John Carpenter is a legend in Hollywood, directing classics like Halloween, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China, among others. He’s also lent his writing talents to the comic book world before but Carpenter might just be handling his biggest project in the field thus far, co-writing a Joker one-shot that’s scheduled for release this October.
You know, just like the movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.
The Joker: Year of the Villain #1 will focus on the Batman antagonist, as he tries to, well, out bad everyone. Since October is DC’s big Year of the Villain event, Lex Luthor has been offering tons of villains enhanced abilities or powerful weapons to help them with their goals. Joker will not be waiting for Lex since he knows how to be bad and will do his evil actions on his own.
Carpenter will be co-writing the project with Anthony Burch, who helped write Borderlands 2 and has worked with the Hollywood icon on other projects. Philip Tan, a veteran artist DC Comics artist, will be handling illustrations. This should be a one-shot for fans to anticipate and is a neat way to gain some traction for the character, especially with a new movie on the way.
Having celebrities work on comic books is far from a novel idea. Gerard Way was still in My Chemical Romance before he ended up writing Umbrella Academy, which is now a Netflix favorite. Recently, Marvel hired J.J. Abrams and his son Henry to write a Spider-Man story called, well, Spider-Man.
The Joker: Year of the Villain #1 comes out this October. Get hyped.