Like headstones in a cemetery, the streets of Gotham City are a logbook of past tragedy and loss. History won’t stay buried in Gotham, and that makes the far-future especially tantalizing to storytellers like Kyle Higgins.
Higgins, best known for his work on Nightwing, visits that future in Batman Beyond 2.0 (now on sale), the digital series that revisits the mythology of Batman Beyond, which aired for 52 episodes (1999-2001) on The WB and presented a future where young Terry McGinnis wears the mask and the aging Bruce Wayne is (like Gotham herself) the stone-faced monument that never forgets the painful past. We caught up with Higgins by email:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Batman Beyond began on TV as an animated series, but it has since put down roots in the comics world through the sheer ingenuity of its ideas. What’s your sense of the place it holds now, and does it still need to “win over” DC readers?
KYLE HIGGINS: That’s a great question. First, as it relates to Batman Beyond 2.0, we’re actually continuing Terry’s adventures from the animated series. So all the continuity of the cartoon stands, and I’m doing my best to make the book feel like it’s nothing less than a lost season of the show. We’re not connected to the New 52 in any way.
I say that, because it’s a question I’ve gotten a lot since we announced the book. To me, that speaks of the passion that fans have for Terry McGinnis and his Gotham City. I may be wrong, but I feel like a lot of DC readers presume — and embrace — that Bruce’s story will one day lead to some a version of Batman Beyond. A couple months ago, Scott (Snyder) had a scene in the Wayne Enterprises trash compactor that featured Bruce putting on a “scrapped prototype” suit in order to escape. It was jet black, and had a big red bat on the chest. From what Scott and Greg (Capullo) said, fans really dug it. As a fan myself, that made me quite happy to hear.
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