We’ll soon be returning to the world of our beloved classic superhero movies from the iconic 1978 Richard Donner’s Superman film starring Christopher Reeve and the 1989 Tim Burton’s Batman film starring Michael Keaton. Both franchises will be revisited and continued this July in two comic book series, named Batman ’89 and Superman ’78.
Here’s the official description 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!”
And here’s the official description 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 Reeves 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.”
Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 will release digital-first on 27 July with 6 digital chapters each. 6 more chapters (for each comic series) will be release subsequently on a weekly basis. All 12 chapters of both series will then be released as printed issues (2 chapters per issue) from August onwards. Hardcover collections are already planned for October (for Batman ’89) and November (Superman ’78)