With the Dark Knight having existed for nearly eight decades, it comes as no surprise there have been alternate takes on the character. From popular Elseworlds tales like Gotham by Gaslight to possible futures in which someone such as Damian Wayne takes up the mantle, there never seems to be any shortage of ways to explore the mythos. But one particular addition that has arguably risen above all others has to be that of Batman Beyond.
Swiftly following the cancellation of both The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series came WB’s idea to center an animated show around a teenaged Batman. Now, in the wrong hands, this could have been a complete disaster. But thankfully, the genius minds of Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett were at the helm and we were treated to the adventures of Terry McGinnis, a young man living fifty years into the future who took up Bruce Wayne’s mantle in order to protect a Gotham City dealing with a new wave of supervillains.
Although the show lasted for only three seasons, it’s lived on in the hearts of fans everywhere and even via a number of comic book series continuing its legacy. Heck, none of us will soon forget how the internet was set ablaze last summer when rumors surfaced saying that Ben Affleck would star in a trilogy of films for Matt Reeves that’d set up an eventual Batman Beyond flick. Sure, it’s looking like that won’t pan out now, but we can keep our fingers crossed.
Speaking of which, Pursue News has cut together one awesome trailer using the unforgettable Batman Beyond theme itself, also keeping with various cues from the show’s intro. Yes, the focus may be placed on Ben Affleck’s take on the Bruce Wayne iteration of the character (with a few shots of Gotham‘s David Mazouz all up in da club), but you have to admit this video package is pretty cool, regardless.
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