A major character from Batman’s history is finally going to become part of the main DC Comics canon, as The Phantasm is making her way to the pages of the new Batman/Catwoman series next year. This revelation comes from writer Tom King, who has been hyping up the new 12-issue series that will help to wrap up his run on DC’s main Batman title, which he’s stepping off of at the end of 2019. King recently revealed cover art for the new book, which reveals the villainess from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
Tom King has been working on the main Batman series for some time now. However, it was recently announced that his run, which was originally expected to go for 100 issues, was being cut short. But that was so he could shift over to this Batman/Catwoman series, which just got a whole lot more interesting. King took to Twitter to share a new cover for the book, which features a previously released image of the two titular characters reflected in the blade of none other than The Phantasm. King provided the following, very simple caption.
For hardcore Batman fans, this is a pretty huge deal. The Phantasm, aka Andrea Beaumont, was originally introduced in 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which takes place in the Batman: The Animated Series continuity and, animated or otherwise, is generally considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made about the Caped Crusader. Beaumont was created specifically for the movie and was revealed to be a former lover of Bruce Wayne’s. The two eventually split as his quest to become Gotham’s bat-themed hero took flight. Years later, she re-emerged as a vengeful villain known as The Phantasm.
Despite the rich nature of the character, and the fact that she was introduced in a beloved movie from the Batman’s history, The Phantasm has never truly made her way to the main DC Comics canon. That’s why this is so huge. Previously, she appeared in the Batman Beyond 2.0 digital comics, with a version of the character known as “The Reaper” appearing in DC’s Bombshells, which takes place in an alternate universe. But that’s it. Another famed female DC character in the form of Harley Quinn also got her start in Batman: The Animated Series. Harley Quinn crossed over rather quickly and has since gone on to become one of the most popular characters in the entire DC lineup.
Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey will be providing art for Tom King’s Batman/Catwoman book. If this cover is any indication, we’re in for a real visual treat. Elsewhere, it was also revealed recently that King is going to co-write the New Gods movie with Ava DuVernay. He’s asserting himself as one of DC’s true golden boys. Hopefully, The Phantasm gets a worthwhile welcome to the world of DC Comics after all these years. Be sure to check out the cover from Tom King’s Twitter account below.