Viral BATMAN BEYOND Animated Teaser Has Fans Wondering Why WB Hasn't Moved Forward With A Similar Concept

Viral BATMAN BEYOND Animated Teaser Has Fans Wondering Why WB Hasn't Moved Forward With A Similar Concept Viral BATMAN BEYOND Animated Teaser Has Fans Wondering Why WB Hasn't Moved Forward With A Similar Concept

Concept art from an official studio pitch for an animated Batman Beyond movie was recently revealed online, but a fan animator has taken things further with a proof of concept teaser.

By MarkJulian - Apr 11, 2024 08:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman (Animated)

It appears that there are a ton of unsung, talented fan animators toiling away online as we've been inundated with awesome projects over the last few days.

We previously covered news of a fan animator who decided to take matters into their own hands and incorporate the Spectacular Spider-Man into the season 2 finale of Invincible

Now, Vehgeto has released a new teaser that suggests an animated Batman Beyond movie should happen sooner, rather than later.

Even though it's only a teaser, many fans are wondering why WB Animation hasn't given the go-ahead for a similar project along these same lines.

In reality, the WB has been approached for a feature-length animated Batman Beyond picture, somewhat recently.

Production Designer/Producer Yuhki Demers (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse) and Patrick Harpin (My Dad the Bounty Hunter) reportedly pitched an animated Batman Beyond film to WB Discovery at some point in 2023.

There might actually be a small modicum of hope for the project as Demers shared on X (formerly known as Twitter) that the studio heads changed their stance from 'No' to 'maybe', following his pitch.

Demers has shared that they continue to work on their pitch in the hopes of attracting the attention of DC Studios co-chair James Gunn.

The 1999 television series Batman Beyond featured futuristic animated superhero characters belonging to the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), and ran for three seasons.

Terry McGinnis is the new Batman in the narrative, which is set in a futuristic Gotham City in the year 2039. Terry, an adolescent delinquent, discovers the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, the first Batman.

Terry would go on to assume the role of Batman to battle crime in a technologically sophisticated and corrupt Gotham after a sequence of events leads to a reluctant Bruce Wayne teaching him how to become The Dark Knight for a new age.

Canceled in 2001, the series still remains fairly popular, to this day. Several more recent animated projects have contained callbacks to the series, keeping it alive in the memories of longtime fans.

In addition, a number of comic book series have also been centered around Batman Beyond, with multiple series set within the DCAU continuity and within the DC Comics proper, multiverse.

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Malatrova15 - 4/11/2024, 8:48 AM
I rather see a Jim crow era Vampirr film
Lisa89 - 4/11/2024, 8:56 AM
@Malatrova15 - Like "Paul Schafer: Vampire Hunter"?
Malatrova15 - 4/11/2024, 10:47 AM
@Lisa89 - whoa over there! Be civi
bobevanz - 4/11/2024, 11:03 AM
@Malatrova15 - welcome back lol
ObserverIO - 4/11/2024, 8:52 AM
Animated is dropping the ball on this.

The series was already animated. We already have that.

A live action Batman Beyond is an exciting new version of a Batman film, taking it in a direction it's never gone before that can run side by side with a present day Batman without the need of multiverse or elseworlds.

And an opportunity to bring back a fan favorite like Michael Keaton or Christian Bale.
Christian Bale is too young still and I think a lot of people are of the mind now that Keaton deserves justice after his recent reprisal wasn't what it should have been. What should it have been? Well Batman Beyond, lol.
The1st - 4/11/2024, 10:57 AM
@ObserverIO - I'd be more interested in them picking up after the JLU episode explaining his origins, and maybe covering some of the comic arcs. I just don't feel like WB knows what to do w/it live action. I personally thought Keaton's latest run as Batman was fine. The rest of the film though...just wow.
BlackStar25 - 4/11/2024, 8:58 AM
Not hard to see...WB doesnt believe in a Batman movie that isnt starring Bruce Wayne as Batman...Very familiar takes on the site with other characters as well so at least they have that in common I suppose.
BlackStar25 - 4/11/2024, 8:59 AM
Shiiiiiiiiiii...I bet they might also think that an animated film may cheapen The Batman's IP.
DevilsDreams - 4/11/2024, 9:01 AM
Would love to see a Batman Beyond film, Keaton seems like a good choice to portray an older Batman, but you could easily get someone else to fill that roll too, I mean Peter Weller did great as the voice in the Dark Knight, but there would be others too, imagining bring Batfleck in as an old man?
I would hope that it would be in a more gothic style though akin to the Burton films or the animated tv series.
S8R8M - 4/11/2024, 9:05 AM
It's too good for WB/DC.

I am curious who everyone would cast and direct?

Ben Affleck - Director
Matt Damon - Bruce Wayne
Logan Lerman - Terry McGinnis
Th3Batman - 4/11/2024, 9:29 AM
WB has no clue what to do with their DC properties.
TheVisionary25 - 4/11/2024, 9:30 AM
Definitely seems very Spiderverse-esque and given that the production designer if that helped pitch this then that makes sense…

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.

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Vigor - 4/11/2024, 11:04 AM
@TheVisionary25 - with the success of xmen 97, I wager we will see a lot more revitalizations being greenlit. Appealing to Millenials' nostalgia is all the rage right now and it's proving to be a lucrative way to go
TheVisionary25 - 4/11/2024, 11:16 AM
@Vigor - true

Wouldn’t be surprised

If so then bring back EMH haha!!
Doomsday8888 - 4/11/2024, 9:31 AM
Give us Gotham City 2049.
TheVisionary25 - 4/11/2024, 9:31 AM
Also if we ever do get any adaptation of BB , it needs the theme…

grif - 4/11/2024, 9:32 AM
looks like shit. i want the animation look

GhostDog - 4/11/2024, 9:38 AM
WB being dumb once again
ProudPatriot76 - 4/11/2024, 9:51 AM
Take my money!
TREE24K - 4/11/2024, 10:01 AM
Sooooo...Batman: Into the Spiderverse?
Spoken - 4/11/2024, 10:14 AM
I would be down for a live-action show, but I would rather these animators create their own style instead of being so inspired by Spider-Verse.

A live-action TV show, would be amazing to go into.
ObserverIO - 4/11/2024, 11:28 AM
@Spoken - Why are people so reluctant to do a Batman Beyond movie?

Why does it have to be an animated movie or a live-action TV show, why not just, you know... an actual movie? I hope this isn't because John Campea says it would never work, lol.
Spoken - 4/11/2024, 12:09 PM
@ObserverIO - Because I would much rather view it as a TV show where it first started. Either or is fine, but to say TV can't do as good as a movie when there are a lot of TV shows that do better than movies, I mean I hope this isn't the old taboo argument about film vs TV LOL.
ObserverIO - 4/11/2024, 12:39 PM
@Spoken - Maybe. I guess I think it would somehow feel smaller on TV, rather than a big summer blockbuster event movie.

But it is interesting that they've never done a live-action Batman show since the '60s. And it was pretty damn huge back then. To do an actual Batman show, with a new Batman and Michael Keaton in a recurring role as Bruce Wayne. Big budget with great writers. Could work.

Once Batman becomes public domain, you know that there's gonna be more than a few Batman TV shows again (and movies). But nobody can do Batman Beyond without WBD's permission.
Spoken - 4/11/2024, 12:45 PM
@ObserverIO - That's the thing though. When you watch shows like Stranger Things or Westworld or hell even Ripley, they don't have this TV show feel like it used to. Now budgets of a TV show nowadays equate to something of a massive event blockbuster. Hell even made for TV movies on Netflix have high budgets on a lot of movies. So I do think, Batman Beyond would do great if not better on TV since TV is becoming much more popular than going to the actual theater.

I remember holding out for a Batman in Smallville and we never got it. There was a rumor of a "Bat-embargo" that if Batman was already present in movies, he would not be in TV shows. Granted this was during the Smallville era, but it makes sense when you see Green Arrow act a lot like Batman on Smallville.
DarthOmega - 4/11/2024, 11:34 AM
It's wild so far we have gotten tons of shows and films in the Batman-verse

Batgirl (cancelled)
The Penguin
Harley Quinn

But no Batman Beyond? You can even cast Bruce in the show. People seemed to really love the series. I know I did. I would have thought they already had plans to make this happen years ago.

I thought way back in the day they should do a live action version starring Josh Hartnett as Terry and Clint Eastwood as Bruce. That ship sailed a long ass time ago though.
bkmeijer1 - 4/11/2024, 12:05 PM
An animated movie could still work, especially with a unique animation style. Just no multiverse please.

As for live-action, I think that ship has sailed for know. They could eventually do it as an Elseworlds, but they already should've done it with Keaton instead of The Flash or Batgirl.
GeneralChaos - 4/11/2024, 12:43 PM
This site puts in no effort to hide spoilers for Invincible.
WEAPONXOXOXO - 4/11/2024, 1:13 PM
That looked really good!
MahN166A - 4/11/2024, 7:33 PM
I was liking the concept pics and but now seeing the teaser it’s way too Spider-Verse. I would be more interested if it had a grittier and different animation style.

But I honestly would prefer live action over animated.
The Fifth Element cityscape of New York immediately came to mind. Especially if it was mixed with Blade Runner type storytelling.

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