Tuesday, May 10, 2011

'The Dark Knight' Joker Concept Art Creepier Than Final Version

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - by Maurice Mitchell 5

The most shocking part of The Dark Knight (2008) was the Joker's bizarre facial scarring, but it could have been even creepier.
 Synopsis: The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan with star Christian Bale, who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. - Warner Bros
In the book The Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script they have some of the other ideas behind his slashed face. The scars are a lot more extreme with flapping skin and deep gashes.

First, a look at what Heath Ledger looked like in the film.



Now a look at some early designs
Joker by Rob Bliss



Production design by Nathan Crowley. Concept artists were Jamie Rama, Dan Walker, Matthew Savage and Mark Taylor.

Rob Bliss's portfolio is at robbliss.com

Do you wanna know how he got those scars?

Via SlashFilm

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Maurice Mitchell
Lover of science fiction and art.

5 comments:

  1. hey that looks better than what we got in the film.. maybe they thought people would accuse them of copying Ichi the Killer if they had went with that look.. or it was too gruesome? who knows :S

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  2. Googled "Ichi the Killer." You're right. These are dead on. 8-o

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  3. The designs you have above were done by Rob Bliss. He came up with the concept for the jokers face and the clown gang masks. Some of his old work can be seen here..
    http://www.krop.com/robbliss/#/23274/

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