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The Dark Knight Trilogy Epilogue: The New Batman by kinjamin The Dark Knight Trilogy Epilogue: The New Batman by kinjamin
First off, I have no problem with the fact John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an amalgamated version of all the Robins. It makes sense. If Tim Drake is someone's favorite, for example, then they can see the qualities they like in Tim in Blake. Same goes for Dick or Jason. Maybe not Damian. Ha.. or Stephanie or Carrie for that matter.

But in my extended head movies, I have the various versions of the Robins and, to me, only Dick has dibs on inheriting the Batman name upon the immediate resignation (or faked death) of Bruce. So I chose to reconcile all of that.

I also noted a lot of people are in debate as to whether he should be Nightwing or Batman. It kind of doesn't make sense for him to change the name of the mantle.. but I didn't see anything wrong with adding in Nightwing elements WHILE he was proving himself worthy (hence the suit)

There was a whole lot more backstory planned for this piece but I couldn't fit it all into one page. I wanted to get more than a mention of Lucius in there, but couldn't squeeze it in. Also wanted to mention that Robin was interacting with the orphanage just upstairs from his headquarters. In any case, it is a 'to be continued' into the next character study of my extended Nolanverse story.

Also, have to give credit where credit is due.. I was heavily influenced by the stunning CG render of Batman Beyond by Mark Vick - [link] -- when I first saw it, I thought holy crap.. someone HAS to make a movie out of this design.

P.S. Loosely used the wifey as reference for Shiva
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sdartmma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow these are great i really enjoyed reading the robin and jason todd ones cant wait to read them all
Kmon13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Artist
Awesome origin.... 
AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
If only... :)
strongcactus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
With this you made me like this character.
abiyasha Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
seancarlson Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
This is an icredible and awesome idea of how - if they do and I certainly hope - they could continue with a modern and continuation of the movies.
M0N5T3RS Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi I've just come across your pages and I have to say I love all this stuff you've done to carry on the Nolan Batman world. All the art work and the amount of detail put in to all the characters back stories. I particularly like the Batgirl and the new Two-Face.
MiniriFpomsiyu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! It goes perfectly withe a photo manipulated poster I made of him as the "Winged Knight" aka Nightwing. Check it out and see what you think!

rex3030 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
i thought he would become robin
MStarDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good conception. It would definitely catch my interest if made into the next batman.
nothinatalljustme Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
So, does he not have a cape?
L1701E Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
T-R-E-V Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I suppose he looks a little like the fifth design seen here: [link]

While I like your take on Blake's crime-fighting future, I also like a Nolanized Red Robin, something like the third design in that link.

Anyways, howabout this for his Batmobile: [link]
mikey2727 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Man u are a amazing artist, my 12 year old son hopes to be a artist someday like u. He loved the pictures thanks,great work.
Nyiwa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Amazing work! Keep on amazing us man.
- Big Fan
HelloIamGracie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is Shiva really Talia? Did Blake know Miranda Tate during all that time? I just read the Robin one before this so I know what happens... Sorry couldn't really tell the order! One thing I wonder though, how the hell does Blake (and I'm going to stick to calling him that, it's actually a favorite name of mine) know about the League of Shadows. As far as I know Bruce didn't tell him about it... and as far as I know, like Bruce said Ra's al Ghul WAS the League of Shadows and he died. Yes, his daughter took up his cause, but I don't think it can be called the League of Shadows, and can you imagine how hard it would be to rebuild that place after Bruce blew it up? A hell of a lot harder then rebuilding Wayne Manor, Wayne Manor isn't on the tippy-top of some frozen mountain in Tibet or wherever, (Tibet was just the first place that came to mind - I have NO idea where it is exactly, except somewhere in a mountainous region of Asia). So the League of Shadows thing is the only thing that I don't really get. And I'll admit that I'm on the boarder of him keeping the name Batman. I feel like after what Bruce did for the city (and seeing that statue in the movie) that Batman would be like a deity. I feel they would have a "Batman Day" instead of the obviously wrong "Harvey Dent Day". But it would also help having a recognizable name. They would have to call him "The New Batman" though because only very few people know that Bruce is alive... they all think that Batman died in the explosion. And I agree, the costume color change is a must, if you're not going to go by a new name, you at least need to change up your look a bit.
kinjamin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
no Shiva is a character in the comics that I brought over to the Nolan universe. Since Bruce gave Robin the batcave, I'm assuming Bruce left him SOME instructions on the computer or something.
HelloIamGracie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, sorry for the late reply! Yeah, I suppose that makes since that Bruce might have files on the League of Shadows, especially referring to Ra's al Ghul and Bane (because he thinks he's Ra's heir). He wouldn't have had any time to make any notes about Talia I don't think. Because I think right after his "death" he would have left as soon as possible. But then again doesn't Talia say something about the League of Shadows to Gordon and Selina after she crashes the truck and is like dying, or does she just talk about fulfilling her father's destiny? I am literally watching the movie right now (the cops just got stuck in the tunnels) so I suppose I'll find out in less than a hour haha. Anyway, still lovin' your Batman comics! :D
NuvaPrime Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
We all know Blake will become Nightwing in his next appearance, don't we?
oyetoons Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just wish his legal name was "Terry" instead of what we got.
I mean, "Robin" just felt rushed.
mbembet Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
thank god Nolan did not use the name dick at the reveal cos that would be suck!
Batmanfan69 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
You should try to do these origins for the entire DC universe!!!!!!
kinjamin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
ha you tryin to kill me?!?
Batmanfan69 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Are you at least planning to do the rest of the batman mythos like the riddler, man bat, killer croc, red hood, deadshot, firefly, mad hatter, Hush, clayface, black mask etc.
irondude19 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is awesome! Although I miss the cape (even a smaller one) but I love this suit!
kinjamin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
the cape is there.. but he keeps it in backpack mode like Bruce did momentarily in TDK.
irondude19 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Oh, how could I have forgotten that? lol
Looking forward to the Tim Drake and Jason Todd ones next!
spiderxand Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I was actually considering the same thing. Robin Blake was once Dick Greyson
Alb-Burguete Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree, makes more sense than John become Nightwing instead of Red Hood or Red Robin, although a young of the orphanage could well take the place of one of them
dHyOgO Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Awesome backstory! And I find very fitting that Lucius helps him. Within the plot of all the three films, Lucius - opposed to Alfred's opinion - never tried to convince Bruce to retire the mantle - he even presented Bruce with new "toys" in the third movie... So he kinda sees that Gotham needs Batman and that he can help him with his knowledge.
KyleStyle26 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Awesome costume design! Gives me more hope for JGL playing Batman in the Justice League film.
pokerfacedcat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
JohnnyCopeland Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I love Nightwing/Batman hybrid Batman suit.
StaticBat83 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
would enjoy seeing a sequel to this pic.
michael-chabon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Dude, I just saw the composite of all of these on reddit, and it made my day. I would for sure buy graphic novels of these continuing adventures. Excellent work!
kinjamin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Yeah I took a look... seriously don't get reddit. Haha. My stuff is up voted like 80-something percent but most of the comments are fairly venomous? Ah well, can't win them all over.
GrafiteeSon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like to meet the "most" and put "smiles" ontheir faces, dig?

ArtistNeedham Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Love this, I wanted to see where this story would go. I imagined that Alfred would come home from Paris and find Blake using the Batcave and maybe help him be the new vigilante.
batmannotes Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
This is awesome!!!
mbembet Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Robin John Blake>>>dick jason tim
Kerevon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Good design. Nice story, though if you're referencing Damien then that's simply not possible. There was only a six-month pause between Bruce and Talia's affair (which lasted only a few nights) and her accidental death at the hands of Batman. Too short to bring a child to term.
poison2ivy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Nice work
Darknikos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Batman Beyond + Nightwing! Fantastic! Great art, and great story! (Lady Shiva!!!!) Thanks for working on that!
PatheticDevil Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
for a second ithought he was your Troywing but then i realized hes white so i was like awwww man then i read the comic and i was like YAY
kinjamin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha sorry about that. I plan on new Community pieces soon too.
PatheticDevil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thank you
Djtrunks2 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Are you a writer Ken? If not, you need to be. I don't know your life story but you've got some serious talent! You should be working on some MAJOR stuff with some serious backing! Great work. Hopefully someday I can get you to do some Aceblade stuff! You're fabulous!
kinjamin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
haha thanks. I'm actually an animator. But had to do a lot of writing for character development in art school.
astrophro Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I know this story won't continue on in the movies, and I'm fine with that, but I find your story here very compelling. I hope to see more of this! And as always, I was initially drawn in by your magnificent artwork.
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