This illustration of Batman by Tom Lishman may be difficult to look at, but bare in mind that realistically, a person dressing up as a bat and beating people up at night is going to severely hurt himself.
Tom Lishman's digital portraits are something that can totally be used in a video game for the Dark Knight, but the gritty and morbid feel to his pictures is definitely what sets his illustrations apart from his peers. Those with a strong stomach should check out his zombification of Batman, which has Bruce Wayne missing a large portion of his jaw.
Implications - The art community enjoys illustrating pop culture staples because it's a great way to gain Internet exposure for their work since consumer demand for pop culture products never wanes. Corporations looking to garner similar attention may also utilize pop culture figures in their promotional campaigns.