It’s relatively easy to do a super-hero crossover on TV today. Many of DC Entertainment’s best-known heroes reside on the CW network, while several Marvel do-gooders call Netflix their home. In decades past, however, joining together TV incarnations of Batman and Wonder Woman was impossible.
DC is set to publish “Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77,” the comic-book publisher announced Friday at New York Comic-Con, an effort that will marry elements of the classic “Batman” show starring Adam West and Burt Ward with the Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter. The crossover will be co-written by Jeff Parker, who has written DC’s “Batman ‘66” series and Marc Andreyko, who writes “Wonder Woman ’77.”
The comic book format won’t limit what these TV versions of the characters can do, said Andreyko in an interview. “Because of the comic book, we have an unlimited budget for special effects,” he joked. “We can draw things that we’d never be able to do on the TV series.” The effort comes as DC unveils a spate of projects aimed at burnishing Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary as a character – including a new movie slated to launch in 2017.
One of those things is time travel, rendered easy in comics. To have 1970s Wonder Woman meet up with 1960s Batman, Parker and Andreyko have them meet in the past. Readers will get to see this incarnation of Batman’s first encounter with Wonder Woman, thanks to some popular Bat- villains, like Ra’s Al Ghul and Catwoman.
The 12-chapter series will launch digitally November 23, with new chapters released subsequently ever week. The project will feature art from popular artists David Hahn and Karl Kesel, with cover art by Michael Allred. Following the November digital launch, the comic will later be offered as a six-issue print series with the first issue debuting in January 2017.
The project first sparked when Andreyko, known for his work on series like DC’s “Manhunter,” and Parker, known for his time as an artist on Wonder Woman and a writer on series like Marvel’s “Agents of Atlas,” met up at a comics convention. To have the two characters meet, said Andreyko, “we’d get to cover all these eras of Wonder Woman and Batman.”
Key to the success of the project, said both creators, is getting the voices right. “You have to be able to look at it and hear Adam West’s voice coming out of Batman, and it does,” said Parker, in an interview. “When I read back over the proofs, I hear Lynda’s voice. It works.”
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.