Welcome to Earth 3! For those unaware, Earth 3 is the ‘opposite world’ of the DC Universe where the Batman figure (called Owlman) is evil.. and the Joker figure (called the Jokester) Is good. Piece took me a long while because of all the detail (and because I was too busy with Arkham Origins) This is going to be a loong description...
Owlman / Thomas Wayne Jr. - after hiring a hitman to murder his parents, young Thomas used part of his massive inheritance to cover his tracks. But when the detective team under Commissioner Falcone began to unearth new evidence, the young Wayne fled the country. He returned years later, trained by the League of Light. He began an all-out war against the GCPD under the guise of Owlman. He conquered Gotham, toppling a once powerful law enforcement system, unifying the warring mob gangs, and declaring a cruel martial law on Gotham's citizens.
The Jokester - a vigilante bent on causing chaos to the martial law imposed by Owlman. Unpredictable with a warped (albeit altruistic) sense of justice, the Jokester specializes in throwing warped curveballs to his nemesis. From blowing up mob-ran store fronts to assassinating key mob figures, the Jokester caused havoc everywhere and seemed to relish in the challenge Owlamn presented. But the eventual trick up his proverbial sleeve was the salvation of Harvey Dent. The origin of Jokester’s scars are, much like his past, a mystery – with some whispering he is former military caught in some accident while engaging in combat. Others claim he is a former police officer that suffered a mob attack.
Boss Gordon - one of the last few loyal enforcers of the Gotham mafia. He formed an uneasy alliance with the Owlman against the GCPD. In the process they unified the warring mobs. He eventually ascended as Don after Boss Loeb was shot down by the Jokester. Later, his role in the Harvey Dent cover-up was integral.
Alfred the Outsider - A former drug kingpin of Gotham, Alfred Pennyworth was known on the streets as 'The Outsider' because of his thick accent. He became the sole pusher for Thomas Wayne Sr. but eventually became indebted to the billionaire after Thomas pulled several strings to keep Alfred from being arrested. After the death of the Waynes, Thomas Wayne’s son was placed under the care of the Outsider. This eventually proved useful as the young Wayne grew up to be the greatest criminal in GCPD history. It was a guarded secret that Owlman was addicted to a psychostimulant that enhanced his abilities as he terrorized Gotham – a concoction that Alfred himself created.
Rachel "Candy" Dawes - a childhood friend to Thomas Jr., she took several wrong paths in life and became a high-end escort. She re-connected with Thomas and despite him revealing his secret identity, she still made him pay. She became a favorite of mob boss Harvey Dent as well.. but was eventually killed in an accidental explosion that targeted Dent.
Selina Kyle / The White Rabbit – A master jewel thief caught in the battle between Blessing and Owlman. Above all else, her priority is her own self perseverance and her morality sits firmly in the grey. That being said, she has little to no qualms about betraying either of the combatants. She even laughed when she sold Owlman out. Over time, he was able to convince her that Gotham wasn’t really worth a damn and although she never ever takes sides, she leaned a little more to Owlman’s cause. Her attraction to him didn’t hurt either.
John Talon Blake – The goto enforcer for the mob, and one of Boss Gordon’s favorites. John was also the best sniper in Gotham – and a huge gun fanatic. Eventually, he would slowly be groomed by Owlman to be his eventual replacement. A job he accepted willingly, after tiring of having to adhere to mob “code”.
L-Fox – An arms dealer that did a lot of “off the books” dealings with Wayne Enterprise. Stealing a massive amount of government equipment, he soon realized his stockpile was not an easy sell. Luckily, the heir to the Wayne empire returned from a 7 year journey with a lot of unusual requests.
Ra’s Al Malak – High monk of the League of Light, and mentor to Thomas Wayne Jr. The League was a hundreds year old clan that wanted to enlighten the world through spirituality. They were responsible for unifying Asia in the 18th century. They gathered all the leaders of the world during World War I and managed to agree on a ceasefire. And much later, Ra’s, while in disguise, thought he saw a young Wayne that was travelling the world looking for redemption. He took Thomas in and trained him in the defense arts. Little did he know that the Wayne heir was not in it for redemption. He took all the skills Ra’s provided him and betrayed the League, killing many of the other students in the process. Years later, Ra’s would attempt to purify Gotham, only to find himself be mercilessly killed by his former student.
Agent Crane / Crow – An undercover FBI Agent placed in Gotham in an attempt to dismantle the organized crime there. Agent Crow eventually made contact with the League of Light. They provided Crane the resources necessary for Crane to create a weaponized ‘courage gas’. Originally used for meditating on overcoming one’s fears, the Agent used it offensively, making his enemies overly daring – where their delusions made them take unnecessary risks. He adopted the mask of a crow – since anyone gassed would mistake him for a passive bird.
Harvey “Uni-Face” Dent – Head of one of the major mob families, Harvey was born with a disfigurement on the right-side of his face. A cruel heartless man, Harvey worked in tandem with Boss Gordon and Owlman to dismantle what remained of GCPD and Commissioner Maroni’s forces. However, when the Jokester appeared on the scene, it threw a monkey wrench in Dent’s plans. When an explosion occurred that killed Harvey’s favorite escort, Dent soon feared for his life. The Jokester contacted him directly and convinced Harvey to make a deal. The government was offering Harvey witness protection and the world’s top surgeons to repair his face in exchange for evidence against Gotham’s mob families. Harvey accepted… and with the skin graft surgery a success, turned over a new leaf. He relinquished using the notorious coin he used when deciding when people lived or died. And his information proved incredibly useful to the government. However, Owlman and Gordon uncovered that Harvey was a snitch. They hunted him and eventually killed. Realizing that Harvey’s antics could potentially dismantle the truce between the unified mob families, Owlman was willing to take the blame for being the informant.
Sister Talia Al Malak – Daughter of Ra’s Al Malak. Talia grew up in a mountain shrine where her mother was forced into a sisterhood. Once committed, no one was allowed to leave the shrine. Talia, at a very young age, was able to escape and find her father. Later in life, she took up her father’s crusade to purify Gotham. She took on the indentity of Miranda Tate, a greedy corporate socialite (the complete opposite of Talia) in order to get close to Thomas Wayne Jr.
Blessing – Talia’s protector and leader of a spinoff faction from the League of Light, Blessing was a self-proclaimed preacher that used his silver tongue to sway an army of Gothamites to form an underground movement that opposed the mob rule. Also trained by the League, Blessing was able to defeat Owlman in combat and committed his beaten foe to the same mountain shrine he and Talia once called home. Without Owlman, Blessing’s group managed to imprison most of the members of organized crime and bring a new peace to Gotham’s citizens. Blessing also uncovered Wayne’s plans on a deadly fusion bomb that potentially would of destroyed most of the city. Hoping to convert the fusion bomb to a reactor that provided clean energy, he was foiled by an escaped Owlman, who managed to release the mob. Owlman then attempted to go ahead and release the fusion bomb. His plans were thwarted – but at the cost of Blessing’s life.
- The reason why I used ‘Death’ Knight is because the owl symbolizes death in certain cultures around the world.
- The official movies of the trilogy are 'Owlman Begins', 'The Death Knight', 'The Death Knight Descends'
- The intent was to use the banner I did for Batman-On-Film.com and turn it into a twisted Earth-3 version. So you’ll see some faces remained the same. However, I ended up having to redo most of the characters.
- Didn’t mean for this to look Christmas-y – I was going for a ‘negative’ version of a Dark Knight poster. Meaning it would have to be white. But since it’s so near the holidays, I just ran with it and added dirty snow everywhere.
- Jokester notes.. I really love how he turned out. To be honest I reeeeeally hate the name ‘Jokester’ – so I toyed with the idea of making him a cop and calling him Officer Jo Kester. Then I realized that’s just stupid and I should stick with the name the comics gave him. He’s cop-like, though, because, as I noted above, he has had some kind of law enforcement training. But no one knows the details about it.
- Selina notes… The White Rabbit character in the New 52 is seriously stupid. Ha apologies to anyone that likes her, but for real.. she’s dumb and she has a dumb outfit. That being said, I already knew I wanted to put Selina in an opposite white outfit. And I wanted to name her ‘rabbit’ because it’s a prey of the owl. And since there’s an actual comic precedence for the name, I decided to use it. I also directly used a reference to one of Anne’s recent appearance at some gala where she was sporting her blonde looks. She’s frickin stunning and I so wanted to draw it.
- Made Jonathan Crane the ‘Crow’ because, similar to Selina’s case, the crow is a known prey of the owl in the animal kingdom. It was also the closest thing I could think of as the opposite of a ‘scarecrow’
- Malak is the Arabian term for angel.. hence Ra’s Al Malak. Note his appearance is indicative of the religion I imagine the League of Light follow – which is a hybrid of Buddhism and Judeo-Christianity (oh BTW, 'Liam Neesons' is not an error - it's from a sketch by Key & Peele)
- UPDATE: Wanted to clarify (as I said in the comments) The reason why Harvey is 'Uni-Face' is because his face is now 'unified' -- as well as the prefix 'uni' usually referring to the number 1. (In the case of the Death Knight Trilogy, Harvey's two faces become one. Which is the opposite of what happens to him in our world.) - I went for healing scars on his face from post surgery. A little unrealistic because there would be swelling, too -- but if I did that, he would just look like Two-Face.
- Yes, in this evil earth 3, Katie Holmes stayed on to be Rachel Dawes.
- In case it isn’t clear, Owlman’s flying vehicle (‘The Owl’, naturally) is actually dropping the fusion bomb onto Gotham. Because Owlman is an ass.
- I really love the ‘Court of Owls’ mask so wanted to make it his signal. However, I also wanted him to utilize an upside down version of Nolan’s bat symbol. So I’m using both.
- For John ‘Talon’ Blake, I made sure I used the same red-grey color scheme that Talon originally used in the comics (before New 52)
- For the earth-3 Bane, I literally looked up antonyms for ‘Bane’ and Blessing was one of them. From there I got the idea of the praying hands as a mask and the rest organically came together.
- wish I could of included Commissioner Falcone and his predecessor Commissioner Maroni - but this piece is crowded as it is.