Batman: The Adventures Proceed is strictly what it seems like: a return to the seminal world of Batman: The Animated Collection, with new comedian e-book tales starring the Darkish Knight and his acquainted allies and villains—plus characters from the broader DC Universe launched to the beloved animated setting for the primary time, together with Azrael and Deathstroke.
The Adventures Proceed is co-written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, each producers of the acclaimed animated sequence, and illustrated by Ty Templeton, who has introduced the world of B:TAS to comedian books since 1992’s Batman Adventures #1.
With Batman: The Adventures Proceed debuting digitally this week, all three creators mentioned the brand new sequence with DC Nation and what it was like returning to the world that formed a era of Bat-fans.
When does Batman: The Adventures Proceed happen, relative to the final time we noticed these variations of the characters? Has time handed, or does it decide up just about the place issues left off?
Paul Dini: It is just about a continuation. Followers accustomed to the Batman of The New Batman/Superman Adventures will probably be proper up to the mark. Alan and I approached the writing with the thought we had been doing the season you may need seen if we had not put the sequence apart to do Batman Past.
Alan Burnett: What’s completely different, nonetheless, is that we’re going again to cowl sure gaps within the unique sequence, occasions that didn’t have a bearing on the sequence on the time, however now do. In different phrases, there will probably be secret histories that can flip Batman’s world upside-down. Issues that nobody knew had been on the market, till now.
Deathstroke makes his debut right here within the Batman: The Animated Collection world. How a lot enjoyable is it to get to play with that character, on this context?
Ty Templeton: Deathstroke is certainly one of DC’s enduring hero/villains. I’ve all the time cherished his design and his historical past with the Titans, which makes him a part of Dick Grayson’s historical past, which makes him a part of the Bat-World. Slade is type of a “Batman-but-with-guns” sort of character, solely with a really completely different ethical code. That type of rigidity, the place characters have completely different approaches to comparable issues, is all the time a enjoyable undercurrent to play with.
Dini: It was enjoyable to provide you with a primary encounter between him and Batman and rework his character and motivations in a approach that made sense of the animated sequence at the moment. We have additionally given him somebody new to work together with, a feminine protégée named Sunny—sure, her title is ironic. She’s kind of a Batgirl gone approach flawed.
Every other new/shocking additions you’re in a position to tease?
Burnett: You’re going to see fairly a couple of of the villains we used within the previous Batman sequence, some making simply bit appearances, however there will probably be a particular sense of that animated world. We even allude to sure episodes, corresponding to one wherein Robin befriended somewhat misplaced woman, who turned out to be a part of Clayface. She comes again for a web page or two in these comics.
However maybe probably the most intriguing character within the run will probably be younger man whose story threads via many of the points. He’s a wise, super-elusive loner who is aware of approach an excessive amount of concerning the Darkish Knight. How this thriller man matches into the world of Batman Adventures and what he means to perform ought to, I hope, be an actual jolt for previous followers.
Dini: We’re bringing in Azrael and exhibiting how a model of him may match into this world. Quite a lot of previous favourite adversaries are coming again: Clayface, Mad Hatter, Roxy Rocket, and that is simply in difficulty #2. There are lots extra surprises down the highway.
There may be a lot fan love for this sequence—how significant is it to you to see how Batman: The Animated Collection and its related titles have endured?
Burnett: It’s great the way it’s endured. I believe the explanation it has is as a result of all of us cherished Batman again on the animated sequence, and took the perfect from the comedian books. We actually revered all of the creators that went earlier than us, and followers knew that. So now right here we’re 25 years later getting again into it once more, and we’ve been having a terrific time from web page one. How nice is that?
Templeton: There’s by no means been so accessible, so correct, so “proper” a model of Batman on movie as these unique episodes and films. It has been an honor to assist this gifted workforce deliver some degree of that world onto the pages at DC.
Batman: The Adventures Proceed #1, written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett and illustrated by Ty Templeton, is on sale Wednesday as a digital obtain.