Del Rey Books has announced that it has formed a 'creative partnership' with DC Comics for the development of fiction based on DC's Batman characters.  Three Batman novels have been announced, for Spring 2005, Fall 2005, and Spring 2006.  All will be written by former Batman Animated writer Michael Reaves and Steven-Eliot Altman.  DC editors will be involved in the development of the storylines. 


The relationship also includes two movie novelizations -- the previously announced Catwoman (see 'Del Rey Movie Books'), which will be released June 1st; and Batman Begins, which will be released next year.