DC Comics announces Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 comics

The worlds of Richard Donner‘s Superman and Tim Burton‘s Batman are getting the comic book treatment.

DC Comics have announced a new upcoming digital series, Batman ’89, by Sam Hamm and Joe Quinones, and Superman ’78, by Robert Venditti and Wilfredo Torres.


Batman ’89 is written by Sam Hamm and illustrated by Joe Quinones while Superman ’78 is written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Wilfredo Torres.

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Both titles will debut six digital chapters on July 27, with six additional chapters arriving weekly after that. Once all 12 chapters of each story have been released, they’ll be collected in six traditional comics released between August and October and then as hardcover collected editions in October for Batman ’89 and November for Superman ’78.


Official synopses for each title are below:

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 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.


Get your copy of Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 on Amazon now.

Get your copy of Superman: Motion Picture Anthology 1978-2006 on Amazon now.

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