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JLA CG Concepts - Superman by DanielAraya JLA CG Concepts - Superman 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: Superman is a wholesome, good-natured guy with antiquated notions of heroism, and that's what I like about him. He represents a more honest hero, and SO many people don't like him because he's too corny, or not badass enough, and I think that's ridiculous. I hardly touched his costume at all because I wanted him to look corny and I wanted his image to reflect the dated quality of his beliefs. I really don't like when people try to make him like, this dark, violent, angry guy just for the sake of making him cooler.

Anyway I tried to make him primarily out of chunky square shapes, and I went as far as taking away the angles on his boots to make them a little more chunky and plain. I think he should be a big character to emphasize the fact that he's all about IMMENSE power and protectiveness. I know a lot of people say that he shouldn't be big because nothing would give him a workout, but I disagree because

1) Every time I see him lift something, he looks like he's straining real hard. Whether it's a car, a piece of rubble, a building, it all seems to be difficult for him.

2) The design reflecting the spirit of the character is more important to me than whether or not he'd be big in real life. He's powerful and he's protective, that's what I want my design to emphasize.
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ApolloMasque Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superman should be EVEN STOCKIER. The dude comes from a planet with high gravity. His physique could reflect that, with a wider shape that could make it easier for him to pose as flabby, useless Clark Kent. Other than that, It's quite a faithful look at the Big Blue Boyscout.
avenger09 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a great way of describing the differences between Supes and Bats. 

Clark Kent, is Superman.  Batman, is Bruce Wayne. 

For those who  don't get it, here's and explanation. Clark doesn't stop being who is his with the cape on, its just when he does he can help people at his full potential. 
Batman on the other hand isn't Bruce Wayne. That's -ironically just the mask he wears, to protect his true face.
ConnorGeek Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Vary Nice it would be great for kids ( I Know Superman Is for Kids and Adults depending on who writes him) The Style is vary much like Pixar films and It would be great for a Bruce Tim CGI animated Film or show.

Vary Nice
Matsuemon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Very nice, stylized version of Superman. Would be great in a children's comic or animation.
AlanES Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lookit this guy. He looks like he just fell out of the Incredibles. I love it.

You would think a guy like Superman wouldn't fit in today's entertainment world because he has so much going for him. He can fly, he has heat vision and ice breath, he's bulletproof, he's almost invincible. He's practically perfect in every way.

And unlike SOME cardboard cutouts that run with that and somehow get away with it, Superman struggles DESPITE all that. It's like for all the power in this world and others, there's still something that can put him down, and the hook is to see how he overcomes that.

They call him "The Big Blue Boy Scout" for a reason. And I think your vision of him not only stays true to that, but amplifies it in an amusingly entertaining way. I mean, really, why do we need him to be dark, angry, and violent? That's BATMAN'S job.
Force45 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm a big Superman fan and what you've done is brought back the classic look for which I love. This is the way they animated him in The Animated Superman show, freaking awesome. Bruce Timm is the man when he developed his style and made it animated and that's what I see from your interpretation of Supes. Great job on all the character's. Now I have to start drawing more JLU characters as well, lol!
teh0110 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
perfect superman! just dont give him a Patrick Warburton style voice that just make him look like a moron. otherwise love it!
TheWesInAwesome Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first thought I had upon seeing this was "Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles." Oversized upper body, extra large jaw, etc. I agree with CarlPearce that he should be an optimist, not a brooding character like Batman. However, with the large jaw and smile it looks as though you've crossed the line from friendly to moron. Superman isn't blind to the evil in the world; he just chooses to see the positive. And lastly, I still can't stand the underwear on the outside. The best thing the New 52 did was to eliminate that.
DanielAraya Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thennnnnn...we disagree?
arkleseizure17 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I like the contrast between his costume's simple design and Batman's high-tech armor.
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