Announced as a DC Digital first, but then becoming available in print as a 6 part mini-series, DC Comics have announced a new series set in the world of Batman: The Animated Series (BTAS). Titled Batman: The Adventures Continue it’s by the show’s producers Paul Dini and Alan Burnett and illustrated by Ty Templeton, who worked in the past on BTAS’s old tie-in comic Batman Adventures.
DC Comics gave Entertainment Weekly (EW) an exclusive first look and learnt that this was all part of a master plan to sell toys. Which, in this instance DC marketing have freely admitted telling EW that “Batman: The Adventures Continue is part of an initiative to introduce new characters into DC Collectibles’ Batman: The Animated Series line of toys, with Templeton designing these new additions in Timm’s style.”
Although that’s not Dini’s intentions. He’s here to tell a story and add to a universe he helped create and guide. A story we haven’t seen yet in this animated universe:
We’d gone from Dick Grayson to Tim Drake, and we had left out Jason. What we’re doing with this is looking at this as a chance to go back and actually acknowledge that was a part of the animated Batman’s history, For the first time, you’re going to see that story and you’re going to see what happened in that relationship. So, it’s our chance to not only to do Jason Todd but also the Red Hood. There are other characters like Azrael, who was popular in the comics around [the time of the show], and Deathstroke, who we never used in the animated series.
As well as the promise of giant robots and Lex Luthor making an appearance in the first issue, and a mysterious character lurking in the shadows there’s also the fan-baiting appearances of Red Hood, Deathstroke and Azrael to come in future issues.
Batman: The Adventures Continue comes out digitally in April and then in print on May 6th, 2020.