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Super Flemish

Sacha Goldberger

Ever wonder what your favorite superheroes, villains, Disney maidens and Star Wars characters would have looked like 500 to 600 years ago? (You know, if they were real.)

Spoiler alert: Serious. They look serious. And spectacular.

French photographer Sacha Goldberger has transformed the look of several beloved characters in portraits showing them wearing Renaissance-era attire, complete with plenty of elaborate neck ruffs (which inspired the Elizabethan collar for pets), not to mention cleavage-baring corset dresses for some of the ladies.

"What if Superman was born in the 16th century?" he asks. "And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might [15th century Northern Renaissance artist] Jan van Eyck have portrayed Snow White?"

"As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us," he adds.

Catwoman, as a modern, proper, Renaissance-era lady, of course does not get to wear her skintight cat suit. She does, however, still sport her mask and Goldberger also gave her pet cat a costume, complete with an era-appropriate cone of shame.

Goldberger uses an image resembling the late Heath Ledger's character The Joker from The Dark Knight, which earned the actor a posthumous Oscar, in his portrait of the iconic villain.

In the photo, the character is seen lounging in a chair, no doubt plotting his next master plan to create chaos and destroy "the Batman, " while wearing an outfit straight out of Shakespeare in Love, with his personal color scheme—a two-shaded green doublet, covered in a plum cloak and paired with large plum gloves and matching sheer tights. And, of course, his signature clown makeup.

Super Flemish

Sacha Goldberger

Check out 15 more amazing transformations from Goldberger below, including Renaissance versions of Batman villain The Riddler, Christopher Reeve's Superman, Iron Man, X-Men's Wolverine, Wonder Woman (Linda Carter's adaptation, not director Zack Snyder's reimagined version of the character, played by Gal Gadot), Spider-Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit, plus Star Wars' Princess Leia, Yoda, C-3PO and Darth Vader.

More are available on the photographer's website.