With all this Joker news going down today, it seems an appropriate time to recall that the man who originated the role onscreen, Batman’s Cesar Romero, was an absolute icon. The World War II veteran was typecast as a Latin heartthrob in films before being cast in Batman from 1966 to 1968. His performance in the series was a bit manic, a bit comedic, and totally campy -- nothing of the sinister and "damaged" performances that came after him.
He also refused to shave his sweet mustache, which means if you look closely at any old Batman episode, you’ll be able to see some ‘stache covered in white face paint.
But Romero also helped originate The Joker’s style. The big, bright, clashing colors of a clown were worn larger than life on Romero’s Joker. As such, his iconic suit from the series went to auction today, and made quite a killing.
Take a look:
That’s right, in perhaps The Joker's greatest heist yet, someone paid $89,600 for the Clown Prince’s finest. On the Profiles in History auction page, the character ensemble was described as including a “Kent Collection by Arrow brand lime green, long sleeve, button down dress shirt,” a pink vest, a pair of pink long pants, and a black silk neck tie.
The vest and pants have markings indicating they’re Romero’s costume (“CR 2”) and have apparently held up pretty well over the years. The costume must have -- as it was only estimated to go for between $8,000 and $12,000.