DC Comics releases artist Joe Quinones’ character and equipment designs for Batman ’89, including looks at Robin and Two-Face.
DC has revealed a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at Batman ’89, the comic set in the world of the Tim Burton films, proving some character and equipment sketches from artist Joe Quinones.
In a preview page from Batman ’89 #1 shared on Twitter, The Joker’s disciples cause general mayhem, with one group staging a traffic pileup and another smashing windows and robbing stores. An observant Batman, in communication with Commissioner Gordon, watches from a rooftop and tells him and formulates a plan to put a stop to it all.
The second image shows character designs for Batman and Bruce Wayne, Robin in and out of costume, Two-Face, The Joker Gang, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and the Batcycle. The design of Robin follows early plans to cast Marlon Wayans in Batman Returns, which never came to pass, and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. Williams appeared as Two-Face’s alter ego Harvey Dent in Batman, but Tommy Lee Jones played Two-Face in Batman Forever. Commissioner Gordon is modeled on the late Pat Hingle, but looks similar to the character’s appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, including a trench coat.
The central figure in the Joker Gang sketch, however, isn’t drawn to look like Jack Nicholson, who played the Clown Prince of Crime in the movie. Instead, he resembles Prince, who appeared in two music videos from the movie soundtrack album as the character Gemini.
The first six chapters of Batman ’89 will debut digitally on July 27, with six additional chapters arriving weekly after that. After all 12 chapters have been released, they will be collected into six physical comics books that will debut in August, September and October. The hardcover collected edition will be available in October.
DC Comics is also releasing a similar series based on Richard Donner and Christopher Reeves’ Superman (1978), aptly titled Superman ’78. That comic, which also releases six chapters on July 27, will be written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Wilfredo Torres.
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