Multi-time Academy Award winner and nominee Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s Thriller) may have retired from the film industry a few years back, but if you follow Baker on social media, you know that he’s still making good use of his talents. For his latest project, he has created his own take on DC’s The Joker!
THR exclusively revealed Baker’s Joker design this morning, which has been whipped up for an officially licensed DC Collectibles bust that will be released this October.
Baker designed, sculpted and painted the bust, with only 200 of the 1:1 scale busts being made.
“When DC Collectibles approached me about this project, I told them I was interested, but wanted complete control of the design,” Baker told THR. “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]”
He added, “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.”
The bust will be released through DC Gallery. Check out Baker’s nightmarish Joker below!