P:R Redesign: Kris Anka’s Batman!

Note: Artist Kris Anka is picking up steam. Between last week’s fill-in on the finale of Robert Kirkman’s Guarding The Globe and this new redesign, Anka is quickly becoming an artist to watch. This redesign of DC’s Dark Knight follows in the footsteps of two previous JLA redesigns (Superman and Wonder Woman), and we’re looking forward to his plans to do five more in the near future. – Chris A.

17 comments to “P:R Redesign: Kris Anka’s Batman!”
  1. An all-black ensemble makes a lot of sense for The Dark Knight. But who was it that suggested that Batman put the big yellow logo on his chest to draw fire from any potential gunshots – since he was more heavily armored around the chest than his head? Was it Frank Miller?

    It’d be kind of cool if the bat symbol glowed and it was something Batman controlled. Kind of like the light on Spider-Man’s belt!

  2. That is pretty damned sweet! I could easily see this in comics OR film OR animation! Trifecta! I’d say add some accents of color. If the Bat is grey then make all the seams and breaks in the suit grey as well.

  3. Meh. There’s nothing new here. Anka’s Wonder Woman and Superman redesigns are top-notch; this feels a little “phoned in”, comparatively. I’m really looking forward to the rest of his JLA, though.

  4. Nice balance of armor and cloth (or whatever) used. Digging the bigger than usual eyes, seem more like goggles rather than white eyes/contact lenses which is good IMO. Not crazy about the belt-less utility pouches…looks like he’s hiding some “love handles” but I could live with that.

    Overall pretty standard Batman stuff. Waiting for Chris to do Aquaman.

  5. It may not reinvent the wheel, but it does incorporate bold changes made to the costume by the film series that the comics have been too chickenshit to implement, despite the movie batman being the mass audiences strongest conception of the character.
    Monotone black (or deep charcoal here) looks striking. The Dark Knight armor is a nightmare to draw, and here we have all the classic elements from that stripped down and simplified to near Alex Toth level. Making the cape’s lining a lighter grey very simply keeps his body from getting lost in the silhouette, and I love the way it attaches to the shoulder.
    I say bravo Kris, this one’s a winner.

  6. Agree that it’s pretty standard Batman, though I’m kind of glad for that. Some of the other Batman redesigns I’ve seen on here lately have been not so great.

    @Tom Brazelton wasn’t that the reasoning for the Punisher’s skull symbol?

  7. I adore the simplicity of the colors and the utility pouches. Its clean, ninja-like and very modern. This is my favorite redesign of Batman ever.

  8. Tom Brazelton:
    But who was it that suggested that Batman put the big yellow logo on his chest to draw fire from any potential gunshots – since he was more heavily armored around the chest than his head? Was it Frank Miller?

    Yep, that was Frank Miller in The Dark Knight Returns.

    Kyushu Miyamoto:
    @Tom Brazelton wasn’t that the reasoning for the Punisher’s skull symbol?

    Actually you’ll find that it’s the reasoning behind many a superheroes symbol, or should I say a reasoning. In some Superman stories, the Shield serves as a distraction for onlookers so that they may never really get a good look at his face and connect it to Clark Kent’s. In fact in the Lois & Clark tv show starring Terri Hatcher and Dean Cain, that was the entire purpose of the red trunks if my memory serves me correctly.

    As for the design itself, it’s definitely stands as one of Kris’ best. As Daniel said, the simplification is beautiful in it’s execution while still remaining both functional and theatrical; the two most important elements of the Batman persona. The colours are spot on, I love how the belt works and the eyes just scream Kingdom Come Batman, which is never a bad thing in my book.

    Keep up the good work Kris!

  9. some ppl are dissing this and it’s kind of funny to me; i mean people really–this just works

    The way the cape attaches to the shoulder, the lines in the armor all seem practical.

    Also having the pouches out of the way of his center torso to me makes a lot of sense, it keeps it out of the way of any twisting/turning & fighting/grappling he might do..just works for me. As someone else said above, it’s clean, modern and very ninja-like. I agree 100%.

    At a quick glance, it ‘looks plain’, but it’s not simple to be simple.

    I give it two thumbs up

    res1

  10. I just want to say thank you for drawing Batman lithe and lean! So many artists make him so bulky, and it doesn’t fit at all with his fighting style. As for the design, it’s hard to go wrong with the basic black. I like the suggestion of armor, but it’s not too heavy. Very nice overall.

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