According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers is considering making another Batman movie. The two possibilities:
An adaptation of Frank Miller’s limited series Batman: Year One. This series showed Bruce Wayne after graduating college and his return to Gotham City to fight crime. It detailed how he decided to become Batman and also showed, in parallel, the life of Commissioner Gordon as a young police officer.
A live-action adaptation of the animated Batman Beyond, the series now showing on the WB Network. This series is set forty or so years in the future. Bruce Wayne is retired and reclusive, living alone in Wayne Manor. Apparently, the only other person from the old days still alive is Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Batman is actually young Terry McGuinness. Wayne monitors his exploits from the Batcave, functioning as Alfred did for him.
Both possibilities mean that they’re going to re-cast Batman again with a younger man. Who would you like to see play a young Batman? I nominate Ben Affleck.
In the Batman Beyond version, I’d like to see the elderly Bruce Wayne played by James Coburn, an actor whom you could believe could’ve been Batman once upon a time. And Ben Affleck could be Terry McGuinness.
To really guarantee success, Warner Brothers should make sure that director Joel Schumacher and writer Akiva Goldsman have absolutely nothing to do with the movie. Schumacher directed the last two films, and Goldsman wrote the last one. I say, “Good-bye. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
It’s also obvious that WB is trying to go in a new direction. Doing Year One would allow them to start afresh with the contemporary Batman, while doing BB has it’s obvious advantages with the flying Batmobile and the opportunities for visual effects.
So what do y’all think?
Fighting my own ignorance since 1957.