Man...I spent way too long on this. This is kind of a mock-teaser poster. I wanted to come up with a design that would work for a live-action Batman Beyond film. I envisioned him as a stealthy, agile, ninja-like assassin...minus the assassin part (Batman's not a killer). I also imagined the suit looking very simple and black from far, but revealing a lot of fine details from close, and a lot of hidden technology. Make sure you enlarge it to see the smaller stuff...enjoy!
I'm ok with the way this came out but I'm still not entirely happy with it. I feel like this project really highlighted my flaws and what i need to work on. I fixed some of my inks in the process but I have way too much to learn in color theory.
submission for the Batman 2.0 (dick Grayson as Batman) contest of Project Rooftop [link]
after the deadline I'll change it for the page with all the details of the new suit
edit: here is the image with all the design notes
and here are the written notes I sent :
Batman 2.0 design by Sebastián Píriz
For Dick Grayson as Batman I had in mind two Basic ideas:
1st: people already knows that the original Batman Died (as seen on Final crisis 6 and 7) so the new design must reflect that the new guy under the cowl is the one chosen by Batman, not any other new guy. the suit must reflect that Robin/ Nightwing is the new Bats in its design
2nd: Nightwing is the best acrobat of DC universe. The new suit should be as comfortable as possible; It has to allow him to move with freedom. Batman trained himself to use his bat-suit, but it doesnt mean that it's comfortable
Based on the 1st concept I added ears to Nightwings symbol to make it a bat, and I painted it red to show that he is the original Robin (most people recognizes better Robin than Nightwing) also, the front side of the belt is not visible, to make the suit like Nightwings. So, the new design is a mix between Nightwing and Bats suits, but with Robins colors, that way the all the story of Dick is part of the new suit
But the fact of Robin being Batman , could also play against him, so the new suit must help him to have the presence of the original Batman. Dark colors and details like the sharp single spikes/blades in the gloves can help giving two hints to his enemies: dark and dangerous
For the 2nd idea (freedom of movement) I didnt add body armor under the suit , but the cloth of the cape is Bulletproof. Body armors could limit the movements of an acrobat but a cape made of a real-life bulletproof material can be light enough to let him carry it (Nightwings suit doesnt have body armor and so hes not used to have one, but as Batman he could face much more dangerous enemies than being Nightwing)
But Dick havent used a cape since many years ago (and when he did, the cape was smaller than Batmans), so that could be uncomfortable to him too. To solve that, the cape is cut in two parts, smaller parts should let him move better, and if thats not enough, he can also fold it in the back (or in a more realistic approach, just detach it)
This is a solution to the need of having a cape, One of the strengths of Batman is his presence, so the spiked cape or the eared cowl are things that the new suit must have to be the real Batman
The cowl is separated from the rest of the suit, to let him move the head without restrictions ( he always used Domino masks) . And he still carries his escrima sticks, he mastered the fighting with that weapon and hell need every gift he has to be Batman and not fail trying