DC Skipping Ahead 5 Years With FUTURES END; Batman Beyond To Be In-Continuity Now

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Comics DC's WeeklyThe DC New 52 is only three years old, but next year the publisher will be jumping five years into the future for a weekly digital series called The New 52: Futures End. Everything will kick off in the pages of DC‘s Free Comic Book Day title in may with a zero issue. The first installment of the actual series will hit digitally later that month with writers Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello, and Dan Jurgens. The AP had a few more details.

Futures End is DC‘s second weekly digital series planned for 2014, the first being Batman: Eternal. This new series will look at the changing landscape of the DCU and how heroes change over the passage of time and technology. DC has been hinting at the five year time jump for a few months now, with things coming to a head with a DC All Access video showing a Five Years Later logo on Dan Didio‘s desk along with a few Batman Beyond designs. Jeff Lemire talked a little about the upcoming series, saying it will explore DC‘s past, present, and future:

Really, what we’re trying to do with this book is to explore the nature of what a hero is and we’re doing that, obviously by playing with the future of the New 52 timeline. Past present and future all colliding in this story line.

Some of the examples given for the timeline includes Frankenstein in the past, Firestorm‘s present, and how the future relates to Batman Beyond. This will mark the future Batman‘s first in-continuity appearance as he becomes a real part of the New 52. Lemire says there will be many other established and newly created characters in the series besides the three heroes mentioned. Futures End will feature art by Ethan Van Sciver, Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti, and Dan Jurgens. What do you think about things jumping five years ahead and several years in the past? Are you glad to hear Batman Beyond is in-continuity now?

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