This is magnificent. The raw power of the starving lion is quite evident and glorious in this moment. I hope that gladiator is skilled enough to evade death, but it looks like that lion may already have a piece of his ribs or at least seriously injure his arm, tearing at that shield.
Ooh, beautiful! Definitely feels inspired by Pollice verso. You really captured the atmosphere amazingly here with the perspective and depth. It's incredible how you can show so much with such a limited range of colors! Great job.