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-Character design sketch done as an exercise for fun for myself. Wanted to take the iconic DC characters and redesign them to fit in a more medieval antiquity world. Thinking what type of characters they would grow to be if they had to deal with the morals and ways of living of that era-

I was a bit more ambitious with this one. Maybe its because 2 awesome movies of this character were made or that i played 2 kick ass batman games. Either way, i had a pretty clear idea how i wanted to represent this character.

Now, this shot isn't really great way to present the design. I mean, The pose obscures most of it and the lighting i chose doesn't really help either. But i wanted that feeling of the Dark Knight to come across clearly. That was the plan anyway.

When thinking of the Dark Knight in a medieval era, i really imagine him being an assassin/thief type of character. The anti hero with an incredibly strong sense of justice who fights in the shadows with stealth agility and fear rather than with a giant ass sword or axe.

Although i imagined him in a more european setting, i wanted his costume to express a certain exotic quality. Since i would imagine he learned his skill from other countries and was probably influenced by other cultures

ok enough of my rant.

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LAwolf097 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really like the concept, this truly fits for the Dark Knight  in that era :)
cumilous Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student Interface Designer
This is too sick.
DanteMadrid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
interesting point of view, I consider Batman as the best super hero, I loved your work.
jiyu-ni Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool! :D
AceTrigger00 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
ragdollfun Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Awesome redesign! The cowl is very nice.
BatMiB Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YES ! The Dark-Knight ! Really great work !!
OblivionIchigo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Awesome redesigns every one is great
scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
It's certainly a fresh view of the Dark Knight. I've never seen a medieval version of Batman, but I think this one works very well. I see how his outfit as an oriental and Middle East vibe to it; the classic Batman traveled the world to learn his skills, so why not this version? It would be good to see another picture with this Batman going head-to-head with evildoers.
lukasart1 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
TheLastChaosLord Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
That sir or madam, is the very definition of epic. Instant Favorite.
Citizen56 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student
I think the cape fringe is what locks this whole thing down the hardest for me. Nice work, thanks!
ianmsquee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Very cool. Great work! :iconahoyplz:
leonkennedy94 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
i imagine this batman as sort of a champion of the poor, apposed to the bruce wayne trillionaire type. maybe he helps fight against the corrupt royal family? thatd be cool. but you made me think of his backstory, that means an amazing job on your part, so good work!
Aburameclanhead Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Writer
MangaNut01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Averant Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic concept of a more distant Bat-Man. :D +Fave!

(Ever consider a Motley Joker to go with it? XD)
DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Batman's Creed!! Excellent!
xauten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist
The Hero and Villain Character Ideas Group for those people with with hero or villain character Ideas or for the people who want to post up pictures, drawings, paintings etc. from their favorite heroes or villains!
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
This is a very nice concept, though I think he would likely have a scarf covering the lower half of his face or a mask or SOMETHING instead of just a hood. All of these are very well done, though, and I love hearing your reasoning.
choirgirl7 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I love your "medieval" concept for these characters, and of course, Batman is the best!
bluedudemarble Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooow amazing idea ... amazing art ... amazing :O .... good work :D
Vegerot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is badass!
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
beachrain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great series and concept, I would read this comic! :)
Draconicat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Well done! This is also somehow VERY creepy, but that's hardly out of character.
rabalyn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
again with the sex noises =D
DragonPud Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE :} my first thought was Assassin's Creed mixed with Batman, but that's my interests talking :p
gregvanmitchell Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
BronzeSultan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
This would be a great movie, Batman meets his medievel version from the order of the Dark Knights :D

You are awesome at drawing mate.
priestofdune Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I'm not a big fan of Batman these days but that is cool! It's like he's the hidden character for Assassin's Creed or something!
Nice work! =D
sketchyminds369 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
love the Batman version the most out of all the DC Medievals, good job!!!
anightw Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
awesome concept
Davy-Art Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
That's such a great idea.
oxkronosxo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
i love it xD the only problem as a fan of batman that i have with this..well its the face xD he needs some type of mask xD
littleweirdoAlien Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
This is the coolest thing ever *__*
It's amazing how you managed to change the design so much, but it's still so obvious that it's Batman. Love it :D
Sketch252 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This to is so Amazing, and funny you say you picture him as an assassin, because it really reminds me of an assassins creed charater.
kalkie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Looks pretty awesome and your logical thinking behind his design is sound :nod:. I love the fact he's more assassin than knight because of how he really does deal with enemies. I also love the 'exotic' design to his costume because it shows 1) yes he has traveled the world and was influenced so and 2) Nothing scares people more than things not of the norm/ whatever is the traditional look during that era.
AJTalon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Writer
Oh... Wow. Why isn't this a daily deviation? The detail, it's astonishing!
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I remember reading an Elsewhere comic of Batman portrayed quite literally as a righteous 'dark knight', but I rather like this take on him as a sneaky assassin myself! He was trained by ninja, after all. It kinda fits that he's the assassin with a heart of gold! It's an interesting take on my absolute favorite character from DC (wrote my senior essay on this delightful character, in fact!).

Aesthetically, I just adore that darted cape! It's a great way to get across the 'bat' motif without it being as over the top as his modern form. He's somehow more theatrical here and I love that very literal 'cowl'.

Just great stuff all around! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your Antiquity series. It's been oodles of fun to watch!
ahkaou Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
batman's ancestor!
Akai-la Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I'm really loving what you're doing with the superhero redesigns!
jcsison Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cthulhuburger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
The other two were rad, but this clinches it: you have got to make this series happen. PLEASE.
Technolo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Writer
An interesting decision to not completely cover his face.
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LunchBreakTime Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You will never catch me, ASSASSIN... BATMAN?! OMG! O_O
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