When the Hollywood trades revealed that Michael Keaton was in talks to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Flash theatrical film and possibly other roles in the DCEU, it wasn’t the first time that he has been discussed to return.
A live-action Batman Beyond was considered before but Warner Bros. felt there wasn’t sufficient interest for them to green light it. That has changed with AT&T, who sees the IP as ripe for ’90s nostalgia, which is about to hit full bloom in the near future.
Not only that, but it’s yet another way of expanding their hugely successful Dark Knight properties, especially on content-hungry HBO Max. The project, if it pushes through, would also allow the company to utilize a new Joker in a different context that won’t be confused with any cinematic versions.
According to my sources, a live-action Batman Beyond is being talked about again and this time for HBO Max although no development has begun. If they could net Keaton for it, the possibility of this materializing greatly increases. AT&T is quite excited about the commercial and social-media buzz Keaton in Batman Beyond could generate for HBO Max.
Only time will tell if Keaton is similarly thrilled with the idea.