The writer promised that the villain's return to DC Comics will not feature "shock-slash violence" or "torture porn".
"Anyway, I have to say, it's really exciting to see you all so passionate about Joker as a character," Snyder wrote on Bleeding Cool's forum. "He means a lot to me, too - more than almost any character in comics.
"And as the guy doing this big story on him I wanted to make this clear for you, to try to put your minds at ease... This Joker story in NO way will be some Saw shock-slash violence/torture porn or anything of that ilk, story.
"This is a story that for me, is deeply deeply about who Joker is to Batman. It's an exploration of his history and his purpose and it's a very particular take on his psychology and essence as a character - all of which matters tremendously to me. I have no interest in transforming him in to an '80s horror villain - or any villain, in fact, other than this very personal version of himself, which I believe in and am excited about.
"I would never ever do anything to cheapen him. This story is an effort to do the opposite - we're really looking to restore him to his status as the greatest of all time, and we're doing everything we can to carefully and lovingly enrich his particular mythology."
He indicated that The Joker's current look - following the removal of his face in Detective Comics #1 - is "simply Joker's status quo", and that he and artist Greg Capullo have built from that state of affairs.
The Joker will return in October's Batman #13.