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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
Hes My Second Favourite Super Heroe Next To Batman Offcourse.
Nortstar's avatar
he look so awsome :)
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GusindorStudent General Artist
I love his expression. He looks strong but also kind, which is really important for Superman, and there's just a hint of tiredness in his eyes, which I like because to me it emphasizes the responsibility he carries.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! That is exactly what I was going for, I'm glad you see it :D  I really REALLY wanted his expression to convey that, that sort of Christopher Reeve sort of vibe with his attitude.  I'd want to see him portrayed like that, not all super-serious or brooding.  I mean, he can be super-serious when things get super-serious, but y'know what I mean.
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NeroAngelusProfessional Digital Artist
The lack of red trunks throws off the color dynamic.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
You're absolutely right, it does, his colour balance is really, really balanced well.  If I'm trying for something different for later on, no problem, but if this is supposed to be like a more "if he only gets ONE costume EVER what would it look like?" sort of more iconic leaning look.  But yeah, I've spent WAAAAY too much time scribbling and mulling over it and seriously, he is the ONLY one I can't justify getting rid of it, as much as I want to.  Even tried variations of red/gold belt combos to see if it would even it out, nope, still too much blue.  Even tried a version that was like a red and blue version of the Justice Lords version, didnt work either, too much red up on top, looked weird again!
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NeroAngelusProfessional Digital Artist
I think I did do a superman redesign a while back, I know my friend did one that was most impressive some time ago. 
He and I have debated maybe doing a redesign of the dcu cast.
Maybe we can unite our efforts?
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Great work on Superman! And I agree that his costume looks surprisingly bland without the red shorts, you'd think it could work similar to Justice Lord Superman's look but it doesn't...Probably has to do with the fact his outfit is meant to mimic a Circus strong man's attire, plus the extra red gives it more color.
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
lol I literally tried a red and blue version of the Justice Lord look originally, I love the shoulder/cape/all-one-piece thingy (look at my Batman design, I can't broadcast it any louder, lol) it still just didn't look right, too much red on top, just looked OFF.  Looks FANTASTIC in the white and black though, but doesn't work if you want sort of "if he only gets ONE costume this is it" more iconic sort of look.  Might have plans for the white and black for later on though, lol
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Superman looks so very good here. :)
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
LordofGoodness's avatar
Excellent work!
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KrisSmithDWHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :wave: :D
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