Late last week, amidst a recent flurry of exciting news about new merchandise from the classic 1966 Batman TV show, DC announced a brand new comic book set in this world called Batman ’66. Written by Jeff Parker with art by Jonathan Case and covers by Mike Allred, the stories will appear as digital first comics this summer with print versions to follow soon after, and will star all of our favourite characters from the show.
This is a GREAT idea, with a killer creative team. Everybody loves the classic Batman show, with its campy fun and general hilarity. It’s iconic, however much it differs from the dark Batman we all know and love too. I think it’s going to do very well, and that it’s one of the better ideas DC’s had in some time.
However, this is DC Comics, and they are prone to poor decision making. While I’m super excited for Batman ’66, here are ten reasons the new series might go off the rails:
1) Jeff Parker quits the series before the first issue even comes out because DC editorial demands he kill off famed Gothamite Sammy Davis Jr.
2) Batgirl joins the series for 16 very successful issues, but then DC unceremoniously removes her and replaces her with the lesser known Batboy. After much fan outcry, the beloved redhead is restored as Batgirl two issues later.
3) During James Robinson’s arc on the book, Batman ’66: Cry for Justice, Chief O’Hara’s daughter is tragically killed. In a very special issue soon after, Chief O’Hara falls off the wagon and has to deal with his erectile dysfunction.
4) This one’s courtesy of the great Dave Howlett: Orson Scott Card takes over the writing duties on the series and immediately kills off the Great Chandell.
5) Inspired by the success of the New 52’s Amanda Waller, the formerly dowdy and somewhat chubby Aunt Harriet is now young, svelte, and sexy.
6) Robin becomes Nightwing in the Batman ’66 universe and Dan DiDio has him killed off straight away.
7) Judd Winnick and Guillem March do the first arc introducing Catwoman, and after an entire issue of close up shots on her breasts we still don’t know whether they went with Lee Meriwether or Julie Newmar.
8) Now that Before Watchmen has run its course, DC launches a new prequel series as a companion to Batman ’66. The campy adventures of Rorschach and the gang in Watchmen ’66 don’t go over well at all.
9) Brian Azzarello takes over the series, and Dick Grayson soon learns that, unbeknownst to him, the Flying Graysons were serial rapists and murderers, using their circus gig as a cover for travelling from town to town in search of victims.
10) Just as a new issue is about to be released, someone discovers that a single panel has Batgirl’s hair incorrectly coloured blonde. DC editorial FLIPS OUT and destroys their server room, smashing all of their computers in an attempt to stop the book from hitting the internet lest someone, somewhere, have even an iota of hope that they’re bringing back Stephanie Brown.
Hopefully the book goes off without a hitch and it’s all sorts of fun, but you never know with DC Comics. I’m optimistic, but still a little wary!