A number of years ago, Warner Bros. had a Batman Beyond movie in development. However, like early ideas for Batman/Superman and Batman: Year One, it never escaped development hell, and Batman Begins soon led to the studio moving away from the idea.
For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, Batman Beyond (which started life off as a successful animated series and has since become a cult favourite, spawning lots of comic books and merchandise) is set a few decades in the future, with an elderly retired Batman and serving as a mentor to Gotham City’s new Caped Crusader, Terry McGinnis.
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During an appearance at the Salt Lake Comic-Con this weekend, The Flash star Robbie Amell was asked if he has any interest in the role, and as it turns out, Terry is a character he would love to play.
I am a huge fan of that idea. I think the problem is because they have Batman going on right now, they won’t make the Batman Beyond movie until I’m too old to be Terry McGinnis. By then I’ll probably be the old, crusty Batman. But I’m a huge fan of that idea. I think it would be a great property. I think the smartest idea for them would be to make it like a $30 million movie. Don’t do like a $200 million blockbuster, do a dark, gritty version of Batman Beyond. The visual effects have come so far that you don’t need $200 million to show the technology that they have. Make it a nice, grounded character piece. But I don’t run studios, so that means nothing.
Unfortunately, the actor is probably bang on here with his comments about why a Batman Beyond movie stands very little chance of ever becoming a reality. With Ben Affleck set to star in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, two Justice League movies, and possibly a new Batman trilogy, there’s really no need to explore this version of the Dark Knight in the near future.
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