Still considered the benchmark of superhero cinema, two DC classics will continue on the pages of new comics coming our way soon. Sure, Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman and Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman saw multiple sequels. But these new stories will be a continuation of what happened in the original movies before their follow-ups ever hit the screen.
Superman and Batman are two of the most loved and iconic superheroes ever created. So it’s no surprise that DC Comics finds new ways to discover their ever-running stories. Although it is a unique and novel idea to continue their adventures from the original blockbuster movies. Both new comics will be firmly rooted in the worlds originally created by directors Richard Donner and Tim Burton.
Both Superman ’78 and Batman ’89 will be part of the ongoing digital first comic series. Rob Venditti wrote the story Superman ’78, with art by Wilfredo Torres. The story follows Christopher Reeves’ Clark Kent as, “The Man of Steel becomes known to the public, balances his budding romance with an unsuspecting Lois Lane and saves the world with dazzling performance.”
The Batman ’89 comic will bring back some of the talent involved in the actual movie franchise. Batman and Batman returns writer Sam Hamm, who also wrote the comic Batman: Blind Justice, is responsible for these new stories. Joe Quinones contributes the art. An iconic name in the comics world, Quinones shared plans for one turned down in 2016 Batman ’89 comic that would have delved further into Tim Burton’s universe by introducing iconic characters like Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. And the artist is said to have rendered images in Burton’s iconic Gothic style.
In this version of the Batman ’89 comic, “the stage will be set for the return of Michelle Pfieffer’s Selina Kyle, as well as the introduction of a brand new Robin to the Burton verse.” The official press release for the comics makes this bold statement: “Quinones has a vision for Harvey Dent / Two-Face that’s as close to movie magic as a comic can get.” It should be noted that Quinones planned to bring back Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face with his 2016 pitch. Williams played Harvey Dent in the original 1989 film, but did not return for his full transformation into Two-Face in Batman returnsIt’s possible we’ll see that happen in this new comic. Billy Dee Williams returned to speak to Two-Face The Lego Batman Movie back in 2017.
Superman ’78 and Batman ’89 will be launched with six chapters each on July 27. After that there will be six more chapters every week. Once both comic books are completed, they will physically arrive in a six-issue miniseries sometime between August and October. Everything will turn into hardcover collections, with Batman ’89 arrives first in October, just in time for Halloween, and then Superman ’78 will follow in November.
Subjects: Superman, Batman