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JLA CG Concepts - Batman by DanielAraya JLA CG Concepts - Batman by DanielAraya
A few weeks ago, just for fun I started doing concepts for a faux Justice League CG movie. I've always been a huge fan of Bruce Timm and the DC Timmverse he helped create, and I thought it would be cool to basically design the JLA movie that I would direct if given the chance. I didn't do any huge drastic changes because I didn't want to betray the characters in terms of who they are and what they're about. I just wanted to build on what's already been established and tweak things the way I saw them. I was going to wait until I had more artwork before I posted this, but with all the freelance I've got, I don't think I'll be able to work on this again for a while.

THIS IMAGE: I wanted Batman to be composed of triangular shapes to emphasize how dangerous he is. I also didn't want to draw him big and bulky because in my version he's primarily an acrobat, not a bodybuilder. He's constantly doing flips and jumping off rooftops, so he'd be extremely lean. I also gave him the more armored costume because

1) It looks cool

2) Having an outfit that looks more like protective gear while everyone else is wearing more "costume-y" outfits visually reinforces the fact that he's human and mortal. It reminds us that he NEEDS this to protect him and that's a trait that I (and I think most people) like about batman.

I also made Batman's skin even more pale here than in the Bruce Wayne pic to further emphasize the lack of warmth in Batman, and it also helped to add more contrast against the darkness of his suit. I like the idea of his face being that one little speck of pale, cold, humanity peeking out from this huge enveloping shroud of darkness.
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umbatman Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
man you said it, i love the nolan bat suits (2)
it should be protective armour
don't know why but i really like the chin guard, i feel like not enough iterations utilize such a simple design
I love your work! with clean cut styling and smooth outlines, this costume is one of my preferred look for Batman amongst the many others done out there. Keep it up man, and the point that Batman is more of an acrobat rather than a muscle-bound hero, exactly fits my interpretation of him also. (which is my only complaint on the Arkham game series) Actually, I agree with you an all levels of your self-commentary...heheh..cheers!
DanielAraya Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like my interpretation!
Damn. That is completely badass. And yeah, I like this lean look to him. He still has the height and the power to him but he doesn't look like a mountain either. And this is a great concept for a movie. I'd watch it. :) Great work.
DanielAraya Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
Amazing concept!!
DanielAraya Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ApolloMasque Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this costume, definitely a sense of practicality and focus on protection balancing the look. Plus I love any mask that gives a decent excuse for the white "pupiless" look used in cartoons and comics. Plus that outfit and Batsy himself looks EVER so pointy. I like a pale Batman, just because he spends most of his time in a cave or prowling the streets at night.
As for the lean look, while I agree that he should be more than, say, Superman, I feel as though Bats should always carry a muscular, broad air of intimidation. He isn't overly flippy, and relies on his physical, dominating strength just as much as his speed and reflexes. He should be someone who looks just as capable of dodging a gunshot as punching through a wall. If you want a character built for agility and acrobatics, try Robin or Nightwing.
Excellent work. Fav'd.
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