So when I was thinking up Clayface for the villain piece I did, I dug the idea to just go to the source. In Detective Comics #41
, Basil Karlo is introduced as a disgruntled actor with a mask that goes ape-sh*t serial killer on a film studio. I pretty much just kept that origin.
I'd like to think of Basil as an evil Daniel Day-Lewis that went off the deep end.
With all the technical advances Hollywood can do with prosthetic makeup, I thought it was a good way to represent Basil's "shape-changing" powers.
Also wanted him to have backup in the form of Matt Hagen (Clayface II in the comics) and Preston Payne (Clayface III in the comics)
I kind of like the idea that even in that last panel, you still can't quite see the face of the killers.
If it isnt entirely clear, the group of faces just above Basil's head represents some of his many disguises.
Also another thing that might not be clear, this is totally one of the "unconfirmed sighting of the Batman" post TDK, pre TDKR. And it is Bruce that beats the crap out of the Clayface murderer(s) and drops them off at GCPD
oh btw I want to mention I'm not trying to demonize FX studios at all.. In fact I was trying to bring to light he fact that film studios completely lowball them to the point of them having to shut-down. It's completely terrible and would drive any of them to high levels of frustration. This is kind if the 'postal' version for the entertainment industry... which thankfully didn't happen - but could have.