Is Warner Bros. Rebooting the ‘Batman’ Franchise with ‘Batman Beyond’?

The studio is apparently considering adapting this 1999 animated series to live action, which follows a new Batman mentored by an older Bruce Wayne.

Warner Bros. considers adapting Batman Beyond for their Batman Reboot
Warner Bros. considers adapting Batman Beyond for their Batman Reboot
Ever since Christopher Nolan completed his Dark Knight trilogy last summer with The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. has been trying to figure out what to do with their planned Untitled Batman Reboot. They've considered reintroducing the popular DC Comics character in Justice League, there was then talk that Ben Affleck might write and direct a new version of the legendary superhero story, and some even speculated that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Robin might take over the franchise.

Now comes word that Warner Bros. is planning to adapt the 1999 animated series Batman Beyond into a live action adventure as their way to next cash in on the vigilante superhero.

The animated series followed the exploits of teenager Terry McGinnis, who picks up the mantle of Batman in a futuristic Gotham City (dubbed Neo Gotham), with a much older Bruce Wayne serving as his mentor. The series ran from 1999 to 2001 on The WB network (now The CW). It is also the title of an ongoing DC Comics series still in publication.

This news should be taken as rumor for the time being, but there is speculation that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played John Blake (aka Robin) in The Dark Knight Rises could be used as a substitute for McGinnis and that Christian Bale could return as the older mentor Bruce Wayne, even if it is a glorified cameo. That scenario is, however, very unlike as Christopher Nolan is done with the Batman universe.

It is stated that Justice League would still focus on the Bruce Wayne version of Batman, with this adaptation taking place in a future that was inline with what we see happen in that film and the rest of the DC film Universe, including Man of Steel and its upcoming sequels.

This is reportedly not the only Untitled Batman Reboot idea on the table. What do you think? Do you want to see Batman Beyond in the flesh and on the big screen?

Untitled Batman Reboot is in development .

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  1. Juicy1


    1 year agoby @Juicy1Flag

  2. Juicy1


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  3. Justin Davidson


    2 years agoby @Justin-DavidsonFlag

  4. Shine Bright

    A Batman Beyond movie would be awesome just look at the movie poster

    2 years agoby @Shine-BrightFlag

  5. Gyrene68

    Has to be better than nothing. Liked the animated series. Actually, all the Batman animated shows were better than the movies.

    2 years agoby @gyrene68Flag

  6. Dylan Derryberry

    I wonder how well this rumor is in tact after WB's World's Finest announcement...

    2 years agoby @Dylan-DerryberryFlag

  7. CelluloidDreams

    Give it some time to rest!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  8. Mieko_Siede

    @ejk1 I find myself hating auto-correct sometimes too. lol!

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  9. ejk1

    @mieko-siede I agree. Trying to immolate Marvel would only get DC in massive amounts of trouble, lol. Auto-correct stinks, sometimes, doesn't it?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. WhiskeyDeltaEcho

    Clint Eastwood as old Bruce Wayne FTW!!!

    2 years agoby @WhiskeyDeltaEchoFlag

  11. Gandoff

    Why?.... To reboot Batman in a Non Nolan way? Fact is to me, Batman Beyond was a good animation show. But I just do not want it as a movie line, when you contend with JLA. Also, Joel Shoemacker's two Batman films, Forever and Batman and Robin, to me, had major steam punk feel to me in character designs like Bane, Mr. Freeze, and the look of vehicles as a example. Rather see a reboot, then Beyond. But also rather see a new director take the helm of this Begins realistic Batman world, and go forward. Even if it means some new cast members...

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  12. Mieko_Siede

    @Lwazi-Vuso DC is doing the right thing by NOT trying to immolate Marvel franchises. It's enough that they're introducing the shared universe aspect. But to effectively compete with their rival company they can't follow the exact same blueprint. What's done has been done for Marvel now DC has to establish their own path. I'd like for them to find a way to incorporate the Dark Knight trilogy in with a JL movie. Do something between the timeline of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises before Bruce goes into complete seclusion. Or just simply re-introduce Bruce/Batman in the Man of Steel sequel or use The Justice League to draw the Batman out and introduce him and establish a new storyline for him stemming from the aftermath of The Justice League. But Marvel has its respective formula and DC has its own.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  13. phatalphd

    Would be dope, but that kinda rules out any kind of batman involvement with JLA. So just for that I think this rumor is bogus. Of all those ideas, robin taking over for batman sounds the most appealing to me.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Be awesome 20 years down the line

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Lwazi Vuso

    They shouldn't take the Marvel route with the Shared-Universe idea. They should just make stand-alone solo films and stand-alone Justice League films... This way they can give us different takes on the characters for eg. we can have "Golden Boy" Superman in Man of Steel and "@$$hole" Superman in the Justice League... With A-hole Superman in JL we could have a clash of egos with Hard-nosed Batman which would set up a Superman vs Batman scenario in the future a la The Dark Knight Returns part 2.

    2 years agoby @Lwazi-VusoFlag

  16. Eddie Hannebohn

    If a batman reboot is to happen then get Michael Keton to play bruce wanye.

    2 years agoby @Eddie-HannebohnFlag

  17. moviemouse

    just introduce batman in a batman and superman movie with Henry cavil then do solo dc movies then justice league

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  18. Brizzy

    If done well, it could be awesome.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  19. Lwazi Vuso

    I thought the "Dredd" script would have been perfect for a "Batman Beyond" film... In the future The Batman is regarded as a somewhat Supercop; no longer considered a vigilante. The Dredd characters Ma-Ma, Cassandra Anderson and Kay are replaced by Poison Ivy, Maxine Gibson and Killer Croc (or any other villian that provides a physical challenge)... Following the death of the second Batman (John Blake) this Batman carries a gun and uses deadly force (a la Damian Wayne)... Poison Ivy's Slo-Mo drug is made from the extracts of various exotic flowers; Maxine has no psychic powers and with her help Batman slowly adopts the old Batman policy of no guns and no killing and Batman never takes of his mask throughout the entire film until the sequel.

    2 years agoby @Lwazi-VusoFlag

  20. The Real Goku

    @Random666 the flash was NOT a scientist -___- lol

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  21. Clint

    While this sounds like a really cool idea, I just don't trust WB to do it correctly. The series, due to its neo-punk and bright colored feel in parts could end up looking like Batman Forever/Batman & Robin's Gotham City on screen which sucked the life out of the franchise until Nolan took over. And JGL playing Batman would be silly because the timeline could never be seamless (you're telling me between him being 30 or so in TDKR and BB, Gotham magically turned into Neo Gotham in a few years?).

    I could see doing it as it was a really cool series but a live action TV Series could be a better fit unless it was carefully planned out & avoided the possible cheese that could result.

    2 years agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  22. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- I honestly don't get it.

    @narrator -- I'm already liking that idea.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  23. WongFu

    I would love to see this happen, however it's just not the right time. first they need to establish the DC film universe and explore some or most of the heroes before fast forwarding to BB.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  24. justinishulk

    Sure why not....

    2 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  25. Diaigma

    I'm down with this! :P

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  26. CoreyB

    If it was ever JGLevitt and Bale as an older Wayne i'd be in w Nolan working on it...will never happen but its good to dream. Batman Beyond tv show was cool...but arent they trying to fit a new Batman in w/MOS which is like 2013 not 2040...dont believe this too much.

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  27. Jacob89

    love batman beyond they should do revenge of the joker dont hold the character back because the last actor died i loved heaths portrayal but i wanna see a new take on the joke more like the arkham city version plss WB bring him back and some unused villan like hush and deadshot would be nice :)

    2 years agoby @jacob89Flag

  28. Random666

    Wouldn't it make sense to build on the Man of Steel world? Given that MoS has introduced aliens and a bunch of tech already it would be easier to 'ground' in reality and bring other JLA characters into play.... how about

    Lex luther - industrialist - being asked by the Gov't to reformulate all that stuff that came out of the world engines which made Supes weak - behold, Krypotnite

    Bruce Wayne seeing everything unfold on telly decides now is the time to become a hero - uses Zods armour etc for materials for bat suit - may be in competition with Lex to develop kryptonite / access to alien tech

    Flash - scientiest working on reformulating kypronite - spills some funky stuff on him gives him super human speed.

    Wonder women ...errr.... random love child of supes whilst he was on 'travels'

    2 years agoby @Random666Flag

  29. the Narrator

    Just read your comment, @ejk1. Agreed.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  30. the Narrator

    I highly enjoyed and appreciated Batman Beyond. It was a nice tip of the hat to some of the themes from Batman: The Animated Series, while still being a neo-cyberpunk original piece. It held themes and villains that you don't see in shows geared towards the same age range today.

    That being said, I'm not on-board with this idea. There should be no continuation with Nolan's series, which is the only way I can see them doing a Beyond feature at this time. After all, Nolan's universe is what is fresh on everyone's minds, not Burton's or Schumacker's, not that the latter should have a continuation in any shape or form. Point is, reboot the character right before JLA (let him be the last film before the JLA film so we have time to recuperate from TDKR), and then down the line a Batman Beyond film would be feasible... preferably with Aronofsky at the helm. :P

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

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