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Boaz Yakin shares what happened with his aborted Batman Beyond movie

06.15.2015

With nine big screen movies featuring Batman released and a tenth debuting in next year's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, it is always interesting to see what could have been and what never was. Once such story is that of BATMAN BEYOND. Back in 2000, when Darren Aronofsky was developing BATMAN: YEAR ONE, director Boaz Yakin was riding high on the success of REMEMBER THE TITANS. It was then that he made a pitch to Warner Bros for a BATMAN BEYOND movie which the studio liked.

Speaking with IGN regarding his new film, MAX, Yakin shared what his idea was for BATMAN BEYOND.

"It was almost like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man but a little bit darker -- a teenage, kind of futuristic, cyberpunk Batman thing."

Yakin says he psyched himself out of the project and realized he wasn't ready to make a big studio superhero movie and he quit after only one draft of the screenplay.

"It might have really hurt my career. I went off and wrote the best script I ever wrote that never got made. But it was just one of those moments in time where you think you want to do something, and then you realize you don't really want to do it, and for some reason it's on your IMDb page for the rest of your life. [Laughs]"

While there could still be a BATMAN BEYOND movie since it takes place in a future that would keep it apart from the mainline continuity of the DC Cinematic Universe, I doubt that Warner Bros is focusing on anything apart from their main superhero plans at this moment. Still, it is always cool to hear what could have been.

Source: IGN

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11:07AM on 06/17/2015

The movie that should've happened

I loved the TV series. It tied in Batman TAS and later on, Justice League so nicely. Definitely was a fan-service type of series. Return of the Joker is the Best animated movie that WB ever did minus Phantasm of course. DC/WB should've made a BB movie after TDKR to give them a few more years to get their sh*t in order.
I loved the TV series. It tied in Batman TAS and later on, Justice League so nicely. Definitely was a fan-service type of series. Return of the Joker is the Best animated movie that WB ever did minus Phantasm of course. DC/WB should've made a BB movie after TDKR to give them a few more years to get their sh*t in order.
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8:02PM on 06/15/2015
I would have loved to see this and still would to be honest. My only request if they ever decide to do this is that they keep continuity with whatever iteration of Bruce Wayne/Batman that they have had most recently/currently.
I would have loved to see this and still would to be honest. My only request if they ever decide to do this is that they keep continuity with whatever iteration of Bruce Wayne/Batman that they have had most recently/currently.
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7:10PM on 06/15/2015
It would have been great, I'm sure. My ideal choice is to have Clint Eastwood as older version of Bruce Wayne. It really suits him - a more seasoned Bruce Wayne.
It would have been great, I'm sure. My ideal choice is to have Clint Eastwood as older version of Bruce Wayne. It really suits him - a more seasoned Bruce Wayne.
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4:24PM on 06/15/2015
9 big screen Batman films? I only count 7. Or 8 if you really want to count Batman: The Movie from 1966...
-Batman (1989)
-Batman Returns (1992)
-Batman Forever (1995)
-Batman & Robin (1997)
-Batman Begins (2005)
-The Dark Knight (2008)
-The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Which one am I missing?
9 big screen Batman films? I only count 7. Or 8 if you really want to count Batman: The Movie from 1966...
-Batman (1989)
-Batman Returns (1992)
-Batman Forever (1995)
-Batman & Robin (1997)
-Batman Begins (2005)
-The Dark Knight (2008)
-The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Which one am I missing?
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4:26PM on 06/15/2015
Maybe the animated movie Mask Of The Phantasim.
Maybe the animated movie Mask Of The Phantasim.
7:11PM on 06/15/2015
maybe they're counting the Lego Movie.
maybe they're counting the Lego Movie.
8:41PM on 06/15/2015
Or even Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker feature length movie.
Or even Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker feature length movie.
9:02PM on 06/15/2015
It's Mask of the Phatasm. There have been several feature length animated movies but Phantasm actually got a cinema release.
It's Mask of the Phatasm. There have been several feature length animated movies but Phantasm actually got a cinema release.
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4:00PM on 06/15/2015
Batman is the holiest for me. I have been reading Batman comics for as long as I can remember and there's no sign of that stopping now that I'm 37. However outside of the Grant Morrison's Batman & Robin arc, I never cared for stories where Bruce Wayne isn't Batman. Probably would have been a cool movie, just not my cup of tea. For me the only Batman is Bruce. No one else can do it. That's why the entire DC Universe is affraid of Batman. It's the man and that man is Bruce Wayne.
Batman is the holiest for me. I have been reading Batman comics for as long as I can remember and there's no sign of that stopping now that I'm 37. However outside of the Grant Morrison's Batman & Robin arc, I never cared for stories where Bruce Wayne isn't Batman. Probably would have been a cool movie, just not my cup of tea. For me the only Batman is Bruce. No one else can do it. That's why the entire DC Universe is affraid of Batman. It's the man and that man is Bruce Wayne.
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8:32PM on 06/15/2015
That's so nice of you to say about me. LOL.
That's so nice of you to say about me. LOL.
9:18PM on 06/15/2015
Haha, niceeee.
Haha, niceeee.
3:43PM on 06/15/2015

Off-topic: It's "Batman Begins" 10th Anniv. today!

Little ahead of it's time but it would've been pretty awesome had it come to fruition.

Most of the franchises' installments have (whether Burton's dark, Shumachers camp or Nolan's realistic) all focused on the present day here & now. No doubt the BB fans back in the late 90's would've flocked but I could see WB possibly taking a hit from alienating the low-key mainstream movie-goers who just wouldn't understand it.
Little ahead of it's time but it would've been pretty awesome had it come to fruition.

Most of the franchises' installments have (whether Burton's dark, Shumachers camp or Nolan's realistic) all focused on the present day here & now. No doubt the BB fans back in the late 90's would've flocked but I could see WB possibly taking a hit from alienating the low-key mainstream movie-goers who just wouldn't understand it.
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3:41PM on 06/15/2015
I feel like the comic book movies should avoid being bogged down with alternate realities.
I feel like the comic book movies should avoid being bogged down with alternate realities.
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3:32PM on 06/15/2015
You're playing it fast and loose with "details" ...
You're playing it fast and loose with "details" ...
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