Chris Daughtry is one of the more successful performers to come out of American Idol over the years, and he just played Judas in Fox’s live event The Passion. Now he’s branching out into a new medium.
Daughtry is trying his hand at comings, creating one of the variant covers for Batman #50, which came out on Wednesday. It features Batman crouching as he faces Superman right before the release of Batman v Superman, and it looks incredible. He received some physical copies a couple days early and excitedly posted them to Instagram while revealing the progress the cover has made.
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Of all the accomplishments I'm most proud of, this EASILY sits in the top 5! I've dreamed of this moment since I was 5 years old. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine doing NOT ONLY a cover for Batman BUT WITH MY HERO!!??? The guy who made me wanna draw comics! I can't thank you enough @jimleeart for this amazing opportunity, for guiding me, listening to me stressed out at 2am, for elevating my work with your amazing inks and just being a friend. @sinccolor you never cease to amaze me with your amazing eye for color and mood! Thank you again. And can't forget the ever so helpful @choisez! It was AMAZING being a part of bringing this cover to life! RELEASE DATE: MARCH 23rd! @dccomics @dcentertainment @batmanvsuperman #batmanvsupermandawnofjustice #Batman #50 #batmanvsuperman #superman
His entry into comic books wasn’t completely out of the blue. He connected with comic book artist Jim Lee on Myspace while he was still on American Idol, and over the years they became friends. Lee did artwork for one of Daughtry’s albums while Daughtry drew art for a charity auction at Lee’s request. When he was asked to draw the variant cover, Daughtry—a fan of Batman since 1984—jumped at the opportunity.
“I kept talking to him about possibly doing variant covers,” Daughtry told Uproxx. “I kind of hounded him a bit. We ended up being together at this Halloween party and he asked ‘Would you be interested in doing a cover in March of Batman v. Superman to help promote the movie?’ Of course, I said yes.”
The Dark Knight is clearly in the right hands.