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Wanna See Some Of Bill Sienkiewicz's Art He Did For DARK KNIGHT?!?!?

Hey folks, Harry here... With Comic Con coming up - I just figured that you'd dig something like this. You see, I've been a fan of Bill Sienkiewicz's artwork ever since he did an astonishing JOKER in my father's convention sketchbook. It's fairly intense. Wildly sardonic - and from that sketch I've followed Bill's work through every title he's touched. And I dream of the day I see Warlock translated to screen. But Bill decided he wanted to share some of his astonishing artwork which was done for the production as well as the promotion of DARK KNIGHT - the move all of you paid to see 3 times this weekend apparently. Now - if you're going to Comic Con - you can check out Bill's originals at Booth #2419! And if you do - you're one lucky bastard, Bill's originals are a thing of exquisite beauty! If you want to see more of Sienkiewicz's work go to BillSienkiewiczArt.Com - Thanks goes to Bill and Sal for Debuting this art on AICN!

For some curious reason - Warners has asked that these be removed - enjoy them at Comic Con where you'll see the originals!

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  • July 21, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by bgeek


  • July 21, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    get on the ball, lads.

    by thebearovingian

    I hope The Dark Knight haters find their way into this talkback. All two of them.

  • July 21, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Nolan has class

    by half vader

    for using Sienkewicz. Electra, Stray Toasters, Numbers...

  • July 21, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    cool stuff

    by mmaddox3

    maybe im crazy but i just saw tdk again and has anyone else noticed a illustrated penguin on the burnign firetruck that blocks the caravan?

  • July 21, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    pretty sweet

    by Sir Loin

    He really nailed the design, wish I could illustrate like that :(

  • July 21, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    And I just wanted to say

    by half vader

    that it's too bad comic fans these days are ignorant of artists like Sienkewicz, McKean and Williams, as fan faves like Ash Wood and Templesmith and all (while really good) are still in the shadow of these guys. No offence to the new guard, but these guys are absolute giants and it makes me a bit cranky that hardly anyone knows them at the moment. Oh and I meant Big Numbers, in case that was unclear. Too bad it fell over. Who knows how great Alan Moore and Bill could've been on that?!

  • July 21, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST



    all the batman stuff is original art, and all the joker stuff is traced (at least in form, position, and face) from the existing and limited joker promo shots.<P>too bad it would have ben nice to see some original joker drawings too.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by Admiral Akwelches

    Ledger's walk away from the hospital is priceless.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Where's Bill's artwork for ACCORDING TO JIM: THE MOVIE???

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 21, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by Lord John Whorfin

    got paid. I wonder which he prefers to draw, the comic book Batman or the film Batman? I'll bet I know which money he prefers.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST



    that's all that needs to be said.... <p> agree?

  • July 21, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST


    by hollywoodsummers

    now that Nolan left the Joker alive, he has some serious shoes to fill and if he can't then he dropped the ball for not killing him off (even if it was a choice made after Heath died in post-production)

  • July 21, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by hollywoodsummers

    It did RULE, agreed. But the last 15 min left some big ??? for the next film(s). First of all is Dent dead (personally I think not)... U?

  • July 21, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Sienkiewicz ...

    by DennisMM

    greatest comics artist of all time. Yeah, I mean it.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    God Damnit. There's NO way.

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    Nolan will recast Joker IF he does a third film, Ledger has made that perfomance Iconic. He would have to be as stupid as Sam Hamm to kill the Joker off again. This movie deserves at least 5-6 Oscars nods, for sure. It's superb.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    wow, hollywood summers...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    not everybody saw it twice this weekend. Asshole.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    thanks harry!!!!!!

    by jason baum

    for posting these kick ass sketches! f-ing love em!

  • July 21, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Lord John Whorfin

    by hollywoodsummers

    not sure what you mean buddy, just saw it once at 1:20pm today in Hollywood. These are just my first time viewing thought, among others. Still loved it though... a solid A-.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Fucking Christ Lord Johns...

    by cbebop007

    If you don't want Dark Knight spoilers, don't read the AICN talkback to a story about the movie...

  • July 21, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Or maybe...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    show some consideration and include a spoiler warning. I don't know, I guess we see what your natural inclination is. And the story is about the Sienkiewicz art work, not the ending of the "most anticipated film of the summer."

  • July 21, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST


    by hollywoodsummers

    If you're reading these talkbacks now and haven't seen the film and are pissed off about about reading spoilers... GO FUCK YOUR MOTHER!!!!! You should have seen it by now like the rest of America or you should stay off the fucking internet until you do FUCKHEAD!!!

  • July 21, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Lord John Whorfin, about the $$$...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Hopefully Sienkiewicz was duly compensated, but keep in mind a little fact: often licensing art (like this) originates NOT out of the movie company itself (in this case Warner Bros), but is instead actually commissioned and booked through the publisher (in this case DC Comics), which allows a lower rate to be paid. In other words, he may...or may not...have been paid a lot of "Hollywood money" for his services by the studio, BUT he might have also been paid a more modest fee through DC Licensing which in fact does contract out work for movie promotional purposes or toy packaging and food tie-ins and whatnot. So it could have gone either way in terms of how much he pocketed off the job. Not to mentio, was he paid a higher fee for a contracted buy-out, and thus he made more upfront, but now he is owed absolutely no further money from royalties as the art gets used in all sorts of ways...

  • July 21, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    So wait, Is Two-Face dead?

    by kafka07

    At the end of the film Batman says he will carry the responsibility of the 6 that were murdered. Would Harvey make 7 if he were really dead? I don't think any major villians should be killed off this early in the franchise.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    And the choice:

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Douchebag. As predictable as the tide, son.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST


    by hollywoodsummers

    I agree. Need to see again to have a further opinion, but still not 100% if Dent is alive. He should be though.., I can't imagine who should fill Heath's shoes... probably nobody. maybe they should have killed him in post production... wouldn't have been hard actually.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    My favorite scene was the interrogation room sequence

    by Dogmatic

    That was just plain intense!!! One of the best scenes I have seen in awhile! It was so absolutely CHILLING the way that Bats kept hitting him and kept making him laugh more. <P> I always get a cold chill down the center of my spine when he would say "You have nothing you can threaten me with...nothing you can do to me for all your strength!" That summed up this Joker...he didn't care if he lived or died, if anyone else lived or died...he didn't really even care if his plans succeeded or not b/c he knew he'd get his chance some other time...he just...does he says. That is what is so frightening about this really can't do anything to hurt him and you cant frustrate his plans b/c even though he takes others' plans and turns them on themselves he really doesnt have a plan. He just is...

  • July 21, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Really son,

    by hollywoodsummers

    by the way, Rachel dies and Gordon lives.... suck it hard baby.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    And the money...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    was probably bigger than regular comic work. I'm not sure, either, see? That's why I said "I'll bet" instead of "I know." But my guess is the biggest movie of the year probably paid pretty well.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Oh, you're not spoiling it for me...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    I never said if I saw Dark Knight or not. You're just gleefully being a fuckwit and acting exactly how I'd expect a guy like you to act.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Lord John Whorfin

    by hollywoodsummers

    well you must feel like the coolest geek in the world right now, don't you. Now excuse me while I leave this chat to fuck my girlfriend. And no, she's not fat or ugly... beating you to punch shithead.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST


    by hollywoodsummers

    I agree! How fucking Fight Club was that shit with the Joker. I think he is the best Post-9/11 bad guy HANDS DOWN!! and in the running of all time baddy!

  • July 21, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    That's going to be fun for your girlfriend...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    you getting into bed with all that pent up fanboy rage. And you'll be thinking about me and how mad I made you the whole time you're banging away at her. Well, have fun with that.

  • July 21, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Lord John and hollywood

    by deanbarry

    Made me laugh. Thanks guys, was funny reading your shit. As for the Batman/Joker art, friggen awesome. Loved the movie. Loved Ledger. Can't wait to see with a Batman 3. Big shoes to fill, but damn I have me some faith in the team behind it. Guess the Pope has made me feel all religious.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Truly a master artist...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Considering he started off as little more than a Neal Adams clone, Sienkiewicz continues to amaze me with his stunning design work. Just beautiful stuff. :)

  • July 21, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Uncle Stan

    by mr.brownstone

    it's right here

  • July 21, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Sienkewicz is one of the best

    by wash

    I own a few of his (non-comic book oriented) watercolors, and guests always comment on them. <P>His run on The New Mutants was amazing.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Hollywood and Lord John

    by brattyben

    Wow, you guys!!! Keep going. That's some funny stuff right there. Anyway, love this art, and I'm betting they commisioned him to do the Joker art after everybody fucking jizzed when they saw the Joker for the first time way back in December. I too loved everything about this movie, but, yeah, that interogation scene was tops, for all the reasons. But, it was his conversation with that detective that really got me. Remember, "It's all part of the plan." And that was what was chilling about it. He kinda knew every step of the way, OR, he just was really good at imporvising. Because with chaos, and anarchy, there's no wrong answer!!!! It's brilliant!!!

  • July 21, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    his new mutant stuff is still the best

    by bacci40

    that art was off the wall...that, stray toasters and big numbers...

  • July 21, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Animated Moon Knight

    by Playhouse

    With Sienkiewicz art. That would be brutal, realistic, dark and a sight to behold.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    dont know Bill Sienkiewicz's work

    by palewook

    but damn I should. great style and love the gritty take. very silver age and pimp as hell.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Sienkewicz regret

    by half vader

    I was at Comic Con a coupla years ago and could've bought an original Big Numbers page which was really nice, & wasn't all that expensive in the scheme of things, but didn't in case things got tight moneywise. Ah regrets... <p> I love his version of The Shadow too. And his Moby Dick. And I read something somewhere about he and Neal Adams working TOGETHER on some film project or something a few years back. Does anyone know about that and can fill me in?

  • July 21, 2008, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Oops. Sorry Bill.

    by half vader

    Forgot the extra I in the surname. Should know better, being half Polish. I think it's the half Irish side that can't spell.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Someone's gotta be a dick and get flamed....

    by Cagliostro

    Why not me? I had a feeling this DK shit was all hype and indeed, found the movie pretty much on par with BB. I think I'm pretty much done with Batman movies that involve suits of armor, until someone, even a fan, just makes a DKR animated film.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST


    by Film.guy.Pete

    I like it. I've been looking for concept art for TDK!

  • July 21, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Those Joker images are amazing

    by Bobo_Vision

    He captured the insanity and chaos, but there's also something very suave about the Joker.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    wow niiice

    by Wogga Wogga

    loved his work ever since Moon Knight. Favorite bit is new mutants 18-29ish, which rocked my world back then! Elektra was beyond awesome too.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Johnny Depp...

    by REDD

    for the Joker (if he is replaced).

  • July 21, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    A lil less hair on jokes

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    and they would be perfect. Love and Kisses from the hair club for villains

  • July 21, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    I like the 3rd drawing from the top...

    by KillDozer

    looks like he's rushing to give someone the phone<p> just insert the phrase "It's for you" in a gruff, monotone voice.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Awfully fashion issustrationy...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...not that there's anything wrong with that. Very Project Gotham if you will.

  • July 21, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    New Mutants

    by Pogue__Mahone

    I agree! Bill's stuff on New Mutants back in the day is, hands down, my favourite of his work. Was wonderful seeing some real 'artistic' renderings of mainstream Marvel heroes and not just your typical comic book art. It was cutting edge for sure! And with regards to The Dark Knight? Wow. Just wow. I agree with the idea of Dent NOT being dead. For all intensive purposes 'Harvey Dent' is dead... but Two-Face? A small groan or something from him lying there could have put all the fan-boy speculation to rest. Did anyone else catch Alfred's remark near the beginning of the film when Bruce was saying he needed a new suit? Protection against dogs? And Alfred says that Fox xould make him one to protect him against dogs... and certainly 'CATS'! Meow! Bring on Selina Kyle!

  • July 21, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    What exactly is an "intensive purpose?"

    by Cletus Van Damme

    It's "for all intents and purposes," folks. Don't be afraid to crack open those textbooks, they're more afraid of you than you are of them.

  • July 21, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Just because the Joker is alive..

    by Lemming

    doesn't mean he has to come back or any shoes need to be filled. It may just be a simple choice of keeping the comic staple of having no villain killed but locked up in Arkham.

  • July 21, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    for production?

    by tha plow

    if this was done for production of the movie, it must have been done very late in production. all of them are date '08.

  • July 21, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    This early in the franchise

    by kafka07

    yes Jack Colby, assuming there will be many more. Money definitely dictates much of that and TDK is breaking records left and right. And I think TDK has really boosted Batman's iconography once again. Regarding Bat-villians, I always like to believe that Batman and his rogues gallery will be in a neverending conflict; like what the Joker said when he's hanging upside down, him and Batman will be each other's foil perpetually. And seemingly killing off Dent/Two-Face sort of reminded me of what was done with Venom. But in TDK the "death" works as part of the story (all of the deaths do) and doesn't in the least bit fail like the turd Spiderman 3 did story-wise. It's another sign of TDK's clever script that they have us speculating over Two-Face's fate. They may not even bring back the Joker for a while (if he's in the next movie just make it a small role in Arkham), but I'm happy to know he's going to linger in the Bat-film-universe.

  • July 21, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Batman aggressive trying to hand us a 1980s cell phone

    by Greggers

    That's what I saw in the third pic, anyway.

  • July 21, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    the Crow.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i loved the film and Ledger and his Joker, but all i can think of when i see these is The Crow.<p>which isn't a bad thing. i'm just sayin'.

  • July 21, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i had the same thought, just a small appearance from inside Arkham for Joker in the next one. but he needs to be felt, for sure.

  • July 21, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Ummm It's just 'rendered' styleguide art

    by SenseiMonkeyboy

    Hate to be the downer guys but it is just stylized re-renderings of already created art from the style guide. I have the style guide for the film on the shelf next to me. All he has done is traced the pre-rendered poses and art in his style. The guy is a great artist but not for this work.

  • July 21, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Styleguide or not, it's pretty sweet...

    by MCVamp

    I was a big fan of Bill S's work on New Mutants and even read Elektra: Assassin because of it (despite one of Miller's most obtuse stories ever.) Especially like his Venture Brothers DVD cover art.

  • July 21, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Another "YAWN" from

    by ninpobugei

    'Nuff said...get some stories or at least stop padding your list of "news".

  • July 21, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    the 1st one is beyond homo

    by ArcadianDS

    Im pretty sure he penciled in nipples, too.

  • July 21, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    this guy likes to draw, and then scratch them up with needles. Oh and the sprinkle toner dust on them.<p> In a word: meh.

  • July 21, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Harvey Dent...

    by Grimjack99

    I think he's alive, but locked up in Arkham, while Gordon and Bats have made the people of Gotham think he's dead, thus keeping the illusion of his white-knight image alive.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Friendly Dictators Trading Cards

    by jesuschrist

    Gonna super obscure on your asses. Wanna see some super badass Sienkev!@$%& (or however you spell it) stuff? Check out an old set of trading cards he did for Eclipse press back in 1989. It's a set of cards with artwork of dictators around the world the US has supported. This post is not about the politics of the cards, just the amazing artwork. Also, check out the set about the Kennedy assassination, "Coup D'Etat". Amazing artwork. Next level from his comic work.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by iwontwin

    better than the earlier suit, but still too military. They need to give it a grey it looks more like it does in the comics.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by messi

    you act like Sienkiewicz is some random artist. he's pretty influential you know.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Not that interesting

    by Undead03

    Most of it draw overs of photographs. BORING.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    This guy can draw! I love it.

    by TooWhippy

  • July 21, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    NEW MUTANTS Slumber Party

    by I am the most horrible

    As a kid I used to buy the odd Ritchie Rich or Archie comics with an occasional foray into the big boy stuff like Fantastic Four. Then I saw the New Mutants story "Slumber Party" on the shelf with art by Bill S. and that was that. I loved the art with all the messy scratchiness and severe globs of ink. Nobody does Warlock better imho.<p> I owe him a lot for getting me hooked on proper comics...or he owes me depending on how you look at it.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by I am the most horrible

    Anybody else remember Ivich? She was a green skinned warrior mutant in the Gladiators. Bill S. made her look HOT and like Frankenstein's Monster's daughter at the same time...big square head, sunken cheeks, fat caveman brow...I know I'm not selling it, but I swear she was hot in his depiction.<p> What's wrong with me?

  • July 21, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by pk68

    that's the best his stuff has ever loooked. Sure looks like he had an inker clean it up. Usually Sinkeshitz's stuff looks lousy. Just look at the old New Mutants issues he did art for.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    OK, here's the plan

    by kaiser117

    As much as i would love to have the joker in the next one, it can't be done. Sorry, it cant Ledger's joker will stand supreme, and another joker would be insulting. but hey! there are a million villians that are realistic enough to be explored by Nolan's team of amazingness. The Riddler has been mentioned several times, and most people assume that Anthony Micheal Hall (Who has a very minor role in TDK, and the GCN news anchor Mike Engle) would be the Riddler. I thknk this is alluded to when the joker makes Engel read off a riddle to gotham about "the game". They could allude to the joker, or show the back of some dude dressed like ledger's Joker with no dialogue. also, we dont really know for sure if two-face is dead. or maroni for that matter. i heard Penguin and catwoman are allued to, but i dont think that Nolan should go for some of the more campy-esque characters. I mean, if he does that, just bring back Ahnold for Mr. Freeze and have some monster-looking guy be killer-croc. Nolan's Riddler could be really good. but nolan is going to have to make the movie of all-time to beat TDK now that the bar is set so much higher. it almost makes me think that he shouldn't make another one. another "return of the Jedi" another "Godfather III" but, i want my perfect trilogy. then, he can stop. end it on a high note. I Believe in Chris Nolan. Down with the haters!

  • July 21, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    WHAT A TREAT ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    Those drawings are fantastic. Thanks for posting them!

  • July 21, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    God damn is Bill's work terrifc

    by picardsucks

    I remember alot of his stuff from the late 80's and early 90's it had such a liveley hyperactive quality about it. Did he do Arkham Asylum??? I have it on a shelf somewhere. His covers were always quite stunning. Another example of amazing lively comic art and why manga and all the clone manga clones suck fucking brown anus!!!

  • July 21, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Sienkiewicz Is One Of My Favorite Artists Of All Time

    by LaserPants

    I know he took a lot of his style from Klimt, but who cares, the guys a genius. I'm continually humbled by his seemingly effortless work. Thanks for sharing these!

  • July 21, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I loved his MoonKnight work

    by toadkillerdog

    Even if it was at times too derivative of Adams. Then again, quite a few tried to emulate the Great Neal at one time or another - but Bill kinda went too far. He then veered off into the scribbly direction, which was annoying, and it turned me off of his work for quite a while. These drawings are quite good with the Joker being excellent.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Ruined The New Mutants?

    by LaserPants

    He's the reason I started reading it in the first place. I dropped it right after he left.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    More please

    by slaughterstorm

    i like it when you guys show this kind of thing. please do it more often.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Sinkeshitz? Really?

    by ebonic_plague

    He ruined New Mutants? Did IQ's drop sharply while I was away? You people never cease to amaze with your steadfast refusal to appreciate anything of quality. I've never seen anything from Sienkiewicz that was less than awesome, and this continues his streak.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Experiment 626

    by BackStJoe

    He did not ruin the New Mutants. His art work was incredible. Marvel, trying out some new coloring process destroyed a lot of his great line work. Amazing stuff.

  • July 21, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Joker looked more original when he was THE CROW

    by Puddleglum

    I'm just saying...

  • July 22, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    I thought he did art for BOTH the production

    by half vader

    (film itself) and the marketing (styleguide art for licensees). With the stuff posted here being a few examples of the STYLEGUIDE stuff. How hard is that to understand really?

  • July 22, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    ruined the new mutants?

    by vealchop

    what that book was like on its 18th issue when he invented it? how much of a loyal following did he piss off? sienkiewicz is the greatest. it only disappoints that he's doing uninteresting gigs like this batman promo crap now.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    I have the entire run of New Mutants...

    by ZeroCorpse

    And I loved Bill's run on the comic. What SUCKED ASS was when Rob "can't draw worth shit" Leifeld took over. THAT is what ruined New Mutants.

  • July 22, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Google Cache...

    by ejcarter9

    ... still available there for a very short time. :)

  • July 22, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Please did someone save them?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Please post somewhere if you did. Thanks!

  • July 22, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    that would be awesome

    by nate26322000

    if someone had these saved. id like copies of the joker pics.