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Batman#291 Tribute by kinjamin Batman#291 Tribute by kinjamin
An homage to Batman#291 (vol. 1)

(The original cover -- [link])

So I'm going to assume anyone that hasn't seen The Dark Knight Rises would not be looking at this image. If you haven't, then get off the internet. Also... what's wrong with you?

In any case, during the course of the film, Batman "dies". And it got me thinking... what would the remaining villains think about that? Would they celebrate? Would they regret they didn't have a part in it? I also wanted to do a villain ensemble piece. So paying tribute to classic artist Jim Aparo's cover was a perfect oppurtunity to address all of that.

(From Left to Right)
Riddler - is the best hacker in all of Gotham (and probably the Nolanverse Earth) In all of his comic and television history, he kinda has been anyway. He hijacks billboards. He manages to re-write newspapers. He broadcasts his puzzles and conundrums to the general population. I imagining him always connected to some digital device.. hence his depiction of being 'jacked' into his phone here. I also kept his face in shadow more than the others because he generally doesn't want people knowing who the famous R1DLL3R is. If you're asking why he looks like a hipster, it's because he's the most hipster villain there is. For real.. walk around Williamsburg. They all look like the Edward Nygma.

Poison Ivy - I disagree that Pamela Isley is too sci-fi to have in the Nolan-Bat universe. In order to explain some of the more fantastical characteristics, I gave her a kind of new fungal disease. It causes her skin to be a sickly green. It also causes raised skin rashes that look like vines all over her body. The disease is infectious, and it proves fatal for her victims if she manages to spread it through her saliva (by lip-locking) As patient zero, her body has developed into a safe host for the disease to thrive. Modelled her after Keira Knightley at first.

Scarecrow - Is probably the only villain in this lineup that can claim to have even a small part in the Batman's seeming demise. Had to give him the slight touch of the torn jacket shoulder.

Lex Luthor - Not odd that he's here. In recent decades, Lex Luthor has been a business rival of Bruce Wayne's in the comics. If I could look into the future to see what actor was going to play Lex in an upcoming Man of steel sequel, I would of planted him here. Unfortunately I can't, so I used Hugh Jackman because he played an excellent foil to Christian Bale in the Prestige.

Catwoman - Hardly a villain. But she's on the original cover. And I love the character a whole lot. I especially love Anne Hathaway's interpretation of her.

Joker - I always love drawing the Joker, especially Heath's version. Originally I wanted to make it more modern and give him a spray can instead of the paint bucket. But for whatever reason, it threw off the dynamic of the entire drawing.
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jesus, Eddie, you're at a fucking funeral! Show a little respect!
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gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lol I don't think Catwoman, or even Joker really, would kill him. X) This is just like something a friend of mine wrote!
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:iconoldmanwinters:
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I would totally love to read this issue if it were real!
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TheDawrkKnight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
love it!
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RoBoDredd Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I knew the cover of that book, love how you change it into another style
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OArkley Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
But, didn't the Dark Knight Rises take place 8 years after The Dark Knight? Assuming TDK took place in 2008, wouldn't TDKR take place in 2016? Love your work, by the way
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supersayianfan1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(nerd voice) Actually TDK takes place 1 and a half years after batman begins. Placing it in the year 2006-2007. So TDKR takes place in 2014-2015. So yeah I guess.....it does....kinda.....take..place...around..the year 2016......nevermind.
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OArkley Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Well, lets not forget that 6 months at least, was it?, passed over the course of the movie

So it may have been 2016 ;D
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NuvaPrime Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
not who I would have picked to be the Riddler,
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:iconnamelessmanic:
NamelessManic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Death of the caped crusader was a great owed to batman graphic novel.
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:iconwarman546:
warman546 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love it and sad that he died and the Riddler is being disrespectful
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:iconalexander514:
Alexander514 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Will you use that Riddler on your Dark Knight Rises Epilogue comics?
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
yeah kinda.. wanted to emphasize more that he really REALLY tries to remain incognito. He's Gotham's best hacker.. and most hackers like to think themselves faceless. I almost wanted to go a different route and pixel out his features, but that would defeat the purpose. Still working it out.
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ssaffr01 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I like this.
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great cover

Oy dont I know Williamsburg! When Im home in Brooklyn from school I tend to avoid that place like the plague!
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:iconnerdman3000:
Nerdman3000 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I'm writing a Batman fanfiction story, and I was wondering if I could use something similar to your idea of Poison Ivy. I promise to give you credit of course.
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah do your thing. I appreciate you asking.. some people on the internets are just running wild with my work and not giving me any credit.
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astrophro Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Riddler bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain fan-favorite actor, who may or may not have had scissors for hands at one point in his career. Coincidence? (And by the way, this is awesome!)
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
haha you're the only one that noticed that. Good job.
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Vincentvalentine3 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
that riddler is amazing
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adrock4815162342 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
That's a terrific Riddler. I always imagined a Nolanized Nygma would be tech savvy, and extremely reclusive. Not a bad take on Ivy either. I had a similar idea for an extended Nolanverse take on Killer Croc, where his skin condition is a result of SPOILERS the explosion at the end of Rises. There had to have been some kind of fallout damage to Gotham right?
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clayrodery Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my gad this is incredible!!!!
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:iconburnzy69:
Burnzy69 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I dont think he died. because if you remember da end of the movie, he's seen alive.
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I know that's why I put "dies" in quotes.
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Djtrunks2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Great work Kenjamin! Do you do OC commissions... I love your community stuff. You've got an amazing eye for detail. Love your work.
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SavageNeme Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Wow. Just : WOW !
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