There’s no denying the strong pull of nostalgia. DC Comics knows this and has our number because they just announced they are giving readers a chance to revisit the beloved worlds created in Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. New stories set within these worlds will now be told.
Superman ’78 will be written by Rob Venditti (Hawkman) with Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66) handling the art. The two will make us believe a man can fly once again. This will be the Christopher Reeve version where Lois Lane doesn’t know Clark is really Superman. It’s also a time when Superman has just been introduced to the world.
Batman ’89 will be written by screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero). The idea is to pick up some of the dangling plot threads left unanswered. We’ll also see the return of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, the debut of a new Robin, and Quinones’ vision for Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
DC Comics will drop six digital chapters of Superman ’78 and Batman ’89 on July 27. Then we’ll get new chapters of each for the next six weeks to follow. The twelve chapters will be published as six printed comics between August and October. There will also be a hardcover for Batman ’89 in October and one for Superman ’78 in November.