We’ve wondered what form the apparently abandoned “Generations” initiative would be taken following the departure of Dan Didio and it looks like we’re starting to see some of that material come out, although perhaps in a different state than was originally planned. According to an advanced solicitation from Gamesradar (Newsarama), January will see a one-shot that teams the original Batman with a host of other DC characters…including Sinestro. Generations: Shattered #1 releases on January 5, 2021, as an 80 page one-shot with a $9.99 cover price.
Two things strike me as very interesting right off the bat, pardon the pun. First the reference to the “original” Batman from 1939, and second the appearance of Green Lantern Sinestro, wearing the Silver Age version of the uniform in the cover image by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. According to the information released –
“A threat of cosmic proportion to DC’s newest (and oldest) universe compels one of the most unusual groups of heroes ever assembled to take on the most mysterious foe they have ever encountered,” reads DC’s description for the one-shot. “Join the original Batman, Kamandi, Starfire, Booster Gold, Dr. Light, Steel, and Sinestro in their quest to save the universe before time runs out!”
Robert Venditti and Dan Jurgens are two of the writers, and it looks like Jurgens is planting some seeds for this tale in this month’s Detective Comics #1027, not coincidentally written by Jurgens. Jurgens has long been the guy that DC taps for these kinds of projects and it looks like he’s finding a way to use the Generations material in a way that may be completely different from what was originally intended. According to the information about the Detective Comics issue “our” Batman finds himself transported back to 1939, implying that perhaps he and the “original” Batman switch places. How Sinestro figures into this is anyone’s guess, but it certainly has my curiosity piqued.