On Batman, Ninja Turtles, and Daredevil …

At San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, IDW and DC Comics announced an upcoming crossover mini-series with Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nerds and geeks around the world released a collective “Yes!” The Batman/TMNT series will begin in November.

Eastman and Laird's first group sketch of the Turtles, 1983 (copyright the artists)
Eastman and Laird’s first group sketch of the Turtles, 1983 (copyright the artists)

There is, of course, an even more anticipated team-up between a superhero and the Heroes in a Half-Shell. So far this crossover has not been announced and does not appear to be in the works yet. When will the Ninja Turtles meet Daredevil?

The Turtles and the Man Without Fear have some important connections.

Do you remember the story of Daredevil’s origin? Remember how he was splashed in the eyes with chemical waste that blinded him and granted him heightened senses and his special sonar power?

How about the story of the Ninja Turtles’ origin, do you remember that? How chemical waste got spilled down into the sewer and mutated some baby turtles?

Did you know that the chemical waste that gave Daredevil his power was the same waste, running down into the sewer, that gave us the Ninja Turtles? Did I just blow your mind?

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird have admitted that the Ninja Turtles’ origin story was inspired by Daredevil. They also named the Turtles’ master Splinter after Daredevil’s master Stick, and the Turtles’ enemies “the Foot” after Daredevil’s enemies “the Hand.”

You can read more about it in this article: “The fascinating origin story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It is also discussed in the following video (subscribe to this channel as well—they make great videos about comic books).

DaredevilBatman_EyeforanEyeIf that didn’t blow your mind, let’s turn the tables around. What about Daredevil and Batman? They have teamed up a few times: in 1997’s Daredevil/Batman: Eye for an Eye and 2000’s Batman/Daredevil: King of New York.

They share a few similarities as well: both are skilled in the martial arts and use their skills to fight street crime. Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen (in New York) is just as dark as Batman’s Gotham City (based on New York, probably).

Then, of course, their names:


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