COMICS: A "Perverse" Version Of The Mad Hatter Will Debut In THE DARK KNIGHT #16

COMICS: A "Perverse" Version Of The Mad Hatter Will Debut In THE DARK KNIGHT #16

The classic Batman villain will look pretty much the same as he always has when he makes his New 52 debut, but his character will be undergoing a "horrific" overhaul thanks to Ethan Van Sciver. Check out some images after the jump..

Van Scriver chats to Newsarama about his new "Charles Manson" like take on The Mad Hatter..

"I thought about Timothy Leary, the LSD guru from the 1960s, and Charles Manson, and all these kind of strange '60s radical cult leaders. And I put a lot of that into the kind of classic Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter that existed in the old storybook artwork. So we landed on that classic appearance of Mad Hatter, but with something Charles Manson about him. And we came up with a new take on him, where he's cute but also bizarre and scary and dangerous. So he's scary and disturbing, but there's something likable about him, hopefully. As I draw him, I chuckle. So I hope he's amusing. But it was important that we make him, even though he's a small guy — he's only about four and a half feet tall — it was important at the same time that we make him physically menacing. He's a frightening guy when he gets eye to eye with you. And sometimes he needs a little help to get to that eye level."

For the full interview click on the link below.

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Filed Under "DC Comics" 1/2/2013 Source: Newsarama
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KalebAmos - 1/2/2013, 8:33 AM
Bout dang time!
DukeAcureds - 1/2/2013, 8:36 AM
He should be a sick, pedo, child-murderer.
JoeMomma29 - 1/2/2013, 8:36 AM
I like these pics!
RorMachine - 1/2/2013, 8:37 AM
I dunno about this, they always think "darker" is better when revamping characters. I always liked Hatter as a more mischievous, not exactly flat out evil villain.
Scooby - 1/2/2013, 8:46 AM
I want the Adam West's Mad Hatter

KalebAmos - 1/2/2013, 8:51 AM

Rockin it old school.
MisterBabadook - 1/2/2013, 8:52 AM
There aren't any stakes when it comes to old mad hatter. He never truly has a permanent mark in Batman's Psyche, hopefully this change is good. I loved Batgirl and Batman, but BTDK was so damn fun to read. I stopped reading every title once Night of Owls happened cuz I wanted to read it all in one sitting.
SoapDogg - 1/2/2013, 8:55 AM
I think I'm missing something here. What exactly in these panels makes him "perverse"?
RexDartEskimoSpy - 1/2/2013, 8:58 AM
They always hinted at him being a pedophile while keeping it CCA-approved. I just hope they don't go too far with it. But he still have sex with his hat? Man, I miss Secret Six.
silverdog - 1/2/2013, 8:59 AM
with those shoes he looks more like the mad pimp...
GetsugaTensho22 - 1/2/2013, 9:03 AM
While i don't want him as the generic "sick pedo child killer", i do think having him be a cannibal would be truly perverse and terrifying.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 1/2/2013, 9:18 AM
Why do comic companies keep redoing or reimagining their villians? They to lazy to create new bad guys?
Mrcool210 - 1/2/2013, 9:31 AM
so he'll be like in arkham city? HELL YEAH
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/2/2013, 9:40 AM
Mad Hatter? Perverse? Batman's gallery is 90% perverse and you gonna change the one cheeky mischievous character and make him perverse? Dafuq? Idiots.

Lazy stupid writers think "if i make this character rape/kill someone (most times a woman) i.e. HARDCORE EDGY that will make him a badass", i don't blame them because i have also seen fanboys proclaim Dr Light as a badass villian because he raped sue dibny.
DukeAcureds - 1/2/2013, 9:50 AM
ToTheManInTheColdSweat@ Fans proclaimed Dr. Light as a badass, after Identity Crisis? Really?! Some people are morons, right?
shamo - 1/2/2013, 9:54 AM
one of Bats lamest villains.
Shadowelfz - 1/2/2013, 9:56 AM
Awesome! I always wanted to see a darker take on the character. He has the potential to be Batman's creepiest villian and now he might get the chance.
Floke - 1/2/2013, 9:59 AM
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka...
SoapDogg - 1/2/2013, 10:03 AM
Oh! I see now! Didn't notice the stool and the Mad Hatter pointing.
Spideyguy94 - 1/2/2013, 10:15 AM
The mad hatter was hinted at being peverse in grant morrison's arkham asylum.
NorrinRaddical - 1/2/2013, 10:22 AM
PapaEmeritus - 1/2/2013, 10:24 AM
@Shamo, do you know Condiment King or Crazy Quilt? Or Kite Man? LOL
RorMachine - 1/2/2013, 11:00 AM
Spideyguy, yeah that's was just one line of dilaog, can't remember what it was, something about shameless blonde girls or something?
shamo - 1/2/2013, 11:01 AM
Condiment King (lmao) and Kite Man? never heard of those 2. but they sound so horribly bad that i actually want to read them.

new question: who has the lamest villains?

tomasocelot - 1/2/2013, 11:57 AM
did anyone else notice that the body on the floor is kind of dressed like the joker ?
hatrick3 - 1/2/2013, 12:10 PM
@tomasocelot-Good catch! Completely missed that.
PapaEmeritus - 1/2/2013, 12:45 PM
@Shamo - LOL! Batman's classic rogue gallery is full of aberations! Believe me - Mad Hatter is fine! But hey, talking about ridicule villains, Spider-Man is on par with Batman! Boomerang? The Walrus??? Are you kidding me?? LMAO!
shamo - 1/2/2013, 1:20 PM
evern spiderman's mainstream villains are corny imo.
Doc Oc - cornball
Mysterio - cornball
Rhino - cornball
Vulture - cornball
Sandman - cornball
mgeoff88 - 1/2/2013, 11:18 PM
I don't know about this. I thought The Mad Hatter was dark enough in Arkham City.

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