P:R Approved: Tim Gibson’s JLA: Mythic!

Note: DC’s Elseworlds concept is like catnip for comics fans, giving them the chance to reimagine their favorite heroes and villains in different settings, time peroids and universes. Professional film concept designer Tim Gibson did this one-off piece featuring the main men of DC’s  Justice League in medieval times. Even though their wardrobes are highly different, you can still see the personalities of the characters in their outfits and body postures… and Superman is still a farm boy all grown up. – Chris A.

21 comments on “P:R Approved: Tim Gibson’s JLA: Mythic!
  1. It’s not a bucket, Itlas. In European culture it’s called a gorget, and the Japanese call it a nodawa. It’s a piece of armor to protect the neck/throat.

  2. I like Aquaman visually, although I’d hate to imagine him swimming with all that get up on. Superman, regardless of the historically accurate neck-armour, doesn’t look that good to me. Not just for the overused blue and plain clunkiness of the suit, but conceptually too. I understand that when people think of medieval times they automatically think of suits of armour. But let’s face it, Superman is the last person to need armour, unless it is somehow enchanted to protect him from Kriptonite (?). Medieval dark knight Batman is nothing new. Very nice artwork, all the same.

  3. Chris A.: It’s not a bucket, Itlas. In European culture it’s called a gorget, and the Japanese call it a nodawa. It’s a piece of armor to protect the neck/throat.

    Even so, it’d look more fitting on Batman. On Superman, it just doesn’t look right, as it makes him look less the Boy Scout.

  4. I have to agree with the dissenting opinions on Superman. For a guy that’s nigh-invulnerable, the armor seems superfluous.

    Batman’s been done in the same style before, but looks great here. Aquaman’s the standout and looks fantastic, but I have to echo the sentiment of how he’d swim?

  5. Some of the previous comments are focusing too much on super powers instead of appreciating this interpretation of the characters themselves. It would be a mistake to assume that *this* Superman is invulnerable or that Aquaman breathes underwater.

    So setting aside their specific backstory and crazy abilities for a moment … I like Batman’s costume design the best. He looks much more mobile than Superman’s tank outfit. Aquaman’s trident choice is apropos to his concept, but it pretty much determines his Roman gladiator-style outfit. Fortunately, it really works well overall and I can imagine him ruling a seaside kingdom.

  6. Chris A.: It’s not a bucket, Itlas. In European culture it’s called a gorget, and the Japanese call it a nodawa. It’s a piece of armor to protect the neck/throat.

    As European and medieval armors lover I can tell you that’s a bucket,gorgets look different and they tighten around the neck,that thing is too large and too high to look like a gorget,it looks like a bucket for real.
    And I wonder why a (super)man invulnerable to guns and bombs wears an armor if all he has to face are swords and arrows

  7. Has anyone considered that the bucket on Superman’s neck is actually just making fun of his high collar in the New 52?

  8. i think a leather armored batman would make more sense (no noise thus better for creeping behind enemies). but i do like the designs.

  9. I agree with Bruce. The designs are solid, and possibly a slight tweak on Supes bucket/neck guard is warranted, however I’m more interested in a little back story here. I think we are just missing a little info. Otherwise, great job!

  10. P.S. I would be more concerned with Batman being able fight in his traditional manner sinful on armor. When I get to my PC I’ll post my dark ages Bat to my site.

  11. Arthur has never looked so badass, well done! We’ve seen a Bat-Knight before, and Sir Bruce is in perfect keeping with that tradition, here. Clark’s strange gorget is just that, strange. Lose that one element and you’d have 3 for 3!

  12. Funny that the only one I find interesting is Superman. The other two (while awesomely drawn) seem like already covered ground but the Superman offers a different angle of on a much redesigned character.

  13. Everyones comments on the looks assuming these guys still have their powers. For all we know they could all be depowered and the armors just has to represent them. Big tank like look to represent supermans invulnerability.(though i do agree it takes away his “noble/boyscout” look). Batman menacing looking armor to strike fear. Aqua man……. i got nothing.

  14. This isn’t a comment about this redesign specifically, but looking at it made me realize that the three pillars of the JLA are clearly reimagined Zeus, Poseidon and Hades from classical mythology. Not much of a comic book buff, so forgive me if that’s old hack at this point.

  15. Chris A.: It’s not a bucket, Itlas. In European culture it’s called a gorget, and the Japanese call it a nodawa. It’s a piece of armor to protect the neck/throat.

    That may be so, but all of his armor appears to be made out of old oil barrels.

  16. Superman, now on the bucket list.

    Horrible joke aside, during the Marvel/DC crossover, people get really confused about who is Arthur and who is Loki. Seems like only the horns are missing to me.

    Also, is Superman wearing finger-less gloves?

    I like the piece, as a one off. Shrink the gorget, and put some gauntlets on Supes — drop in a background, and this would be a pretty nice poster. But other than Batman, I don’t think I could see the other two sporting those costumes throughout even a single issue.

  17. I want to know how Medieval Superman got the wood-burning stove from my childhood home and why he’s sticking out of it. Is it coincidence that the part of the stove where you stoke the wood is his crotch?

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