Recently, several articles have began to pop around with a fresh rumor that Ben Affleck would soon be leaving the role as Batman in the DCEU and that Warner Bros. was going to work on replacing him. Despite this, during San Diego Comic Con this year, Affleck denied the often spun rumor of him leaving and we confidently know he’ll at least be The Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film. Spinning alongside Mr. Affleck is yet another rumor that’s surfaced regarding Reeves’ supposed Batman Trilogy; it will be a set up for a Batman Beyond film and transition to a new character entirely.
This is all, of course, speculated by unnamed sources, so it’s extremely important to take this all with a heaping grain of salt.
For the uninitiated – around the end of the 90’s there was a cartoon series titled Batman Beyond, created by Bruce Timme and Paul Dini, as a successor series to Batman: The Animated Series. Beyond takes place in Gotham City roughly 50 years into the future where Bruce Wayne has retired from Batman and a new age of hero dawns the mantle, one Terry McGinnis.
As interesting as it might be to introduce a brand new and non-traditional leading role into the Batman movie lore, this speculated rumor doesn’t entirely add up to the current DCEU lineup announced by Warner. It is important to remember, however, that Warner has never fully committed to their announced DCEU projects as of yet, likely due to the ever-changing nature of the franchise behind studio doors.
Not to say that a Batman Beyond live action film wouldn’t be completely off the tables, but the ambition of such a project would need to follow after Justice League debuts in November to give Warner a clear signal as to the franchises current state of health; Batman v Superman was a heavy investment and only made back a modest sum after it was critically lampooned and fans nearly destroyed the internet following its premiere.
The real question here is obvious; do fans even want a Batman Beyond film? Of course they do. The original cartoon is wildly popular and even spurred a series of continuing adaptations from DC Comics and an inevitable tie in event during the height of the New 52 to make him an official canon member of the DC Universe. His issues are currently being written by Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang.
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