Comic-Con 2015: DC And IDW Announce Batman And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossover


I guess Batman feels that his hands aren’t full enough dealing with Superman that he needs do a “Batman v Turtles.”  In what could be the most crazy awesome concept yet, Batman will be crossing over with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Look, there have been stranger pairings in the past, but this could go down as one of the best combinations known to man — akin to when salad dressing was invented by accidentally mixing oil with vinegar.

At Comic-Con 2015, DC and IDW Publishing announced that they’re creating a crossover miniseries teaming up the Dark Knight with the Heroes in a Half Shell.  Here’s the official press release:

"BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is scheduled for November, and this six-part monthly miniseries is set in the streets of Gotham City where fans will see the Dark Knight fight like never before with wall-to-wall ninja action. The story will be brought to life by James Tynion IV (BATMAN: ETERNAL, CONSTANTINE) and star artist Freddie E. Williams II (ROBIN, CAPTAIN ATOM) handling interior and cover art. In addition, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and other to-be-announced artists will illustrate variant covers.“Batman is the world’s most popular Super Hero. He continues to be reimagined and this new crossover showcases his ongoing appeal as a global pop icon for the ages,” said Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics, Bob Harras.“We here at IDW have very much enjoyed working with DC Entertainment on fan favorite crossover comics,” said IDW President, Greg Goldstein. “TMNT is a global phenomenon, beloved by millions. Pairing the Turtles with Batman will prove to be a publishing event that transcends comic book culture.”“I’ve been extremely luck to spend so much time working in Gotham City, but it’s always a thrill to see the world of Batman through new eyes,” explained writer James Tynion IV. “Taking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a Gotham adventure is a fanboy dream come true.”In the ongoing power struggle between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, General Krang, and the Foot Clan, allegiances have shifted and the battle lines have been drawn. Krang concocts a plan to rid himself of both the Turtles and Shredder by transporting them to another dimension, where they land in the dark and dangerous streets of Gotham City. It isn’t long before they encounter Gotham’s most famous resident, Batman. The Caped Crusader may be their only hope of overcoming their enemies and getting back home. But not before they encounter a whole cast of Gotham’s most infamous rogues."

I guess the two aren’t fighting each other, but joining forces.  This sounds like a great miniseries that has it all: travel between parallel dimensions, mutants, Batman’s rogues gallery, and legendary heroes.  Here’s a thought exercise that I think Donatello would propose: if Gotham City is supposed to be modeled after New York City, and New York is famous for its pizza, would the DC universe’s favorite pizza be Gotham-style pizza?  Mind blown!

Along with the official press release, preliminary artwork for the crossover miniseries was also released.

Make sure to come back to Bam Smack Pow in November 2015 when we’ll give you our review of this most radical team-up, dude!

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