Saturday, March 14, 2015
The character, created by writer Alan Grant and artist Norm Breyfogle, was visually inspired by the lead character in V For Vendetta. I've heard that in this new version, he's passing out copies of his mask around Gotham City, somewhat duplicating real-life usage of V's Guy Fawkes masks by Anonymous and people that appear at pretty much every protest of any kind these days. While I'm uncomfortable with other creators taking characters whose creators are still around in such different directions, that seems like a valid enough update, tracking the character's late 1980s/'90s inspiration into the our own decade to update him accordingly.
"Endgame," meanwhile, has something to do with The Joker Joker-izing people, thus the smile drawn on the mask above...which only serves to make the mask look like that on the cover of The Purge. That horror movie, about a world wherein all crime in legal one night a year, was popular enough to spawn a sequel.
The title of the sequel? The Purge: Anarchy.