Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1998”


PREVIOUS: Batman in 1997

MARCH: The animated Batman film BATMAN: SUBZERO is released on home video on March 17, 1998. It features Mr. Freeze and was originally intended to be released as a tie-in to 1997’s BATMAN & ROBIN live-action film. However, its release was delayed a year for due to the opinion that this animated movie was much better than its live-action counterpart.


APRIL: A 7.6 earthquake levels Gotham City as the 18-part “Cataclysm” crossover series begins in BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #73.


JUNE: The website known now as makes its debut via WebTVas “Jett D 60’s BATMAN 5 Page.”


NOVEMBER: Batman is zapped into the year 85,271 and teams up with the android Robin, The Toy Wonder in BATMAN #1,000,000.


NOVEMBER: The Batman of the 853rd century comes to the Gotham City of the 20th century starting in BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #1,000,000. The story continued in NIGHTWING #1,000,000 and concluded in DETECTIVE COMICS#1,000,000.


I must admit, I wasn’t reading Batman comics in 1998. Why? The BATMAN & ROBIN movie a year prior had thrown a wet blanket on my Batman fandom. In the year after that movie, I worried that there may not be another live-action Batman film again. Historically, BATMAN & ROBIN didn’t nearly ruin just the Batman film franchise, but the entire comic book/superhero movie genre.

So, on June 2, 1998, I started what would go on to become – “Jett D 60s BATMAN 5 Page” – via my WebTV. And the rest is history.

What did you think of “Batman in 1998” and what are your memories? Post your thoughts in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the city of Austin, his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns and...THE BATMAN (fan for 50+ years)! He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel"), his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.