This story doesn’t exactly qualify as “movie news,” but it does involve a cinematic icon.

According to reports, filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) is set to terrorize the streets of Gotham City with a one-shot Joker comic for DC this October.

Carpenter and co-writer Anthony Burch (who previously collaborated with Carpenter on the Big Trouble in Little China comic miniseries) are teaming up with artists Philip Tan and Marc Deering for The Joker: Year of the Villain #1, which focuses on the Clown Prince of Crime in a world where everybody’s becoming a bad guy:

Now a human-alien hybrid, Lex Luthor has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.


The complete cover image for The Joker: Year of the Villain #1. Illustration by Philip Tan. 


The confusingly titled book will total 40 pages and sell for $4.99. Pick it up at your local comic book store beginning Wednesday, October 9.

What do you make of John Carpenter taking on the Joker? Is this a book you will definitely be picking up? Jump down to the comments below and let me know what you think!


One thought on “‘Joker’ Comic From Horror Director John Carpenter Coming This October

  1. I love how John Carpenter is keeping himself busy with music, comics and videogames since no one is willing to give him the freedom he wants to make a movie!


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