Fresh off the success of Batman ’66, DC Comics considered a digital-first run that would’ve picked up in the film universe created by Tim Burton’s Batman. This is what it would’ve looked like.
Dubbed Batman '89, the series was pitched by comic duo Joe Quinones and Kate Leth and would’ve picked up in the wake of Batman Returns, following the Michael Keaton version of Batman and building on the universe created in those early films. The creative team also planned to introduce Burton-esque spins on other characters from the comic lore, including fan favorite Harley Quinn.
Here’s how Quinones described the project:
Inspired by DC’s recent Batman ‘66 series, our story would have picked up the threads left by Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. We would have seen the return of Selina Kyle/ Catwoman as well as introductions to ‘Burton-verse’ versions of Robin, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. It also would have showcased the turn of Billy Dee Williams’ Harvey Dent into Two-Face. We had a lot of fun ideas for the series overall, but in the end it was turned down. Regardless, these were fun a lot of fun to draw and Kate and I got to bond over our love of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman.
Check out some art from the would-be comic below, via Joe Quinones’ Inter-Web Blog, and let us know what you think. Spoiler alert: It looks very, very cool.