Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 are back, baby! This time with direct sequels in the form of comics. Something we have seen done with Batman ’69 and a few canceled TV shows.
DC announced that in July, Tim Burton’s Batman ’89 and Richard Donner’s Superman ’78 will getting their own digital first series. Similar to the recently announced digital first title, the return of Legends of the Dark Knight, the comics will first be released digitally on DC’s App, before moving into print later.
In this case, Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 will debut with six digital chapters on July 27th. This will be followed by six more chapters over six weeks. Once released, all twelve chapters of each book will be printed as physical comics. Batman ’89 with lead in October, with Superman ’78 following in November.
You want to know the teams behind these books and the stories to expect? Keep reading, fellow geeks!
Let’s start with my favorite of the two, Batman ’89. This book will be written by Samm Hamm (the original writer) with art by Joe Quinones.
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DC’s official description for Batman ’89 reads:
Continuing the twisted adventures of DC’s Dark Knight from Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies, Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. The gothic mentality behind the world, while still rooted in a sense of realism, helped inform many of DC’s global fans’ first impressions on the Dark Knight’s Gotham. In the new Batman ’89 comic, Hamm and Quinones will help usher in the return of Selina Kyle/Catwoman and will debut a new Robin! Plus, Quinones has a vision for Harvey Dent/Two-Face that is as close to movie magic as a comic can get!
You telling me we’re getting Two-Face drawn in the likeness of Billy Dee Williams? Baby, you got a strew going! And does this mean we’re seeing Tim Drake?
And in the vein of DC’s plans for Batman ’89, Rob Venditti (Hawkman) and Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66) will collaborate on Superman ’78 to tell stories set within the world Richard Donner and Christopher Reeves created in Superman: The Movie. In Superman ’78, bystanders are surprised and delighted by Superman’s abilities, and Lois Lane doesn’t (yet!) know that Clark Kent is secretly Superman. The sheer thrill of seeing a man fly, leap, or stop a bullet will be reflected in this environment where Superman has just been introduced! Inspired by Donner’s classic, timeless style of superhero storytelling, in Superman ’78 Venditti and Torres will show fans that a man can truly fly.