How to Dress Like Joker (1989)

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Costume Top Hat
Clown White Face Paint
Revlon Lipstick
Dance Dress Shirt
Solid Tuxedo Vest
Joker Hairspray
Flat Front Work Pants
Purple Cotton Jacket
Silk Wild Rag
Satin Cummerbund
Plastic Black Cane
Purple Oxford Dress Shoe

Best Joker (1989) Costume Guide

There have been quite a few memorable Jokers, but the one that always stands out is the Jack Nicholson version from the 1989 Batman film! The white, pasty face criminal with the big, obnoxious smile is the first archnemeses of Batman. The Joker was the alias of Jack Napier, a mob enforcer with an appearance that was radically altered by chemicals and a botched plastic surgery. A perfect iconic Halloween costume or cosplay that everyone is sure to know who you are! Get the look of the Gotham mob boss with this Joker costume guide.

Start the transformation to the insane asylum with some green Joker Hairspray, White Clown Face Paint, and some Red Lipstick to make a that devilish Joker smile. Build the Joker’s suit with an orange Dress Shirt, a Tuxedo Vest, a Purple Cotton Jacket, a Silk Rag, a Satin Cummberbund, Flat Front Work Pants, and a pair of Purple Dress Shoes. Finish off his signature look with a Costume Top Hat and a Plastic Black Cane.

Joker (1989) Cosplay Costumes

Batman was only an urban legend of Gotham City until he was exposed to the public in an attempt to bring down The Joker. Known for his sly smile and quirky style, The Joker’s most valuable asset is his makeup. Recreate the iconic style with White Clown Face Paint and some Red Lipstick. Once you have makeup covered, you need to build the purple suit ensemble and paint your hair color green with hairspray!

Of course, if you’re dressing up as The Joker, you should have a couple of friends to dress as Batman, Vicki Vale, Alfred, or Harvey Dent! As hard as The Joker is to catch, make an attempt to snap a picture and send it in to have your look featured in the cosplay gallery!

Joker (1989) Costume Tips & FAQs

Step back into the flamboyant and menacing world of the Joker from the 1989 “Batman” film with our comprehensive costume guide FAQ. This guide is dedicated to recreating the Joker’s iconic look as portrayed by Jack Nicholson, capturing his unique blend of theatricality and sinister charm. Perfect for fans of this classic villain, we’ll focus on the key elements that define the Joker’s unforgettable and dramatic style.

The Joker's costume in the 1989 "Batman" film is characterized by its vivid colors and stylish flair. Key components include a long, purple coat, a green vest, a yellow or orange shirt, and pinstriped pants. His outfit is accented with a matching purple hat, a bowtie, and white gloves. The Joker's costume is both elegant and outlandish, reflecting his eccentric and chaotic personality.

The Joker's makeup in the 1989 film is iconic. It includes a white face, darkened eyebrows, red lips extended into a sinister smile, and a stark contrast around his eyes achieved with black or dark green makeup. His hair is dyed green and styled with a wave, adding to his maniacal appearance. You can achieve this look with face paint and temporary green hair dye or a wig.

Essential accessories for the 1989 Joker include a purple fedora hat, white gloves, and a fake flower on the lapel of his coat, which in the film is used to squirt acid or other substances. To enhance the costume further, carry a Joker playing card or a toy replica of his long-barreled gun, which are both iconic to his character in the film.

Many elements of the Joker's costume, such as the purple coat and pinstriped pants, can be found at costume shops or can be tailored using suitably colored fabrics. The green vest and bowtie might require custom creation or modification of existing pieces. Vintage and thrift stores can be excellent places to find unique pieces that can be adapted for the costume.

Adding quotes from the Joker can bring an extra layer of authenticity to your portrayal. Some memorable lines include: "Wait 'til they get a load of me.," "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?," "This town needs an enema!," "I'm not gonna kill you. I want you to do me a favor: I want you to tell all your friends about me." and "It's as though we were made for each other... Beauty and the Beast. Of course, if anyone else calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out." These quotes capture the Joker's theatricality, dark humor, and menacing presence, perfect for embodying the character's essence in your cosplay.

About Joker (1989)

The Joker, once named Jack Napier, had a history of crime and violence. When Jack was a part of a chemical mishap in the 1989 movie Batman, his face was ruined and completely altered his personality passed the point of insanity. Jack refused to be known by his previous name and demanded that he be known as The Joker. He was Batman’s first enemy and ultimately one of his biggest fights of all-time.

What Batman didn’t realize, at first, was that Jack was the one who killed his mother and father in that dark alley on the most dreadful night of his life. This urged Batman to want to stop The Joker no matter what the circumstances or lengths he needed to go. The Joker enjoyed the challenge, and welcomed Batman to take his best shot!

Joker (1989)

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