Sunday, July 20, 2008
The design of Batman's arch nemesis the Joker was actually based off a character from the 1928 silent film, "The Man Who Laughs." You can find the entire film on youtube beginning here.
In the meantime, you might be interested in this famous scene. Gwynplaine, the man whose mouth was mutilated into a fixed grin as a child, returns home after being tempted by the Duchess Josiana to leave Dea, the woman he loves. Waking to find him home, Dea, who is blind, feels Gwynplaine's smile for the first time.