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Rejected ‘Batman ’89’ comic would’ve picked up where Burton left off


Amid the success of Batman ’66, Joe Quinones and Kate Leth had hoped to revisit another fondly remembered era from the Dark Knight’s on-screen past in Batman ’89. Alas, DC Comics passed on their miniseries pitch.

However, Quinones has shared some details and proof-of-concept art from the proposal that will undoubtedly make fans of the Tim Burton films sigh over what might’ve been — including a depiction of Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.

“Our story would have picked up the threads left by Tim Burton’s Batman Returns,” Quinones explains on his blog. “We would have seen the return of Selina Kyle/ Catwoman as well as introductions to ‘Burton-verse’ versions of Robin, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. It also would have showcased the turn of Billy Dee Williams’ Harvey Dent into Two-Face.”

See more Batman ’89 art on Quinones’ blog.






Damn, too bad they didn’t do it, I would have been all over that.

Hard pass.

Looks awesome! I’d have picked it up for sure. Ah, well back to crappy robo-Gordon it is!

Is that Marlon Wayans as Robin? He was rumored to be up for the role at one point, before Chris O’Donnell got it.

Would have been very cool. Wonder if there would have been any issues with using the likenesses of the actors that may have raised the cost too much. Probably a little harder to get those actors to sign off on it than Adam West, et al.

Why would they pass on this? I would actually follow this series!

probably got passed on because it was pitched by Kate Leth who has publicly shit on DC multiple times since the new52 started.

I wouldn’t want someone to actively called every book my company published bad to work for me. Especially someone who writes books like she does.

Considering how many times I’ve seen this kind of book requested by fans since they started Batman ’66 and Wonder Woman ’77, seeing that it was attempted and passed on is disappointing. Hopefully someone will give DC a pitch that they’ll actually want to do.

Shit, this would have been amazing!

The image above does nothing more than refuel my hatred for Warner Bros and Joel Schumacher.

Now do Superman ’78! Complete with Brainiac, Bizzaro, Parasite, and all kinds of seventies versions of these characters!

I would have read the hell out of this

Anyone want to start a petition? I’d sign it.

I don’t read much DC, but I would definitely buy this.

Aw man…that would have been sweet and an instant sell to me. DC, why leave this money on the table???

Kate Leth constantly talked shit about DC comics, I don’t know why she would think they would hire her

I wonder if likeness issues could have been a problem.

But where the heck is Superman ’51/’57?

I would have been all over this! Burton’s Batman movies are still my favorite superhero movies to date. C’mon DC make this happen!

I think that would have been pretty sweet to see. Also, I liked someone’s suggestion above of doing a series based on Superman ’78.

If the argument for DC rejecting a Batman comic a woman pitched is because she took issue with the way the DC Universe was rebooted, but DC is perfectly okay with employing sexual harassers as editors and creators, there is a problem there.

You don’t get to shit on Scott Snyder’s Batman run and have a job at DC

Man, this looks fantastic. It’s a shame it didn’t happen, but yeah. A: You can’t talk crap about a company and expect to work for them and B: Judging by the art, there may have been some licensing issues DC didn’t feel like overcoming.

^^ Didn’t know that DC had a quid pro quo deal on comic creators being DC bootlickers in order to work for the company.

(Sure explains the… fawning… remarks I read in the comments section that come from a DC-friendly writer!)

But counterpoint: Grant Morrison. He has written for DC— and remains CRITICAL of them in storylines that remark just how thecurrentmanagement has treated its legacy…

^^ To add on to the Grant Morrison argument, DC also keeps giving Frank Miller work despite being openly racist and misogynist, yet they give lip service to inclusivity of women and other diverse readers. They also published The Coming of the Supermen recently by Neal Adams despite being vocally critical of DC’s complete mishandling of the Superman franchise in the New 52 in a recent interview. They also still employ Scott Lobdell despite being a well known harasser of women in the industry (including at conventions) and lacking professionalism when interacting to fans on social media. There is also Eddie Berganza, who is an equally well known sexual harasser and still works as an editor for them .

Yeah. The rules appear to be very different for men who work for DC Comics if their knee-jerk reaction to women in the industry who criticize the way they do business and deal with sexism is to black list them. If DC is worried about how employing women who are critical of their business practice hurts them, but are in no way concerned about how employing known sexual harassers and misogynists hurts them, they need to get their priorities straight.

I would like to think the reason this project didn’t get green-lit is because DC didn’t like the directions Leth wanted to take the individual characters in. I personally didn’t find many of Leth’s ideas appealing when she talked about her pitch on Twitter. However, the described scenario isn’t unlikely either given the last five years, which is truly more shameful than anything Leth could’ve done.

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