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Evil clowns are so hot right now. IT, which prominently features a child-eating clown, is currently thrashing the box office, and DC is preparing to go hard with its own evil clowns. A ton of different Joker projects are in the works and with an IT sequel almost assuredly on the way, you better get used to seeing more creepy clowns in your movie theater. Jared Leto's Joker and Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise will make children fear clowns for years to come, so why don't we just triple that fear by combining the two into an unholy creation of smiles and lipstick? Check out this fanart of Joker and Pennywise fused together.
Feast your eyes on a mash-up of Pennywise and Joker. Courtesy of BossLogic, the graphic artist responsible for plenty of popular internet fan creations, your nightmares now have a new face. The art takes elements from both characters and fuses them together. Using Joker's face as a foundation, the character possesses Pennywise's make-up and weirdly large forehead. The pièce de résistance is the eyes, which glow a disturbingly piercing yellow. Plus, it loses the Joker's face tattoos so, bonus. Now we just need to think of what to call it. Jennywise? Poker? Oh man, what's the Babadook going to think?
The new Pennywise made his debut last weekend in IT, which went on to gross over $120 million, making it the highest grossing horror movie domestically ever. In the film, Pennywise -- a shape-shifting entity who isn't really a clown at all -- has been tormenting a small town in Maine for centuries. Bill Skarsgard goes all-in on his performance, giving Pennywise a deeply unsettling physical presence with his voice, body language, and smile. Fans can expect to see him return in full-force in the sequel to IT, which will reportedly take place several years after the original film.
While Jared Leto's take on the Joker hasn't been as well received as Pennywise, moviegoers can expect to see him appearing quite a bit over the next few years. The Joker is expected to appear in Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens. He's also getting his own romance-crime movie starring opposite Harley Quinn. DC Films is also expanding into stand-alone films, beginning with a Joker origin story. That project doesn't star Jared Leto as the Clown Prince of Crime, but it's Joker nonetheless.
There's no release date yet for IT: Chapter Two, but fans likely won't have to wait too long. Where we can next expect to see the Joker is also unclear but Suicide Squad 2 is expected to drop in 2019. For all other movies hitting theaters in 2017, check out our detailed movie release guide for the rest of the year.