Batman Beyond = Michael Keaton? Let’s Talk.

by Mike W

BatmanDay20_hub_marquee_main_v2_5f480b19ba2a25.41080129-300x123 Batman Beyond = Michael Keaton? Let's Talk.DC Comics is meticulously planning their own movies around their DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It is similar to what their comic rival Marvel has been doing the last ten years. Though, DC Comics wants their movie universe to explore the idea of time traveling and multi-verses in their storyline very early. One movie, “The Flash”, is set to come out in 2022 and it will be the primary movie to open the movie universe. With that, according to Cosmicbook. news, rumors are swirling on Michael Keaton appearing as one of the main Batmans in their DCEU. Keaton is known for portraying the character in the 1989 film, “Batman”‘ and reprised the role in 1992 in “Batman Returns”. It is quite unclear what his role is in the DCEU, but an interesting theory is he could be the bridge in introducing Batman Beyond.

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The mythos of BB takes place in a futuristic time in Gotham City. In this timeline, Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, has aged to an elderly man. He has retired from protecting Gotham and his mentoring a new Batman hero in protecting the city. This new Batman hero goes by the alias of Batman Beyond. Two characters that are notable in this role are Terry McGinnis and Tim Drake. McGinnis is more famously known for the role, though Drake has a ton of comic exposure over the years of his existence. With that, there is still no guarantee that either character will be BB.

Batwoman Beyond?

gray-195x300 Batman Beyond = Michael Keaton? Let's Talk.In fact, in the most recent Batman Beyond comic series, there was a debut of a female Batman. Specifically, the first appearance of Batwoman Beyond appeared in Batman Beyond #37. The character was none other than Elainna Grayson, the daughter of Dick Grayson. Dick Grayson is famously known as the first Robin and later becomes Nightwing. So the possibility of a female Batman character is out there and it should not be surprising to anyone.

The Keaton Theory

DN-DM-Last-52-War-of-the-Multiverses-variant-Frank-198x300 Batman Beyond = Michael Keaton? Let's Talk.Anyways, the theory in Keaton leading a BB timeline in the DCEU has some sense to it. It has been over 30 years since he played the role of Batman. In addition, Keaton is 69 years old and we cannot expect him to suit up as Batman in the upcoming movies. The idea of him mentoring the next Batman can work since it would probably be in his own universe. It would be theorized that the current Batman, Robert Pattinson, would be in the main universe, while Keaton is in another timeline. In reality, BB would not affect the main universe, but provide the diversity that the DCEU badly needs in its movies.

What about Barbara Gordon?

bats-200x300 Batman Beyond = Michael Keaton? Let's Talk.Another theory is Keaton could mentor the next BB and that individual would be Barbara Gordon. Gordon is known for portraying the hero role of BatGirl. It would be a very unique way of changing up things on how it has been traditionally for DC Comics. This is due because Gordon does not take the mantle of Batman or Batwoman Beyond in her existence. Gordon is known in the comics for being shot by the Joker and becoming paralyzed as a result. She would take the hero name of Oracle after the tragic event. All in all, the buzz is all over the place on how the DCEU is shaping up!


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JayPele January 21, 2021 - 12:44 pm

I’ve found 3 copies of Batman Beyond #1 in Ollie’s DC Value Packs (it’s a wholesale discount chain, like Big Lots), all in high grade (one 9.6, one 9.4, and one 9.0, after pressing).

Mike W January 22, 2021 - 12:16 am

Amazing find! Makes me want to dig into a nearby Ollies or Big Lots!
What do you think is the potential of that issue?

CyberDigger January 21, 2021 - 9:27 pm

This article got me pumped! Sadly, DC will somehow manage to screw it all up…again.

Mike W January 22, 2021 - 12:16 am

I hope that is not true. Let’s hope we can make it to a multiverse. What part makes you the most excited?

Hollywood January 22, 2021 - 1:14 pm

DC/Warner Bros/ATT will eventually turn to Batman Beyond as their answer to the MCU’s Miles Morales. But I am of the opinion that any possible movie will be retconned to be a Batwoman Beyond. Something along the lines of while investigating the violent death of her father, an Elainna Grayson bent on revenge discovers the secret of her father’s vigilante past and turns to her estranged “Uncle Bruce” for answer. Bruce reluctantly agrees to train her. Blah, Blah, Blah. So on and so forth. Bittersweet victorious ending leaving the hints of the inevitable sequel. The Elainna character could be Dick’s adopted daughter continuing the underlying Batman mythos of the orphan scarred by violence and open up the role to any ethnicity.

Mike W January 23, 2021 - 5:26 pm

That is a really nice plot you came up with. It would be interesting to introduce Elainna, as she is a very new character to the Batman mythos.


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