The Man Who Laughs
Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by the King, in revenge for Gwynplaine's father's treachery. Gwynplaine is adopted by a travelling showman and becomes a popular idol. He falls in love with the blind Dea. The king dies, and his evil jester tries to destroy or corrupt Gwynplaine.
Kane noted how the playing card looked like Conrad Veidt, who played a man with a freakish perma-grin in the 1928 German Expressionist film The Man Who Laughs. Kane denied this, saying that Robinson’s card was merely a place holder. The real Joker, Kane claims, was inspired by Veidt after Finger pointed to a picture of him and said, “Here’s The Joker.” Regardless of who officially merits credit for the character’s inspiration, the creation of The Joker was a team effort, from three hall-of-fame comic book guys.
The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
“Serpico” (1973) Sidney Lumet’s 1973 crime drama “Serpico” stars Al Pacino as New York Police Department officer Frank Serpico, whose undercover mission to expose corruption within the NYPD made him a whistleblower with a target on his back. Pacino was Oscar nominated for the role, while Lumet’s grounded realism was championed for giving the film a lived-in, visceral tone. The latter of which is a top priority for Phillips in “Joker.” The director said part of his pitch for “Joker” was telling Warner Bros. that he was making a 1970s character study like “Serpico,” but dressed up as a 2019 comic book movie.
Zorro, The Gay Blade
George Hamilton stars in a dueling dual role as twin sons of the legendary Zorro. Soon after the dashing Don Diego Vega inherits his father's famous sword and costume, a broken ankle prevents the masked avenger from fulfilling his heroic duties. When his flamboyantly fashion-conscious brother assumes the secret identity to continue an ongoing fight for justice, the results are nothing short of hilarious!
Joker ends with yet another version of the Wayne family’s murder. As always, they are seen exiting a movie theater which, in this case, is screening the action comedy Zorro, The Gay Blade starring George Hamilton. Most tellings of Batman’s origins involve the Waynes going to see a Zorro movie on the night of their deaths — which is often used to partly explain where Bruce gets the idea of avenging their murders by wearing a dark costume and hiding his identity. Given Joker’s setting in the early 1980s, Zorro, The Gay Blade, which was released in 1981, makes perfect sense to be playing in Gotham City on that fateful night.
The King of Comedy
Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
The other Scorsese touchstone in Joker is 1983’s The King of Comedy, about an aspiring comic (De Niro) who fantasizes about becoming famous as a guest on a late night talk show. Like the Joker, De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin initially experiences delusions of appearing on his favorite TV show, then makes that dream into a reality. (Or perhaps he is driven so insane he can no longer distinguish between reality and fantasy.) More King of Comedy homages in Joker: Both characters rehearse their TV appearances alone in their houses, both use acts of violence to fulfill their dreams of stardom, both become celebrated by the public despite their immoral acts, and both still live with their mothers.
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Joker’s structure leans very heavily on two different Martin Scorsese films. The first is Taxi Driver, the 1976 movie about a loner named Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro, who co-stars in Joker) who slowly succumbs to loneliness and madness before going on a mass killing spree. Besides the generally similar story arc here are a few more details the two films share: Both protagonists write their dark thoughts in journals, both fixate on powerful political figures, both have delusional thoughts that make it tough to tell whether every moment onscreen is really happening, both characters completely change their physical appearance as part of their mental breakdown, and both characters mime blowing their own brains out by pointing finger guns at their temples.
Critique of Pure Reason
This entirely new translation of Critique of Pure Reason is the most accurate and informative English translation ever produced of this epochal philosophical text. Though its simple and direct style will make it suitable for all new readers of Kant, the translation displays an unprecedented philosophical and textual sophistication that will enlighten Kant scholars as well. This translation recreates as far as possible a text with the same interpretative nuances and richness as the original. The extensive editorial apparatus includes informative annotation, detailed glossaries, an index, and a large-scale general introduction in which two of the world's preeminent Kant scholars provide both a succinct summary of the structure and argument of the Critique and a detailed account of its long and complex genesis.
A Clockwork Orange
In this nightmare vision of a not-too-distant future, fifteen-year-old Alex and his three friends rob, rape, torture and murder - for fun. Alex is jailed for his vicious crimes and the State undertakes to reform him - but how and at what cost?
After many years spent at the “Cheers” bar, Frasier moves back home to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father gets shot in the hip on duty.
Welcome To The Jungle
Joker’s anthem to his precious playground…Gotham City. For a city full of corruption, scum, and villainy, this classic GNR hit perfectly sums up the Joker’s outlook on Gotham. Yes, it’s a bad place to live, but that’s why he loves it. It’s the perfect place to have fun. “Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games…”
Can’t the Joker have a song to gel to? Sometimes you need a song to reflect to after a beating, and we know Joker has suffered his share of beat-downs in the past. This song highlights the Joker’s more sincere side…a song that he can relate to. Hey, in Joker’s mind, he knows he’s crazy, but he also thinks everybody else is denying their insanity. “Maybe I’m crazy, maybe you’re crazy, maybe we’re crazy…probably.”
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
What does Joker blast in the streets when he’s trying to persuade Batman to come out and play? As twisted as he is, this classic rock song would be the Joker’s perfect background medley while awaiting his arch nemesis and best buddy, Batsy. His sadistic interpretation of the relatively simple and sweet lyrics are sure to make even his henchmen feel a bit on edge.
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Tiptoe Through the Tulips features the eerie falsetto of Tiny Tim, and is a creepy concoction of bright lyrics and ukulele that are sure to make even the most kind hearted listeners cringe. Let’s face it, the Joker probably has a pretty twisted taste of music, as he does with everything else in his life. Seems like this song could easily be blasted on repeat in Joker’s hideout while he waits for his henchmen to come back from a night out in Gotham.
One Bad Day
I Go Looney (feat. Mark Hamill)
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Joker's Joy Buzzer
Joker's joy buzzer was a prank tool used by the clown prince of crime. It was often strapped to the palm of his hand as a regular joy buzzer. The first version of the tool was placed on the Joker's utility belt, and it was used to stun enemies temporarily. Joker's joy buzzer was a prank tool used by the clown prince of crime. It was often strapped to the palm of his hand as a regular joy buzzer.
Clown Squirt Flower
1 Flower. Fits most teens and adults. Yellow synthetic fabric sunflower with red rubber squeezer. For fun and wacky entertainment, costume parties or variety of entertainment
The Joker committed crimes with his comedic weapons which included his famous acid-spewing flower that was always tucked into his lapel. The infamous flower that the Joker wore in his lapel sprayed (at any given time) acid, poisonous laughing gas, water, knock out gas, or nothing at all. The flower's colors varied over the years, but were usually yellow or purple.
Exploding cigar 'General Information Creators: Denny O'Neil (lethal version) Type: Weapon disguised as a Prankster's practical joke toy Used by: The Joker Exploding cigars are a gag item used by the Joker. Sometimes they are lethal, causing a large enough explosion to destroy a wide area. Joker used an exploding cigar to execute his former goon, Alby in The Joker's Five-Way Revenge! (Batman #251). Gallery Videos Prince - Partyman (Extended Version) (Official Music Video)
Star Power Starter Prank Bang Gun Flag Pistol, Black Red, 5"
Prepare to make people laugh this Halloween with this prank pistol, with a giant "BANG" flag.. Prank Toy. Novelty Accessory. Humorous Gag. Great for a Western costume
Joker and the Thief Playing Cards - Seafarers Nautical Custom Deck
Premium Letter-pressed tuck box crafted in San Diego, California, using imported paper. Each deck is designed to patina as you use it. This makes each and every deck unique once used - think of denim jeans! Embossed and featuring both an interior and exterior design.. Proudly printed in America by the United States Playing Card Company in Kentucky.. Utilises incredibly durable crush stock coupled with the famous air cushion finish for outstanding handling and ease of use. Perfect for Cardistry, Magic Tricks, Poker or Black Jack Game Nights, or for your collection.. 100% custom design developed over 6 months!
The Joker commits crimes with countless "comedic" weapons (such as razor-sharp playing cards, acid flowers, cyanide pies and lethal electric joy buzzers) and Joker Venom, also called "Happy Gas" by the Joker, a deadly poison that infects his victims with a ghoulish rictus grin as they die while laughing uncontrollably.