Beginning in August, writer Kyle Higgins (Deathstroke, Batman, Detective Comics) makes his debut as scribe on the new digital-first Batman Beyond 2.0.
To catch the latest, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively met Higgins in a futuristic Batcave and got the lowdown on his new job, how it will be packaged for print, and more.
Cosmic Book News: All new stories, all new creative teams. What does this mean for Batman Beyond, Kyle?
Kyle Higgins: It means really big shoes to fill! The work Adam (Beechen) has done the last few years has been wonderful, and I feel incredibly honored to be able to continue in his stead. I’m a huge fan of the characters and everyone who’s been carrying the torch since the show went off the air. I think that’ll be more than apparent when my first issues come out.
Kyle Higgins: A lot, actually. The core of my pitch centered on advancing time by about a year, throwing the characters into new status quos based on unknown events (to readers, anyway). It’s one of my favorite things the show did, and something I’ve been wanting to play around with for quite a while now. So, Terry’s in college at Neo-Gotham University, he and Dana are no longer together, and something big happened in the missing time to change some other things up … but what that event was will remain a mystery for now.
Kyle Higgins: It's actually two separate digital-first comics that get collected as Batman Beyond Universe in print. The first Saturday in August, Batman Beyond 2.0 (that's what we're calling the digital series) #1 hits on the DC App, comiXology, iTunes, etc. Then the following week, Justice League Beyond 2.0 #1 hits. The third week, Batman Beyond 2.0 #2 hits, etc. alternating back and fourth between Batman Beyond 2.0 and Justice League Beyond 2.0. Usually on that fourth week of the month, the PRINT comic called Batman Beyond Universe hits stores … and it includes all four chapters that were released digitally. So, Chris (Gage) is writing Justice League Beyond and I'm writing Batman Beyond.
Kyle Higgins: That’s something we get into right away, although I would make the argument it’s not so much how college gets in the way of crime fighting as it is crime fighting getting in the way of college! (laughs)
Kyle Higgins: Well, the show -- and this book-- has always been about the characters and the relationships between them. Terry and Bruce, Terry and his family, Terry and Max, Terry and Dana … all of those are quite personal and will continue to challenge Terry on an emotional level. I’m not going to give specifics, but rest assured this book won’t be just an action comic.
Kyle Higgins: It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like (laughs). For a hero, what’s better than a breakout? Talk about job security!
Kyle Higgins: Oh man, Thony is the cat’s pajamas. Totally. He’s super clean, dynamic and his Beyond characters pop with energy. I really can’t wait for people to see his art on this. It’s pretty badass.
Kyle Higgins: I was -- and still am-- a big fan of the animated series. So, yes … it’s safe to say I’ll be drudging up some threads from the show.
Kyle Higgins: Nothing else at the moment! I’m working on a few other books, but it’s too early to say much of anything about them.
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Kyle Higgins for answering our questions during this busy convention season. We also thank DC’s own Brandy Phillips and Kelley Popham who helped make this interview possible.
“Batman Beyond 2.0” #1 hits digitally Aug. 3rd; “Batman Beyond Universe” #1 hits in print August 21st!