Batman Villains Illustrated As Cartoon Sharks

Batman Villains Illustrated As Cartoon Sharks

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If you've ever wondered what Batman's enemies might look like as sharks, Jeff Victor has the answer.

It's Friday. No one cares about the news on Friday. You know what people do care about, though? Sharks and Batman. Luckily, Jeff Victor, an artist from Los Angeles, has combined these two items into a series of handsome illustrations.

Aptly titled "Sharkham Asylum," the series answers a question that Batman fans have been asking for decades: "What if Batman's enemies were actually sharks?"

Several months ago, Victor created toothy renditions of the most iconic members of Batman's rogues gallery. Though, Scarecrow is noticeably absent, which probably makes Cillian Murphy a little sad.

All of the illustrations can be found over a Jeff Victor's blog. He doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the process behind any of the pieces. Though, it sounds like Bane went through a lengthy refinement process.

"I had an idea to try and do a shark cage tied around his face to represent his mask," Victor writes, "but then I thought it might just be better to stick with the Bruce Timm costume instead of doing the Christopher Nolan-verse Bane. A teeny tiny shark cage just wasn't reading the way I wanted. Oh well."

Source: Jeff Victor

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Alright, after looking at the pictures I can only get an idea of some of the shark speices they are:

Bane- Bull Shark
Two-Face- really messed up Hammerhead.
Clayface- looks like a Basking Shark to me honestly. I think it's the mouth.
Mr. Freeze- looks like a Great White
Penguin- closest I can think of is a Ground Shark, only because of how pointy the nose is
Riddler- Thresher Shark. I say this because of the long tail-fin

Can't figure out Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy for the life of me.

Someone somewhere is having some very strange dreams. The Riddler is particularly good.

Harvey is flipping a sand dollar! Priceless!

Those are really fun. :)

ZZoMBiE13:
Harvey is flipping a sand dollar! Priceless!

"The way I see it, you've got two choices, and it's the Dollar that decides. Good urchins, you get to live. Bad urchins...I rip you in half."

*Tosses*

OT: These are highly-disturbing to look at, therefore I give them a thumbs up.

I...ok, I hadn't actually wondered what Batman villains would look like as sharks, TBH.

OTOH, I like that unless you know who the characters are, it's not immediately apparent which ones are female. No shark boobs, for example.

Possibly it is immediately apparent if you are a shark expert...which would be impressive.

OTOOH, it's disappointing that this is noteworthy.

So I guess this makes the Shark Repellent Spray the most overpowered gadget in Batman's utility belt?

Can't say I ever thought of this concept... but hey, I'm always up for this kind of thing. Can't say which one is my favorite, though.

Now all I can think of is Batman punching a shark...

Art, I really don't understand it and I never will. I am not saying this is bad or a waste of time or anything, just saying that the meaning and purpose of most art escapes me.

Kinda weird...but okay.

Is it just me, or does Mr. Freeze look more feminine than Harley or Poison Ivy?

Neronium:
Alright, after looking at the pictures I can only get an idea of some of the shark speices they are:

Bane- Bull Shark
Two-Face- really messed up Hammerhead.
Clayface- looks like a Basking Shark to me honestly. I think it's the mouth.
Mr. Freeze- looks like a Great White
Penguin- closest I can think of is a Ground Shark, only because of how pointy the nose is
Riddler- Thresher Shark. I say this because of the long tail-fin

Can't figure out Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy for the life of me.

I don't think they are necessarily supposed to resemble actual shark species. Hell, catwoman looks more like an oil slick than a shark.

Avaholic03:
Kinda weird...but okay.

Is it just me, or does Mr. Freeze look more feminine than Harley or Poison Ivy?

Neronium:
Alright, after looking at the pictures I can only get an idea of some of the shark speices they are:

Bane- Bull Shark
Two-Face- really messed up Hammerhead.
Clayface- looks like a Basking Shark to me honestly. I think it's the mouth.
Mr. Freeze- looks like a Great White
Penguin- closest I can think of is a Ground Shark, only because of how pointy the nose is
Riddler- Thresher Shark. I say this because of the long tail-fin

Can't figure out Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy for the life of me.

I don't think they are necessarily supposed to resemble actual shark species. Hell, catwoman looks more like an oil slick than a shark.

But if they were, I hope the artist is still working on a goblin shark version of the Scarecrow. They're a creepy bunch.

These look great, very ingeniously designed. I'm missing the Scarecrow shark though.

I realise nobody forced me to look at this gallery, artists are free to do what they want, caveat disclaimer etc.

But, isn't there a point at which "the cast of X re-imagined as Y" is no longer a novel concept? And, wasn't that point several months ago? At this point in time, doesn't this kind of thing start to smell a bit like shameless self-promotion through the "ironic" appropriation of not-particularly-niche popular culture?

Now all we need is someone to think re-launching the "Street Sharks" in DC is a good idea, and what's more a crossover with Batman would be a good way of introducing them. It could become Canon where all the Batman villains are changed the same way by Doctor Killamari (I believe that was his name) along with the guys who will later become the Street Sharks.... it would *totally* work... providing they can get Batman to scream "Jawsome" with them in unison for the inevitable big fight. :)

Actually I probably shouldn't suggest that, someone from DC might see it, and think it's a great idea for the NEXT time they feel the need to reboot the entire DC universe and then do another "52" series to relate all the changes. :)

 

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