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Been sitting on these a LONG time (few months now I think? January/Feb?). I wasn’t going to post these until I had a few more Justice League characters to go with them, but it might be a while before I get back to them so the hell with it, have a look. :)

Its supposed to be the start (re-start?) of that old “if I was in charge of an animated series, how would I design the characters for it?” project sorta thing. I’ve always been theatening to do it, so I at least got a start!  That gets a point, right?  Planning on doing the same for Marvel, not just DC.

Wanted not too simple, not too busy, at least at the start.  Superman I really didn’t want to change too much, even removing the red underwear and he looks, I dunno, “off” I guess is the word I‘m thinking of.  I’ve seriously thought about it, lol, I think he is the ONE and ONLY character, everyone else I can (and will) dump that design aspect (unless its like a Golden Age character).  I just made little design changes, nothing that changes to basic “parts”, just enough to say “hey, I changed something!” lol.

Batman I wanted a little body-armory, but not too much.  But I’ve thought about a more Arkham Knight inspired look for a later costume, for later in the fictional story I have in my head that will only exist in little notes under the artwork whenever I post them, lol

Hope you like them :D  I’ll eventually get more done :)

(Yes, more Transformers stuff on the way, no worries there, just been REALLLLY busy as of late, priorities suck, lol)

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redrex96Hobbyist General Artist
Batman Is My Favourite DC Super Hero.
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SohaibSajjadProfessional Digital Artist
Nice work done!
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TopHatProductions115Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Noice!
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Nortstar's avatar
he look cool :)
BadMillennial's avatar
With voice modulator?
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Dunno, I still hear Kevin Conroy's voice no matter what and he don't need one, lol :P  So basically, if you hear Kevin Conroy? No.  Someone else?  Yeah, probably needs it, lol
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GusindorStudent General Artist
Nice! I like that you made him look armored, but not bulky and heavy as some other designs have done. I think your look is more in keeping with the stealthy and acrobatic tactics Bats typically uses.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
I had an bit different approach in an earlier design that was a little bit too busy.  Not armored, but had too many "things" going on, like it straps and stuff like he had a flak vest on, kinda Arkham Origins like, looks too busy for an animation design, no super heroey enough.  A more armored/Arkham Knight type look will probably happen down the line, but I have a sort of in-my-head story thing for these designs and that sorta pops up, but that would be like later down the line.  But basically I didn't want too armored, more costumey (but modern), but not too costumey or it looks like he has no protection, yknow?

I hope that makes sense, I just ramble a lot and I feel like I overcomplicate explainations to the point where it's just whargarble, sorry lol
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GusindorStudent General Artist
Oh no, that wasn't too rambley at all :) And yeah, it makes sense that Batman would have/make a more armored suit for when he has to face more powerful enemies, especially when he's part of the Justice League because many of their villains are way above his normal weight class.
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NeroAngelusProfessional Digital Artist
I would still debate working in the gray and blue classic.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
I did try it more blue while going through a bunch of different colour trials before I finished and I was a little "ehhh" with how it turned out, prefered this one, but I might still have a use for a more classic blue/grey design later on.  Might be a couple different Batman uniforms for different time periods.  Still figuring some things out. 
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NeroAngelusProfessional Digital Artist
Makes sense, I always figure he had different suits for different situations, likean arctic ice climber suit and such.
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WARBOUND-President Traditional Artist
definitely like the simplicity of the design with the lighter amounts of armor!
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thankya! :D
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Nice work, I like this more lightly armored Batman...I mean, I understand the need for protection against bullets and what not, but he also needs to be able to scale buildings and perform acrobatics like a ninja, which is hard to do if you are armor plated and lack superhuman strength lol.
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Exactly, I wanted something more "basic Batman" to start with, mobile but looking like he has at least some sort of stopping power.  More leaning toward his standard costume, but not so much that it just looks like spandex.  Still room for different uniforms as time progresses (I have a sort of timeline in my head, lol) but for now I wanted a sort of "if this is the ONLY costume he ever gets, how should it look".    My original design was too busy, kinda like Arkham Origins, looks great in a CG realistic model, too busy for a cartoony look, yknow?  I do have an idea for a more Arkham Knight inspired take, but that's for later on in my in-head-only storyline, lol
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Pretty cool!
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Thanks! :D
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He's very epic.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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the-batcomputerHobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome. I really like the cape/collar elements.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it! :D
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And when do we get Windblade?
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