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Big Happy Bat Family by theunbrilliant Big Happy Bat Family by theunbrilliant
Wow. I have been working on this thing for weeks now. This is my first finished group painting, so there were a lot of complications and learning experiences with that. Overall I'm pleased other than a few details that I just don't currently have the skills to understand/fix. I used Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop. 

About the name; I originally wanted to include more members of the Bat family, but it just didn't really work out that way. So instead, it ended up being Batman and four of his more famous Robins; Red Hood is leading the way while the others come crashing down after him, ready to battle. In terms of outfits, I kept Nightwing's New Earth blue, because I don't really like the new 52's red and it just seems like a change they made just to.... make a change. (Plus, so many heroes are red, c'mon.) In terms of Red Robin, his is a mix of his New Earth outfit and his Robin outfit in Arkham City, because I really like that wizard hood. My friend pointed out that it probably wouldn't stay on in a free-fall like that, which is a good point, so... I'm just gonna say he pins it on. Yeah. 

For my non-comic-reading friends, I almost feel sorry for you; especially if you became my friend back when I was in my AvatarTLA phase. I do believe that women especially, however, should try out more western comics. I know it's more socially acceptable to read manga, and there indeed is some awesome manga, but I need more people to talk to dagnabbit! :P 

Top-to-bottom, left-to-right:

Batman (Bruce Wayne): Most people know Batman. He was created in the 1930s as something of a response to popular culture of the day such as the hero who plays the fool in public (a la Zorro) but with a dark persona similar to the Shadow. Having witnessed his parents death during a mugging-gone-wrong, he swore revenge against the criminal element of Gotham City in general, albeit with justice. He holds himself and the people he surrounds himself with to a personal code of ethics, such as not allowing killing. Depending on the writer, this is sometimes shown as he does whatever he can to prevent the death of even a criminal to, neh, he'll let that guy fall to his death since it was his fault anyway. Also, Early Installment Weirdness static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub…. Throughout his life he has rather reluctantly allowed new members to the Bat family, such as his multitude of Robins. A lot of people don't realize this, but he does indeed adopt many of them (at least in some storylines), making them his sons. Even though I'm a great fan of this character, I don't paint him as much as I'd like to, because it just seems like everything's already been done. 

Robin V (Damian Wayne): This character has appeared in neither movies nor tv shows and is a relatively new addition to the Bat family, so unless you read comics you probably have not come across him. While the character sort-of appeared as an infant in the 1980s non-canonical Son of the Demon, he was not considered a real character until 2006. He follows the fourth Robin Stephanie Brown (not pictured,) who is sadly herself non-canonical after the events of Flashpoint. Damian is a test-tube baby, the son of Talia al Ghul and Bruce Wayne. Talia and the League of Assassins raised Damian unbeknownst to his father and conditioned him to be hyper-violent before dumping him off on his father at age 10 in order to disrupt his work. Damian has a bizarre desire to kill the previous Robins, as he believes it will assert his superiority to all previous Robins. Batman feels grudging responsibility towards his progeny and attempts to take him under his wing (pun intended) and teach him what being a member of the Bat family is all about. This has mixed results.

Nightwing (previously the first Robin Dick Grayson): Probably the most well-known and best-represented Robin and a great favorite amongst female and male fans alike. Nightwing's probably about as close to bishonen as Western comics get. Debuted in the 1940s in an attempt to make Batman a softer character. Like Batman, Dick lost his parents to crime and swore revenge on the criminal element. Batman helps him channel his rage by becoming the first Robin, and many sources seem to believe that Batman feels Dick is more his son than any of the others, even the biological Damian. Despite this, due to disagreements and a desire to distance himself from simply partner-status, Dick would eventually grow up to become his own hero Nightwing in neighboring city Bludhaven. Nightwing is the son of acrobats and thus uses this to his advantage in comparison to Batman, who uses more force. In many tv adaptations such as Teen Titans and Young Justice, Dick is portrayed as being domineering and aggressive over teammates, but comic-wise he's quite a bit more level-headed and actually a bit nerdy. The most accurate tv portrayal is probably in Batman:The Animated Series, although Teen Titans and YJ version is acceptable to me as these take place in separate universes. Often paired with Batgirl/Oracle Barbara Gordon.

Red Robin (Tim Drake or Robin III): Like Dick Grayson, Tim Drake is a former Robin who ended up taking on his own persona. Tim Drake was named in honor of Tim Burton and introduced in the 1980s. He became the third Robin after the death of his mother and crippling of his father (his father would later die, continuing the tradition of orphaned Robins.) Tim Drake is *probably* the smartest of all the Robins and is a much more natural detective than the others, although in comparison his fighting skills are weaker, leading him to take up the bo staff to give himself an edge. He is a much more private character than the other Robins and works alone more often, in many ways making him the most similar in personality to Batman. Dated Stephanie Brown before her disappearance from canon. 

Red Hood (Jason Todd or Robin II): A much more recent fan-favorite because of the animated version of Under the Red Hood (check it out on Netflix; it's fantastic) based on the equally inspired comic arc Under the Hood by Judd Winick. However, this character has a pretty convoluted history that is difficult to untangle. From what I gather, he was created in the early 1980s as a replacement for Dick Grayson, who had moved on as Nightwing. He was entirely a copy of Dick Grayson, even being an acrobat, and it's my opinion the character's popularity was merely because more casual fans didn't realize Dick Grayson had been replaced. The character was then retconned in the mid-80s into being an angry street kid that Batman took in, and as I guess people realized here was this new Robin trying to take Dick Grayson's place, their hate for him exploded. He was voted off the island and ended up murdered by the Joker due to fan opinion (so, yeah, it's the FANS' fault he was beaten to death with a crowbar in the late 80s). This would cause much angst for Batman and co. for many years to come. Eventually the character was brought back in the mid-2000s as the murderous vigilante Red Hood. Apparently, as it was through-a-series-of-unfortunate-events Ra's al Ghul's fault that Jason was dead, he took it upon himself to bring the former Robin back to life in the Lazarus Pit, which does tend to have the unwanted side-effect of rendering the user completely insane. It is, however, a question of whether or not Jason had these murderous impulses to begin with, and his death at the hands of Joker might simply have traumatized him enough to bring these to the forefront. Jason is basically a plague upon the house of Batman, almost more on an emotional toll than as a mortal enemy. Jason has gotten it into his head that one cannot stop crime but must control it, thereby killing those most dangerous and regulating the drug trade, basically becoming an organized crime lord. Batman does his darndest to try and save his former protege from himself, but nothing ever seems to work, many of their encounters ending on a bittersweet note at best. The possibility of redemption for this character is a bit of a tease for the fans and has catapulted this character into the limelight as being one of the most popular Batman characters ever, far and away from his debut. I personally doubt a full reconciliation will ever be made, but it is fun to think about, and provides fans with the needed angst that comes with the Batman fandom. 

I hope you guys like this. You're welcome to critique me. 
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SUP-FAN Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
MAN They're so awesome together.
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theunbrilliant Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah! 
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clockworkscar Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy National Batman day!  Spread the word :D
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theunbrilliant Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Will do 
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Pixishooter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, BATMAN! (When I saw batman I was like, 'Jesus Christ I already like this') nice pic!
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theunbrilliant Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank yooou! :D
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Pixishooter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're oh-so very weeeeelcoooome!
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Spazzygamergirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, just awesome
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theunbrilliant Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :3333 
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Spazzygamergirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem love your art
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