In what should come as a surprise to very few DC Comics watchers, the publisher announced today via its blog, The Source, that "Batman Beyond" will return to the schedule as an ongoing series beginning in January. Writer Adam Beechen and artist Ryan Benjamin's still in-progress six-issue miniseries based on the animated series about a new, younger Batman of the future has been such a success for DC, rumors of a new ongoing "Batman Beyond" title began circulating back in August, when only three issues of the mini had been released.From The Source:

Beechen's whodunit take, involving Batman villains past, present and future, connected with fans of the original animated series and a number of new readers intrigued by the futuristic Batman and his vast supporting cast - both familiar and new.

Further details about the new series are likely to be revealed at this weekend's New York Comic Con.