Why Now Is The Time For A Batman Beyond Movie
Things will undoubtedly change in the DC movie slate following the response to Justice League. Like Batman v Superman, that’s another project that should have performed much healthier, but its final gross of just over $650 million – on a reported budget of $300 million – is a sign that audiences aren’t totally connecting with the current vision. Considering reports suggesting Warner Bros. will be moving away from interconnected tales towards standalone movies even aside from Elseworlds and Affleck’s current Schrödinger-like attachment to Batman, it's no surprise solid plans for the character’s next outing have yet to emerge.
If Matt Reeves and WB truly want a fresh start, then Batman Beyond could be their answer. It gives them a chance to tackle a new take on the mythos on the big screen, setting it apart from all previous live-action versions. Futuristic superhero movies are also a rarity, giving Reeves a fresh visual palette to work from. The source material is rock solid, with Terry McGinnis making for a likable, flawed hero. While some fans may balk at the idea of a teenage Batman and all the angst that implies, it’s a unique angle to approach the character from. Reeves has shown with his Apes sequels he’s more interested in character than gratuitous action setpieces, and while he’ll doubtless find a way into Bruce Wayne’s psyche with his Batman movie, it feels like the character’s various traumas have been thoroughly mined in past movies. Batman Beyond presents the opportunity for reinvention; a new hero, setting and villains.
There's a lot of options here. While the notion goes slightly against the “clean slate” idea, an enterprising executive could suggest making it a legacyquel and bring Michael Keaton back as elderly Bruce Wayne; not only would fans lap up Keaton’s return, it would be a meta-statement in itself, with the original big-screen Batman figuratively passing the torch to a new generation. Or, if they did want to keep in the DCEU, it would still be possible for an even older Affleck to play a small role.
How Likely Is A Batman Beyond Movie?
DC has announced a bewildering amount of potential movies the last couple of years, from David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens to Joss Whedon’s Batgirl. Word on a number of these movies has grown quiet recently, and its likely many of them will be halted while the company considers their next move. At this point, the locks are Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 2, with Suicide Squad 2 pretty much set too, and with or without Affleck a solo Batman movie will happen eventually.
Little is known about what it will look like, other than Reeves' take will be different to what we've got recently. If WB wants to kick off a series of elsewhere style movies unchained from their current shared universe, Batman Beyond is the perfect way to kick one off, presenting audiences with an iconic hero in a brand new light.
Sadly there are no signs DC is considering this approach, and while the Batman Beyond universe is going strong in comic form, it seems to be considered more of a cult item now. But Reeves has shown himself capable of both thoughtful blockbusters and dramas and would be an ideal choice to be the first to step outside the current DC Extended Universe formula. The opportunity is there – if Warner Bros. is brave enough to take the chance.
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019