Diddy's 'Dark Knight' Halloween Transformation Follows Joker Outfit Controversy
“I’m tired of mediocrity. Of shortcuts. Of the greed. Of empty suits telling us that we don’t deserve more,” he declares in a gritty, determined tone. A young boy imparts some words of encouragement before Diddy ventures out into the streets of New York City (aka Gotham City) and confronts a man in a suit.
This elaborate costume reveal follows Diddy’s claim that Warner Bros. The production company behind every Batman movie since 1992 – prohibited him from dressing up as the Joker last Halloween, a character he brilliantly portrayed.
“Breaking Halloween news,” he announced in an Instagram video. “Last year after I did the Black Joker, I got a bunch of emails from the studios telling me not to be the Joker anymore, that I was infringing on their trademark.
“So I don’t know what I’m gonna be this year. But I will say, to the person who took all this time – we're talking about sending me six full papers – I'm not even gonna show the business on the papers – but to tell me not to be the Joker, I wanna tell you, you win.
“I’m not gonna be the Joker this year, just because you had enough time to mess up my Halloween.” Diddy initially unveiled the legal letter on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (October 30) before putting Warner Bros. on notice.
“Last year I was the Joker, and I actually got a letter from the studio that I can no longer be the Joker because they said it broke their trademark that I did it too well, I swear,” he disclosed. “I have this letter from Warner Bros.
“Tomorrow, Warner Bros. lawyers, can you see me? Put this camera on me right here. Head of legal, tomorrow, watch what I do.”
When Diddy transformed into the Joker in 2022, several clips surfaced of him roaming the streets of Los Angeles a la Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight. The Harlem-bred mogul was nearly unrecognizable in a purple coat, green hair, white-and-red clown makeup, and brandishing a fake submachine gun and grenades.