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This One Will Kill You

blog_xjokerDirector Christopher Nolan's vision of everyone's favorite caped crusader not only made The Dark Knight the biggest film of the summer of 2008, but also launched it into a top spot on the list of all time domestic box office receipts. It even went on to snag a posthumous supporting acting Oscar for Heath Ledger's already iconic portrayal of the Joker as well as become the gold standard for comic to film adaptations.

 

So the wait for the upcoming third entry in the series (The Dark Knight Rises) has been understandably torturous. In fact, after nearly 3 desperate years of hoping for even the slightest bit of information to slip out of camp Nolan, it wasn't until just this past month that our first (albeit brief) glimpse was given at what to expect in the next installment. Specifically, Tom Hardy in costume as Batman's new nemesis:

Bane. (Click that to stare at it for a while.)

Back? Pretty awesomely creepy stuff, huh? Read more about him right here. So now that the wheels are in motion and the next flick is officially on the way, I'd like to suggest something else that will help make the time go down a bit smoother.

How about a 128pg. hardcover that fits right at home in Nolan's Bat-universe? How about it detailing the events that may have gone down after the theater lights went up in The Dark Knight? I thought that might get your attention. "Joker, " written by white hot scribe Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) and illustrated by Lee Bermejo (Luthor) finds the clown prince freshly released from Arkham and looking to take back every piece of Gotham that was snatched up in his absence. Not only by the mob but also a new criminal element with theatrics comparable to his own. Featuring dark new interpretations of classic Bat-villains such as the Riddler, Penguin, and Harley Quinn, this book effortlessly expands on the tone and style established in the current Batman movies. It's an incredibly tense tale that is impossible to put down and will more than likely cramp your knuckles from clenching the book too tight.

Don't be surprised when it puts a smile on that face too.

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