Batman Beyond is coming back to DC Comics. We now know that Terry McGinnis’s adventures as Batman in the Gotham City of the future will continue. It will be part of the ongoing Batman: Urban Legends anthology series. Writers will be the duo of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly. Art will feature artist Max Dunbar, colorist Sebastian Cheng, and letterer Aditya Bidikar.
Lanzing teased the story’s on Twitter:
“BATMAN IS DEAD. LONG LIVE BATMAN.” BATMAN BEYOND returns in ‘WAKE’ – a 30-page cyberpunk mystery by @Max_Dunbar @adityab @SebastianArtist. & the Lanzing//Kelly Hivemind. We’re storming Neo-Gotham – and it’ll never be the same.”
Lanzing shared how much Terry McGinnis means to him. “Like Nathaniel Richards & Dick Grayson, Terry McGinnis was a character who found me just when I needed him. He’s meant the world to @cpkelly & me. Watching the series together w/ our buddy David was one of our earliest traditions. I can’t wait to take you back to the future.”
They plan to alter Batman Beyond’s world in some significant ways, Lanzing remarks. “And just so it’s said: ‘Gotham will never be the same’ isn’t some fly-by-night promise. We love the classic Batman Beyond, but it’s time for Terry to face a new paradigm. We’re smashing the toys and building something new. Something noir. Something beyond.”
In 1999, the team behind Batman: The Animated Series launched Batman Beyond as a spinoff designed to attract younger viewers with its teen lead character and futuristic setting. The series proved popular even with adults who appreciated getting to see an older Bruce Wayne mentoring Terry as the new Batman in a cyberpunk future Gotham.
Batman Beyond returns in Batman: Urban Legends #7, releasing September 7th. If you’re looking to watch the original animated series, it is available on HBO Max or as a complete Blu-ray set.