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Reimagined Japanese Superhero Art

Scott Wade’s Japanese Batman is Painted Using Woodblock Pa

— October 17, 2013 — Art & Design
Artist Scott Wade transforms the Dark Knight into a ninja using traditional woodblock prints to re-imagine the Japanese Batman during the ‘Sengoku’ era.

The illustrations are done by using a genre of woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and 20th centuries, and depicts Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Doctor Fries (Mr. Freeze) as traditional oriental characters. The Japanese Batman is shown rappelling down with a rope with a large black cape, a scythe and a black mask that covers his face that comes with bat ear-shaped mask.

Commissioner Gordon is illustrated as striking a bat-adorned taiko drum, while Doctor Fries is a haunted figure with pale white skin, red goggles and a ghost dressed in an all-white kimono—his wife Norah—following him. Wade’s reconstructions of the North American Batman characters are an intriguing twist to the superhero mold and their depictions in different cultures.
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