A lot has spun out of The Batman Who Laughs which will shape the DC Universe further on. In its own latest and penultimate issue, two new Batman Beyond characters come in as Commissioner James Gordon and his son James Jr. are forced to take some pretty extreme measures to try and prevent Batman from transforming into our Earth’s version of The Batman Who Laughs.
Spoilers follow for The Batman Who Laughs #6, on sale now
In the issue, the Gordon’s raid the Dark Knight’s armory. There is quite a haul in there as expected, but the thing which will get fans excited the most is the pair of Batman Beyond costumes which Gordon dons to fight Batman and The Batman Who Laughs.
This isn’t the first time that the Batman Beyond continuity has been explicitly tied to recent events in the DC Universe, and it certainly won’t be the last one.
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More Batman Beyond References
Some years back, when Gordon was wearing a suit of GCPD sanctioned armor and operating as Batman, a issue of Batman Beyond showed that armor being used in the future, as an emergency costume when Terry McGinnis’s suit wouldn’t work. Also, Brian Michael Bendis told comicbook.com recently that:
The story of Batman Beyond will intersect with Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium, a story about a woman who finds herself suddenly immortal and journeys through all of DC’s alternate futures.
Powers Technology is the company which is behind some of the tech which is built into the Batman costume worn by Terry McGinnis (Powers was bought out by Wayne Enterprises later on). It was the same company that designed Gordon’s Batsuit, so it should be no real surprise that some beta version of the Batman Beyond costume exists- but what is arguably a bit more shocking is that the suit seems to work for the Gordons.
So could we see one or both of them hang on to one of the suits when all is said and done? It seems unlikely since there is already a Batman Beyond comic on the stands, but it’s worth toying with the idea since a key element of Scott Snyder’s time with Batman has been his willingness to throw unexpected curves into the mythology from time to time.
The Batman Who Laughs #6 is available at your local comic shop or online through ComiXology, Barnes & Noble or Amazon.