See How 'The Shining' Inspired Early Concept Art of Jack Nicholson as the Joker

See How 'The Shining' Inspired Early Concept Art of Jack Nicholson as the Joker

Nov 19, 2012

Nicholson Joker BatmanIf you’ve got a Bat fan on your holiday shopping list and a lot of spare cash to spend, we might have found you the perfect gift.

Michael Uslan is ready to auction off a one-of-a-kind piece of Batman movie memorabilia – his hand-drawn portrait of what he envisioned Jack Nicholson would look like as the Joker.

If you’re wondering why this is a big deal, it’s because Uslan is the man who was largely responsible for getting Burton (and eventually Nolan’s) Batman films up and running in Hollywood. The portrait is even cooler because it’s based on a photo of Jack Nicholson bursting through the bathroom door in The Shining – it’s like two cool pieces of movie-based memorabilia in one.

Uslan crafted the piece back in 1980 when he was trying to figure out how to get Hollywood onboard with the idea of making grittier and darker Batman films. He saw the image of Nicholson, painted over it with Wite-out, and the end result is a Joker concept piece that looks eerily faithful to the one Nicholson brought to the screen nine years later.

Metropolis Collectibles’ is auctioning off the artwork (along with several other pieces from Uslan's collection) between now and December 3. Bid early and bid often (the current price is just under $2400), and maybe you can avoid the whole Black Friday rush this year.

[via Blouin Art Info]

Joker Concept art

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