Think emo Dante sucks in the new Devil May Cry? He could have been shirtless with suspenders

Admit it. DmC’s new emo, malnourished-looking Dante is about as popular as Jar Jar Binks if he had rectal thermometers for fingers and went around giving Nazi salutes. General reaction on the interwebs has been heated to say the least, with many fans of the series pining for the trench coat-sporting, white haired demon hunter of old. Well, just take comfort that it could have been worse. We’re talking man nipple action and suspenders worse.

Above: You can't unsee it

Speaking to Kotaku, Ninja Theory’s Alex Jones, who is lead producer on DmC, revealed some of the concept designs he and his team showed Capcom big wig Keiji Inafune in Japan. He said: "We had a shirtless version of Dante, with just suspenders. That went nowhere. It looked like he had just stumbled out of a Clash concert. When Inafune saw it he said, 'I don't think so.'”

Above: Tut, tut, young man. Don't you know smoking will stain those model-esque teeth?

Trying to explain what inspired the reboot, Jones cites Christopher Nolan’s recent Batman flicks as inspiration. “Look at the Dark Knight. That went from the Gothic fun house of the earlier Batman movies, to a fairly dark look at Chicago crime today. We want to update and mature the tone of Devil May Cry.”

Above: Hate emo Dante? Blame the pair on the right

It’s been a big week for Ninja Theory, with creative design boss Tameem Antoniade pouring his opinion sauce down the throats of the folks at 1UP. “It’s about Dante being cool and making you feel cool when you’re playing it, and so the combat and the style system and everything is integral to that. If Dante, dressed as he was, walked into any bar outside of Tokyo, he’d get laughed out,” he told the site.

Above: Don't listen to him DMC3 Dante. If anyone laughs, just shoot them the hell in the face

He continued: “I feel like now, for Devil May Cry to have that same impact, it needs to draw on new things. New music, new ways of cinematography, new fashion.”

Ah well, we might pine for old Dante, but at least we won’t have to endure the man nipple action. Small victories and all that, yeah?

Source: Kotaku 

Sep22,  2012



  • Tentain Shadowfall - December 29, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Just pretend this Devil May Cry never existed and go back and play 1-4 again.
  • eliaseid - March 9, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    i dont really care about his looks guys when ur playing dmc series ur not thinking bout jacking off while getting excited over his hair u play the damn game cause its fun sure he looks different and sure old dante had more swag but this is a back story and not a modern one this was like dante back when he was 16 or something so get over it . beside this game seems like dante is gonna be faster and also be able to parkour/free run. id like that my personal opinion. well in any ways all i can say is get over it this is just young dante so they will go back to the old one sometime after this game.
  • AegisOverwatch - October 6, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    This is not a small victory, just because something worse DIDN'T happen, doesn't make what DID happen any better.
  • DMDmaster - September 28, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    WTF happened? Dante is supposed to look awesome, not like someone who just came back from an MCR concert! Ninja theory had better at least make his hair silver and fix his damn face! he looks like he got into a fight and lost
  • EroticInvisibleMan - September 23, 2010 5 a.m.

    What's wrong with wearing suspenders while shirtless? Just give high high waited slacks with a crease and he's a goddamn pimp
  • Spybreak8 - September 23, 2010 2:34 a.m.

    Wow that picture reminded me of Tyler for some reason lol. I think it's the mouth, he usually has his mouth closed like that (if you know what I'm trying to say).
  • cdaw1331 - September 23, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    Wait, wait, wait... They said they wanted to make it darker and more mature, I get that, and I think it's a good concept. But they want to make it more mature by making Dante a whiny teenager? I don't get that at all :/ not really liking his new look so much. The white-haired badass in a trench coat look is just much to cool to be substituted by a beat up teenager with messy brown hair wearing mostly black. I love ninja theory, but what have they done!?!?
  • Genericpenisjoketista - September 22, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    My soul has broken. Alas, I am no more.
  • BazyLastard - September 22, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    “It’s about Dante being cool and making you feel cool when you’re playing it,” It's bad enough they failed so miserably, but worse that they thought they'd succeeded so handily.
  • FauxFurry - September 22, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    That's real nice that Keiji Inafune imposed a bit of proper editorial mandate on the Dante redesign. The shirtless thing was already played out when Old Dante did it in DMC 3 and Ninja Theory has another game coming out with a shirtless male protagonist, Enslaved. That isn't edgy and it isn't fashion forward (unless He-Man was ultra-mod and everyone missed it),it just smacks of lazy character design that one can get away with because the character is male. Sheesh, characters like Trish at the very least are required to wear a corset top to keep those nervous nellies who are afraid that their kids might get breast-feeding flashbacks a little less nervous! Give Dante a bondage gear top and it's all square (like Kuja's uniform in Final Fantasy 9?). Off topic: These reCAPTCHA things would probably make adequate band name generators. [society. spucturr]
  • SwampRock - September 22, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Message to internet dumbasses Team ninja isnt ninja theory.
  • ElPolloRabidoso - September 22, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    I initially thought that them trying to make some changes was going to be cool, games need to experiment every once in a while to keep from getting stale. But this is a tad bit too extreme for me. I understand they are trying to make Dante more 'mature', but thats not what the game or Dante is about. Remember that some games are fun because they are more mature and interesting, but some games are so effin' b@lls-out crazy they're just plain awsome. Thats what the entire DmC franchise has been about. If you want to experiment, thats fine, but don't try to change the whole source material.
  • Redeater - September 22, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    Doh! Well Team Ninja or not I still think this is silly. Though I should have known better. I don't see any screens with women sporting watermelon sized breats.
  • Metallica - September 22, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    I find it fascinating how gamers hate change. I, for once, like the new look. Although, I must admit, I would probably be furious if a character from my favorite game went through such a drastic design change.
  • jakery22 - September 22, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    Never played DMC that much, but this new damte looks terrible. How the fuck did they get that from the Dark Night? Seriously. I just don't undertsnad. Someone enlighten me?
  • Clovin64 - September 22, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    They were seriously considering making that scrawny wimpy emo Dante shirtless with suspenders? That doesnt exactly make me feel any better about Ninja Theory to say the least. And dont try to blame The Dark Knight for this atrocity, you've been watching Twilight and we all know it! "Its about Dante being cool and feeling cool when you're playing it" MISSION FUCKING FAILED NINJA THEORY!!! P.S. I've recently decided to give this game a chance, so I'll play it when it comes out, but I still HATE new Dante. He looks like Robert Pattison on crack.
  • nemesisuprising - September 22, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    @Felixthecat wow just wow anyway...I actually wouldn't mind if they got rid of the smoking (the designer said he never wanted him to smoke...EVER!!!!) and gave him his old hair, dont care about the rest to be honest.
  • luckyseven - September 22, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    Im a huge fan of the dmc series and Im kinda ok with the new look for dante... if he just didnt look so much like kristen stewart..
  • ventanger - September 22, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    It does make sense, the new Dante looks like a Nolan-era Batman villain, whereas old Dante looks like a rejected Final Fantasy supporting character. I'm not raging about it, I don't see who would be. Are people forgetting that old Dante's most memorable line is "I was supposed to fill your dark soul with LEEYYYYIIIIGGHT!"
  • Gahmah - September 22, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    I thought the emo thing was the sensitive kids wearing the all black and such? He just looks like some kid whose been beaten all his life, can't even afford buttons on his coat. But DMC's become all about style, I like that it's going somewhere new, otherwise it'd be boring.

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