you writhing with terror. The man behind such iconic makeup designs for An American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, and The Ring (not to mention many, many more), has lent his talents to designing a new look for one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) comic book villain of all-time. That villain is, of course, the Joker.
The seven-time Oscar-winning designer has partnered with DC Collectibles for a limited-edition bust of Batman's nemesis. That's right — the design isn't going in a film or a video game; this Joker could go right into your very own home. DC Comics tweeted the following image of the bust today, and as you can see, it is absolutely terrifying.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, only 200 of the 1:1 scale busts will be made. Baker tells them that when approached, he was interested, but "wanted complete control of the design." He was surprised that they agreed, and after being given as much time as he required, Baker let them know that he "wanted to make a version of the Joker that's never been done before. He adds that he "had a blast" sculpting his Joker, and "exploring his twisted and demented personality."
DC seems pleased with his work, as THR quotes Jim Fletcher, executive director of DC Collectibles, as saying the makeup maestro did a "masterful job capturing the Joker's psychotic demeanor."
That may be an understatement. Take a look at some additional photos of the sculpture in greater detail:
While Baker's Joker has some things in common with other Jokers (a bit from Batman: The Animated Series, a dash from the Arkham video game series, a pinch from Heath Ledger's Joker), this one out-creeps them all. The bulging, bloody eyes definitely evoke Baker's style, and will probably prevent us from ever sleeping again. Anyone who puts this in their house should prepare for nightmares.
The limited-edition sculpture will be available in October from DC Collectibles. If you want one, you had better act fast — after all, there are only 200 of them. After that, the sculptures... like this pencil... will disappear. In the meantime, here's hoping that the genius of Rick Baker lives on.