Liking a lot of the things im seeing with The New 52 but when it comes to the Joker cutting off his face... Yeah not sure how cutting his own face off makes The Joker more of a threat. He is crazy we get the idea. I mean self-mutilation doesn`t actually make a villain physically stronger or more devious. In fact if they botch the job they actually make themselves less of a threat.
RED SKULL: Haha Captain America. Do you dare face me now!
CAP: Oh jesus! What the hell have you done to yourself?!
RED SKULL: I`ve cut off my own arms! Mwahaha! You see! This shows how crazy and determined I am!!
CAP:…… Sort of? Maybe.. I guess?
RED SKULL: Admit it i am now unbeatable. Unbeatab-
Two minutes later a defeated and bruised Red Skull is shackled in a S.H.I.E.L.D Prison van.
RED SKULL: Did not think this thing through beyond that initial moment of shock. Ah well nevermind.