Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 To Live On In New Comics From DC
Now this is some great news! DC have announced that the universes created by Tim Burton and Richard Donner, and inhabited by Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve are about to get a new lease of life in the pages of the medium that inspired the films. That’s right , dear readers, Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 are coming to comics!
This is huge! As a diehard fan of both these films, and the characters whose adventures they tell, I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s what DC Comics have to say, and a look at some designs and cover art:
Beginning in July 2021, decades after both Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton’s Batman introduced generations of fans to silver screen versions of DC’s Man of Steel and the World’s Greatest Detective, DC is returning to these beloved properties to tell new stories set within these worlds with the publication of a series of Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 comic books.
Writer Rob Venditti and artist Wilfredo Torres will capture imaginations in the Superman book, while screenwriter Sam Hamm and artist Joe Quinones will immerse readers back into the world Hamm helped create, in the Batman title.
My favorite part of this is the character designs. I was around when both these classic movies hit theaters, so my nostalgia tinted glasses are firmly in place. The beautiful Joe Quinones cover is reminiscent of the wonderful comics adaptation, written by my hero Denny O’Neil, and drawn (impeccably) by the legendary Jerry Ordway.
The designs for the Jokers is also incredibly clever, particularly the gentleman in the middle, who is clearly based on/inspired by Prince, the man who made the soundtrack for the film.
One wonders how characters like the Joker or Penguin could return, as both villains died in the films, but seeing as the Catwoman of this universe was resurrected in an alleyway by cats and magic, anything is possible. Hey… this is comics, after all. When we see Harvey Dent/Two-Face, will he look like Billy Dee Williams, or Tommy Lee Jones? I can’t wait to find out!
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Images and press release courtesy of DC Entertainment
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