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Sons of the Bat... Part 1 (of 5) by jasonhohoho Sons of the Bat... Part 1 (of 5) by jasonhohoho
Also posted on my sketchblog: [link]


Today I'm presenting the first part in a series of re-designs of Batman's many "sons."

I've been thinking about Batman a lot since I watched The Dark Knight Rises (which I loved). My enjoyment of the movie really just led me down a path of remembering how much I love Batman and his extended 'family.' I started doodling Batman characters in my spare time, and it wasn't too long before I started messing with their look.

My doodles started taking shape when I started to think of them as an assignment for a hypothetical cartoon series. These re-designs imagine a future timeline combining elements from the comic book continuity (pre-New 52) and the Bruce Timm animated universe. For context as to how far in the future this timeline exists--Damian Wayne is in his mid-20s. More on him in a future installment!

For now, let's kick things off with Dick Grayson AKA Nightwing

  • Age: Late 30's

  • Dick is the heart of the Batman family. He stepped out of Batman's shadow with ease and confidence, and is his own man. Even-handed, approachable, and reliable, he's a de facto big brother and field commander to the other heroes.

  • Color symbolism is very important in these costumes. I kept Dick in black, blue, and yellow, because it symbolizes that he's completely graduated from Robin status, and he is truly Batman's peer.

  • I brought the collar back as a nod to the first Nightwing costume, which was itself a nod to the Flying Graysons' costumes. It's a subtle reminder of Dick's non-vigilante heritage.

  • Batman Beyond-style retractable wings allow for gliding.

  • Batons are hard light constructs which can materialize almost instantaneously.

  • The crescent eyes, scalloped wings/capes, and hard light weapons will be unifying motifs through out these re-designs. I definitely didn't want to stray into the realm of matching uniforms for these characters, but I did want a few elements to tie everything together visually. Additionally, the wings and hard-light weapons are there to help push the idea that this is a future timeline.
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:iconthepolishotaku:
ThePolishOtaku May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the redesign
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:iconazkadellia93:
Azkadellia93 Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome :D I am waiting for the day WB starts using his 2nd costume for an animated Batman series. Lol
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jasonhohoho Oct 16, 2012  Professional
i'd like to see that too!
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:iconkilian777:
I think his neck looks a little long, but aside from that I love this
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:iconjasonhohoho:
jasonhohoho Oct 15, 2012  Professional
thanks! (i think do tend to elongate necks when i draw) :D
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:iconjadetorchwood:
I really liked the Robin/Nightwing reference in the Dark Knight Rises. Nice job.
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jasonhohoho Oct 15, 2012  Professional
thanks! :D
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:icongatchagrey:
love this design...good job on the collar too..only thing i would change is the blue stripe on the boots.. keep them all black or just some colot on the toes..
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jasonhohoho Aug 31, 2012  Professional
gatcha, good to hear from you again!

glad you like it... i wasn't initially sold on the boot stripe myself, but i wanted something to keep a motif between his upper and lower body.
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:icongatchagrey:
ya.. you know i am always watching though... but these redeisgns are just too cool NOT to comment....
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