Here’s An Idea I Had: Batman 3000

Batman of the 30th Century pitch by Chris Sims and J. Gonzo

So as you may already be aware, I like Batman a lot, which means I think about Batman all the time, and ever since I started writing comics, I’ve been thinking about what I would do if I could do a Batman story. That’s pretty common, right? I mean, surely everyone has a Batman pitch in their back pocket just in case it ever comes up. One of mine, the one that I think could actually work really well, was The Batman of the 30th Century.

The basic idea comes from two things: One, that the Legion of Superheroes is founded as a Superman spinoff, which means there’s a lot of Superman legacy stuff that shows up over the years, and there’s a lot of Flash stuff that shows up from XS, Impulse and the Tornado Twins, but there’s nothing in the Legion’s future that indicates a legacy for Batman. (There’s also nothing involving the Wonder Woman legacy, but, you know, that’s a discussion for another time.) And yet, if you skip ahead to the 853rd Century of DC One Million, the Batman legacy is definitely alive and well.

Second, and the reason it’s so weird that there’s no Batman tie-in for the Legion, is that there actually was a “Batman of the 30th Century.” His name’s Brane Taylor, and he appears in a one-shot story in 1954. It’s not all that obscure among people who read a lot of comics, and with creators’ love of tying things together, it seems mystifying to me that there was never a reintroduction of that character as part of the Legion’s future. Maybe it was the name? “Brane” is, to be honest, kind of awful. But it’s all there, and looking at it as a fan, it seemed natural that you could tie it together. The only thing that you’d really need would be to tweak Brane so that he’d fit in with the teenagers of the Legion, and when I saw (and bought the original art for) Cliff Chiang’s Gatchaman-inspired “Science Ninja Hero Batman,” it all seemed to fall into place. I really wanted it to have a strange feeling of the retrofuturism of the original Legion and its Silver Age roots along with Batman’s darker, more modern aesthetic (there’s a lot of the Morrison run in this, for instance).

So I thought about this for years, and I ended up mentioning it to J. Gonzo, the artist of La Mano Del Destino, and he really loved it and wanted to draw it, and came up with a few ideas his own along the way — Robin and Bat-Mite were his ideas, and I love ’em. We ended up making a full pitch document with character designs and summaries that I think is really cool, but at the same time, I know that there’s a roughly zero percent chance that it will ever actually happen. So we showed it around to a few people, and now I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy!


Batman 3000 pitch by Chris Sims and J. Gonzo


Batman 3000 pitch by Chris Sims and J. Gonzo


Batman 3000 pitch by Chris Sims and J Gonzo




Batman 3000 pitch by Chris Sims and J Gonzo

Batman 3000 pitch by Chris Sims and J Gonzo


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Last Week’s Links

What? They’re still good! They don’t go bad after six days! Yeesh.



Last week on ComicsAlliance was a fun one, mainly because I got to talk about the story behind one of my favorite covers, from that time when the Joker tried to kill Batman and Robin on the moon! It’s even crazier than it sounds.

Unfortunately, not all stories can still be good when they stop making sense, which is why I wrote an article explaining that Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League is one of the worst comics I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book where I read it, and I’m not even sure I ever liked the Justice League.

Fortunately, there are things to remind me, like the highly enjoyable Justice League: Doom movie, which I also reviewed this week. It was an interesting twist on the source material (“Tower of Babel”) that made for a pretty good time.

Further cementing my hipster status, I’m really excited about The Phoenix, a British weekly children’s comic! It’s not available in America, but if you’re in the UK or you’re willing to pay for International shipping (or if, like me, you’re a cheapo with a good-natured pal in England), it’s worth it.

Finally, in this week’s Ask Chris talks about the single best comic book character ever created: Spider-Man. Yes, Spider-Man. Not Batman. But don’t worry, even though it’s ostensibly about Spidey, I still work 600 words about how Batman works in there.

Oh Hey, Here’s That 3,000 Word Column About Batman: Year Two That Nobody Wanted



I do tend to babble on, but this week it just gets ridiculous, when I explain why Batman: Year Two is monumentally awful, and why I love it anyway. Also, it only comes up briefly, but man oh man is Son of the Demon good.

As for what else I’ve been up to this week, well…

I wrote up the 10 Most Truly, Outrageously Insane Episodes of Jem, featuring everyone’s favorite hologram-based glam band and their adventures into Tibetan mysticism, the Indy 500, and time travel. I will admit that I left out the one about drugs, but I have to save something for this year’s April 20, don’t I?

FunkyWatch: January’s Top 10 Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft Strips: Ever since changed their layout, I’ve gone from keeping up daily to reading a month’s worth of Tom Batiuk strips all at once, so you can understand why I lack the energy to get out of bed in the morning, let alone actually update my blog.

Bethany Fong and I critique the fashions of G.I. Joe: Destro, of course, is the most fashionable dude alive.

Plus, we’ve kicked off a quick new daily series in the run-up to Valentine’s: Love Hurts, in which I select the most painful moments from the romance comics of yesteryear and make fun of the fictional pain. They can all be found here and they’ll update even on the weekends, so check back!