Nearly 25 years ago, when I first heard about Batman Beyond, I thought, “What a stupid idea. Who needs a high-tech future Batman? It seems like such an obvious play to sell toys.”
Boy, was I stupid. Batman Beyond is one of the greatest animated series I’ve ever seen and I’m among the chorus of those who would love a Batman Beyond live-action flick.
Anyway, there were also fab Batman Beyond comics series (still are) and they are set to be collected in a huge paperback compendium in 2024 — in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary.
Dig the official description from online listings:
BATMAN BEYOND: THE ANIMATED SERIES CLASSICS COMPENDIUM: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
By Hilary J. Bader, Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty
Twenty-five years since the debut of the fan-favorite animated series, the original comic book adventures of Terry McGinnis return a totally schway all-new collection!
In 1999, fans met Terry McGinnis for the first time in the Batman Beyond animated series—a new Batman for a new era, mentored by Bruce Wayne and fighting crime in a futuristic Gotham City! That same year, Terry made his comic book debut, encountering threats such as Blight, Inque, and the Jokerz!
These stories—including the unprecedented meeting between Batman Beyond and the Batman of the present—return in this massive compendium collection!
A few thoughts:
— The 720-page softcover lists for $59.99. It is due March 5, 2024.
— I’m halfway surprised this isn’t a hardcover omnibus, like the upcoming The Batman Adventures Omnibus, collecting the first comic-book series based on Batman: The Animated Series. I mean, I still think it’s great but I suppose it’s a price-point thing.
— Standard caveat: This has not been formally solicited by DC yet — at least as far as I can tell — so anything can change. (Even then, it can still change.) Keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
— DC COMICS to Release THE BATMAN ADVENTURES OMNIBUS in 2023. Click here.
— BATMAN IN THE MULTIVERSE: Upcoming Book Guides You Through 60 Versions of the Dark Knight. Click here.