Batman Beyond

Variant Cover For First Issue Of Upcoming “Batman Beyond” DC Comics Mini-Series

To view the full-size artwork for the Batman Beyond #1 variant cover, click on the thumbnails below for a closer look. Renowned artist J.H. Williams (Detective Comics, the upcoming Batwoman) provides the artwork for the variant. The Batman Beyond #1 variant cover features images of both Batman and an elderly Bruce Wayne.

Batman Beyond #1 is scheduled to hit shelves June 30th, 2010. This new six-issue comic mini-series from DC Comics officially brings the fan-favorite characters from the Batman Beyond animated series into DC Comics continuity lore. Official details on the upcoming Batman Beyond mini-series are available to view here at The World’s Finest. Cover price is $2.99US.

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Writer Adam Beechen Talks Upcoming “Batman Beyond” Comic Series, Other Works

The World’s Finest caught up with writer Adam Beechen to discuss his recently announced Batman Beyond six-issue mini-series from DC Comics. Set for release in June 2010, the comic series officially brings the fan-favorite animated Batman Beyond characters into DC Comics lore. Beechen was able to spend a few moments answering questions on the mini-series and other assorted topics.

The Worlds Finest: While youre well known in animation circles thanks to your hefty load of work past and present, including Teen Titans, The Batman, X-Men: Evolution, etc., care to give us a quick rundown on your previous work for those who may not be familiar with your name?

Adam Beechen: I’ve been writing animation for a long time, going back to Rugrats and Jackie Chan Adventures, with stops along the way on shows like the ones you mentioned, plus more recent stuff like Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the new Pink Panther and Pals. I’ve been writing comics for DC for a bunch of years now, starting with Justice League Unlimited and going on to books like Robin and Countdown to Adventure. I’ve also written a couple of my own graphic novels, Hench and Dugout, both published by AiT/Planetlar.

WF: Right off the bat, fans want to know Is this new mini-series set in the DCAU animated continuity or is this DC bringing in the Batman Beyond characters into the regular DC Universe, like their introduction of Harley Quinn to mainstream continuity a few years ago?

AB: I think it’s more the latter. Our mini definitely ties the Batman Beyond universe closer to the DCU than it ever has been before. Hopefully, it’ll do well enough that, in future appearances, the Batman Beyond universe can really cross over regularly with the DCU. I don’t know why it shouldn’t!

WF: So, take us through the premise of this upcoming mini-series. Whatll we expect when we all punk down our $3 to read the first issue in June?

AB:The mini takes up after the animated series ends, but before the character’s appearance toward the end of the Justice League Unlimited animated series, which vaults even further into the future. It takes Terry and Bruce to a turning point in their relationship as a name from Batman’s past surfaces unexpectedly with an eye towards eliminating Bat-villains, old and new.

WF: Now, this is far from your first experience with super-heroes, but what sets this project apart from the rest?

AB: Like Justice League Unlimited, it’s a chance for me to write characters I loved in their animated forms, even if I never had the honor of working on the series themselves. Tying it in with the DCU really marries my two professions and favorite hobbies, comics and television.

WF: Batman Beyond still retains a very loyal fan base to this day. Does that add any pressure on you with this new project. Is there extra weight with introducing a beloved animated character into the DC Comics proper?

AB: Of course. The animated series was really brilliant, and I want to do justice to the characters, give the longtime fans a story worthy of what they remember, and honor the writers who’ve worked with the characters before me. And, introducing Batman Beyond to readers who may not have seen the show, and making it part of the DCU, I definitely want to put the concept’s best foot forward so they’ll want to know more and read further.

WF: To make the wait to June even more unbearable, care to drop any tantalizing hints for your Batman Beyond mini-series? Any teasers to pique our interest?

AB: I really don’t want to give too much away, because the last page of the first issue reveals the title of the arc, and it’s my hope it’ll send tingles down the spine of longtime Batman readers. Hopefully, by the time we reach that last page, the people who watched the series but may not be as familiar with the comics will be hooked as well.

WF: While you have a host of comic work to your credit, you wrote the Justice League Unlimited comic series. Any thoughts to share looking back at your work on that series? Any interesting stories from your work on that series, and any favorite issues?

AB: I really, really loved working on that book and many of my favorites among the stories I’ve written are among them. Looking back, I’m amazed at how much rope the editors gave a relatively new writer. I had lots of leeway in picking the characters I wanted to spotlight — different ones every issue. So, in addition to writing Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the rest of the Magnificent Seven, I got to write stories for everyone from Blue Beetle to the Creeper to the Question. It was like taking a tour through my favorite DC characters, and getting to write stories for each one of them. I wish that book was still around…I have many more stories for it I’d like to tell!

WF: Youve written for both comic and animation. Do you have a specific writing style for both mediums, or one the bleeds over to both without an issue. Is there any difficulty in juggling between the two?

AB: I find comics much more difficult to write than animation. Not because the form or format is radically different but because, I think, I come from such a comics fanboy background, I really put pressure on myself to measure up to the comics writers and stories I loved as a kid — I want readers to enjoy my stories as much as I enjoyed those, years ago. I seldom feel like I get there, because I hold those stories in such high regard and because I’m a really harsh critic of my own work, but it sure is fun trying!

WF: As we wrap this up, youve written a handful of Batman: The Brave and The Bold episodes, including the recent The Super Batman from Planet X! Can you share a little about that episode and run us through your process of adapting one of the more classic fan-favorite Batman tales? Did you have trouble adapting it into the mold of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series?

AB: The idea came from the show’s producer, James Tucker, and its story editor, Michael Jelenic, who have made the show so amazing. I just hopped on for the ride and tried to make it fun and fast, like other episodes of the series. Having worked on the series before, I kind of knew its “voice,” so adapting the original story wasn’t all that difficult. Keeping the Batmen straight and making them distinct was a bit of a challenge at first, as was making the villain, Rohtul, credible, but I think the show came out great!

WF: To conclude, can you share with us some of your upcoming plans, both in comics and animation?

AB: Right now, I’m story editing a brand new show I can’t talk about, except that it’s for younger audiences, and I’m hoping it’ll be on later this year. I’ve done some freelance episodes for another animated series, a revival of a beloved character, that’s been some of the most fun I’ve ever had working in animation. In comics, in addition to writing the Batman Beyond mini, I’m still writing the monthly issues of Wildcats over at Wildstorm, and I’m very excited to say that the sequel to Hench is on the way, currently being drawn by my buddy Ethen Beavers, with whom I collaborated on a couple Justice League Unlimited stories!

The World’s Finest would like to thank Adam Beechen for his participation!

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DC Comics “Batman: Under The Red Hood,” “Batman Beyond” Products For June 2010

DC Comics has released comic solicitation information for the June 2010 library of releases from the publisher, including products tying into the upcoming Batman: Under The Red Hood direct-to-video animated feature. Additionally, DC Comics is bringing the animated Batman Beyond character into the mainstream DC Multi-verse during the same month. Official artwork and product descriptions are available below.


SUPERMAN/BATMAN ANNUAL #4
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by RENATO GUEDES & JOSE WILSON
Cover by STANLEY ARTGERM LAU

Expanding on the hit TV show Batman Beyond, this years annual travels to the not-so-distant future where an aged Bruce Wayne oversees a new Batman, and the fate of a certain Man of Steel is very much in question. Metropolis is becoming crime-free, as someone is ridding the city of its criminal element permanently. Now, Terry McGinnis must uncover whats happening in Supermans home and face a very old and vindictive nemesis! And dont miss the Batman Beyond 6-issue miniseries kicking off this month! On sale June 2nd, 2010, 56 pg, $4.99US.

BATMAN BEYOND #1
Written by ADAM BEECHEN
Art by RYAN BENJAMIN
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:25 variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

Terry McGinnis the Batman of the future and an elderly Bruce Wayne the original Batman are the sworn protectors of Neo-Gotham. But when someone targets The Dark Knights old foes, the new Batman must begin a case that reaches back into Bruce Waynes past and puts Terrys future directly in danger! Dont miss the long-awaited return of the popular Batman Beyond franchise in this 6-issue adventure from Emmy Award-nominated animation writer Adam Beechen and artist Ryan Benjamin. And be sure to check out the Superman/Batman Annual #4 from writer Paul Levitz and artist Renato Guedes starring the Batman Beyond characters!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. On sale June 30th, 2010, $2.99US.

RED HOOD: LOST DAYS #1
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by PABLO RAIMONDI
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
1:25 variant cover by BILLY TUCCI

Judd Winick returns to write the adventures of Jason Todd in this special 6-part epic exploring the lost days of this misunderstood character. Learn what secret events led Jason on his eventual path of death and destruction. Guest-starring Ras al Ghul and Talia with amazing artwork by Pablo Raimondi. Coinciding with the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated movie. Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. On sale June 2nd, 2010, $2.99US.

BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD DVD RED HOOD MAQUETTE
SCULPTED BY DEREK MILLER

Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham City with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. Killing is an option. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two, hard truths emerge and old wounds reopen. With a fantastic voice cast headed by Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles and Neil Patrick Harris, this dazzling DC Universe Original Animated Movie twists and turns through action-packed battles and exciting surprises for a thrill ride you cant miss!

This hand-painted cold-cast porcelain maquette of Red Hood is based on art from the highly anticipated Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie, Batman: Under the Red Hood! Measuring approximately 9.5 high x 4.25 wide x 6.25 deep (including the base), the maquette includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. Limited edition of 1000! On sale July 7th, 2010, $99.99 US.

Please note the image of the Batman: Under the Red Hood statue contains a look at the early DVD artwork for the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature release. The package artwork also confirms DC Showcase: Jonah Hex will be included on the upcoming Batman: Under the Red Hood home video release.

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Cartoon Network Schedules “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” Feature This Weekend

The fan-favorite direct-to-video Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker animated feature will air Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 6:30pm (ET) as part of the special weekend programming on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker animated feature are available below. Please note schedule details are subject to change by Cartoon Network without notice.


Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
Cartoon Network, Saturday, January 16th, 2010, at 6:30pm (ET)

The sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back with his own unique brand of havoc and mayhem. While trying to uncover the Joker’s secrets, the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker’s latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever. Get ready for heart-stomping action, awesome adventure and amazing revelations in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Further details on the Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker direct-to-video animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest. The 2009 direct-to-video animated feature Green Lantern: First Flight is scheduled to makes its Cartoon Network debut immediately following the special Cartoon Network presentation of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, starting at 8pm (ET) on the network.

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“Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker” Animated Feature To Air August 2009 On Teletoon

The Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker animated feature is slated to air Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 at 11:00am (ET) as part of the Action Force programming block on Teletoon. Below is the official synopsis for the feature.

Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
Teletoon, Sunday, August 23rd, 2009, at 11:00am (ET)

Batman (Terry McGinnis) must deal with the threat of The Joker, who has mysteriously appeared in the future, and with the revelations of Bruce Wayne’s past. This new Joker knows all about Bruce! But what does this have to do with Tim Drake?

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