P:R Approved: DG-Doodles’ Nightwing!

Note: The gang over at the DeviantArt group The Batcave recently held a Gotham City redesign contest, and it’s winner was well-deserving. The DA user DG-Doodles (no real name given) did this excellently detailed rendition of Nightwing, pulling in aspects from the various versions of the character from the past and making a pointed effort to make him more flashy and less dark than his mentor. Well done! – Chris A.

16 comments on “P:R Approved: DG-Doodles’ Nightwing!
  1. A very cool design. I really do like how it incorporates a little of the first suit, the bird symbol from the animated suits, and the armored look fo Young Justice and Injustice Gods Among us. I think a stealth mode should be added or at least the colors darkened. But this is awesome. Would love to see this guy do Batman, Spiderman, Robin, Daredevil, Moon Knight, or Iron Fist.

  2. This is too cool. And by that I mean it blows my personal one out of the water and fries it on a skillet. It’s too cool for me, and that makes me angry. ANGRY THAT IT’S SO WELL DESIGNED AND PRACTICALLY GIVES THE CHARACTER EVERYTHING IT NEEDS TO SUCCESSFULLY ENGAGE IN ACTION, THUS GIVING MORE TIME FOR CHARACTER AND STORY-TELLING.

  3. I’ve never been to familiar with Nightwing and The Bat family,outside of basic knowledge of the characters,So I can’t really make out any nods to older versions of past suits.But nonetheless this is an awesome redesign !

  4. I’m going to dip into my go-to comment bag for this one–
    First and foremost– this is an amazing costume, and such good art, it makes my head hurt.
    But as I always say, I’m just not a fan of loads of ‘tech’ in the Bat-family’s costumes. I think what makes those guys all so compelling is that at the end of the day, they’re just ‘guys in suits’.

    Give this tech to someone like, say– Deadpool, Hawkeye, Deathstroke– and I’m 100% on board.

  5. Pretty sweet design and explanation of features. I’d really like to see those wings, though. Also, somehow I think the bird would look better if it were darker than the rest of the suit, as opposed to lighter.

  6. Reincorporating yellow elements is definitely a good idea and it’s a nice way to tie him back to his origin as Robin. This suit doesn’t exactly seem as though it would fit in the Nu52, but that’s probably a good thing.

    I have to say, DG-Doodles really made the collar work here. That alone makes it great.

  7. I absolutely adore how the main design was based off DiscoWing. It really shouldn’t be, but it’s my favorite design, and this guy really modernizes it and adds function to it so well. I especially love the little addition to the friction generators, the idea of Dick slinking along the ceiling is just too cool.

  8. Rather nice! I think the midsection could use a little work, as the codpiece-plate and iliac crest-gold look a little busy. I’d make all that area the royal blue instead of the midnight blue, eliminate the hip gold pieces, and you have a very nice Nightwing.

  9. Lovely drawing but a little too high tech for my tastes really.i’m curious to see what people feel about that actually,how high tech is too high tech for you when it comes to the resident heroes of gotham?for me i like it to remain a little more shadowy and mysterious and find sometimes batman can on occasion get a little to close to ironman territory which i think takes away some of the romance of the character.But once again a lovely drawing and am looking forward to seeing more designs from this person

  10. I’ve never understood how a domino mask can give you a secret identity, but it’s a snazzy outfit. I agree that less tech might be good, but it also allows for some allowance when he pulls off crazy stunts.

  11. I appreciate the idea of incorporating elements from past designs, but I feel like the disco suit parts don’t mesh so well with what Nightwing is. I see him, essentially, as Batman’s heir, a bad-ass who prowls the night, yet probably doesn’t allow himself to be engulfed by it in the way Batman usually does. That yellow is just so flashy, especially on top of the dark blues, that I have a hard time seeing “Batman’s heir” wearing it in the modern day.

    The art looks great though, and I really like the way the blues and blacks play together in the whole suit. I would also say that the collar is subdued enough that it works really well here, even though it’s completely ridiculous in the original disco suit. The toe-separation in the feet is a favorite design choice of mine for these sorts of free-running type heroes, although I’m not sure I could get on board with scifi tech that let’s Nightwing wallcrawl…

    And the wings, I really hope they’re those flying squirrel type that open up between his arms and his body. I can’t imagine Nightwing having full wings, since at that rate, he might as well have one of those glider capes that Batman and Robin have these days, and we all know that wouldn’t be a good idea for Dick.

  12. I find it a tad busy, there’ s really no cues of tech on the mask and no back pack view. As for tech levels, this on teen titans or any justice team works wonderfully, less in Gotham. For conspicuous work this kind of tech doesn’t work, noise, electric signatures, hackable (see Spriggan), cannot be worn under clothes (undercover work)and also getting the tech commercially is going to ring a lot of bells. This is a beautiful COMBAT suit with extra points for using the disco one’s influence.

  13. This is a very cool redesign- my only criticism is that it reminds me of terrible Kai Leng from Mass Effect 3. This is entirely my issue, and absolutely no fault of the artist or design, but it makes me kind of want to say GO BACK TO SHADOWRUN, KAI LENG! YOU SUCK!

  14. Afrobean: I appreciate the idea of incorporating elements from past designs, but I feel like the disco suit parts don’t mesh so well with what Nightwing is. I see him, essentially, as Batman’s heir, a bad-ass who prowls the night, yet probably doesn’t allow himself to be engulfed by it in the way Batman usually does. That yellow is just so flashy, especially on top of the dark blues, that I have a hard time seeing “Batman’s heir” wearing it in the modern day.

    As much as he’s “Batman’s heir,” he’s also sort of “Superman’s nephew,” too. He took the name Nightwing because it was Superman’s non-powered secret identity in Kandor. It was a way of showing respect to the two men who’d raised him and that he most admired while moving past his role as “Batman’s partner.”

  15. I like it, but it feels a little overdesigned. I’m with the folks saying that there is too much tech here that Dick never needed. Let him be what Dick is, a high flying acrobat detective

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