Canceled Batman Game Concept Art Features A Bearded Bruce Wayne

There’s no better way to perk up your aging superhero than by giving him a pepper-cut beard. That’s my philosophy anyway, and apparently the concept artist for a canceled Batman game agrees.

Goran Bukvic, a freelance concept artist in the video game and film industry, unveiled a batch of concept art for what was to be a new Batman game. He also revealed the concept art of a more high-tech Batsuit that bears some resemblance to the Batman Beyond suit.

Bukvic’s credits include work on Gears 4 and 5, Halo 4, Tomb Raider, and films such as Jurassic World 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy.

on his ArtStationBukvic notes that the Batman concept art was created for a canceled game “a long time ago.” on his LinkedIn, Bukvic lists a canceled game called “Batman: The Dark Knight” among his many credits, plus stints at Warner Bros. Montreal in 2015 and 2016.

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Bukvic may be describing the canceled 2006 PS3/Xbox 360 game of the same name. That game was published by EA and developed by Pandemic Studios (Star Wars: Battlefront, Destroy All Humans) as a follow-up to Christopher Nolan’s movie The Dark Knight, with development starting before filming even started.

It’s also possible that the concept art from Bukvic’s time comes from Warner Bros, who acquired the Batman video game license from EA. Bukvic worked on an unannounced game from April to September 2015, then returned from June 2016 to October 2016 to work on character designs for an “AAA unannounced title.”

That timeline matches the rumored canceled Arkham Knight sequel. Previous Leaks indicated that players would fill the shoes of Damian Wayne who took over from an aging Bruce Wayne. Interestingly, one of the leaked information was that a new Batcycle would be a steerable vehicle, and Bukvic’s art includes a sleek motorcycle that certainly fits the bill.

It’s unlikely we’ll see Bukvic’s art come to life in Gotham Knights, WB Montreal’s next Batman project, currently set to release sometime in 2022. Red Hood) come together to defeat the Illuminati-esque Court of Owls after Batman’s supposed death. As we all know, comic book heroes don’t tend to stay dead, so maybe eventually there will be room for a bearded bat.

Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/batfan for IGN.

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