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This article is written from the Real World perspective Brucetimm

Over the years, there have been several comic book series set in the DCAU. They were created by a different team than the cartoon-crew, and are generally not considered canon.

Canonicity and Continuity

Concerning the comics, Bruce Timm has stated in Modern Masters Volume 3: Bruce Timm (concerning the Batman Adventures Annual #2:

"Of course, we'd teamed them up previously in the comics- we'd done that annual. The comic book animated continuity is actually different than the actual animated continuity- they'll do things that contradict what we do and vice versa. But for the sake of the Demon story we did in the animated show, we subsumed the annual we had done into the animated continuity just to get things moving faster."

However, other DCAU creations for the comics, such as Roxy Rocket (introduced in the first annual) were also adopted but without the backstory. A myriad of characters appeared before their Animated counterparts, and substantially different—most notably Superman, Lex Luthor (Batman Adventures #25), Huntress (Batman & Robin Adventures #19), Kyle Rayner, Aquaman (Adventures in the DC Universe #1), Amazo and Chronos (Justice League Adventures #6).

Two of the comics were adapted into episodes: "Mad Love" is an adaptation of the one-shot of the same name, and "Holiday Knights" is an adaptation of the Holiday Special. Both comics were written by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm (Timm also illustrated Mad Love).

The movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and the episode "Rebirth" were each adapted into a comic.

Batman Beyond

After the introduction of Terry McGinnis as a future Batman in the mainstream universe, the Batman Beyond franchise was revitalized, but this time, as a continuation of the DC Animated Universe. They were first published as digital comics under the names Batman Beyond, Superman Beyond and Justice League Beyond, and written by J.T. Krul, Adam Beechen, Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. They tied up several issues that were left unresolved in Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited, and connected several dots:

  • Just before John Stewart proposed to Vixen, Shadow Thief, free after Hawkman's death, killed her. He and Shayera seek him out for revenge, and Stewart kills him when Shadow Thief threatened to kill Shayera. He is expelled from the Corps, and decides to live the rest of his life in a marriage with Shayera in Vixen's native Zambesi.
  • Though Luthor and Darkseid were absorbed into the Source Wall for solving the Anti-Life Equation, they could not keep hold of it as they were not balanced. They were released with Darkseid losing his Omega Beam and eyesight as a result.
  • Curaré is a Tibetan monk from the same monastery as Kai-Ro, and after her scheme to become the next Dalai Lama fell through, left in disgrace.
  • The Wayne-Powers security trooper who killed Warren McGinnis on Mr. Fixx's orders was actually Jake Chill, great-great-grandnephew of Joe Chill.
  • Barbara stopped being Batgirl the night they rescued Tim Drake from the Joker but helped Batman build a morgue to hold the bodies of deceased Batman villains.
  • Micron's origin is tied to an experiment by Nabuo Taka.

Comics

Batman titles

There has been an almost uninterrupted line of Batman titles:

  • The Batman Adventures, Volume 1
  • Ran for 36 issues (and 2 Annuals and 3 Specials) between October 1992 and October 1995. Starring Batman.
  • Batman & Robin Adventures
  • Ran for 25 issues (and 2 Annuals) between November 1995 and December 1997. Starring Batman and Robin.
  • The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years
  • Ran for 5 issues between January 1998 and May 1998. Starring Nightwing.
  • Batman: Gotham Adventures
  • The Batman Adventures, Volume 2
  • Harley Quinn and Batman

Other titles

  • Superman & Batman Magazine
  • Ran for 8 issues between June 1993 and March 1996; published by Welsh Publishing Group.
  • Superman Adventures
  • Ran for 66 issues (and 1 Annual and 1 Special) between November 1996 and April 2002. Starring Superman
  • Adventures in the DC Universe
  • Batgirl Adventures
  • One Shot, February 1998. Starring Batgirl.
  • Batman Beyond, Volume 1
  • Batman Beyond, Volume 2
  • Gotham Girls
  • Justice League Adventures
  • Ran for 34 issues between January 2002 and October 2004. Starring the Justice League.
  • Batman: Harley and Ivy
  • Ran for 3 issues between June 2004 and August 2004. Starring Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy; written by Timm and Dini.
  • Justice League Unlimited
  • Ran for 46 issues between November 2004 and August 2008. Starring the extended Justice League.

Collected Editions

Title Material collected Publication date
The Batman Adventures The Batman Adventures #1–6 December 1993
Batman: The Dark Knight Adventures The Batman Adventures #7–12 June 1994
Superman: Adventures of the Man of Steel Superman Adventures #1-6 May 1998
The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years #1–5 February 1999
Batman Beyond Batman Beyond Volume 1 March 2000
Batman: Gotham Adventures Batman: Gotham Adventures #1–6 June 2000
DC Universe Christmas The Batman Adventures Holiday Special (story The Harley and the Ivy) December 2000
The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames and Demons The Batman Adventures Annual #1–2
The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
Adventures of the DC Universe #3 (back-up story)
June 2003
Justice League Adventures Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven Justice League Adventures #3, 6, 10-12 February 2004
Justice League Adventures Vol. 2: Friends and Foes Justice League Adventures #13, 14, 16, 19, 20
Vol. 1: Rogues Gallery Batman: Gotham Adventures #50
Batman Adventures #1–4
July 2004
Vol. 2: Shadows and Masks Batman Adventures #5–9
Superman Adventures Vol. 1: Up, Up and Away Superman Adventures #16,19,22-24 September 2004
Superman Adventures Vol. 2: The Never-Ending Battle Superman Adventures #25-29
Justice League Unlimited Vol. 1: United They Stand Justice League Unlimite #1-5 June 2005
Superman Adventures Vol. 3: Last Son of Krypton Superman Adventures #30-34 Marh 2006
Superman Adventures Vol. 4: The Man of Steel Superman Adventures #35-39
Justice League Unlimited Vol. 2: World’s Greatest Heroes Justice League Unlimited #6-10 April 2006
Justice League Unlimited, Vol. 3: Champions of Justice Justice League Unlimited #11-15
Batman: Harley and Ivy Batman: Gotham Knights #14
Harley and Ivy: Love on the Lam
Batman: Harley and Ivy #1–3
July 2007
Justice League Unlimited: Heroes Justice League Unlimited #23-29 April 2009
DC Comics Presents Batman Beyond #1 Batman Beyond Vol. 2 #13,14,21,22 February 2011
Batman Adventures Vol. 3 The Batman Adventures #1-10 November, 2011
DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman Adventures Adventures in the DC Universe #1, 3, 11, 19 September 2012
Batman Adventures Vol. 2 The Batman Adventures #11-20 June, 2015
Batman Adventures Vol. 3 The Batman Adventures #21-27, The Batman Adventures Annual #1 November 2015
Superman Adventures Vol. 1 Superman Adventures #1-10 November, 2015
Batman Adventures Vol. 4 The Batman Adventures #28-36, The Batman Adventures Annual #2, The Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1 April, 2016
Superman Adventures Vol. 2 Superman Adventures #11-16, Superman Adventures Annual #1, Superman Adventures Special #1 May, 2016
Batman & Robin Adventures Vol. 1 Batman & Robin Adventures #1-10 December, 2016
Superman Adventures Vol. 2 Superman Adventures #17-25 May, 2017

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