P:R Redesign: Kris Anka’s Superman< Batman & Wonder Woman!

Note: Artist Kris Anka has fast become a favorite here at P:R, and while we wait for comics publishers to take notice of his costume design skills we take delight in showcasing his work done for fun. In this outing, Anka takes on DC’s trinity of heroes (Superman, Batman And Wonder Woman), in what he describes as a design intended for an animated series. Anka doesn’t shy away from the New 52 designs, merely simplifying them for animation and adding a bit of his own style when it comes to the body forms not unlike what Bruce Timm did. – Chris A.

37 comments on “P:R Redesign: Kris Anka’s Superman< Batman & Wonder Woman!
  1. Now THAT’S a Superman I can get behind! I’m an ardent supporter of the red briefs, but this is an amazingly conceived compromise. This is a wonderful and natural evolution the suit could take. I have absolutely no qualms with this design and I would love to see it realised in the comics or films.

    That being said I can’t say that Batman or Wonder Woman excite me as much, though I do love the little changes to Diana’s wardrobe. It’s amazing how the colours of the boots change how you perceive the character.

  2. Wow, really nice designs. I like them all better than their current looks, especially Wonder Woman and Superman.

  3. Applause.

    The proportions even look right on Superman. I think it’s the slightly desaturated palette Anka uses that makes everything look smart and tight.

  4. I like the design for Wonder Woman, It keeps her in universe costume (which is still appalling but so recognisable it’s not going to disappear any time soon) but makes her more of a Muscle-bound Amazon that Stacked-to-the-Nines Pornstar. *sticks thumbs up and grins* I like Wonder Woman being a superhero, not wank-fodder.

  5. Jayzor: I like the design for Wonder Woman, It keeps her in universe costume…but makes her more of a Muscle-bound Amazon than Stacked-to-the-Nines Pornstar. *sticks thumbs up and grins* I like Wonder Woman being a superhero, not wank-fodder.

    Good point. I like seeing Diana as a woman who is a hero, not an impossibly proportioned pornstar who kicks butt (I can suspend disbelief that she’s a little taller than average and pretty strong, too).

    Superman I like. Not really much to say.

    Batman, on the other hand…not a big fan of the piping. Never have been, never will be.

  6. These are nice and go well together as a set but really there’s not anything we haven’t seen before here … several times. P:R shouldn’t showcase designs unless they’re of a rarely redesigned character, a big departure from the original, or a new official design. The core JLA have been done to death along with the core X-men, Bat Family and Spider-man. Sorry to be negative and an annoying ‘helper’ but it’s just my opinion.

    Give me a cool new Zorro or Mockingbird or Blob or Watchmen or Blue Falcon and Dynomutt or Crimson Chin or even Judge Judy any day over another Batman. I know they’re out there.

  7. Okay I guess I’ll be the first to say this. These are really good, but they’re basically simplified versions of the current costumes. Seriously, it’s like New 52 the animated series. That’s not a bad thing by any means, but it’s just funny because people were hating on the new desings so much and here they are loving simplified animated versions of them. All that said I’d watch the hell out of this!

  8. I actually love how these designs look in this mildly animated style. I especially how you drew Supes smiling while flying . Toning down the piping on the suits so they’re less Jim Lee crazy makes them more coherent and aesthetically pleasing.

    I partially agree with Jay that I’d prefer to see more changes to less used characters; but I understand how everyone needs to figure out how to redo the Trinity

  9. Anka’s Superman is deceptively simple in it’s style, but that’s what makes it so awesome. He found a way to contemporize the super suit w/o losing the balance of colors we’ve all grown up seeing. The color has always been an important part of Superman’s costume because the open, crew collar neck expresses that there’s an everyman quality about him. Jim Lee’s nehru collar says “marine dress uniform” and that’s not Superman to me. I’d love to see Kris do a more version of this costume just to see how it would play with a more regular comic book art style.

  10. Really demonstrates how much Jim Lee’s noodling around with armor, piping, and other such uneeded garbage detracts from what could have been nice clean redesigns.

  11. It’s really nothing too interesting, they look a lot like the current designs. It’s mostly the art style that sells it.

  12. The use of light and dark blues on Superman’s suit is inspired. I actually saw this on DA and came back to this site to see it had updated at all. Really pleased to see this here.

    That’s one good-looking Superman.

  13. I would watch this right now if i could. Wish Batmans suit had a darker base gray. I don’t mind the changes to Supes suit with that neck line.

    Make this happen!

  14. I can’t believe some people are hating on these. I think if you’re complaining about them not being different enough you’re sort of missing the point. I don’t think the point was to do something drastic with them, I think the point was to find a perfect elegant middle ground between the classic designs and the modern designs that would work in animation, and he did it successfully. Superman is especially great.

    I’ve hated the new 52 designs since I first saw them and continue to hate them, Superman most of all, and Kris Anka fixed everything that bothered me about the new52 Supes. He succeeded where I feel Jim Lee failed in updating Superman’s look, removing the briefs, and still retaining Superman’s essence. Personally I think Superman redesigns hardly ever work, he’s just a hard character to change without losing something of who he is, he’s so iconic. But Anka does it. I’m just going to go ahead and say this is the best Superman redesign I’ve ever seen.

  15. @Dedpool I think the reason for this is that the New 52 redesigns weren’t that bad to begin with. Jim Lee just went way to far with al the little details, armor and collars. This gave the designs a bad 90′s look and that’s what sparked all the critisism. It’s when you greatly simplify the new designs that their strength becomes apparent and that’s just what Kris did here.

  16. I have always agreed that the best way to upgrade/replace the red briefs on Superman was to break up the blue into two separate shades. And this artist has proven time and time again the best ways to do it. Wonder Woman and Batman are great too, especially WW’s blue boots. Like others have said, not much change here, but once again, it’s leaps and bounds over the New DCU designs. I love coming to P:R and seeing new stuff from Mr. Anka.

  17. Can I just reiterate the (not really stated but somewhat implied) call for Kris Anka to have a stab at the Watchmen? Esp. with the new comics coming out, I would love to see his take on those characters.

  18. Dedpool: Okay I guess I’ll be the first to say this. These are really good, but they’re basically simplified versions of the current costumes. Seriously, it’s like New 52 the animated series. That’s not a bad thing by any means, but it’s just funny because people were hating on the new desings so much and here they are loving simplified animated versions of them. All that said I’d watch the hell out of this!

    It’s almost as though the Nu-52 designs were too complicated, cluttered with unnecessary details, and didn’t represent any sort of “classic” design sense regarding either the idea of a superhero or these three specific characters. It’s almost as though eliminating those extranneous elements of the awful Nu-52 designs has made the characters more “classic,” more relatable, and once again more the superhero icons they ought to be. ; )

    I love these designs, for just those reasons.

    Also, I was just saying the other day, “Why don’t they just make the buckle gold? It would look so much better if they just made the buckle gold…” Very very nice designs. : )

  19. Dedpool: Okay I guess I’ll be the first to say this. These are really good, but they’re basically simplified versions of the current costumes. Seriously, it’s like New 52 the animated series. That’s not a bad thing by any means, but it’s just funny because people were hating on the new desings so much and here they are loving simplified animated versions of them. All that said I’d watch the hell out of this!

    The simplification is what makes them work. I think the major complaint about those other costumes is that they’re too busy. When there are fewer crazy lines going on, we’re not distracted by them and the spirit of the redesign is allowed to shine through.

  20. I love Kris Anka’s designs, and not just in this case, but in everything he’s done for P:R or his website (Animated Captain America? Win!)
    His hyper-deformed style is perfect for a spectacular action and fantasy driven comic book, or an animated version.
    I want a Bat-family animated by Anka!!

  21. Amazing as usual, i’m a massive fan of K.A, the way he draws form is always superb. Another vote for an Anka watchmen redesign!!!

  22. Anka does it again :) These are seriously brilliant, I especially love how pale Bruce is compared to Supes and Diana… him being a night person after all!

  23. Kris Anka does some pretty art. But his designs are almost always ‘misses’ for me.

    There’s nothing new, or fresh, or even inspired about these ‘redesigns’. Anka relies far too much on the segmented line design sensibility.

    Out of all of these, only the Superman design looks like it even attempted to escape mediocrity with the playing of the red ‘underwear’ lines and different shades of blue. Batman is completely bland and Wonder Woman is a toned down color palette with, ooh, even more lines.

    I’m a big fan of minimalism. That being said, at some point minimalism just becomes bland.

    And yes, I realize these are intended to bring Nu52 into the animated world. Still: there has to be something you can do about Batman’s nude-grey body suit, or the supreme blandness of Wonder Woman. If you’re going to redesign, do it with some freshness.

    @Jay: It’s not just me, then. P:R’s selection quality has been more on the ‘miss’ side of things. The X-Men Coutre being one of the more recent ‘hits’ for me.

    @thestray: It’s not about being uber different or anything. It’s about making an inspired choice from a pre-existing design. If Mr. Anka’s mindset was “I have to combine modern and classic designs for animation”, then I’d like to see his more creative approaches. Apart from the Superman (who shows the tiniest hint of creative bravery) the designs are bland. When you have the freedom to play, play.

  24. It’s amazing how much the shift back to the classic open neck makes the costume read “Superman” again.

    Now, I’ve seen exactly the Nehru collar that Lee imposed in other designs that WORKED — Age of Wonders, for instance, or Wizard’s Ultimate Superman from a decade or so back. I’ve got no idea why Ultimate superman worked and Lee’s version, which is so similar, didn’t.

  25. You know, I used to hate Jim Lee’s redesigns; but now I’ve seen almost every other artist drawing them and they work. So the Problem must be Jim Lee

  26. “Wow, really nice designs. I like them all better than their current looks, especially Wonder Woman and Superman.”

    I think those ARE their DCNU looks. All except for Superman, and his outfit was lifted straight from Smallville Season 11 (a new official comics series with perhaps the simplest changes to the suit that work really, really well).

    But yes, these are great designs for the heroes. I still want to see straps on WW’s outfit though: I do NOT believe that that outfit would stay up while she’s running or fighting otherwise.

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