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Injustice League - The Joker Redesign by Femmes-Fatales Injustice League - The Joker Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Injustice League redesigns, part 9 of 10.

Having asked you all pick your favourite Injustice League members from a selective list, the Joker placed second. Out of 86 votes, he received 19. It was a real knock-down-drag-out between him and the winner... of course, I really had no doubt that it would be Batman villains who placed at the top. Not necessarily because they're the best but because they're the most familiar.

As with many iconic characters, it's hard to try to re-imagine them especially when it comes to one so well-known as the Joker. Part of his 'charm' is the mysteriousness that surrounds his character specifically in reference to his background. Though DC Comics afforded him an origin, I'd more or less remain ambiguous as to who and what he was prior to the incident that transformed him into the Joker. His personality really must remain uniform though since it's so much a part of his appeal. He's a raging psychopath whose unpredictable behaviour makes him more than just a menace to society. He is incredibly resourceful and can maneuver his way out of or into any situation he desires. I would, of course, downplay some of the elements that are more comical and would instead ensure that the punchline to most of his "gag" weapons is "Oops, I blew off your head." Despite his fractured psyche, the Joker is still a genius. He's easily the most manipulative male member of the Injustice League far above Lex Luthor and Black Manta but lacks the ambition. He's more of an anarchist than 'a man with a plan.' He can also be quite callous and misogynistic which puts him at odds with the female members of the Injustice League. He most notably has a long-standing rivalry with Poison Ivy and there is an underlying tension within the team that at any moment Ivy could assassinate the Joker. Due to Ivy's regenerative nature and immunity to toxins as well as her expertise in manipulation, she remains the only 'person' on Earth who the Joker views as a threat.

In coming up with a design for the Joker, I wanted to actually go in a little bit of a different direction for him. I was really inspired by British fashion and wanted to give him a more stylish design that would maybe go along with a more suave personality. What I mean here is that the Joker would enforce a false gentlemanly behaviour that would ultimately give way to extremely violent bouts of rage. I suppose the inspiration there is the old school gangster archetypes where you find the bad guys dressing nicely and being courteous until they've been crossed. Anyway, I really went for something very streamlined and almost '60s-ish. Interestingly enough, the Joker ended up coming out like he's dressed up like Michael Jackson... which is fine... I can totally imagine the Joker doing the moonwalk after burning someone's face off with acid. I did find drawing the Joker to be a difficult task. It's hard to draw someone as menacing especially when they have a big grin on their face but I did my best. In the end, he kind of came across as androgynous. I guess it works since the other male members of the Injustice League have enough testosterone pumping through their body to make up for Joker being a little bit more of a waif. Oh yeah, the crowbar came out sucky. *shakes fist*

Remember, the rest of the Injustice League and Justice League redesigns can be found in my gallery.

Enjoy!
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of a sudden I get the urge to hear "Bad"
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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LAM46 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Your Joker physically reminds me of his "The Dark Knight Returns" incarnation. Tell me, who would you have voicing this version of the character?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh really? That's interesting. I think I was largely influenced by more recent depictions. To answer your question, I hadn't really put much thought into who would voice or play him.
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Joker IS a smooth criminal
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As smooth as a raging psychopath can be, that is.
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, yeah. But he did score with Harley, and she's hot, so whatever he's doing works. Kind of.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not exactly... I mean, he preyed on Harley's weakness and manipulated her into being with him. It almost boils down to a form of psychological rape on his part.
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Y'know, everyone always says that just because Batman said it, but:
a) He was chained over a tank of piranhas. Wouldn't you say ANYTHING to get out of that? Hell, he even admitted to it later on.
b) He said it was because Joker has a bunch of different sob stories he tells people to manipulate them. But not only did Joker himself tell Batman that he remembers his past differently every time, I seriously doubt that someone as twisted as Joker had a happy childhood.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You'd be surprised, many serial killers had what many would consider to be "normal" childhoods.
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Huh. You learn something new every day.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When it comes to criminal psychology, there are so many theories that it makes it almost impossible to say there's one specific cause for mental illness among criminals. For the most part, DC Comics tends to take a "nurture" approach to its characters where they often have some kind of backstory where they are driven to their current state. Post-Crisis Catwoman is a good example of that. She was really forced into the life she led through the tragic suicide of her mother, the death of her father, the abuse she suffered in the orphanage, and the harsh realities of living on the street.

By contrast, Marvel doesn't always take that approach. Despite the large number of reformed villains they have, there does seem to be a common thread of "nature" with them. Rogue, for example, would fit nicely into the "nature" box. When they eventually gave her a backstory, she came from a relatively comfortable family situation where she was raised in a middle-class environment with no real trauma to speak of prior to her mutation. Furthermore, when she was adopted by Mystique she was raised by two very nurturing individuals. Irene was very kind and patient, while Raven was protective of her. Despite this, Rogue turned out to be a sociopath who was shown to be more sadistic than her adoptive mother. Of course, it can be argued either way with most of their other characters. For instance, would Magneto have been so maniacal if he had not gone through the Holocaust? Would Emma have been as manipulative if she had been raised in a healthy family situation?
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That depends on who wrote the origin. Besides, Wasp did the same thing to Yellowjacket, and now he's the bad guy for it?

Regardless, I was joking.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean Wasp did the same thing...? I fail to see the connection.
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She took advantage of his fragile mental state to keep their marriage "happy". Shortly after, she gets hit ONCE after Cap is a total dick to Yellowjacket, and now he's the bad guy.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Abuse is bad whichever way you spin it. There is never a time when it is okay to lay your hands on someone you love in aggression. To make Jan out to be the one at fault is rather sad. It's like when people blamed Rihanna when Chris Brown beat her to a bloody pulp.
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nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice; I love how the, as you call it, Michael Jackson look ties into the suits and spats of the past while giving it a slightly modern update. I have to ask, though, if Ivy hasn't met Harley yet, why does she hate the Joker? And if Joker is only scared of Ivy, does that mean he's gotten over his fear of the Creeper?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time out to leave this comment and I'm glad you like the look here. :)

The answer to the question of why Ivy hates the Joker remains a mystery... or at least I'm not particularly willing to share my ideas there. The answer to the latter question is simple, the Joker cannot kill Ivy. He can't manipulate or harm her physically. His toxins will never work on her and inflicting physical harm on her is pointless as she'd simply heal the damage over time. She's also the most capable individual of inflicting harm on him and permanently damaging his schemes. What's the point of having a Joker toxin if Poison Ivy can come up with a cure?
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thegreenyeun95 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
COOL! ^^
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
cool :)
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most dangerous and evil villains ever.
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0-ART-TASTIC-0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
WOW! I really love what you did with this redesign! The whole ensemble is really well put together.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it.
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