M.S. Corley Adorns Batman’s Rogues Gallery With Extra Fashionable Attire [Art]
With Batman’s gallery of foes being as iconic and adaptable as it is, it’s not exactly rare to see an artist take a shot at doing their own interpretation of characters like the Joker and Two-Face. It is, however, a pretty uncommon treat to see them done as well, and with as much thought, as artist M.S. Corley has put into his take the Dark Knight’s deadliest foes.
To be honest, the best work that Corley has done with these is in the accessorizing. That might sound weird, but the idea of the Joker wearing a straitjacket as a jaunty cloak, putting the Scarecrow in a Plague Doctor mask or giving Mr. Freeze his wife’s scarf to add a touch of humanity is a really cool idea. Check ‘em out, along with a few of Corley’s notes, below!
“I went the literally insane route with him, picturing him escaped from Arkham Asylum but actually embracing his insanity and wearing it like a badge with his slung-over-the-shoulders-straight-jacket-I’m-a-handsome-fellow look. He wants to look dapper and there is a purposeful nod to Buster Keaton here if you can see it.”
“In my version his accident obviously caused a lot more damage than just lowering his body temperature to where he always needs to be in a cryogenic suit. He’s almost more machine than human now with a fading mind and cold heart (literally?). But by wearing his old overcoat and Nora’s scarf it makes him feel attached to his former life and not be lost completely.”
“I love high fashion runway clothing, where they sport really crazy clothes that no one would actually wear on the street, but we all can admire as a form of art. And with that in mind the fly trap just seemed like a great idea visually and symbolically. Pair that with her not being fully human anymore but mixed genetically with plants in a alluringly grotesque way, and—voilà. My Poison Ivy.”
“I almost didn’t draw Two-face because I didn’t think I could make something different than how he is always represented. But then I had the idea of what if I didn’t stick with the story of him being disfigured with acid, but say, the chemical splashed on him had a reaction similar to how elephantitis looks/works, and so here we are.”
“Scarecrow has always been a favorite of mine. His design started with the plague mask idea, to protect him from his fear toxin (even though he’s apparently immune to it) but also to up his creepy factor. At least I think those masks are creepy looking… And then I built out from there, I kept a few of the traditional things we always see on Sacrecrow but tried to reinterpret them a new way.”
For more, and to see the original concept designs and the process that led to the finished pieces, check out Corley’s website!