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Clayface Reboot "animated" by MatthewRHumphreys Clayface Reboot "animated" by MatthewRHumphreys
So I just had a boatload of fun with this one. I didn't quite pull off his transition effect like I wanted, but I'll keep trying to figure that one out.

Anyhow, I dug the Batman : The Animated Series version of Clayface above all others. He combines several elements of various clayfaces through the comics and so I intend to do the same.

Matt Hagen was a washed up actor who's downfall was his remarkably handsome face. He was a shakespearean level actor but his looks and climb to fame left him in usually vapid roles. Denied the chance to show his true skill, Matt shunned the spotlight quickly finding it was a fickle light to start with.

He shortly wasn't able to find even the smallest of roles. A man named Roland Daggett, an industrialist of some reputation, had long before seen Hagen on stage. When he'd heard that Matt was out of the business he did his best to make sure he was blackballed, ensuring the downtrodden actor's desperation.

Having seen Hagen's true acting abilities, Daggett's twisted criminal mind saw the perfect con man with whom he'd always wanted to run with. He pushed Hagen so far down into the gutter that Hagen was all too eager to take any job he could get.

This job was conning investors in a highly complicated, but sellable scheme. Daggett's main business was in pharmaceuticals and business was weakened by previous shady dealings Daggett had been accused of. Using Hagen's face and acting skills he could get anyone to believe anything. Money once again began rolling in.

Things went smoothly for a short time, but Hagen wasn't an evil man. He wanted out soon enough, and Daggett was the type of man who chooses when things end on his own terms.

Hagen was taken to the pharmaceutical factory where he was subjected to all sorts of chemical tortures. Rather than killing him though, Hagen was subjected to a worse fate. He suffered a cellular realignment that turned him into a grotesque mass of malleable flesh. He fled to the only place he felt he could hide. An abandoned theater where he now roams as a wailing figure of despair.

Clayface has long since broken into madness. He found that with his misshapen form he could actually turn into anything or anyone...but for some joke of the universe, he could no longer take on his own face. A face he hated for so long because of the trouble it brought him, was all he wanted. So he wears the sad face of the theater...that is until you touch on his fury. Then the masks change...


I always felt Clayface started off awesome in Batman The Animated Series, but as he showed up in later iterations of the Bat-verse he became just some raging monster. I wanted to make him sympathetic but a bit sad, but incredibly dangerous at the same time.

That said, I chose to use masks formed of his clay as a continuation of the theme of this series which is identities and the differences between the person you are, once were and are going to be.
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cobeoe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
since clayface is an actor very nice touch with mask
MrNukedDuck Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
So, what's Clayface's relationship with Batgirl like?
TheFlagmaker Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
i have newer seen clayface like THAT before, i love the sad clayface, he reminds me of ghost or phantom. if they wud make the reboot Batman of your made charecter, i wud watch every episode. love the artwork
Xenomaster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Jyazz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is this like a reference to No Face from Spirited Away?
What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still love this one, especially the 'sad' version. The way his body takes on the consistency of a dark cloak, I almost expect him to break into an opera song.
Hynageneral Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
*Rubs his back* 'wispering' its ok, its ok, I know the feeling of being alone, I always felt alone ever since my mom died and I startted focusing on cartoons to remove the greif *Hugs him close* if you come with me, and join the hyna squad, you wont be alone any more.

*Mask changes to his dark side form* butt what will they say? will they be like the rest?

*Hugs him tighter* no, they learned to not to judge a person, and so do I, I care for you like a mother to her child, I dont want you to be scared and alone no more.

*Changes to his lighter mask and hugs me Back* ok then, I will come
*We break the hug, and walk out of the theater together holding hands, I squeeze my hand hard to assure I will never let go, and he squeezes it back to ashure I am there....

-and that is what will happen if you have me face him, I'm a over caring person, thats who I am
Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
T^T Poor baby, I just wanna hug him now and tell him it's okay.
Fluffycthulhu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
You know I can see this clayface being a really tragic villain. I can see when Batgirl first hears about him, she'll probably think he's one of those comic book type mindless monster being controlled. Then she meets him she'll realise that indeed he is a tragic monster and even though he has a dark side (that she accidentally triggers). He is just really mad and extremely lonely. Clayface will probably be the first villain she counters that she will pity and try to make his life a bit less miserable. I can see her being friendly to him and visiting him, after her first encounter, Listening to his woes, applauding him after an act or music piece (I'd like to think there is a piano in the theater that he plays from time to time) , Getting drama advice from him. I can see her being his only true friend. Even though from time to time she will activate his rage and he will attack her. She will always come back though, because that's what friends do.

Sidenote: I also think the theatre he lives in would be owned by Bruce Wayne. So there would be no danger of Clayface's home being torn down.
MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks so much for that
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