For the film, see: Batman (1989 film)
Batman '89 is an upcoming limited series created by Sam Hamm and Joe Quinones. The series serves as a continuation of Tim Burton's films Batman and Batman Returns, ignoring the events of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. The series will feature Michael Keaton's Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, Billy Dee Williams' Two-Face, and a new incarnation of Robin.
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!
Batman '89 Issues
#1 (August 10, 2021)
Step back into the Gotham of 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. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!
#2 (September 14, 2021)
#3 (October 12, 2021)
As the fire rages at Royal Auto, Harvey Dent lies trapped inside, unconscious and in danger. Can Bruce Wayne get to Harvey in time, or will the district attorney leave burned—in more ways than one?
Joe Quinones originally pitched the concept of the Batman '89 comic series with writer Kate Leth in 2015, planning a series in the vein of the then-running Batman '66 series. Like the final product, it was planned to feature reimaginations of Robin, Barbara Gordon and Two-Face and ignore the films after Batman Returns. It would have also featured "Burtonverse" versions of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn (the former having previously appeared in Batman & Robin and the latter was planned to feature in the cancelled Batman Unchained). However, it was rejected by DC for unspecified reasons.
In 2019, CCO Jim Lee acknowledged that many DC artists and writers have pitched the idea of doing a Burton/Keaton era comic series over the years. No explanation has ever been given about why such a project had never been approved. The series was announced in February 2021 after DC Comics and WB were bought out by AT&T. It's been speculated that the series was commissioned due to Michael Keaton's return as Batman in The Flash movie, with placing emphasis on him being seen as valuable.
The series was initially announced with July 27th release date for digital versions of the first three issues. However, these plans were abandoned without notice during the time period. The same had also been done for Batman: The Adventures Continue - Season Two. A collected edition was also expected for release October 26, 2021. However, it is unknown whether these plans are still in place.
- Although set in the "Burtonverse", the characters' appearances are partially based on the character designs used in Batman: The Animated Series. This is likely done to avoid paying royalties or likeness fees to actors and their estates.
- Jerry Ordway, who previously worked on the 1989 Comic Adaption, contributed a variant cover for Batman ’89 #1.
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- Joe Quinones' interweb-log: Batman '89
- How the 1989 ‘Batman’ movie forever changed the comic book character-CNN.com
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