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TDK Trilogy Epilogue: Clayface by kinjamin
TDK Trilogy Epilogue: Clayface
So when I was thinking up Clayface for the villain piece I did, I dug the idea to just go to the source.  In Detective Comics #41, Basil Karlo is introduced as a disgruntled actor with a mask that goes ape-sh*t serial killer on a film studio.  I pretty much just kept that origin. 

I'd like to think of Basil as an evil Daniel Day-Lewis that went off the deep end.

With all the technical advances Hollywood can do with prosthetic makeup, I thought it was a good way to represent Basil's "shape-changing" powers.

Also wanted him to have backup in the form of Matt Hagen (Clayface II in the comics) and Preston Payne (Clayface III in the comics)

I kind of like the idea that even in that last panel, you still can't quite see the face of the killers.

If it isnt entirely clear, the group of faces just above Basil's head represents some of his many disguises.

Also another thing that might not be clear, this is totally one of the "unconfirmed sighting of the Batman" post TDK, pre TDKR.  And it is Bruce that beats the crap out of the Clayface murderer(s) and drops them off at GCPD

oh btw I want to mention I'm not trying to demonize FX studios at all.. In fact I was trying to bring to light he fact that film studios completely lowball them to the point of them having to shut-down. It's completely terrible and would drive any of them to high levels of frustration. This is kind if the 'postal' version for the entertainment industry... which thankfully didn't happen - but could have.
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Kiddy Croc (and how I felt about the Gotham pilot) by kinjamin
Kiddy Croc (and how I felt about the Gotham pilot)
Ok I know, it's just a pilot.. but holy crap it was super corny.  How dumb do you think your audience is?  I mean does Ivy need to be holding a plant?  We really need Harvey to tell Ed Nygma "no riddles!"?  Still going to watch it because I love Batman that much.  (And sorry to anyone that actually liked it)
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A Better Class Of Criminal (Nolanverse villains) by kinjamin
A Better Class Of Criminal (Nolanverse villains)
Wanted to group everyone together from the Epilogues and the movies (with new dudes added)

Some notes:
- If you're asking who's the creepy guy on the left next to Scarecrow, that's Clayface.  Before you throw a fit, I'm super happy with my interpretation of him.  Basing it on the first appearance of Clayface back in the 40s, Basil Karlo just wore a clay mask and was going around murdering the sh*t out of people on a movie set.  I'm working on a full piece for him, so I'll hold off on telling the whole story.  But it was my chance to go full-on serial killer.  I was not too keen on just making every Bat villain a murderous psychopath (e.g. some people wanted Riddler to be some zodiac killer), but it's all good when it comes to Basil.  Also, sort of keeping his shape changing powers.. turns out this version of Clayface uses movie prosthetics to hide his identity

- Tried to keep Deadshot as close as I could to his Gotham Knight interpretation, since I sorta hold those up as TDK canon.  But his get up was super flamboyant, so I opted to make it look as homeless as possible since he's trying to remain inconspicuous. If you can't tell, that's a Gotham Rogues hat he's wearing (I just couldn't with the zoot suit hat - that thing's ridiculous)

- Also tried to keep Croc close to his GK design. If you look up cases of actual hyperkeratosis (his skin condition) -- it really looks scaly as hell (uhhhh. don't look it up at work, though) -- also wanted to note my favorite version of Croc is Azzarello's 'Joker' version so that's in the mix, too.

- Scarecrow looks crazy because that's the fear gas version of him.  Wanted to make it so when you look at him, you must be under the influence.  It's hard to tell but there's worms coming out of his mouth

- That's Manbat above scarecrow - he's a silhouette on purpose.  My idea is that Manbat is a Scarecrow experiment/manifestation.. I might elaborate on it later.. but I like that he's kind of a mystery coupled with J.Crane

- People are asking me what happened to Harley's scar.  To be honest, I kind of regretted giving her a cut smile -- it's so contrived.  But looking back, I let her do it with a surgical knife.  For anyone that's been in surgery like me, you know those heal pretty well if you treat them right.  And unlike the Joker, Harley isn't full-on unsanitary.  But if you're a fan of the cut smile, don't worry, Joker drives Harley so crazy she just may cut herself over and over (which is terrible, btw)

- That is Patton Oswalt as Penguin because even though it was a joke short film, I thought he was brilliant as Oswald.

- For people saying Mr. Freeze is too sci-fi for the nolanverse.. that is literally just a blue hazmat suit on him.

- happy accident that somehow the main film villains from a V (for villain) from Ra's to his daughter (I don't really count Selina as a main villain)
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TDK Trilogy Epilogue: The Dee Dee Twins by kinjamin
TDK Trilogy Epilogue: The Dee Dee Twins
Really liked how the Dee Dee twins turned out in the Batman Beyond Epilogue I did last.. so wanted to showcase them. If you're a fan of Community and noticed that they look like Britta in her goth lolita Chang Dynasty disguise, then you would be correct.

I also liked how Duela turned out.. was going for a girl that very muched look like Heath Ledger's daughter.
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I think I finally hashed out how I'm going to do the Riddler. Gonna take some time tho because its going to be a double spread. But I'm really fusing him into the TDK trilogy lore.

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Ben Deguzman
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VillainElsa Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
Please do one for Mad Hatter
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daw327 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
You should give Clayface a puffy brown leather jacket to match his mask, and to store hidden murder weapons. Not to mention his prosthetics.

But mostly to go with his brown clay mask.

Sorry if this sounds repetitive, but I needed to add more details to my comment, and I could no longer change it.

So I just copied my comment, pasted it here, and added what I needed to add.

BTW, I agree with you on hating the nolanverse action figure version of Firefly.

His design need to symbolize his love of fire more.

Also, I don't care what people think about him. Mech suit Mr. Freeze is BAD@**! And certainly better than downgrading him to just a blue hazmat suit.

If you decide to make another comic, keep him in the large/giant Mech suit!
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey Ben! Hope you're feeling better! Are you open for commissions?
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey Ben! Are you open for commissions yet?
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kinjamin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Not really man, had surgery on my shoulder so I'm drawing slower than ever. That batman beyond piece took me like 2-3 months to finish. Sorry about that.
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
ITs cool. I hope you feel better.:)
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nhrynchuk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just wondering, you've given a lot of Epilogues for the Dark Knight. You've mentioned him, but Tim Drake/ Red Robin/ Robin doesn't have one yet. Is he in future ideas for those along with Stephanie and Cassandra Cain? (love the fact you actually know your comic info)
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Zuko-Halliwell Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm curious, how excited are you for Gotham?
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kinjamin Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I am.. excited most for the GCPD aspect. Plus the young Penguin is pretty cool. Not happy that they are shoving all these proto villains in though. Absolutely didn't want to see the Joker. I like it better that the Joker's past is a mystery.
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Zuko-Halliwell Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well, I definitely agree with you about the Joker. But, it's Gotham City; if the show didn't have "proto villains", what else would the GCPD investigate? The Mob?
To be honest, I thought you'd like the whole villains' origins aspect. I thought it might be a good source of inspiration for "The Dark Knight Trilogy Epilogue". :shrug:
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