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BTAS Secrets – The Joker’s eyes

The Joker\'s eyes

So what is such a secret about the Joker’s eyes?  Batman the Animated Series actually existed on two networks — the first few years were run on Fox, and then it moved over to the WB.  During the change, nearly every character received a dramatic makeover to show a new style.  Batman’s cape and cowl, for example, went from a bulky blue to a sleek black.  Scarecrow went from a goofy guy in a goofy mask to the modern day visage of death; a hanged corpse. 

The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime received a number of tweaks as well to streamline his look, including the (sad) loss of creepy red lips.  Amongst his other changes was a very subtle redefinition of his eyes, the windows to his soul.  In the earlier Fox cartoons, the Joker’s eyes were a yellowish tint surrounding an empty black pupil.  By the time he reached the WB, the colors of his eyes were reversed, leaving a tiny white pupil in a soulless and demonic black pit.  This left the Joker creepier than ever, with a skull-like appearance.  Creepy!

Check out some more redesigns after the break!

Batman - Batman the Animated Series

Batgirl - Batman the Animated Series

Scarecrow - Batman the Animated Series

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