In a marvelous meetup decades in the making, DC/Dynamite's new Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 comic crossover launches in digital form today with a fanfare normally reserved for seated royalty or the introduction of the latest iPhone. These two iconic comic-book crimefighters and their classic TV iterations have been elevated into the higher pantheons of pop culture, with Adam West and Burt Ward's campy Batman TV series and Lynda Carter's colorful Wonder Woman TV show crusader all enjoying a refreshing renaissance in all manner of media.
Written by Jeff Parker (Batman '66, Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Marc Andreyko (Wonder Woman '77), with art by David Hahn and Karl Kesel, this dynamic new digital-first release launches Wednesday, Nov. 23, followed by a six-issue print mini-series coming to comic shops in January.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #1
What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul just hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane—to his childhood fight against actual Nazis?! Witness his first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman!
The first digital chapter will be available for download via the DC App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.
Here's our five-page preview and exclusive interview with acclaimed writers Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko on how this nostalgia-fueled crossover project all came about, what readers can expect from the first action-packed chapters, and the pure fun of collaboration.
How did this monumental comic book meeting of the Dark Knight and Diana Prince come about?
JP: The idea came about when Marc saw a chance to go back in time and make the past better and we blabbed about it at a convention.
MA: I pitched a team-up to DC after I got the WONDER WOMAN ’77 gig, but only wanted to do it if I got to co-write it with Jeff (who masterfully writes BATMAN ‘66).
Give us a quick ride through the plot line in Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ‘77.
JP: While stopping a classic Catwoman heist, Batman finds out people from his distant past are back in America and are up to something insidious. These people are the living legend Ra’s al Ghul and his daughter Talia from the League of Shadows. Our goal is to explore Batman’s early days and see how he first met Wonder Woman and how he needs to find her in the modern day of the 1960s.
MA: What Jeff said:)
What do you both remember most about the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman TV series and how does the story and art best reflect that nostalgic attitude?
JP: I have this very big sense of her as a positive force--she smiled a lot, especially after throwing Nazis over cars. She isn’t an anti-hero like you see so much today, she’s all-hero and happy to be a role model. We embrace this idea in the book.
MA: I remember her grace, her joy, and a costume that was directly from the comics! It wasn't reimagined (like Cap America in the '70s TV show), and how could I forget? The best TV theme song. Ever.
How does this Batman ’66 crossover differ or mesh with previous mashups with Green Hornet and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?
MA: I'll let Jeff answer this one!
JP: It’s different in that it brings Batman into a world with another superhero that has true powers. We’ve seen Batman and Wonder Woman work together in comics and movies, but we haven’t seen these iconic TV versions of the superheroes meet before. We’re really excited that our book makes this possible as long as we work hard to make you feel you’re hearing the voices of Lynda Carter and Adam West.
How did the collaboration process work and what were some of the rewards and obstacles in uniting these iconic superheroes?
MA: It has been seamless. We often forget who wrote what when we review the scripts, which is a good thing! There have been ZERO obstacles uniting them. Just pure fun.
What were some of your favorite moments in working on this project?
JP: I really love our collaboration process thus far. When Marc and I proofread final pages, we both hit parts where we can’t remember which one of us wrote a particular scene. It’s really cool and hopefully means we’re clicking smoothly. It’s also a constant rush to get the art from David Hahn and Karl Kesel, a legit dream team for a story like this. The pages look gorgeous and the acting on the characters is perfect.
MA: Every time we get art from David Hahn and Karl Kesel is my new favorite moment. They are killing it and delivering great page after great page.
With Wonder Woman turning 75 in October, how has the royal Amazon held up so well and what does she offer modern readers?
JP: She’s a character who is also an ideal, and fans project a lot onto her, bringing their own hopes to her. All the best characters capture your imagination and stay alive inside it.
MA: She has held up because she's not only the original female Super Hero, but her origin lies in love, not tragedy. She was willed into life by her mother’s love and Wonder Woman always hopes for us to realize our potential. Violence is never her go-to place. It’s always a last resort (as it should be). Wonder Woman inspires us to be better people.
Can you give a hint as to whom Batman '66 might meet up with next?
JP: Really, I’m hoping for Wonder Woman AGAIN.
MA: Like Jeff said, I hope we can do a sequel!!