Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker in The Dark Knight has every artist in the industry trying to channel the completely psychotic, yet undeniably charismatic performance of the Batman villain in their illustrations, but few manage to succeed like Francesco Mattina.
Brandishing a vicious sword in his hand and sporting the same Glascow smile that Ledger had, Mattina’s interpretation was clearly inspired by the Christopher Nolan film. However, Mattina builds on that inspiration by giving his Joker a masochistic expression, smeared eyeliner running vertically on his eyes and a body that’s contorted into an unsettling pose. The manic spirit of Batman’s archnemesis is definitely strongly represented in this jaw-dropping rendering.
Francesco Mattina also illustrated the Penguin in a similarly intense manner. His version of the bird-themed criminal, complete with boils, frizzy hair and chalk-white skin, makes Danny DeVito’s portrayal in Batman Returns look wholesome.