With DC"s New 52, we were all expecting some pretty big changes to the looks of the characters. The heroes have all changed, some more than others, but the villains have pretty much remained the same. This was somewhat of a letdown to me, and is to you as well, I'm sure. If they were going to update ANY of the villains, I wanted it to be the Joker. I mean, he is the most popular comic book villain of all time! Well I am going to make a prediction, the Joker is about to be updated...
In the first issue of Detective Comics, the Joker gets his face cut off by the Doll Maker. Why? Well, we don't see what/whose face he gets and there is no reason behind it other than it makes him unrecognizable (which is reason enough I guess). But why end the very first issue of DC's flagship title with a faceless Joker if they are just going to put his old face right back on later? I don't think they are. Here is my prediction:
I think that the writers at DC have decided to make the comic book Joker look like the Joker as interpreted by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight!!!
This would make sense as the origins of the characters haven't really changed (with the exception of Wonder Woman), they have only taken place in more recent times. Giving the Joker a new face would allow his origins to remain intact and allow his look to be updated to the new, more popular TDK Joker. Will it happen? Who knows, we just have to keep reading Detective Comics to find out. We can only hope.
Let me know what you think: out with the old or don't change a thing?