Batman Video Game Concept Art Reveals Damian Wayne’s Batman Beyond-Esque Suit
Concept art for Project Sabbath, a reported sequel to Batman: Arkham Knight, leaked online, giving fans a look at the Damian Wayne that could have been.
The images, created by concept artist Goran Bukvic, depict what is believed to be Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne, in a Batsuit. Two versions of the design were included in Bukvic's ArtStation post: One of a traditional Batsuit and another which sports an emblem reminiscent of Terry McGinnis' suit in Batman Beyond. The technologically advanced outfit includes red eyes and accents, what appear to be a variety of built-in gadgets and a flowing cape. Given the inclusion of the standard Batsuit, it's possible that Project Sabbath's developers intended Damian to upgrade his armor during the course of the game.
Note - this is NOT concept art for upcoming Batman movie, These concepts were done for a cancelled game a long time ago. Had a lot of fun with these," writes Bukvic on the ArtStation post. The artist worked at Warner Bros. Games in 2016, just a year after the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight. It's likely that these illustrations were created for Project Sabbath although Bukvic does not confirm this.
In 2019, word got out that Warner Bros. Games Montreal had been working on a sequel to Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight. Reports indicated that the publisher had canceled the game while it was still in early development but a few details were revealed, alongside a separate batch of concept art. The game was supposedly set after Arkham Knight and would have featured an older, broken Bruce Wayne. Since he can no longer protect Gotham City, he tasks his son, Damian Wayne, with taking up the mantle of Batman. While the synopsis is unconfirmed, Bukvic also uploaded artwork of this aged Batman, who sports a gigantic grey beard and leg braces, hinting that his glory days have long since passed.
While Project Sabbath never saw the light of day, many believe parts of it were reworked into Gotham Knights. The upcoming open-world action game stars the extended Bat-Family who must look after Gotham City following the tragic death of Batman. Players will step into the boots of Barbara Gordon's Batgirl, Tim Drake's Robin, Red Hood or Nightwing as they dispatch a variety of criminals and thugs. The game is scheduled to launch in 2022 and will be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.