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Batman Noir - The Joker
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Published: November 21, 2013
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Some humble fan art and redesign of some classic DC comics characters.
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Odd how most of Batman's villains mesh well with the Noir world.

Joker, especially.


..but, then again, Batman was originally first published in 1939.
back when Capone Gangsters were a very real, and serious problem.
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah, I mean my take here is mostly paying homage to the first couple of years of his publication history. They still every once in a while publish comics that harken back to it a bit, such as one of my favorite books ´Batman: Nine lives´.
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'Gotham by Gaslight' invokes a similar aesthetic as well.
I suppose it narrows down to how sometimes "Retro" is cool.

It may also explain why Batman: The Animated Series is so loved,
as it was animated with a Noir feel to it with it's "Art Deco" style.
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Both great examples and amazing pieces of art/entertainment :) You mentioning the animated series also reminded me that Bruce Timm did that ´Batman: Strange Days´ short a few years back.  
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Which I believe was based on an issue from the 1939 era of Batman comics.

That version of Batman was closer to a similar character called "The Shadow",
a pulp fiction character that was one of a few characters that Batman was based on.

(the other being Zorro, which Batman's origins make reference to with "The Mark of Zorro" film.)
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I almost started to hate Joker, i think you can understand, they throw him everywhere. Sir, you have changed my mind.
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad I could rekindle that flame :) I can understand your frustration with him being over used. I would probably feel the same if I followed the monthly comics. As it is now I pick up the graphic novels and collections that spark my interest.
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Tack så mycket, Lowe!
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This is amazing piece, you've captured the look of the Joker and also the film noir look. Also for some reason the shape of his face and features reminds me of President Obama! :)
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Hahah everybody sees different existing people in these images :D Thank you! :)
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redetzkeHobbyist General Artist
this is good, but where i think you captured catwoman noir spot on, you didn't capture the madness that is the joker. he's not sinister enough - perhaps a more manic grin for this maniac. '
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah, I see your point. My take on him is more subtle and drawn back but he would get the full blown maniacal grin at certain point but I can understand if it´s not for everyone :) 
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redetzkeHobbyist General Artist
To be fair, a more subtle approach would reflect the period more accurately. I just find the maniacal nature of the Joker to be delicious when it's dark. Still, your work is wonderful.
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah, me too. That´s the reason I´m not overly fond of Ledger´s Joker (it´s still a good character and well acted, it´s just not the Joker to me). It´s dark but not maniacal. Thanks :)
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ShadyDarkGirlHobbyist General Artist
Very classy!
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Very cool, I like it a lot.
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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fantastical. So much love.
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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sahinduezguenProfessional Digital Artist
Great Series. Keep it up. ;)

Are planing to make more?
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bumhandProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! No more planned right now but you never know :)
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sahinduezguenProfessional Digital Artist
Alright.
Would gladly see a Noir PENGUIN or BANE! ;)
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