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.