BATMAN BEYOND Animated Movie Pitched To Warner Bros. Last Year; Jaw-Dropping Concept Art Revealed

BATMAN BEYOND Animated Movie Pitched To Warner Bros. Last Year; Jaw-Dropping Concept Art Revealed BATMAN BEYOND Animated Movie Pitched To Warner Bros. Last Year; Jaw-Dropping Concept Art Revealed

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's production designer, Yuhki Demers, has revealed that he and Patrick Harpin (My Dad the Bounty Hunter) pitched a Batman Beyond movie last year, and we have concept art!

By JoshWilding - Feb 21, 2024 11:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman (Animated)

Before the formation of DC Studios, Warner Bros. was plotting a live-action Batman Beyond movie. The idea was for Michael Keaton's Dark Knight to pass the mantle to Terry McGinnis, giving the DCEU a new, younger Caped Crusader (while allowing the studio to move on from Ben Affleck).

With the Batman and Robin-led The Brave and the Bold on the way, Batman Beyond was scrapped. Now, though, we've learned that writer/director Patrick Harpin (My Dad the Bounty Hunter) and Production Designer/Producer Yuhki Demers (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse) pitched an animated Batman Beyond movie to Warner Bros. last year.

"[Five] months ago Patrick Harpin walked into [Warner Bros.] [DC] and pitched a Batman Beyond animated feature," Demers revealed on X (via "Before we pitched, they warned us 'There is absolutely no way we can do a Beyond movie,' but they loved our enthusiasm."

"We pitched the outline for the entire film, and what started as a 'never' turned into a 'maybe.'"

It doesn't sound like DC Studios or James Gunn were involved in this meeting as he later added, "In the time since, we've been pitching our way up the company hoping to get to [James Gunn]. But for now, here's a taste of what we've been cooking."

As you can see below, Demers also shared some eye-catching concept art from the proposed Batman Beyond movie and it looks incredible. We see no reason a project like this couldn't exist under that "Elseworlds" banner but this might not be the best way to get Gunn's attention. 

By sharing this pitch on social media, it gives the impression that Demers and Harpin are hoping to force the studio's hand by getting fans on board with the idea. It's a good idea in some respects, but one which could give rub those in charge up the wrong way. 

The original Batman Beyond TV series premiered in 1999 and followed Terry McGinnis, a teenager who takes up the mantle of Batman under the guidance of an elderly Bruce Wayne. In this future Gotham, Terry dons a high-tech Batsuit, inheriting the legacy of the original Dark Knight. 

The show still has a devoted fanbase and a new approach would surely be welcomed. For now, though, nothing is officially in the works as far as we're aware.

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Hoot3 - 2/21/2024, 11:11 AM
My jaw is dropped.
theFUZZ008 - 2/21/2024, 1:10 PM
@Hoot3 - Jaw-dropping.
DarthAlgar - 2/21/2024, 11:16 AM
Arthorious - 2/21/2024, 11:20 AM
I wouldn’t mind more Batman Beyond and Static content in animation (or live action) if it’s done well
GhostDog - 2/21/2024, 11:21 AM

50/50 odds even if this did happen, Zaslav would just can it as it would make a great tax write-off. Gunn better watch himself with this guy and the DCU.
TheVisionary25 - 2/21/2024, 11:23 AM
Certainly looks cool no doubt but honestly , I am ok with this not happening honestly because I would rather get a live action film…

That isn’t meant to be disparaging because I love animation and don’t think it’s a lesser medium at all but we already have a animated Batman Beyond which is pretty darn good on its own…

Part of the reason I want a live action Batman Beyond film is to see how they translate the aesthetics & world from animation to live action so to just have another animated one again doesn’t really interest me tbh.

If they do manage to reach Gunn and he greenlights it then great , I would certainly watch it but as of now it just doesn’t excite me as much as a live action one would on paper.
Himura - 2/21/2024, 9:24 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I'm just trying to figure out how theyd do the mask. Even the realistic version in the Arkham games looked weird.
Th3Batman - 2/21/2024, 11:23 AM
That's a half a billion $$$ movie right there, but as usual, WB is allergic to success.
FireandBlood - 2/21/2024, 11:25 AM
They’re giving us Batman: Brave and made just to appear in a cinematic universe instead 🙂
Th3Batman - 2/21/2024, 11:53 AM
@FireandBlood - Can someone please tell WB that they can have both a live action and animated series running at the same time ?
soberchimera - 2/21/2024, 11:26 AM
I am so BEYOND Batman at this point, I'd be more excited if they announced a Mr. E film.
Vigor - 2/21/2024, 11:26 AM
What's their hesitancy making batman beyond?
HashTagSwagg - 2/21/2024, 1:16 PM
@Vigor - Fear of confusing the audience or diluting the product with all these other Batmen. Though we've had 3 Bruce's within the past 2 years so maybe they're be more open to the concept in the future.
TrentCrimm - 2/21/2024, 3:45 PM
@Vigor -

My guess is at the time there were talks of a live-action Batman Beyond movie, and they didn't want an animated Batman Beyond out at the same time.
mynameisn0body - 2/21/2024, 11:37 AM
batman: beyond the spider verse.
ObserverIO - 2/21/2024, 11:40 AM
First of all, animation is thinking too small and second of all, why would it need to be an Elseworlds? It's set in the future. The original cartoon wasn't an Elseworlds, it was set in the same continuity as the DCAU and even the comics are set in the future of the main DC Comics Universe, Earth Zero (except for those set in the original DCAU, Earth 12).
MCUKnight11 - 2/21/2024, 11:42 AM
I would honestly sacrifice ALL of the DCU for a good Batman beyond movie live action or animated.
Superspecialawesomeguy - 2/21/2024, 11:53 AM
Hot Take Alert: While I do think a Batman Beyond movie should be made; this concept art lowkey just looks like an ITTSV ripoff and would've most been likely judged as such had it been released imo.

Miles Morales's reaction when he saw this art:

EarlChai - 2/21/2024, 11:56 AM

Ya' know, I never understood how the mouth of that mask works.
BillyBatson1000 - 2/21/2024, 12:12 PM
@EarlChai - Good question. I think he buys his masks from the same shop as Rorschach.
WaffeX - 2/21/2024, 2:45 PM
@EarlChai - and Green Goblin's mask
EarlChai - 2/23/2024, 2:47 PM
EarlChai - 2/23/2024, 2:49 PM
@WaffeX - No, that doesn't embed any better. Skip to about the 1:20 mark in that vid to avoid the preamble.
BillyBatson1000 - 2/21/2024, 12:09 PM
The only bit that doesn't work for me: we're into a high-tech, Blade Runner-esque future. Every element of this new world is more sophisticated, innovative and advanced. Nothing is mundane it's all bells and whistles.

Doesn't ALL of THAT completely negate Batman Beyond's special-tech? He's kind of levelled in THIS version of the future.
Fares - 2/21/2024, 12:35 PM
Do I want a Batman Beyond movie? Absolutely. Do I need it to ride the wave of Spider-Verse's animation style? Not necessarily. I'm not even sure that the best route for Batman Beyond is to be animated instead of Live Action.
ModHaterSLADE - 2/21/2024, 12:42 PM
Spider-Verse team would be my first bet to be able to do Batman Beyond justice.
HashTagSwagg - 2/21/2024, 1:21 PM
@EarlChai -
PC04 - 2/21/2024, 12:53 PM
Still wanna see BMB in Live Action. I get what they were trying to do here, but I think Live Action is the way to go.
MahN166A - 2/21/2024, 1:12 PM
To see a Batman Beyond film at this point, I’ll take anything I can get at this point cause it’s long overdue. I however would heavily prefer live action, with Luc Besson directing, mixing the aesthetic of The Fifth Element with the original Total Recall with someone like Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails composing, or perhaps Marco Beltrami. Idk I am just throwing names out there for the soundtrack.

Couple it with a great cast, hopefully Keaton as Old Bruce and you will instantly get fan investment.

And it’s set in the far future, so it doesn’t even really need to be considered an Elseworld Story. It can still remain in the continuity of a DCU film.

grif - 2/21/2024, 2:13 PM
if its a remake take this and go [frick] yourself

bkmeijer1 - 2/21/2024, 2:40 PM
Batman Beyond does lend itself to a style like Spider-Verse, TMNT: Mutant Mayhem or Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, so I definitely wanna see this down the line. Even more than a live-action movie, although I do wanna see (or rather, hear) Keaton in it
sully - 2/21/2024, 6:11 PM
So basically just hire the same studio who is doing the Spiderverse films.

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