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Bronze Tiger Heading to The New 52

The skilled martial artist is literally going into beast mode.

Benjamin Turner is going to pop up in The New 52... but based on newly released sketch, he's going to be quite different. It looks like he's set to debut in James Tynion IV's RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS. Check out the drastically different and new design below.

According to DC, this "part human and part... wild cat?" character leads a gang of mercenaries and has a connection to the second Robin. Whether he always looks like this or can transform has yet to be revealed. And based on the feet, it seems unlikely this is an elaborate costume. I can't help but wonder who's in his gang, though. It's a huge stretch, but if that gang is sticking to a theme, perhaps there's a chance we could see a new take on Catman, too? Pure speculation and probably hugely unlikely, but hey, I miss Catman. Anyway, what do you think of the new look?

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Posted by longbowhunter

Whoa! Bronze Tiger is actually a tiger. Ok.

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Posted by Black_Claw

Please let this guy join Jason's team!

Posted by Hawkguy

Looks grrrrrrrrrreat!

No but seriously, that defines beast mode. Looks amazing!

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

This is beast...eh? Get it?

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

He looks awesome. I'm excited to see him in RHATO. And hopefully you are right and we see a Cat themed gang so we can see a new Catman! :')

Edited by RustyRoy

Looks great.

Posted by Dernman

I don't think I'll like this.

Posted by bob808

YES!

Edited by Miss_Garrick

I would rather have Talky Tawney.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

lame

Posted by TDK_1997

I like it!

Edited by Smart_Dork_Dude

Okay I have little to no knowledge of the guy, but I know he wasn't a mutant tiger man!!!

Posted by jwalser3

Please let this guy join Jason's team!

^^^^^^^^^^^^

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

Whoa

Edited by ARMIV2

Woah...that's....that's pretty friggin' B-A.

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Posted by JakeN7

Am I the only one that thinks the emblem on his belt looks like an owl's head? Could there be a possible connection to the Court of Owls?

I know it sounds like a stretch, but he is being written by James Tynion IV who is the current writer of Talon and Red Hood and the Outlaws, a former college student of Scott Snyder's, the back-up writer for Snyder's Batman, and Bronze Tiger is first appearing in a bat-family book.

Hmm....just a thought

Edited by Or35ti

That looks so awesome!

Posted by Reignmaker

@jaken7: I think you might be onto something.

Posted by Vortex13

@jaken7: It's actually a tigers head. If you look closely you can see that it has a snout not a beak.

Posted by Chronus

Did Brett Booth draw the sketch?

Posted by BlueLantern1995

@or35ti said:

That looks so awesome!

I have to agree.

Posted by JakeN7

@vortex13: Mmm...that's debatable. The ears are definitely owl-like, as well as the eyes and the way the nose (whether it's a snout or a beak) points down like that. I could totally be wrong though. If you just compare Bronze Tiger's head to that emblem though, they don't look alike.

Posted by Onemoreposter

The character loses alot of what made him special now that he's a meta-human tiger-man. Still, the design looks sweet. This should be fun.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

I like the design!

Edited by SUNMAN

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

So now he gets a downgrade from a top 5 DC martial artist and loses his suicide squad connection to be a former playmate of Jason's....great.

Edited by Z3RO180

Freaking badass

Edited by TheLeagueofMutualAgreement

Bronze tiger is on of those characters i thought was pretty cool but never really new that much about and i would like to read more about him so I'm pretty stoked to seehim in the new 52 and hopefully cat man also

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@sunman said:

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

So now he gets a downgrade from a top 5 DC martial artist and loses his suicide squad connection to be a former playmate of Jason's....great.

not to mention one less cool black guy who actually looks somewhat human

Edited by SmashBrawler

You know, I actually saw this coming. Not Bronze Tiger returning, how he'd look like if he were to return. I guess I'm getting used to these uninspired redesigns.

Bronze tiger is on of those characters i thought was pretty cool but never really new that much about and i would like to read more about him so I'm pretty stoked to seehim in the new 52 and hopefully cat man also

Well, you could always read John Ostrander's excellent Suicide Squad run.

Posted by Outside_85

Looks good... sword is unnecessary though. Still not sure which of these sketch reveals I am supposed to get excited for since they tend to be people that's not been seen or heard from in decades.

Edited by blkson

NOOOOO. What? Why. no just no. Why does he have to be all mutated? Just make him normal Ben Tuner/Bronze Tiger. This guy defeated Batman in hand to hand combat! He was a total bad a** as a human. He had no methuman powers, he was not a mutated beast looking guy. He just had good ol'fashion ass kicker abilities. One of the greatest martial artist in DC comics. He just looks ridiculous now. -_-

[sidenote] He also had a connection to Cassandra Cain, which means she could possibly turn up soon. Hopefully not a mutated Beast bat thing.

Posted by matchesmalone21

Hell yeah

Edited by blkson

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@sunman said:

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

So now he gets a downgrade from a top 5 DC martial artist and loses his suicide squad connection to be a former playmate of Jason's....great.

not to mention one less cool black guy who actually looks somewhat human

^Exactly! Can we just have a normal cool looking black hero? Is that so much to ask? He was cool the way he was. This is horrible. I really, really hope this isn't permanent.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@blkson said:

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@sunman said:

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

tonot to mention one less cool black guy who actually looks somewhat human

^Exactly! Can we just have a normal cool looking black hero? Is that so much to ask? He was cool the way he was. This is horrible. I really, really hope this isn't permanent.

i wouldn't mind so much if he could shift form or looked a bit more human. i did like his costume with the Tiger head best to be fair.

Edited by daredevil21134

He better still have a human form

Posted by SUNMAN

@blkson said:

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@sunman said:

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

tonot to mention one less cool black guy who actually looks somewhat human

^Exactly! Can we just have a normal cool looking black hero? Is that so much to ask? He was cool the way he was. This is horrible. I really, really hope this isn't permanent.

i wouldn't mind so much if he could shift form or looked a bit more human. i did like his costume with the Tiger head best to be fair.

I think a were-beast character would be cool. But that is just not Bronze Tiger. That isn't his deal at all. Really at this point why not make a new character. If he is going to be so different I'd rather he just be another character.

This is just unoriginal like something you'd see done in the 90s. Bronze Tiger is a top 5 DC martial artist. He's human. But as you said DC is doing a number on average looking black heroes. DC tanked the Static and Mr. Terrific looks. Cyborg doesn't look human. Vixen and Black Lightning are looking good (now that Vixen is off JLI), but these two are in limbo.

Idk, between Lobdell, Booth and RHATO just feels like I am being perpetually trolled lol.

Edited by blkson

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@blkson said:

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@sunman said:

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

tonot to mention one less cool black guy who actually looks somewhat human

^Exactly! Can we just have a normal cool looking black hero? Is that so much to ask? He was cool the way he was. This is horrible. I really, really hope this isn't permanent.

i wouldn't mind so much if he could shift form or looked a bit more human. i did like his costume with the Tiger head best to be fair.

The head isn't the problem, I like that too. However, he wasn't a mutate tiger beast. He just dressed in tiger persona. Why couldn't he just look like his normal pre-flashpoint self?

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@sunman said:

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@blkson said:

@avenging_x_bolt said:

@sunman said:

this is dumb. So basically he is Bronze Tiger in name only. Why not just make a new character? The point of Bronze Tiger was the he isn't meta.

tonot to mention one less cool black guy who actually looks somewhat human

^Exactly! Can we just have a normal cool looking black hero? Is that so much to ask? He was cool the way he was. This is horrible. I really, really hope this isn't permanent.

i wouldn't mind so much if he could shift form or looked a bit more human. i did like his costume with the Tiger head best to be fair.

I think a were-beast character would be cool. But that is just not Bronze Tiger. That isn't his deal at all. Really at this point why not make a new character. If he is going to be so different I'd rather he just be another character.

This is just unoriginal like something you'd see done in the 90s. Bronze Tiger is a top 5 DC martial artist. He's human. But as you said DC is doing a number on average looking black heroes. DC tanked the Static and Mr. Terrific looks. Cyborg doesn't look human. Vixen and Black Lightning are looking good (now that Vixen is off JLI), but these two are in limbo.

Idk, between Lobdell, Booth and RHATO just feels like I am being perpetually trolled lol.

now you get to be trolled by Tynion...

Posted by JamesKM716

I like it. I like it a lot.

Edited by Batman404

Looks an awful lot like a character from King Fu Panda.

Edited by Veshark

....And he's an actual tiger now?

Well, at least if they make him beat Batman again, I've got the excuse of him being a meta :P

Edited by colonyofcells

Looks like a character from Kung Fu Panda and Thundercats, or maybe it was Kamandi, or maybe it was the brother of Tigra.

Posted by Rich711

Not a fan. Should have used the original.

Posted by The_Tree

I find this open-chest trend in The New 52 odd.

The new Bronze Tiger looks cool, but I would rather a different character than screwing up the original.

Posted by NightFang

@the_tree said:

I find this open-chest trend in The New 52 odd.

I just notice that and I love them!

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@the_tree said:

I find this open-chest trend in The New 52 odd.

I just notice that and I love them!

2 out of 3 are Booth designs

why am i not surprised.

Posted by SUNMAN

@the_tree said:

I find this open-chest trend in The New 52 odd.

I just notice that and I love them!

ugh. Tell me that is not the spectre.

I can live with Blue Devil although its not great a little too BDSM for me.

The Bronze Tiger design would be cool if it was a new character. I mean he kind of looks like a dude in one of those animals are people movies. Or a guy from a fighting game or anime/manga.

Ultimately this is just going to make him a little incompatible with a lot of stories and writers.

Posted by lifeboy

Now I know how ninja turtles fans felt after micheal bay made them aliens. Yeah... it hurts.

But I eill give it a shot. This is the same reaction I had with WW's pants and powergirls new (now old)costume and now I really wish they had them back.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Cool design but now he's not black, he's half a cat? Goes from top tier martial artist to mutate? What does DC have against black characters?

Edited by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow

Sweet!

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