BATMAN ’89 Getting a Direct Sequel…as a Novel


Via GIZMODO.COM, the 1989 BATMAN film directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as Batman is getting a direct sequel…as a novel.

Written by John Jackson Miller, the book is titled BATMAN: RESURRECTION and will pick up right where BATMAN ’89 left off. Here’s the synopsis…

In the wake of The Joker’s death, Batman battles the remnants of The Joker’s gang, but between criminal turmoil, the lingering damage The Joker’s gas attacks had on the city, and trying to imagine a future for himself beyond crime fighting, he realizes that it will take both of his masks to try and pull Gotham back into the light: the cowl of the caped crusader and the wealthy pocket book of Bruce Wayne. But as he finds his desire to save Gotham becoming an obsession, and the forces of the criminal underworld growing more powerful by the day, Batman begins to wonder…could his greatest foe have survived their fateful encounter?

Yes, this sounds like what DC Comics is doing with the BATMAN ’89 comic book series.  However, it’s different because RESURRECTION begins right after the events of BATMAN ’89, while the comic version of the Burtonverse is set after BATMAN RETURNS.   “Whereas the DC Batman ‘89 comics are set after the Tim Burton films, I chose to make Batman: Resurrection a direct sequel novel to [the 1989 movie],” Miller explained, “meaning characters ranging from Vicki Vale and Alexander Knox to Max Shreck and Selina Kyle from Batman Returns can appear in the book.”

BATMAN: RESURRECTION will be released by Penguin Random House on October 14, 2024 and is available to pre-order HERE.

For the full story, visit GIZMODO.COM. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

(Thanks to BOF’s Javi Trujillo for the heads up!)