This week marked the 25th anniversary of the premiere of "Darkwing Duck," the beloved Disney animated series that was part of many '90s kids' after-school routine. And with that milestone came a reality-shattering revelation from creator Tad Stones.
Reflecting on the cartoon with The Hollywood Reporter, he said that although "Darkwing Duck" is rooted in Disney's "DuckTales," and even share a couple of characters, they actually take place in different universe.
"Because Launchpad appeared in 'DuckTales' and we used Roboduck as the Superman character, the hero who gets all the glory as opposed to Darkwing, fans try to connect the two realities," Stones said. "They are two different universes in my book. We work in the alternate Duckiverse."
It's an assertion that will undoubtedly hit Duckburg, and childhood fans of both series, like a hurricane. But hold on, because Stones elaborated a bit in a couple of tweets to CBR Managing Editor Albert Ching:
Credit my comic book sensibilities. DW takes place in "A" Ducktales universe but not the one you saw on TV. 1/2— Sad Bones (@TadStones) September 10, 2016
It's an alternate universe with a different Launchpad like a DC "Elseworlds" story. And thank you for watching.— Sad Bones (@TadStones) September 10, 2016
Stones also noted that if the series were return to television, as many fans have long dreamed, it would have to be done right: "You want to do Darkwing for 2017 or '18. Not for 25 years ago, so the show should be different and should have a different life to it."