One of the coolest news today is that my favorite iterations of Superman and Batman will be getting a digital comic series! Superman’78 and Batman’89 will be released at the start of July of this year. Superman’78 will be written by Rob Venditti and art by Wilfredo Torres. For Batman’89, it’ll be written by Sam Hamm and art by Joe Quinones.
Here’s the poster and synopsis for Batman’89:
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!
Here’s the poster and synopsis for Superman’78:
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 Reeve 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.
As a fan of Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batman, this makes me happy. To me, this was one of the best comic book movies growing up and it’s cool that we’re getting comics that take place within their universe again. This is something I’m going to pick up on day one.