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