Early Concept Art Turned The Shining's Jack Nicholson Into Joker

Click to find out how producer Michael Uslan predicted how Jack would play Joker in Tim Burton's Batman.

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By LEVITIKUZ - 11/20/2012


There was a time, not that long ago, when superhero movies were a rarity. Nowadays we get them yearly but back then, there wasn't many superhero films. Michael Uslan has been the excuative producer in almost everything Batman. From Tim Burton's Batman to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and everything inbetween. He also was a producer on Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman.

Back in 1980, Uslan was still early in his quest to get Batman on the big screen when he was struck by inspiration: Spotting the famous "Here's Johnny" shot of Jack Nicholson from The Shining (in the New York Post), Uslan grabbed some white-out, a marker and a pen and transformed the actor into the Joker. Of course, it would be another nine years before that version of the Clown Prince of Crime would finally hit the big screen, but Uslan was obviously onto something.



Very cool. Currently this early, early concept art is being auctioned off through Metropolis Collectibles’ ComicConnect.com. The bidding is currently at $2,393, so if your going to bid good luck! What are your thoughts by this? Comment below. Peace.
Source: IGN
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RexDartEskimoSpy - 11/20/2012, 9:54 AM
Damn, why have we never seen this before?

Nicholson could have been a great Joker, if only he'd given a crap. And somebody hade made Tim Burton read a Batman comic or too. And nobody got Prince involved.
GoILL - 11/20/2012, 10:55 AM
I read about this last week and was surprised no one posted this, good stuff LEVI.
avengers72 - 11/20/2012, 2:24 PM
ledger will always be the best
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 11/20/2012, 9:25 PM
@RexDartEskimoSpy Are you kidding me? Batdance is awesome.
MarkJulian - 11/21/2012, 9:17 AM
You seriously need to watch the plagiarism dude. Was a hairpin away from being deleted.
PenditaMarah - 11/26/2012, 1:16 AM
@jokerfanahaha

well for me,heath ledger's joker was a new sensation for me and always blown me off with his menacing character...so,i choose heath ledger oer jack nick...doesnt mean that i hate jack's joker,but heath ledger's joker gaves me an impact...a horror impact for me.

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