Joker wears a clown mask in The Dark Knight. It looks a lot like the one in the old Batman TV series. Are they the same?

In the opening of The Dark Knight the Joker (Heath Ledger) hides his face behind a clown mask during a bank robbery. In 1966 Batman aired the episode "The Joker is Wild" where the Joker (Cesar Romero) impersonates a clown during an opera.

So, how different is the clown mask of The Dark Knight from the TV version? We've all seen the movie, but most haven't seen the Batman episode.

Watch the video below. Let's see if the clown mask in The Dark Knight is similar to the Batman version.

They look almost exactly the same to me.

What do you think? Is the Joker clown mask the same in Batman and The Dark Knight?

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jeremy [retro-zombie] said...

i so would love a copy of the original mask from the 60's it does have great familiarities.... nice homage to a interesting character. what doesn't kill you, makes you stranger...

Tony Laplume said...

It's painted better by Nolan's team. So there!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very similar! And I actually remember that episode.

nutschell said...

ooh. I hate clowns. Well not, really, but I do find them creepy. Looks similar!


MPax said...

Clowns are so creepy. The masks do look similar.

He Geek She Geek said...

The eyebrows are the big difference to me, but it sure looks like a tribute to the old mask to me!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I saw the Batman episode today and was instantly reminded of the Dark Knight. I was actually blown away buy it. I wonder if Nolan knew this?

Maurice Mitchell said...

Vivian, I wonder that myself. It's really obvious, but no one talks about it. Good question. Thanks for the comment.


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