It’s been almost thirty years since Michael Keaton hung up his Batman suit in 1992’s Batman Returns. Now, it looks like Tim Burton‘s Dark Knight is officially making a return in a new DC Comics series.
Earlier this week, DC Comics announced Batman ’89, a new 12 chapter series that is a continuation of Keaton’s version of Batman and his fight against crime in Burton’s take on Gotham City. The digital-first series will continue to explore characters already established in this Batman era including Michelle Pfeiffer‘s Catwoman. As well, it will also introduce other legacy villains and characters, including a new Robin, as they would’ve appeared in the original Burton films.
For Batman ’89, screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) pulled a number of inspirations from Burton. Together, Batman fans will finally be able to revisit Burton’s gothic world across various glossy pages full of new stories and faces.
The first six chapters of Batman ’89 will be released digitally on July 27. After that, the following six issues will be put out one at a time on a weekly basis. DC plans to compile all of these chapters into six physical comic books that will be released between August and October. As well, a hardcover collection edition is due out in October.
Alongside Batman ’89, DC Comics is also releasing Superman ’78. The new comic tells stories set within the world Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve created in Superman: The Movie. More information on both of the new comics is available here.
Are you going to read Batman ’89? What are your reactions to DC Comics’ decision to bring back Tim Burton’s Gotham City? Let us know in the comments below.