Could ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Bring in ‘Batman Beyond’ for Season 2?
We’ve already seen on a number of occasions that DC doesn’t share characters well between the movie and TV branches (with the exception of The Flash), but could Legends of Tomorrow at least work its timey-wimey magic to bring us a future Batman? Producers think it’s a stretch, but then again, if fans made Supergirl and Flash’s ice cream power hour happen …
Take this with a grain of salt for now, as DC has granted the occasional exception for the likes of Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, but the Bat-embargo is a tough one to crack. Even Arrow couldn’t name its Harley Quinn outright (though Legends appears to have been granted Talia al Ghul), while fans have often wondered if a more isolated figure like Terry McGinnis’ future Batman Beyond could conceivably make an appearance.
IGN posed the question to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who deemed it unlikely, but acknowledged the “Star City 2046” depiction of an older Oliver Queen mentoring a young replacement somewhat nodded to the concept:
I don’t think so, only because of DC’s plans for Batman … Look, I love Terry, and I love that whole Batman Beyond conceit. “Star City 2046” was sort of our doffing of the cap to Batman Beyond in many, many ways, but you never know.
That said, Guggenheim acknowledged how fan enthusiasm and repeated inquiry of Supergirl meeting The Flash helped spur along talks, which could just as easily aid in bringing the Tomorrow Knight to Legends of Tomorrow:
Well you know, [Supergirl and The Flash] is a good example. At the beginning, no one thought it was gonna be possible, no one thought it would happen, and lo and behold, it happened. I think as long as people are passionate and talking … clearly, you see that the powers-that-be do hear these things. What matters to the fans matters to them, so keep tweeting!
For those unfamiliar, Batman Beyond debuted in 1999 as a future extension of the various Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett animated series, in which teenager Terry McGinnis stumbles upon the Batcave of an elderly, retired Bruce Wayne, and takes up the mantle. The series ran for 52 episodes, as well as a direct-to-DVD movie, followup “Epilogue” in Justice League: Unlimited, prior live-action movie talks, and currently ongoing comics.
It wouldn’t seem likely of Warner Bros. to revive any dormant film plans for the Batman Beyond characters, given Ben Affleck’s ongoing commitment to the original role, though Legends of Tomorrow may have in mind a different notable DC hero to play a major role in Season 2.
Legends of Tomorrow will return with tonight’s “Left Behind,” but make some noise for Batman Beyond, and we may yet have it so!
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