Jason Fabok’s Three Jokers cover has gotten the Hollywood treatment, with the three cinematic versions of the Clown Prince of Crime making it into some reimagined artwork posted online.
The photo manipulation comes courtesy of Twitter user ATLANT and swaps out the crowbar-wielding Joker from the 1988 Batman story A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo for Heath Ledger's take from The Dark Knight. Also, the Joker from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke (with cane and all) is replaced by Jared Leto's tattooed-down gangster from David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie.
Lastly, Jack Nicholson's Joker from Tim Burton's 1989 Batman is in pole position, taking the place of the seated and ever-mysterious Joker from Fabok's cover. This altered version has a more trendy hairstyle though, and seems to also have borrowed traits from the Arkham video game franchise costume-wise, albeit with the face of Nicholson's maniacal version.
This project, now confirmed as part of DC's Black Label imprint, was first announced during April’s C2E2 convention, where a fan’s question regarding the three Jokers mystery led to the revelation that Johns and Fabok had begun working on the project. In Justice League #42 -- part two of Johns and Fabok’s “Darkseid War” storyline -- it was revealed that Batman used the newly acquired powers of the Mobius Chair to ask two questions: Who really killed his parents and what was The Joker’s real name?
However, it wasn’t until eight months later -- the day Justice League #50 and DC Universe: Rebirth #1 hit stands -- that we finally got our answer as to what the Mobius Chair told Batman: “There are three.” And, clearly it's literal rather than figurative, leaving fans eager to find out the truth behind this grand mystery.
Three Jokers, by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson, will debut as part of DC’s Black Label imprint. The three-issue miniseries does not yet have a release date.