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Recently, a Twitter post went viral suggesting Michael Keaton would be great playing a retired Bruce Wayne in a future Batman movie. Now we have an idea just how great he would be. Boss Logic, the creator of some of the best fan art pieces ever conceived, has put together both a hypothetical poster for a Batman Beyond film, as well as an image of what Michael Keaton as an elder Bruce Wayne would actually look like. Check it out.
The suggestion came on Twitter a few days ago that what we all really needed was to see Michael Keaton return to the role of Bruce Wayne, but this time in a movie based on Batman Beyond. The animated series was done as a follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series and it took place in a futuristic Gotham City where Bruce Wayne had become too old to be Batman, and instead trained a teenage boy named Terry McGiniss to be the new Batman. Based on the work done by Boss Logic here, I'm even more sold on this idea now than I was back when I saw the original suggestion.
The idea of a movie based on Batman Beyond isn't new. Many fans have asked for it over the years and the idea was apparently at least entertained at some point in the past. However, with all the rumored, announced, and expected DC movies that we know of, we haven't heard anything about Batman Beyond as a potential option.
That suggestion came from Twitter user Adrian Gomez and based on the side-by-side images of current Michael Keaton and the older animated Bruce Wayne, it really does feel like Keaton was born to play this part.
While a Batman Beyond movie co-starring Michael Keaton may seem like the longest of shots, it may not be as far-fetched an idea as it appears. While the current DC film universe has a Batman (at least for the moment) we know that with movies like the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie that DC isn't afraid to run stand-alone stories on the big screen alongside the cinematic universe stories. Making a Batman Beyond movie with Michael Keaton while also making a Batman movie with Ben Affleck maybe isn't the craziest idea in the world. It could be the direct sequel to Batman Returns that we never really got and potentially launch a new franchise on its own.