The artist is vice-president of Montreal creative agency Steambot (credited on the image). Both Steambot and Joël Dos Reis Viegas himself have worked for WB Montreal in the past – Dos Reis Viegas helped create concepts for characters in WB Montreal’s Batman: Arkham Origins, as well as DLC costumes for Batman: Arkham Knight (WB Montreal assisted Arkham Knight developer Rocksteady for post-launch content). The image itself is found in a portfolio of images called ‘Batman Games‘, with much of the work focusing on Origins and Knight.
WB Montreal was widely rumoured to be working on both Superman and Suicide Squad games following the release of Arkham Origins, with a 2015 job listing saying that it was developing two AAA games “expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.”
Follow-up reports in 2017 claimed that the Suicide Squad game had been cancelled – some have pointed out that images from the same folder of concept art as the Superman image, including a series of sketches of Harley Quinn (below), could represent work on that project. Given that they were created in 2014 (after Arkham Origins’ release), these sketches could be for that game, although they could also represent early work for Arkham Knight DLC.
The lack of word since 2015 would suggest that the Superman game has also been canned, particularly given the assumption that WB Montreal is now deep into development on a game based on Batman: Court of Owls. Rocksteady – creator of the Arkham series – categorically denied that it was making a Superman game in 2018.
Alongside WB Montreal, Rocksteady’s next project also remains a mystery. In fact, WB’s portfolio of games is something of a mystery as a whole right now, with the rumours of a Harry Potter RPG still floating around, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga news only recently popping after a long period of silence.