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Dark Knight Returns BATMAN by ArtistAbe Dark Knight Returns BATMAN by ArtistAbe
This is my first time drawing the Dark Knight Returns Batman after many years of reading the comic over and over. It really is one of my top favorite comics that I just don't get tired of reading. I'm so glad that Warner Bros. made it into an animated feature. As a fan, I of course have little nitpicking details about it, but I still very much enjoy seeing the old man in action. Just the idea of an old man showing the young punks (good or bad) that he is still the best at what he does was always something that I thought was so cool. Much like when Playing Metal Gear Solid 4 and the movie Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood.


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AshiroAl Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Dark Knight runs...out of breath.
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NoXV Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
sweet pic. did you ever get to watch the animated movies based on the comic?
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
THANK YOU!
Oh yes indeedy! It only took years for them to make it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! I would have chosen someone else to do the voice of Batman, but that's probably the only complaint I have.
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SNAD10 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Batman is just awesome, doesn't matter how many years he has on his back!\o/ And DKR is probably THE most AWESOME Batman storiy ever. Loved your drawing, especially the lightning striking on the background. For a second I looked at him and thought it was Carl Fredricksen from Pixar's "Up" dressed as Batman. xP Anyway, good job and keep'em coming!^^
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
HOLY CRAP!! Carl as Batman!???!.... That has to be drawn! :D :D :D
Thanks for the motivation! :)
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SNAD10 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I'm always glad to help make the world a weirder place. o/
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
very awesome and part two dkr is so badass made my respect for batman increase and i didn't think that was possible considering how much i already respected him
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Yeah after reading those, I just had to get other batman books. I'd start to examine everything he did and say things like, "Yeah Batman would totally do that!"
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
lol so true
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CuddlyCapes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Freaking electric man! Any chance of a one armed Green Arrow or Hal wrapping his hands around the planet O.o? (Peter)
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks dude! :D

haha one armed Green Arrow is my favorite! For some reason I didn't like the guy till he lost an arm.
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CuddlyCapes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Same here your more bad ass of an archer when you only need one arm,well that green arrow and the one in kingdom come is pretty cool
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BroHawk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Damn that's cool.
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks chum! :D

Sooo much fun drawing a bulky Batman. All the fun giant shapes you can draw to form his body and none of it won't look wrong either. It's like drawing Hulk with a Batman costume on :)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Aweome work
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thank you!! :D
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Aweome work
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thank you!! :D
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! You really gave it a cool Miller style that is for sure! I'm also with you as I really like the Miller's DKR, plus it's the story that I think brought back Batman to the movies and better cartoons from WB. Yeah I got part one and I can't wait for part 2 to come up at the end of this month! I really want to see Bat's kicking Superman's butt which is to me the highlight of DKR and I hope that they don't cut nothing of it! Anyway great work!
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thank you Jose!!! :D

I know! Thank goodness Hollywood finally read the comics this time around! Now it's their only source material that they're getting inspiration from.

Yeah I hope they don't cut anything out as well. I'm looking forward to one armed Green Arrow and the part where Superman is hit by the nuke and is practically dying.... that's if it's not cut out...
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome Bro! I'm with you on that, as long they read the comic story and then try to at least re-do them to fit on an animated and movies, I can live with that! Yeah I also hope that even if it is a bit condensed that they try to leave little out, again I really want to see the Superman piece pretty much all through! Just a another week and and few days, so soon! :D
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :)

They did an animated version of it back in the 90's (one parter) called Tales of the Dark Knight.
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Oh I totally remember that! That was my absolute favorite part from that episode (and maybe the series) It was fast paced and the lines were executed exactly how I imagined them when I read the comic :)
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the did, and it was very cool :)
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RobertoRibeiro Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good! :D

R.R.
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks a bunch! :D
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RobertoRibeiro Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
R.R.
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks a bunch! :D
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RobertoRibeiro Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D

R.R.
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BrooklynPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you! :)
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
Ah yes, the Dark Knight Returns. While I may have some issues with this comic, mostly from the blocky art style, the really uneven characters and the meaningless scenes of the news shows talking about how the world sucked, this one is still a dark and grim classic.

Frank Miller sure knew of what he was doing with both Batman and Daredevil, as he gave us some of the darkest yet greatest stories of all time.

And of course, the Miller Batman looks very badass in your style, my friend. Awesome work once more.

Hmm... Say, think you can do another Daredevil picture just for the hell of it? Just suggesting, that's all.
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ArtistAbe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you!

Yeah, you gotta love that 'ol Franky Miller! He's the reason I started liking Daredevil so much and why I should like and respect the Batman. :)

Yeah I'm hoping to have enough time to do another Daredevil piece. I have a strange tendency to not draw my favorite super heroes for some reason.
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irongiant775 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have the same issues only cause I'm afraid that I wouldn't do them justice. Either way, this is one of my faves from you!
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