ByTommy DePaoli, writer at Creators.co
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We may be seeing an older, morally conflicted Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but I think we're still all anticipating that the Caped Crusader will come out on top. He's Batman, for crying out loud. As far as we're concerned, a mythic figure like that just can't die .

That is, unless you're Travis Durden, a French artist who uses digital compositions to imagine a destroyed world, one Batman couldn't save. As a result, he's meeting his own demise, and his despair looms over every barren photo even when he's not in the shot.

Check out all the unsettling desolation below, and start dismantling the Bat-Signal.

"Bat Home"

Travis Durden with photographer Alicia Riu
Travis Durden with photographer Alicia Riu

Bruce's expensive technology remains intact, but the Batpod only serves as a reminder of long-lost prosperity.

"Bat Piano"

Travis Durden with photographer Jason Koxvold
Travis Durden with photographer Jason Koxvold

With these decaying landscapes, Durden wants to reveal how "the natural life cycle of myths and idols involves their destruction." Real abandoned or derelict places are the backdrop with brooding elements of Batman's life added digitally.

"Bat Theater"

Travis Durden with photographer Matt Lambros
Travis Durden with photographer Matt Lambros

Realism was Durden's ultimate goal, giving the impression that Batman really did spend time in these places. To me, it seems like he's contemplating all the lives he failed to save, rendering his whole mission meaningless.

"Bat Broken"

Travis Durden with photographer Antti Viitala
Travis Durden with photographer Antti Viitala

Durden aimed to show Batman surrounded by despair until it became all-consuming, and the result is definitely unsettling.

"Bat Station"

Travis Durden with photographer Ed Freeman
Travis Durden with photographer Ed Freeman

With no more humanity, poor Batman is just a rich moralist with a whole lot of toys. If no one sees Batman driving that Batmobile, did he ever really drive it at all?

Yep, these images want you to get existential about the Dark Knight, but are you willing?

(Source: DesignBoom)

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