John Carpenter to Write ‘The Joker: Year of the Villain’ Special

John Carpenter will take on one of the greatest icons in comic book history, as the legendary filmmaker will write DC’s upcoming The Joker: Year of the Villain special.

Carpenter will reportedly write DC’s 40-page The Joker: Year of the Villain special with frequent collaborator Anthony Burch as co-writer and artists Phillip Tan and Marc Deering.

The book will center on The Joker trying to be a bigger villain than all the other villains given “The Offer” by Lex Luthor.

The official synopsis: Now a human-alien hybrid, Lex Luthor has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.

“The Joker is the greatest villain in comics,” said Carpenter in a statement. ” I’m proud to be reunited with Anthony on this project.”

Carpenter previously collaborated with Burch on Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack.

The Joker: Year of the Villain #1 will arrive in comic book stores fittingly on October 2.

(We are also looking forward to John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol. 5 arriving that same month.)

Check out a preview of Tan’s artwork from The Joker: Year of the Villain below!

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.