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Batman to appear in Smallville comic book

It was something the producers could never do on the television show for reasons that probably make a lot of sense to somebody, but the comics don’t have the same restrictions: As DC Comics’ September solicitations reveal, the Smallville Season 11 digital-first comic will feature Superman’s first meeting with … Batman.

“I feel like I’ve been sitting on a Christmas present for everyone since January,” Smallville Season 11 scribe Bryan Q. Miller, who was a staff writer and executive story editor for The CW series, said on his blog. According to the solicitation text for the story arc, appropriately titled “Detective,” “The hunt for his parents’ killer puts a vigilante known only as ‘the Batman’ on a collision course with the Man of Steel.”

Smallville ended more than a year ago after 10 seasons, returning for Season 11 in comic book form this past spring. Written by Miller and drawn ChrisCross (who replaces Pere Perez), the comic can be downloaded weekly from DC’s various mobile apps before it’s printed in comic form. Check out some artwork featuring the redesigned Batman and the solicitation text for September’s Smallville Season 11 #5 below.

Smallville Season 11 #5

Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art and cover by CHRISCROSS and MARC DEERING
On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• These stories are in print for the first time after appearing online.
• SUPERMAN comes face-to-face with high-tech weapons on the streets of Metropolis.
• The hunt for his parents’ killer puts a vigilante known only as “the BATMAN” on a collision course with The Man of Steel…



Should be fun!

This Batman looks really bad and why does Robin have a sword.

So, we’re getting a female Robin to boot too? Gotta see a colored version first, but the redesign, especially the cowl, isn’t doing much for me.

I don’t think it’s a sword, judging from all of the electricity coming off of the end. Looks more like a stun stick.

Surprised he is not wearing a hoody.

Besides Batman’s costume this should be good, looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman next.

Looks like a piece of shit.

Hugo Sleestak

June 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

Okay, this is where I come to this graphic after reading way too many comics for way too many years. Back in the early 70’s, there was a Superboy story in which Clark finds a young hero who is still trying to find himself. It was Bruce Wayne, still dealing with rage over his parents’ murder, calling himself the Executioner. Superboy catches up with him and cool’s Bruce’s jets a little.

Now, this isn’t a Superboy story, but it is a story about a new Superman. He hasn’t worn the tights forever. I’ve always hoped that when Smallville’s version of Big Blue met Bruce Wayne, SOMEONE would remember that ancient Superboy story and update it a little.

As Dana Carvey’s old impression of Pres. George H. W. Bush would say, “Na ga happa. Na ga happa.”

this just proves that something that cann’t due to legal issues happen on a tv show can wind up in comic form. hope next is the meeting of clark and wonder woman though the batman suit looks like a haloween costume

Batman’s costume looks like something someone put together from materials found in a dumpster.I as an artist could have come up with a better different interpretation of Batman’s costume then this garbage looking suit he’s wearing in the Smallville comic book.

I guess the artist of the book didn’t get the memo that just because this comic book is suppose to be based off of the Smallville show, it doesn’t mean that Batman’s costume should look like crap.

Who came up with the costume design? Dc comics president 3 year old son?

In this particular panel, not digging the batsuit at ALL. And he’s supposed to just slide down a pole and into that thing in seconds? There are far too many pieces involved that would irritate the Bruce Wayne we all know. And that belt screams of the horror that graced Wonder Woman’s waist in the fialed TV pilot. What non-superhuman hero jumps around in that thing?

June 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

Looks like a piece of shit.”

I always enjoy constructive criticism.

It would’ve been interesting to see Batman and Robin in street clothes with domino masks on. Let’s get down to earth, people!

I always love the art of Chris Cross.

Frankly, this is a reason why comic news sites should have a block on comments. You get seven posts of people complaining about the design being, shall we paraphrase, not very good.

I do so love reading that, it always puts a glow on my life, I’m sure it really empowers the poster putting up critical bollocks in the evening when they return home from their busy day of cooking chips and enjoying the smells of grease and processed meat.

I wonder if this Batman IS Batman, or it’s someone playing copycat and gives us a reason to have the realm Batman turn up to deal with the imposter that Superman has already dealt with.

Hrm. Whatever. I’ll take a look because I love Cross’ art.

Good grief. Like everything Smallville related looks like crap. That’s as constructive as anyone can get with that show and eye rolling version of Superman.

@hugo sleestak-

that would be cool.

That’s the most hilarious Batman costume ever.

Kinda hoping this means that this version of Batman is a bumbling psychotic loser. That would actually be fun to read.

Well the mask takes getting used to but what really eats my lunch is the sorta black canary vibe this costume seems to have for instance the bat on the suit looks more like nightwings desigh more bird than bat!

Hmmm… well, if that’s the costume Bats is wearing in the costume, I suppose we should be counting our blessings that he never appeared in the show? Kind of a weird direction to go, considering some of the latter-era DC Comics appearances — the Legion of Superheroes, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold (minus the Nascar tags) — were starting to get pretty darned faithful to their comic depictions. I think I almost prefer that user’s description above that it should probably be just a hoodie. Maybe it’s some sort of take on the real-life superhero thing?

Mark DeLoatch

June 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I have to say that the look of Batman is interesting, but you have to remember that THIS IS A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE, and we should not apply the rules of the main universe [the main DC-New 52 universe] to the Smallville universe. If Marvel can make the Ultimate universe Spider-Man a black kid, then Bryan and Crisscross can make Batman look any way they like it. This Batman looks a little like the Azrael Batman that briefly appeared after Knightfall.

When Superman and Batman meet, make sure they are not immediate BFF’S, but uneasy allies. Remember, their methods of crimefighting are radically different and that should be reflected in their relationship.

“Good grief. Like everything Smallville related looks like crap. That’s as constructive as anyone can get with that show and eye rolling version of Superman.”

Except, you know, the many good episodes of the show.

batman’s costume might have looked good if the artist could actually draw from the angle he tried. i mean i can see what they were going for, something they MIGHT have been able to make for the show.

for a title/show(smallville) that taking a more realistic version of DC heroes,that is one unrealistic Batman costume ever

I’m glad this is happening. Like I posted on another website, I thought that the batman film franchise’s refusal to allow Bruce Wayne was the worst kind of arrogance. DC Comics owns Superman and Batman. The only reason that they were allowed to make the Dark Knight was because DC Comics gave their blessing. Therefore it should have been up to DC whether Batman should have appeared in Smallville or not.

While I do agree the costume for batman is crap perhaps they should redesign it as they have done with superman’s suit. Look at the old school suits or even take a page from michael keaton’s batsuit and mix it in with christian bale’s batsuit. Less is more

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