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Batman Beyond: Legends of a Dark Knight by phil-cho Batman Beyond: Legends of a Dark Knight by phil-cho
I've been doing Bat-family illustrations every summer so far - I figured it was time to do one again, only this time with the Beyonders.

Why "Legends of a Dark Knight" instead of "the Dark Knight"? Well, I figured the title of THE Dark Knight belongs only to Bruce, and everyone else who came after are only considered other Dark Knights. In this case, this Dark Knight is Terry. How many times did I type Dark Knight?

Anyway, the only original design here is Robin, but it's actually just a tweak from older "Robin Beyond" designs I made way back when. Only this time, I felt okay with taking out red altogether since Terry has that covered. Who's the under the Robin suit? I still don't know, but my best guess is Matt, Terry's brother. It could just be a new character altogether, but come on...everyone wants Matt to get in on the crime fighting action right?

As for Batgirl, I won't spoil who it is! You can read the latest Batman Beyond comics on comixology to find out who it is, they're like $1 for each issue. I had no idea this was happening, but you guys should definitely check it out. Props to Annie Wu for making such a bad ass Batgirl design!!

Oh also, this should go without saying by now, but this is just fan art. Could make a pretty awesome show, movie, comic, or video game though. :) As much as I liked Terry's high school days as Batman, I'm a little more interested in seeing him in his prime, so like late 20s, early 30s?

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*Batman Beyond, Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Max Gibson, Ace, and Bruce Wayne of DC Comics
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xneoguy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
its so sad that series had to end it was my favourite batman they should make a movie or a game of this batman.    
Aseika Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know if they ever got that far I bet terry's girlfriend would have been a great batgirl. 
Historyman14 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
We need bios on the new Robin and Batgirl.
WOLFBLADE111 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness. :)
Sper3 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
read batgirl beyond, she is more like daredevil.
UltimateHammerBro Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Awesome! I love Batman Beyond, and your designs rock. The only thing I'd change would be Robin's hair: I think it would be better if his hair didn't show, and the mask had a couple of imprinted lines to suggest hair.
MattHunX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Wait a heck....

So, a Batman Beyond comic is still on-going, you mean, the series (after the tv-show) is still expanding...!? With a Batgirl Beyond, too? O_O

Also, I always thought Max would be a good Batgirl,
jordantheanimator Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
i love your design, can i make a model of robin for you? i love the design
phil-cho Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah man, go for it :)
raventhedoll Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that the granddaughter of barber gorgon  
Ownerest Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Is Max batgirl?
phil-cho Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wish! It's a new character named Nissa Fox (related to Lucius I think).
Recneps8 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
well it makes sense that terry's younger brother is robin, (i don't know if this happened in the comics but it did in the tv show so SPOILER ALERT) because he has bruce's genes in him
Needham-Comics Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Is the Robin design from the comics?
phil-cho Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, still no Robin in Batman Beyond yet - I designed that one myself. If a Robin ever shows up though, he'll probably look different.
Needham-Comics Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I came up with an idea when the show was still going, but I think its time has passed.  It was a techless suit so Terry could hone his skills without falling back on the suit.  So Terry was also Robin.  I like your design and it fit so well I thought it was real.
phil-cho Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, that's a good idea! Maybe if the suit malfunctions, Terry could eject(?) out of the suit, and become Robin haha. Like a bird hatching out of an egg :P

I'm still hoping for his little brother to be Robin though - maybe too obvious of a choice, but I feel like it should happen anyway.
Needham-Comics Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
While the comic isn't having Terry be a clone of Bruce like the cartoon did, maybe his brother still could be.  Like Terry was already born when Amanda Waller decided to make a clone of Bruce.

Thanks for liking my idea.  I like yours too, the hatching from an egg is a great symbolic idea.
Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I gotta go read this now, I figured that if the batfamily started expanding again Max would find a way to get into that suit! 

I like this Robin design, I've seen a lot of them and a lot of times the style doesn't mesh with the batman beyond look or the colors are far to bright.  I think the days of a Bright red, yellow, and green robin may be over...
phil-cho Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And actually the new Batgirl isn't Max unfortunately. That would have been my pick to be honest, but it's a new character, Nissa Fox (presumably a relative of Lucius Fox?) - but I haven't kept up with the series, so I'm not too sure. From what I've read though, it's really fun. Dick Grayson makes an appearance, and he's actually Terry's new oracle now - very cool idea. I'm guessing he and Terry had a falling out or something.
thewizardofdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Love it. Batgirl looks like a combination of Nightwing from Arkham City and Cassandra Cain.
nicolechar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I would love it if Matt was the new Robin. To me it just fits.
AceTrigger00 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
That Robin is SICK!!!
valrock93 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
6 times 6 times
zender3162 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
it's so amazing
GH0ST-FACE Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Robin looks funny
conjob1989 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Of course Matt's Robin. Wouldn't it be hilarious if Terry found out Matt already knew they're biologically Bruce's kids all along?
Skyrio Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I love it so much!
Shiznicx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Like it all but Robin.. his face.. how does his hair, mask.. so confused.
phil-cho Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah I've been getting that a lot. It's the future, so I tried something new/weird - I mean I personally thought even Batman's mask was a little confusing. Like does the cowl go inside his lips? Is his face painted black? Anyway, I took that same sort of weird design and decided to give Robin hair. This way, they are sort of freaky - to look almost as if that's their natural skin. I might be digging a hole here, but hopefully you at least understand why I went with it. I'm still not sure if the hair is a part of the suit, or if that's his actual hair - I'll go with whichever people are more uncomfortable with! :D
Shiznicx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Yeah I understand  more of were your coming from now, its just strange haha 

Keep up the good work though :)
Led1v Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Pretty sure I asked this already & if I did I apologies in advance, but could you make a pic of the Titans from the animated series?
phil-cho Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, I don't take requests - I'm a busy man. :P But you can take a look at one I did 6 years ago when I was in high school! (wow, I've been on here for a long time) -…
pedrofaria339 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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knight-hawk217 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
max is that u? o.O as batgirl?? yesss they gave u a hero identity 
Ayasugi-san Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
No, that's the new Batgirl from the comics. Her name's Nissa and I don't think she's related to any previous BB characters, but she's building a working relationship with Barbara Gordon.
knight-hawk217 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
oh lol boo xD i really wish they'd give max a much bigger role in the field rather than being oracle but oh well i like this batgirl too xD
Ayasugi-san Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Nice designs! Think you can do the supporting characters, like Barbara Gordon, Dana Tan, maybe Terry's schoolmates?
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FastFlyer01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013

This is SO AWESOME!!! I love the Beyond versions you made of these classic Batman characters. I used to watch the cartoon back in high school. I am not a big fan of Batman or the DC comic universe because I grew up with Marvel, but I thought that was an awesome cartoon. I like how the creators did something different with the classic character. I like how you decided to do something different with these classic characters; I like artists who look at things and decide to do a new twist to see how things can be different, and impressive in their own way.


Great job! I look forward to seeing more Beyond versions of the other DC characters. Do you think you could also do some future versions of some Marvel characters?


Revan005 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Great work!Thumbs Up 
mskeenan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent job.
starbiter Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013

Great job! I like the details of Terry's utility belt and Bruce’s chair – it look like it hides a few surprises he he…  Also love that you included Ace he is a character in his own right but often gets left out.  Kudos on the Matt and Terry duo idea super sarcastic banter between partners would be fun.

Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love these designs. Excellent work.
mpz28 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
fantastic pic', was well worth the look Love 

& thanks for letting us know about the comic, i'll have to check it out :)

BygBPryme Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Spider-boyN2Jesus Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I have to say that's probably the best Robin Beyond design I've seen, however, I still don't really care for it. Terry doesn't really need a Robin because he kind of IS Robin. He's a punk kid who follows Bruce's lead (if not always his orders ;P) and cracks jokes all the time. He has a life outside of Batman and dreads the idea that he might one day become so dark and brooding that he'll end up like Bruce and does everything he can to avoid that while still honoring the mantle.

On another note, I don't entirely understand the Robin Beyond designs in that they don't cover his head (I DO understand that you're going for the classic spiky "boy wonder" look, but still). So that kind of defeats the point of the protective super-suit that Terry wears. And it's clearly supposed to be the same type of suit the way it covers his face and mouth. Batgirl Beyond's suit is just a suit (or so I infer by her making it clear in her very first scene that she lives in one of the poorer areas of Gotham. So clearly she couldn't have a fancy suit with all the bells and whistles that Terry's has. Also she has the classic mask that doesn't "cover" her mouth.

That being said, I think that, IF there was a Robin Beyond, he'd be more likely to wear a suit that looks more like Damien Wayne's with the black body-suit and the red vest thing he wears over it with a domino mask. Perhaps, if he's Mat for example, he finds out Terry's secret without Terry knowing and makes his own costume. Perhaps it could even be upgraded a bit and at least have a function sort of like Nightwing's suit in the animated series that had the little glider wings sort of like Terry's. Or he could have a cape that stiffens out like wings like in the Nolan movies. Or that weird feathery cape that New 52 Red Robin has, but shorter like spikes that get bigger and longer and run together a bit to form a glider--you know; so he can at least somewhat keep up with Terry as he flies around Gotham... or is it New Gotham...? ;P

And this really is a small gripe, but I've always thought that Terry suit was smooth fabric on the outside (albeit very strong fabric) that has wires and machinery, and perhaps a bit of futuristic uber-thin armor, underneath.

But overall, great work! I really love your work--especially the Gotham Crusaders animated series concepts ;P.
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