Warner Bros. are apparently working on a Batman Beyond animated movie, according to a report from Geeks WorldWide. The film is not said to be a part of the studio's yearly direct-to-video animated productions and is instead set to be released theatrically. The film has apparently been developed as a response to Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which ended the year as 2018's most critically acclaimed comic book movie.
News of WB developing a Batman Beyond animated films comes in the wake of two photos of the project having been leaked on the DCEU sub-reddit, one showing Terry McGinnis (the eponymous Batman of the Future) in his civilian garb and in his costume, which looks to have retained the iconic red bat-symbol from the animated series.
Speaking of the animated series, the show itself turned 20 in January, sparking calls from fans for WB to work on something related to it, whether that be a video game, an animated revival in the mould of Young Justice or something much bigger. If these leaks are anything to go by, then it looks as though DC fans can tick the latter category off for good - especially if it can mount a compelling response to Spider-Verse.
Batman Beyond was originally developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, who were also the principle architects behind the legendary Batman: The Animated Series. The show itself revolved around Terry McGinnis, a high schooler whose father is murdered in a criminal conspiracy, and is set 20 years after the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, hangs up the cowl for good. (Incidentally, 2019 was also the year Bruce Wayne retired from being Batman in that universe.)
Eventually Terry takes on the mantle of Batman, but also interesting to note is the possibility of the original voice cast returning. Will Friedle, of Boy Meets World Fame, played Terry on that show, and made public his desire to return to the part in a Tweet posted on Wednesday evening.
It currently doesn't look as though there are any plans for Friedle to reprise the part, but if he were to, DC fans would probably agree that it would be a great move. If not, then at least they can hold out hope for some other Batman Beyond-related project to feature him in some way, either this year, or in the next.