Basil Karlo (Prime Earth)

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Mainstream Universe‎‎, 2011‎-present

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Real Name

Basil “ Baz ” Karlo

Main Alias


Other Aliases

Matt Hagen [ 1 ],
The Joker,


( corrupted helping ),
Katherine Karlo ( ex-wife ),

Vincent Karlo (father), Clownface (corrupted portion),Katherine Karlo (ex-wife), Katherine Karlo (daughter)


Batman Incorporated,
Secret Society,
Gotham Knights,
Batman Family

Formerly Gotham City Police Department

Base Of Operations

Gotham City





Public Identity


american english

Marital Status



Criminal Vigilante · Former Actor









Yellow ·
· Brown · (Formerly)


Bald ·
· Brown · (Formerly)



Prime Earth


Bill Finger · Bob Kane

First Appearance
Batman Vol 2 #1
(November, 2011)
Quote1.png It wasn’t always like this. Back before I was Clayface. Back when I was Basil Karlo, I was on my way to the top. Red carpet movie premieres, million-dollar mansions, fast cars, beautiful women. And that was just the start. I had big plans. I had ambition. I also had a temper. When people pissed me off, when people insulted me, people got hurt. That ain’t ever changed. I don’t figure it’s ever gonna. My entire career went down the drain after I hit that director. They took my life away, so I became Clayface to get revenge. Still had the big plans. Still had the ambition. And more than anything else – I still had that temper. Quote2.png

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Basil Karlo is Clayface, a early criminal in Gotham City with the power to change his clay-body to become anyone or anything. He once acted as an enemy of Batman but now works aboard him as one of his allies.

original origin

Basil Karlo, before becoming the monster he would be celebrated for being, worked as a mediocre actor who was once told by his casting director that he was n’t good enough to get a solid role. Looking for an boundary, Karlo turned to the crime boss Penguin for help. The Penguin offered Basil a hunk of mysterious cadaver, which he claimed would solve Karlo ‘s acting problems, in switch over for the actor ‘s services as a confederate. Basil agreed and was given unique shape-shifting powers when the clay jump on him, entered his blood-stream, and rewrote the fabric of his body .
With this shape-changing ability, Karlo was able to achieve achiever in his acting career. As he got better in his act, the cadaver inside him evolved a well. He gained the newly ability to copy the deoxyribonucleic acid of anyone he touched and file it away in his memory, to be retrieved at any time. Outside of his act, Karlo was employed by The Penguin, keeping to their bargain, and initially loathed the criminal activities he was forced to do. however, he finally grew to embrace it overtime. The actor lost sight of who he in truth was until he became nothing more than a batch of ferocity and rage ; it became harder to hold his human condition. Before retentive, Karlo ‘s pique destroyed his career after he assaulted a conductor who berated him for improvise on set. With no one will to hire him and frankincense becoming a “ cipher, ” Karlo became fully committed to a animation of crime as “ Clayface ”. [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

New Origin

During a battle with Mister Mxyzptlk, the Superman of the pre-flashpoint universe merged his timeline and the post-flashpoint population ‘s timeline together. Because of this the identical fabric of world was altered as the two population ‘s histories began to merge into one. This merged Clayface with the pre-flashpoint version of himself, eradicating or changing a lot of his history. As a resultant role of the change, Clayface ‘s origin was now by and large unlike. [ 4 ] Basil Karlo was the son of Vincent Karlo, who made cosmetics and masks for movies. Vincent told Basil that the hidden to his success was a foreign putty known as Renu, when applied to a surface Renu would allow the sculptor to mold that material into any look they wanted. Vincent was finally fired by his production company because they discovered that Renu was toxic to human human body and could potentially cause illnesses. Basil grew up and became an actor twenty years late. He quickly became incredibly successful due to his endowment and beneficial looks. On the set of his film Metamorphosis he met Glory Griffin who would be his P.A. for the film. When the film was complete, Basil received huge critical applaud and planned to move onto a film called Second Skin, as it reminded him of his church father ‘s old occupation. After Metamorphosis, Glory became Basil ‘s personal assistant for all his films. He soon had an consultation with the casting director of a Second Skin, and received the independent separate. When he was driving back to his apartment, Basil received a call call informing him that his father had been found dead. The shock of this news program caused Basil to crash his car, disfiguring him. In a desperate bid to salvage his career, he began abusing Renu to preserve his big appearance. When his supply began to run abject, Karlo intended to steal a bulk supply of the chemical from the fabrication plant in Gotham City, only to be apprehended by Batman. Brought to the hospital to recover, Karlo ‘s antic appearance was subsequently revealed to the world in newsworthiness reports of the incident. His career was ruined, and his girlfriend Glory dumped him. While in the hospital, Karlo was visited by Batman, who told him he had a choice to make in who he wanted to be. Karlo chose ailing and attempted to break into the warehouse where the police were holding his steal hoard of Renu. When patrol opened fire on the vials, Karlo was doused in the chemical, changing his entire soundbox and turning him into the atrocious Clayface. He then attacked the set of the film he was fired from but was stopped by Batman. [ 5 ]

The War of Jokes and Riddles

During Batman ‘s moment class as a vigilante, the Joker and the Riddler went to war with one another over the right to kill Batman in what would be known as “ the War of Jokes and Riddles “. Both villains recruited all the criminals they could, and Clayface decided to join the Riddler ‘s army. For weeks the fighting raged on until Riddler ‘s united states army, with the aid of Batman himself, successfully cornered Joker. Clayface and the respite of Riddler ‘s army was then double-crossed by Batman, who had them all incapacitated and arrested. [ 6 ]

death of the Family

While the Joker was running violent in Gotham, Batman was forced to deal with Poison Ivy and her modern impregnable man and conserve Clayface .
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nowhere man

In wake up of Damian Wayne ‘s end, Clayface imitated Bruce Wayne, having mutated to the distributor point that, with a individual fiber of DNA, the criminal could impersonate anyone down to their genic code. [ 7 ] Wanting to exploit Wayne ‘s connection to Batman Incorporated, Clayface framed Wayne for robbing a bank and then, by and by, made an try on his animation at Wayne Enterprises, only to be subdued by Batman in a specifically anti-Clayface batsuit. Trapping the imposter in a glass container that would alone open to the DNA code of the one person he could n’t be anymore – Basil Karlo, Batman left Clayface to the police. [ 8 ]

Arkham War

On the night that the Crime Syndicate arrived to Earth and announced that the Justice League was dead, Clayface was about to rob a depository financial institution with a group of ordinary thugs but lashed forbidden and killed them all because they would n’t listen to him. Discovering that the Syndicate ‘s Secret Society was recruiting, Clayface destroyed what he thought was a rebel camp in order to get the Society ‘s attention. To his surprise, the insurgent camp was organized by the Society in order to trap manque heroes ; Clayface ruined their plan. Calling him an idiot, Karlo lashed out and blew up the remaining fortune of the camp. [ 3 ] With no Batman to stop them, the freaks of Arkham Asylum carved up Gotham City and agreed to split it amongst themselves. Clayface was given a helping of the city that he marked as his own by drowning in clay. however, the peace between the villains was not keep very long when Bane recruited the prisoners of Blackgate Penitentiary to challenge the Arkhamites, under Scarecrow ‘s leadership, for operate of Gotham, in what would late be called the “ Arkham War ”. [ 9 ] During the course of the war, Clayface and Mister Freeze attempted to recruit the Rogues, who had been misplaced in Gotham in their rebellion against the Syndicate. however, the Rogues denied their invitation, spurring a tripartite conflict between the Arkhamites, the Rogues, and Black Mask ‘s False Face Society. [ 10 ]

In the end, the Arkhamites were defeated by Bane, who declared himself the winner of the Arkham War. [ 11 ]

The Unknowns

After the Justice League ‘s return and the fall of the Crime Syndicate, Clayface attempted to escape Gotham as repairs began afoot. As he tried to leave, Karlo was abducted by a group of cultists, freezing him and then using a dowry of his charming clay body as function of their ritual to revive Morgaine lupus erythematosus Fey. [ 12 ] Succeeding in bringing back the witch from the dead, Clayface was left partially destroyed and without his memory. fortunately, he was rescued by Ragman, being brought back to the hero ‘s apartment and plopped into his bathtub. [ 13 ] After learning of his condemnable past, a hush amnesia-stricken Clayface joined Batwoman and her rabble team of Unknowns in their fight against Morgaine Le Fey. Despite their efforts though, their deputation failed, since Le Fey had successfully used a satellite to project her magic trick into turning Gotham into a medieval version of itself called New Camelot. not giving up, Clayface and the Unknowns made one concluding motion against the enchantress, successfully trapping her inside a charming stone and breaking the while, returning Gotham to its normal twenty-first century interpretation. Wanting to avoid going back to crime, Clayface, accompanied by his newly supporter Ragman, tried to set Karlo up with a newly civilian identity. [ 14 ]


however, his workplace as a bomber was short lived. His memory returned, and Clayface was returned to his cell at the raw Arkham Manor. When Joker returned to Gotham with an endgame for Batman in take care, every criminal in the refuge was freed and poisoned with Joker Venom. alone Clayface and a handful of other criminals who had already gained an unsusceptibility to chemicals escaped the mental hospital un-Jokerized, having realized the clown had gone excessively far with this latest design. [ 15 ] Escaping into the city, having plunged into chaos, Clayface and the other Arkhamites met up with Batman and agreed to help him take down the Joker. [ 16 ] With Batman and the Joker obviously killed in their last battle with one another, life went on, and Clayface continued his criminal ambitions. Karlo sent his daughter Katherine to Gotham Academy to spy on his old acting-rival-now-teacher Simon Trent so he could get his revenge on him for stealing his roles and his wife. [ 17 ] Before Clayface could make his concluding move on trent, he was stopped by the students of Gotham Academy, forcing Karlo to flee .
After breaking out of Arkham to see the re-release of the last movie he appeared in before his transformation into Clayface, “ The Metamorphosis ”, Karlo was come upon by Batman and Batwoman. Batman offered Clayface the opportunity to join a team he was assembling, as Batman believed that Karlo could truly make a change in his life if only given the opportunity. Tired of his life as a criminal, Clayface took Batman ‘s offer and joined the team, along with several early vigilantes .
Clayface, along with the rest of the team, were called in by Batman to evacuate neighborhoods at risk of flooding during an intense hurricane. Clayface split himself into the form of hundreds of police officers to front the evacuation. During Hugo Strange ‘s attack on Batman and Gotham City, Karlo split himself evening further in order to evacuate not just the at risk neighborhoods, but the integral city .
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fall of the Batman

After being infected by the Monster Men serum, Karlo turned into a torment freak and destroy Gotham City. As the Gotham Knights tried to subdue him, Colonel Kane gave his daughter Batwoman a bullet containing a chemical adequate to of dissolving Clayface once and for all. When their attempts to stop him were in conceited, Kate takes the kill-shot and obviously kills Clayface. This action leads to a rift in the team and they finally disbands. however, it is late revealed that he actually survived, and is now powerless. Wanting to be left alone he keeps this a confidential and goes into hiding. The merely person mindful that he survived is Dr. October who figured out that it would cure him. [ 18 ] While the Justice League was attempting to apprehend Batman after it was revealed he was meant to be the catalyst for Barbatos ‘ invasion on the Prime Earth dimension, Clayface masqueraded as Batman to act as a decoy to lure Justice League members into the Parliament of Trees to force them into a confrontation with Swamp Thing. however, Superman promptly saw through Clayface ‘s disguise and apprehended him along with Damian Wayne, but not before Swamp Thing had been coaxed into fighting Aquaman and Green Lantern. [ 19 ] much later after regaining his powers, Karlo convinced multiple super-criminals to rally in defensive structure of Alleytown against Simon Saint ’ s Peacekeeper drones by promising them the chance to atone for their past actions. With the aid of Killer Croc, Knockout, Cheshire and Firefly, Karlo attacked a large convoy of Peacekeepers led by Wight Witch. [ 20 ] During the confrontation, Karlo rescues Fireflly and Cheshire from an inbound bazooka shoot from one of the Peacemaker ‘s and is about presured to retreat from the onslaugh of drones before Harley Quinn and the Gardener still-hunt and disable remaining Peacekeeper ‘s. Basil and his crowd belated accompany Catwoman, Harley and Gardener in rescuing a fracture random variable of Poison Ivy from multiple Wight Witch clones and more Peacekeeper ‘s. [ 21 ] Karlo covers Poison Ivy ‘s scat as she attempts to make it to the Alleytown docks and incapacitates Oswald Cobblepot and his gang-members when they attempt to interfere. [ 22 ]


Former Powers
  • Malleable Clay-Like Body: Clayface’s body is made of of thick, mud-like material. He can change shape at will into a variety of forms.[23] He can even take the shape of animals.[10]
    • Size Alteration: Clayface can change his size to fill any need. He’s expanded large enough to engulf rooms or thin enough to slip into sewers.[23]
    • Elasticity
    • Density Control: Clayface can make his body as hard as rock in order to smash through cars or doors, but can also maintain a liquid form to suffocate opponents.[23]
    • Superhuman Strength: When Clayface’s mass is increased so is his strength. The bigger he gets, the more dangerous he becomes.[23]
    • Superhuman Durability: When shifting the density of his body Clayface can withstand bullets and heavy impacts.
    • Power Replication: Clayface can mimic someone’s body right down to their DNA, copying their abilities.[10]
    • Corrosive Touch: Aside from mimicking someone, Clayface’s touch can kill and absorb people the moment he gets them in his grip.


  • The last film Basil starred in before his accident was the critically acclaimed Metamorphosis.


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