BTAS Secrets – 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!