The continuity of Batman: The Animated Series will return in a six-issue digital-first limited series starting this April, titled Batman: The Adventures Continue.
The title will be written by Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Paul Dini and longtime writer for the show and its spin-offs, Alan Burnett.
The series will be drawn by Ty Templeton will draw the series, returning after being one of the core artists on the Batman: TAS spin-off comic book Batman Adventures.
The Adventures Continue will feature characters which didn’t appear in the original TV show, including Jason Todd, the Red Hood, Deathstroke, Azrael, and more.
“Fans familiar with the Batman of The New Batman/Superman Adventures will be right up to speed,” said Dini in the announcement. “Alan and I approached the writing with the idea that we were doing the season you might have seen if we had not put the series aside to do Batman Beyond.”
Batman: The Adventures Continue begins as Wayne Enterprises is attacked by a giant robot that steals “an entire room from the laboratory”. It’s up to Batman – and a young Robin (Tim Drake) to find out who’s controlling the robot.
“Tim Drake is still a very young Robin,” added Templeton.”Batman isn’t middle-aged or anything, and we’re not even close to the events of Batman Beyond.”
“What is different, however,” Burnett added, “is that we’re going back to cover certain gaps in the original series, events that didn’t have a bearing on the series at the time, but now do. In other words, there will be secret histories that will turn Batman’s world upside down. Things that no one knew were out there, until now.”
“Perhaps the most intriguing character in the run will be young man whose story threads through most of the issues,” teased Burnett. “He’s a smart, super-elusive loner who knows way too much about the Dark Knight. How this mystery man fits into the world of Batman Adventures and what he means to accomplish should, I hope, be a real jolt for old fans.”
This will take place before the flashback events depicted in the Batman Beyond animated film The Return of Joker.
This comic-book sequel to Batman: TAS comes as DC Collectibles has plans to expand their figure line based on the series, with these new Templeton-designed characters each getting their own figure.
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 will be released digitally in April. A print edition with covers from Dave Johnson and Dan Mora, both seen here, is due out May 6.