It doesn't matter what year you're in, there's almost always something related to Batman that you can look forward to. In the next year or two alone, we'll get plenty of chances to see the caped crusader in action. For starters, there's the appearance of multiple versions of himself in The Flash. Meanwhile, a solo feature film starring Robert Pattinson is set to release in 2022 as well. Not to mention, Batman might also appear in Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. But, even if Batman is always en vogue, there are still some Batman projects that didn't see the light of day.
Case in point, the concept artist for a canceled Batman game just came forward with a couple of snippets of a game that could have been released a few years ago.
Bukvic's art shows an aged Brue Wayne and Damien as Batman
Goran Bukvic is a freelance concept artist in the video game and film industry that has worked on games like Gears 4 and 5, Halo 4, as well as Tomb Raider. He has also contributed artwork to films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It's safe to say that he's legit and the art he's worked on is worth taking a look at.
Having said that, if you take a look at his ArtStation right now, you'll find concept art for what he describes as a "game canceled a long time ago."
First things first, Batman looks awesome for a guy in what we assume is in his late 40s or 50s. Also, Damian Wayne as Batman is dope.
Now, Bukvic did not specifically list what Batman game these concept arts were far, but we can make a pretty good guess. No, this probably isn't for the canceled movie tie-in game to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. Rather, this one would have been for something more recent. If you take a closer look at his LinkedIn profile, Bukvic lists stints at Warner Bros. Montreal in 2015 and 2016. If you put two and two together, then this concert art could have been for the rumored Arkham Knight sequel.
This would make a lot of sense if true. The prevalent rumor around that time was that an Arkham Knight sequel was in development with Damian Wayne filing in for Batman.
We'll never know why Warner Bros. decided to cancel that game. Perhaps the studio thought that a plot revolving around a more brutal Batman would look far too familiar? After all, Jason Todd's appearance in Arkham Knight as the titular villain is effectively what a more vicious Batman would do, albeit Damian probably won't align himself with villains such as Scarecrow.
With that said, it's safe to say that Bukvic's art for the canceled Batman game will never come to life. We can put it right up there alongside the canceled Spider-Man and Superman games that were leaked earlier this year. But, if it's any consolation, we might just get a chance to see a bearded bat in Gotham Knights once he inevitably pops up and shows his proteges that he isn't dead.